The Future of Community Sport Participation in Australia

by National Sports Convention | October 08, 2020 | News

The opportunities for community participation in active recreation, play and sport has never been stronger as Australia starts getting back to the ‘new normal’.

Exploring how, as an industry, we can embrace the COVID-19 challenges, by changing the way participation opportunities are being provided. For the keen sports participant, sports clubs provide amazing pathways and experiences, but for the majority of our community these offerings may not work for them. We see in many metro-areas commercial providers of lunchtime or post-work programs such as Oztag or Touch Football are very popular. The work that local government is investing in to activate their specific target audiences is exceptional through their leisure centres and community programs.

The NSW Office of Sport’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Jones, will discuss the impact that COVID-19 has forced upon our industry and how this strengthens the need for collaboration. Below Karen shares how the NSW Government has invested in the “new norm” post-COVID. Karen will join us in Sydney for an Industry Leaders Q&A session along with Rebecca Kelley, Executive Branch Manager, Sport and Recreation ACT Government, Kirin Lindop, Chief Executive Officer, Athletics NSW and Tina Chappell, Director Sport, Community and Activation, Camden Council.

Key Partner of the NSC Forums, VicHealth, has invested in ‘Doing Sport Differently’, which encourages strong adaptation of sport provision, to activate key cohorts in the community. At last year’s National Sports Convention, VicHealth’s Executive Manager – Programs Group, Kirstan Corben, explained the concept and how to source further information. This year at the Melbourne Forum Kirstan will be exploring ‘How to Future Proof the Industry’.

The Keynote Sessions are made possible with the support of

The seating capacity to attend the Sydney and Brisbane Forums in person has just been increased to 300 and there is also an option to register virtually available. 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.

As sport returns to our communities, live attendance is expected to be high and current registration bookings are demonstrating this, so register now to not miss out!

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~ The National Sports Convention Team