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National Sports Convention to spotlight transformational potential of community sport and leisure facilities

National Sports Convention to spotlight transformational potential of community sport and leisure facilities
October 12, 2021

The upcoming National Sports Convention will deliver a live Keynote Session on Thursday 25th November spotlighting how prominent global thought leaders are creating the next generation of facilities with impact.

This Keynote Session will explore the transformational potential for community sport and leisure facilities to create community hubs that support a complete range of community needs and broader ambitions of creating healthy and engaged commitment.

NCS will address the “need to change how we think about, fund and encourage innovation, could create a greater community embracement of physical activity, recreation, play, health and wellbeing opportunities.  Social infrastructure encompassing community shaping projects in the areas of healthcare, education, transport orientated urban regeneration as well as sporting and cultural facilities will be critical if we truly want to create exciting and sustainable Active Cities.”

Keynote Session includes input from:

  • Darryl Condon – Managing Principal, hcma architecture + design (Canada) – Community Leisure Hubs at the Centre of Sustainable Communities
  • Lim Hong Khiang – Chief, Sport Infrastructure Group, Sport Singapore (Singapore) – Reimagining Sport Infrastructure As Strategic, Citizen-Centric, Social Nodes to Drive Sustainability and Well Being Within the Community
  • Brett Diprose – Associate Principal, Warren and Mahoney -  Participation Is One Thing, but Making a Difference to the Health and Wellbeing of a Community Needs to Be Considered Just As Important, How Can This Be Facilitated?

Also contributing are:

  • Naomi Gilbert – Senior Planner - Places and Precincts, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Government Planning and the Importance of 20 Minute Neighbourhoods; and
  • Dion Gosling – Director, 106 Architects and Third Place Thinking™

The NSC Virtual Conference Program consists of five themed streams, released each Thursday, with at least one interactive session at 9.00am each week.

  • Thursday 11th November – A Bold Agenda for Managing Sport
  • Thursday 18th November – Growing Participation in Active Cities
  • Thursday 25th November – Creating Community Sport and Leisure Facilities with Impact
  • Thursday 2nd December – Sustainability in Sports Fields and Facility Design
  • Thursday 9th December – NSC Oration – A Blueprint for the Next Decade, Brisbane 2032 and Beyond

The full program for the National Sports and Physical Activity Convention is available at

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