The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention will offer a day of innovative tours to sports fields and facilities, community sport and leisure facilities, and children’s playgrounds and play spaces. The NSC Tours are on Monday 11th July and will include:

Tour 1: Play and Young People Tour

Exploring a diverse range of places to promote an understanding of the connection between play and physical activity. Visiting multiple sites focused on designing for play – with knowledge sharing insights from designers and architects as well as the recreation planners including:

  • Melbourne Parkour, Carlton Gardens
  • Wilson Avenue Bouldering Wall, Brunswick
  • Gardiner’s Reserve, North Melbourne
  • The Venny, Kensington PLUS

This tour is organised in association with Play Australia and Facilitated by Robyn Monro Miller, President of International Play Association and Board member, Play Australia, and Barb Champion, Executive Director, Play Australia.

Tour 2: Sustainability in Sports Facilities and Surfaces Tour

Designing for sustainable outcomes includes integrated and mixed use to encourage community participation. This tour will explore the latest thinking and strategy for formal sport facilities (indoor and out) and utilising spaces to maximise utilisation including casual space on street corners. This tour will visit:

  • La Trobe University, Bundoora – our Sports Park is the first of its kind in Australia. It offers a unique environment to play, teach and research sport (indoor, synthetic and natural fields).
  • Parade College, Bundoora – see the latest woven synthetic surfaces, to acrylic courts to drive sporting and academic success at the school.
  • Melbourne Olympic Park Trust – Australia’s most versatile sporting and entertainment precinct.

Tour 3: Community Leisure Facilities with Impact Tour

Exploring latest designs and refurbishments in the aquatic and leisure industry. Sites include:

  • URBNSURF, Tullamarine – Australia’s first surf park providing perfect, ocean-like waves in an authentic, safe and controlled environment, catering to all ages and abilities.
  • Melbourne City Baths, Melbourne – first opened in 1860, and renovated in the 1980’s, it has the largest swimming pool in the CBD, as well as a gym and a fitness studio. Hear the vision for the next 100 years.
  • Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Northcote – the redevelopment of this local iconic state of the art centre using best practice.

This tour is in collaboration with the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

For more information on the tours and to book your seat (places are limited) visit:

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