The National Sports Convention 2019 hosts the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards which recognise individuals, not-for-profits, commercial, play, recreation and sport sectors for their innovations in getting people to be more active.

The Awards cover the following categories, each assessed by a panel of industry experts:

1. PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Innovative programs, activities and events that have been developed to encourage the community to be more active in large numbers.

2. SPORTS SURFACES

Innovative solutions that allow greater intensity and durability of natural, hybrid, synthetic or hard sports surfaces that allow for greater usage.

3. TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS AND PRODUCTS

Business to business or business to consumer innovations that encourage more people to play sport or to be active.

4. PLAYGROUND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Designs and developments that allow and encourage more children to play, have fun and be active.

5. YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

A young person (under 25) who has developed a program, space, activity, technological solution or innovative partnership that is encouraging more people to be active.

6. MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INNOVATIONS

The packaging and communication of an opportunity in a manner that has innovatively encouraged more people to be active.

7. FACILITY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Innovative design and management that create an environment where more people are active (built and natural environments).

8. THE OVERALL SPORT, RECREATION AND PLAY INDUSTRY AWARD FOR INNOVATION

This award will provide the prize for the National Sports Convention Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award.  The winner will be chosen from one of the above seven winners.

Each category will be independently assessed by a panel of industry experts. As part of the National Sports Convention, the final three short-listed applicants will be given the opportunity to display their innovation as part of the Sport and Recreation Expo. This will allow people in the industry to view and appreciate their innovations.

The Awards will be presented at the National Sports Convention. Winners of each category will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy and the Overall winner will be awarded $1,000 and a trophy.

Submissions are now open and close COB Friday 5th July – don’t miss out!

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