Innovation, Growth and Future Investment

9th – 11th November 2021
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park



Welcome to NSC21, which will be launched in middle of May as the National Sports and 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 economic 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 be exploring these and other topics to see how we can build a more sustainable industry and just how bold we can be in that rebuild.

This year’s event will be held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 November, allowing the industry to come together and network at Australia’s most respected industry networking and knowledge sharing event.

With new initiative to be announced that aim to build on this industry networking and knowledge sharing including the NSC Academy which is a first for the sector and will be offered to all delegates once they sign up and register for NSC21.

Australia’s Leading Community Sport and Recreation 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

The Bold and Sustainable Agenda will focus on what the industry has told us are the BIG issues.

The Health and Wellbeing Agenda

what value is physical activity, recreation and sport to the health and wellbeing of the community


embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what it means for local provision

Innovation, Growth and Future Investment

how to recover, adapt and thrive in the new economic challenged world

Active and Connected Communities

ensuring everyone has the opportunity to participate, creating active communities, active cities and a more active nation

Growing Participation

recovering post-Covid, embracing exercise, mass participation to pathway programs

Children and Young People

understanding their needs, interests and how we can keep them active, participate and be open to sporting pathways

Managing Sport and Its Integrity to Ensure Sustainably

systems, governance and integrity

To be able to achieve such a strategic agenda, the industry appreciates it needs to embrace key catalysts of change, including:

Effective Investment Models

encouraging innovation 


evidence based decision making through high quality-data, insights and learnings

Digital Transformation of the Business of Sport

embracing technology across the whole of business and industry

Governance and Integrity of Sport

the priorities for the industry

Empowering Future Leaders and Retaining Them

encouraging more volunteers, empowering future leaders and retaining current people

A Collective Approach to Outcomes

government sport, commercial sector collaborations

NSC Structure

The NSC 21 Structure will include:

Global Keynote Sessions

Global Keynote Sessions

Inspirational global/national speakers focused on strategic and ‘Big Picture’ priorities around the themes

Keynote Session

Keynote Sessions

Themed keynote sessions daily aligned to key priorities that delegates have the choice to attend.



Workshop streams and co-located conferences with greater emphasis on deliberation to encourage greater interaction with depth of key issues.

Sport and Physical Activity Expo

Showcasing peak body and exhibitors’ solutions in a more intimate setting integrated with the main conference.

NSC Academy

A new online platform to share in depth video interviews, latest trends, white papers, research hub and more, updated each month from June 2021 to April 2022.


To celebrate success within the industry and recognise innovators and good practice nationally


The strongest feedback from delegates as NSC’s strength, to include industry meetings, Global to Local keynote meetings, industry body networking.

Online Accessibility

Recorded access to the NSC Forums and NSC 21 to all delegates

Call Martin Sheppard, NSC Program Curator and Co-founder on (03) 9421 0133 for more details.

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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