The National Sports Convention 2016


The National Sports Convention 2016 is on the agenda for our Director Dion Gosling this week. Dion will be attending the two day convention hosted at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. The NSC is a dedicated sport and recreation management conference aimed at focusing on how to encourage more people to play and participate in sport and what facilities, solutions and infrastructure is needed to activate and retain them.

The NSC is held over two days from the 23 – 24th June 2016. As part of the 2016 theme on Innovation the inaugural Sports, Recreation and Play industry Innovation Awards is being held to recognise individuals, not for profits and others in the sports sector.

The convention boasts an array of international guest speakers focusing on six key streams:

• Synthetic Sports Turfs
• Natural Sports Turfs
• Sport and Recreation Facility Management
• Programs and Activities to Grow Participation
• Technological Solutions to Enhance Experience and Patronage
• Play Symposium

In particular the Global Update on Synthetic Sports Surface Standards is of interest to Dion. Studio106 is about to complete a world-class water-based artificial hockey turf for Mount Roskill Grammar School. In particular Erik Kinlon the General Manager of HG Sports Turf will be presenting Hybrid Turf Technologies – The Best of Both Worlds offering insight into its growing development and introduction into Australasia. Studio106 is leading the way in sports architecture and turf development and is looking to build on growing these technologies in New Zealand.

Another area of interest is in the Successful Management Practices to Increase Playing Capacity on Community Sports Fields. Studio106 seeks to not only provide well designed sport and community facilities but ones that are both economically and socially sustainable. Keith McAuliffe – Managing Director of Labosport Australia will be offering insight into playing field capacity and communicating this to stakeholder and technical strategies to extend playing hours of the turf – something we are all looking to achieve.

Alongside the NSC there will also be a series of ‘Masterclasses’ offering in-depth insights into new performance standards for specific sporting areas such as hockey.

Key Note Speakers Include:

Jennie Price – Sport England Chief Executive – Whole of Government Sporting Future Strategy

Peter Miskimmin – Sport New Zealand Chief Executive – Sport New Zealand’s New Strategic Plan

Simon Hollingsworth – Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive – Australia’s Community Sporting Future.

Catherine Hamilton – Principal Landscape Architecture Opus International – Global Innovation in Play Transforms Community Participation.

Geoff Barry – Community Sport and Recreation New Zealand – What motivates and inspires young people to participate and be active for life?

We look forward to Dion sharing his learnings over the course of next week and identifying opportunities to integrate these into our practice.

NSC Link