Innovation, Growth and Future Investment

9th – 11th November 2021
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park



Welcome to the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention

This repositioning reflects the emphasis that all levels of government globally are now embracing and the changing nature of the conversations.

2020 has shown us that many industry sectors, including sport, government, recreation, play and fitness, just how sensitive we are to global and local fluctuations in society. Whether that be an economic downturn, the Covid-19 pandemic, bush fires, extreme weather events etc. and the importance of us having the ability to adapt and innovate. Underpinning this agility is the recognition that the economy we work in, impacts on us significantly both as program and activity organisers as well as to community sports participants and peak bodies.

This lends itself to a stronger theme of sustainability for the industry and how we can align greater with a focus on innovation, growth and future investment.

Sustainability can take many guises, from the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals, through international peak bodies such as IOC, International Sports Federations, to local government on community sustainability. All of these opportunities can impact the community sport, play, recreation and physical activity sectors. NSC21 will explore these and other topics to see how we can build a more sustainable industry and just how bold we can be in that rebuild.

Australia’s Leading Knowledge Sharing and Networking Event

This year’s NSC has the support of and has been developed with over 40 industry bodies for sport, recreation, play, education, and government following the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen a significant recalibrating our industry and how we think, plan and execute our planning and delivery to the community.

NSC21 Focus

NSC21 aims to provide a platform for the industry to reconnect, create conversations, share insights, celebrate success and provide inspiration for the future.

Our Vision

Imagine our nation as the world’s best and most active sporting nation, where success is measured on and off the field, inspiring us to be healthier and more active with more opportunities for us to participate, whether that be on paths, in parks or in pathway programs to podium success.    

Our Mission

We will work with our collaborators, partners, peak bodies and delegates to influence the conversations on how we collectively can work on the BIG issues by encouraging the industry to adopt a…


Innovation, Growth and Future Investment

National Sports & Physical Activity Convention Structure

The NSC21 Structure includes:

    • The NSC Oration: NSC’s inaugural opening speech from the Government, who will set out the agenda for how it sees a post Covid-19 society in Australia. This presentation will be discussed with key industry leaders.
    • Thought Leader Keynote Sessions: bringing together key Thought Leaders from across the globe and Australasia to explore the big issues and what is needed for a bold and sustainable agenda.
    • Keynote Sessions: with nine sessions over two days, thought provoking, sharing insights and exploring the conversations we need to have.
    • Workshops: exploring detailed insights and best practice,
    • NSC Awards: to celebrate our innovations and industry success over the past 20 months
    • NSC Community Sport & Physical Activity Expo: bringing together 30 of the industry key innovators and suppliers who want to work with the industry to be bold and sustainable
    • Innovation Tours: three industry tours focussed on The Future of: Play and Playgrounds; Sports Facilities and Activation of Urban Spaces and Community Leisure and Wellbeing Facilities.
    • NSC Academy: complimentary access to all delegates, a wealth of resources, interviews and podcasts.

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Who Should Attend?

NSC21 collaborate with industry key bodies including: Health; Education; Sport; Physical Activity and Fitness; Government; Sport and Recreation Facilities; Play Industry and Tertiary institutions that can provide the latest research and insights.

It is expected that the following industry sectors will participate at NSC21 with the following audience in attendance:

    • Architects
    • Decision makers (Board members, Councillors, Ministers, CEO’s and MD’s)
    • Planners and policy makers from each sector
    • Organisations leadership teams (directors, managers and team leaders etc.)
    • Coaches, development and program delivery staff
    • University staff – researchers, lecturers and students – our future workforce
    • Marketeers – the people that communicate the messages to get more people active
    • Sports integrity staff
    • Solution and industry providers – commercial, peak bodies, sport and consultants
    • Education sector – Principals and PE schoolteachers etc.
    • Facility Managers – local government, Not-for-profit and commercial providers
    • Fitness sector – facility owners, solution providers, personal trainers etc.
    • Play sector – play providers, equipment manufacturers and providers, play consultants and planners

National Sports & Physical Activity Convention – Sponsors 2021

Gold Partner

Rubner Holzbau - Theca Timber

Data Insights Partner

Active X

Sustainability Partner

Polytan Logo Sponsor

Networking Lounge Partner

Dalton Consulting Engineers Logo Sponsor

Sports Fields Partner

Fieldturf Logo Sponsor

Children and Youth Partner

The Y

Field of Play Partner

Sporteng Logo Sponsor

Media Partner

Australasian Leisure Management Logo Sponsor

Technology Partner

Stack Sports