The number of Australians being active has increased over the past couple of years, and there has been a significant growth in participation in modified sports and the use of technology to motivate and activate the community.

The National Sports Convention will explore the changes in this approach of provision with new providers in the health and fitness, education and sports sectors. In addition, new communication platforms and technology will be explored to ascertain how we can best capture the community’s interest, and how to retain continued activity.

  • Reimagining sport through modified programs – VicHealth has studied more than 50 programs that they have supported over the past four years to ascertain the key success features. Linking sport and health is a key driver, and the West Australian Government sports department and Healthway will share their approach to working together to develop the local capacity to provide such opportunities.
  • Embracing technology to communicate and increase ease of access to the opportunities – a key driver of the National Sports Convention’s Platinum Sponsor, PlaySport, with Founder Ben Sanders sharing his insights on the future of technology. This is mirrored by Jonathan Fagg from Sport Concepts Australia who will share the insights and trends he is seeing from his social sport platform locally. Matt Cameron (VicHealth) will also explore the key reasons why less active people participate in sport for health, fitness and social fun, in order for providers to understand how best to communicate and activate this cohort.
  • Reimagining sport, future issues and opportunities – exploring the BIG ISSUES will bring together industry leaders including Andrew Larratt (Sport Australia), Trevor Shilton (National Heart Foundation of Australia), Phil Hamdorf (Office of Sport NSW), Peter Filopoulos (Football Victoria) and Ben Sanders (PlaySport) to explore how we can reimagine sport to encourage more people to be active.

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