National Sports Convention expands in 2017

To grow sports participation as an industry it needs to change not only the way we look at sport, but how we collaborate, plan, develop and deliver programs
to activate people, through a more innovative approach. This is the main focus of the National Sports Convention (NSC), a series of sport and recreation
management events to be held in Melbourne on 19-21 July 2017.

National Sports Convention expands in 2017

The National Sports Convention has expanded to three days to include a NSC Conference Program, Sport and Recreation Expo (two days), Australian Sport,
Recreation and Play Innovation Awards, National Football Conference, Industry Best Practice Tours and a Community Sport Think Tank. More events are
to be released soon.

This is all made possible with the industry support of collaborators and sponsors. Sponsors confirmed for 2017 include Polytan (Platinum), Grassman (Gold)
and FieldTurf (National Football Conference Sponsor).

“We feel very humble with the praise we received earlier this year and how the key peak bodies for community recreation and sport have embraced the National
Sports Convention and want to work with us to make this event Australia’s and New Zealand’s major focus that everyone should attend,” said Martin
Sheppard, Managing Director of Smart Connection Consultancy.

“With the support of VicHealth, the Australian Sports Commission, Sport New Zealand, Vicsport and our other collaborators we aim to bring together the
best in Australia and key people from around the globe to share stories and learnings so that we can really make a difference.” 

Hans Westerbeek, Professor of Sport Business at Victoria University — Australia’s leading sports university — said it was important that they
were a key partner in delivering Australia’s leading community sports conference.

“The importance of this conference goes beyond the standard industry gathering where professionals meet around listening to some high-profile keynote speakers
– the purpose of this conference is to engage in debate about the future of community sport, and its relation to the wider sport industry,” Mr Westerbeek

“Few conferences offer the wide range of topics and bring theory and best practice together in the way that the National Sports Convention does.”

Mark McAllion, Chief Executive Officer of Vicsport, added that the 2016 National Sports Convention highlighted the opportunity for even greater collaboration
between sport and local government to support sports clubs and programs to encourage more people to participate.

The organisers are presently seeking additional collaborations with peak bodies, to ensure that the program, expo and networking opportunities are valuable
to every delegate, presenter and exhibitor. Any collaborators who are interested should contact the organisers.

For more information on the National Sports Convention visit the website at

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