Convention Schedule

One Convention, Countless Opportunities:

With collaborators, the National Sports Convention program will continue to develop to provide a broad program to the industry on how to continue to build and grow participation.

The 2020 Schedule is currently being developed, but in the meantime you can view details of the 2019 event below.

 

2019 Programs

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 Global Keynote Speakers

Inspirational speakers from around the globe have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications, nationally, state and territory wide and locally.

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 Plenary Sessions

All of the conference delegates, irrespective of the conference chosen will have the opportunity to share knowledge with keynote speakers at the Plenary Sessions that have been developed by the industry to address the key strategic opportunities and challenges we all collectively face.

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Community Sport Conference

To activate the community to be more active, move more and provide opportunities for community sport participation means as an industry we need to be smarter, work together, adapting to the interests and wants of the each local community. Understanding their behaviours, best ways of getting messages over, developing modified games and appreciating how to embrace data and information will increase the chance of success. This conference explores the key areas of:

  • Schools and children – what’s the options, how have other countries and local communities had success?
  • A Systems Approach – exploring how we can all work together to attain greater outcomes then any single one of us can
  • Building capacity of local clubs
  • Reimagining sport through modified games

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Aquatic and Recreation Infrastructure Conference

The industry has combined to develop a three year strategy as part of this Conference, with this year starting the conversations of what should aquatic, recreation, leisure, wellness facilities really look like in 10 years’ time, providing a complete overview from all levels of government, commercial, health and wellness and the education sectors. From this year the ideas and conversations will produce a White Paper on what the future opportunities and needs are for the sector. This will inform work for the next 12 months and influence the program for 2020. With the next period (2020/21) looking to consolidate strategy, policy with funding agencies and private sector investment.

This year NARIC focuses on:

  • The role of aquatic, recreation and wellness facilities in local communities
  • Management models
  • Future centres and what they will need to look like
  • Facility design and integration into urban design

24th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Diversity & Inclusion Conference 

Planning for the future so that everyone has an equal opportunity to active, participate and be leaders in our sector means that in our diverse society we need to appreciate that everyone is not the same and that we need to be more thoughtful to ensure that there is true equity in society. Sport can be a strong vehicle to facilitate and demonstrate this. This one day conference brings key leaders and peak bodies together to share ideas, strategy and tools that can help that process. The following day delegates have the option to attend the National Disability Sport Conference.

25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Disability Sports Conference

Following on from the National Diversity and Inclusion Conference (Wednesday) Disability Sport and Recreation will host this one day conference focused on key opportunities in the sector, including:

  • Mental health and the importance of social connectedness
  • Embracing people with a disability is good for business
  • Where to next, what the disability sport landscape look like in 2029.

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Sports Surfaces Conference

With the challenge of a growing population expecting open space to play, recreate and participate in community sport with limiting ability of local government being able to satisfy this need, the opportunity to explore technology in playing fields and surfaces is becoming more and more important. The industry is a more knowledgeable and mature industry now as we finish this decade compared to the start. The opportunities for hybrid, synthetic and hard surfaces will be explored together with:

  • The growing centre’s of excellence or academies and how are they being developed to accommodate the highest playing standard while still being durable
  • Sustainability for future sports fields
  • Innovation design and the best way to procure and future proof fields
  • Management to optimise usage and life expectancy

23 July

Various

Locations TBC

2019 Sports Surfaces Industry Tour

Visiting some of Melbourne’s most interesting natural, hybrid, synthetic and hard sports surfaces, including a tour of Asia Pacific’s largest synthetic turf manufacturing plant in Dandenong at Polytan.

23 July

Various

Locations TBC

2019 Aquatic and Recreation Industry Tour

Visit some of Melbourne’s most iconic, newest and most innovative sport, aquatic and leisure centre’s who have developed innovative approaches to encourage a greater amount of the community to participate in active recreation and community sport.

National Community Sport Conference

More people playing, recreating and participating in community sport and active recreation provides a compelling range of health, community development, crime reduction, educational and economic benefits for communities, groups and individuals. Bringing together global and Australian peak bodies, leading thinkers, practitioners and case studies to showcase how to identify, plan, activate and target growth in community participation.

23rd July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 National Sports Integrity Forum 

The Australian sport sectors annual forum, exploring global, regional and national issues, on how we can keep sport fair. Led by key moderators, a panel of leaders and CEO’s of Australia’s national and state sports organisations, peak bodies, government and compliance sectors will share their insights – so you know that the hard questions will be asked.

25th July

La Trobe University – City Campus

Collins St, Melbourne

2019 Sport Australia Coach Development Conference Program 

Re-calibrating Coach Development: Focusing on understanding self, our impact on others and how this can shape quality coaching and wellbeing.

So much focus in coach development is on the technical and tactical skills of performance. Coaches seek to become experts in the discipline of their sport, seeking to a competitive advantage in training and competition strategy, opposition analysis, physical preparation, skill execution and so on.

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2019 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Innovation Awards

Recognising innovation within the sector our seven awards are decided by a panel of Industry Peers and the winner has the opportunity to win the overall Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award for 2019.

24th & 25th July

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne VIC

2019 Sport and Recreation Expo

With an anticipated 100 exhibitors with a broad depth of sports, active recreation, sports surfaces, leisure facilities, IT, sports equipment and new to 2019 will be a Sports Hub, hosting peak bodies of sport.

In addition, there will be a full program of presentations at the Victoria University Sport and Active Living Theatre from 10am both days.
Don’t miss the evening Networking and Industry awards event!