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National Sports Convention to feature case studies on growing participation

National Sports Convention to feature case studies on growing participation
April 5, 2017

Against a backdrop of studies showing declines in participation in many traditional sports, the upcoming National Sports Convention (NSC) will feature leading advocates in sport participation, including Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England; Kate Palmer, Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission and Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand.

Key peak bodies in England and New Zealand are now focusing on growing participation in local settings, with Sport England recently launching their Core City Program.

Price will share what Sport England has learnt from their place based metrics.

Sport New Zealand’s Miskimmin will explain Sport NZ’s philosophy of how they have developed their locally led approach as a more sustainable way of activating communities, who are normally low participation communities.

With Kate Palmer recently taking over the reins of the Australian Sports Commission, she has already stated her commitment to growing community participation. She joins the NSC Conference to share her vision of how she plans to align sport, health and education to make Australia the world’s most successful sporting nation.

The National Sports Convention Conference has brought together 60 leading global policy makers and strategists together with community recreation, sport and health promotion agencies and local government, education and providers to share their views on how to increase participation.

In addition, some of Australia’s leading national and state sports organisations will be sharing a panel session to explain their approach to reducing the drop-off in participation for adolescents.

Paul Fairweather from the Australian Sports Commission will delve into the insights of what the latest AusPlay Research tells us about this cohort and what the industry needs to consider.

Growing participation locally, is a theme throughout the Conference, with three key audience cohorts identified this year: women; adolescents and over 60s, with the Conference providing insights, strategies and local case studies over both days on how to activate these groups.

VicHealth will be sharing their review of their 2016 study into social sports programs, which will influence how people plan and deliver programs in the future.

The NSC is being held in Melbourne from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st July.

Click here for event details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Top image: NSC keynote speakers Jennie Price, Kate Palmer and Peter Miskimmin.

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