Five “Big Issues” have been identified for this year’s NSC with key emphasis on how as an industry we can address and convert these issues into opportunities to grow participation.  These will curate the NSC Agenda from day one with keynote speakers adding their weight to the discussions.

The Five Big Issues are:

Big Issue 1: The Participation Agenda: How Do We Connect Health and Wellbeing Including Physical Activity Policy with Sport

For years as an industry, we have passionately believed that the benefits sport can bring to a community can make a difference.  Yet we have not been able to convince “Health” to appreciate and invest in our perception of the benefits.  This year the NSC will provide the health benefits from the Federal Department of Health’s perspective.

Increasing physical activity is a key focus area in the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030 (NPHS), and the National Obesity Strategy complements the NPHS. With national leadership driven by the Department of Health, exploring how in partnership, we can embrace opportunities to collectively make a difference to the health of the nation and drive participation in physical activity over the next decade and create foundations for a healthy life.

Big Issue 2: Active Cities and Spaces to Generate an Active Nation Ready for Brisbane 2032

Globally industries are developing alliances with an agreed outcome to maximise the impact on their communities. Why is the rest of the world moving forward on this strategy, yet Australia is still contemplating this strategy?  An active nation begins at local community levels, but where does it start and how do you bring the collective energies of all the participants to make a difference. There has been significant success in Denmark and Oliver Vanges (The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities) will join us again to showcase their insights.  The Active Queenslanders Industry Alliances’ Executive Chair, Phil Reeves, will also share insights and learnings of how a collective approach to facilitating a more active Queensland.

Big Issue 3: The Importance of a Children and Young People’s Agenda

The recent Healthy Active Kids Scorecard provided a global reality check to compare results against the western world.  We did not do well with another ‘D-’ score.  As many of our children between 5 and 15 are possibly our future Olympians and Paralympians for Brisbane 2032, what do we need to change.  Kylie Hesketh, Chair of the Active Healthy Kids Australia Committee / IPAN, Deakin University will provide an overview of the Scorecards’ results.  Sarah Loh Executive Manager, Future Healthy Group, VicHealth will provide insights into their innovative approach to building a healthier future for Victoria’s young people.

Big Issue 4: Re-imagining the Sports Industry with a Customer Centric Philosophy to Grow the Industry

As many sports shift their strategic planning for organisational focus to a customer centric focus, which means that the sports are exploring how to attract consumers of the sport, even through service providers that they wouldn’t normally recognise.  This approach can be embraced by smaller, medium-sized and larger sports, with Cricket and Golf showcasing their current strategies.

Big Issue 5: Innovative Environments to Activate Community Sport and Recreation

As society explores environments to be active away from traditional sports facilities, government needs to develop and promote environments and opportunities for young people to be active in different ways. The technology around surfaces provides the greatest generational opportunity to create these spaces. This session is made possible with the support of IAKS.

  • The Future of Urban Activity Areas – Maria Keinicke, KEINGART Architecture (Denmark)
  • Surface Technology for the Next Generation of Sports Field Users – GEN 2 – Alastair Cox, Facilities & Quality Programme Manager, International Hockey Federation (Switzerland)

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