Play and Physical Literacy – The Importance for Participation, Community and Elite Sport

by National Sports Convention | October 01, 2020 | News

As the Australian population continues to grow with increasing numbers of children in families, it is critical that all levels of government, education and the sports and recreation sectors collaborate to provide encouragement and opportunities for children to play and be physically literate.

This year’s NSC Forums will explore why it is critical to encourage children to be active, discuss programs that are creating significant impacts, and hear what young people really want.

Robyn Monro Miller, President, International Play Association – The Importance of Children being Active and Options from Play to Recreation
Pierre Comis, Board Director, Bluearth Foundation – Activating a Physical Literacy Approach for Children in Australia

In addition, the three NSC Forums will hear from:

  • Dr Lindsey Reece, Senior Research Fellow and Academic Director, SPRINTER Partnership, University of Sydney – Evaluating the Impact of NSW Government Active Kids Program: What have we learnt so far?
  • Melinda Crole, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Australia – The Importance of Young People Connecting via Community Recreation
  • Barb Champion, Executive Director, Play Australia – Active Streets: Resolving the Problem of Inadequate Space to Play and Recreate for Our Children
  • Prof. John Cairney, Head of School – School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland – The Importance of Physical Literacy to Australia



The speakers will be joined in the panels by: James Ceely, Deputy General Manager, Participation, Infrastructure and Physical Activity, Sport Australia

  • Robin O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Gymnastics Victoria
  • Darren Allie, Commissioning and Planning Officer, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
  • Annie Flamsteed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iNSPIRE Sport Online
  • A young person, courtesy of YMCA Australia

These workshops are made possible with the support of

The Sydney and Brisbane Forums are available to attend in person and also virtually online. The Melbourne Forum is available online and we are currently awaiting advice from the health department on the number of delegates that can attend this Forum in person.

With online e-delegate tickets from only $99 +GST, attendance is expected to be high and current registration bookings are demonstrating this, so register now to not miss out!

The full program is now available to download and be sure to follow the NSC Forums on Facebook, and LinkedIn for all the latest news and updates.

If you believe that this NSC Forum is of interest to your colleagues, please pass onto them whom may be interested in attending.

Don’t forget to put the NSC Forums in your calendar.

~ The National Sports Convention Team