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National Sports Convention, Melbourne on 13–15 July 2020


posted by Research Admin 1 on 29 July 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre



One Convention, Many Conferences and Events, Industry Backing and with a Single Focus 

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The 2019 National Sports Convention (NSC) was developed in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand key sport, active recreation, fitness and facility peak bodies. The 2019 comprehensive program was driven by Sport Australia, Sport New Zealand, Australia’s State and Territory Sport and Recreation Departments, VicHealth and over 20 other sport bodies to align with Sport Australia’s SPORT 2030 vision.

With global peak bodies transforming policy and strategy focus to a systems approach and expanding their horizons to holistically embrace health, fitness, education in a cross sector collaboration, NSC 2019 embraced this focus and was structured accordingly.

In addition, key priorities around participation, facilities, management of community, diversity and inclusion were embedded in the plenary sessions and technical conferences.

Our vision for 2019: Reimagining Sport; more people active with greater participation opportunities.

NSC 2019 was re-structured to encourage greater knowledge sharing, increased networking opportunities and more interactive sessions. With our largest Sport and Recreation Expo ever, there was a dynamic collection of solution providers to connect with, more space for networking, dedicated activation areas and more work areas for delegates to utilise while away from the office. 

This 2019 conference program allowed delegates to share one of five key plenary sessions before starting the smaller technical conferences each afternoon.  The plenary sessions were developed to address some of the industry’s key opportunities and challenges that we are facing, including:


  • Participation – how to encourage more people to be active and achieve their potential.
  • Facilities – exploring the importance of urban design to create environments for the community to be more active and what community facilities need to look like to encourage greater usage.
  • Sports Management – growing sports participation requires a greater focus on our customers and how technology can assist us to achieve a greater customer experience.
  • A Systems Approach – exploring what this will mean for the industry together with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making to collectively achieve greater outcomes.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – everyone should be able to have an equal opportunity to participate and be leaders in sport.