Play.Sport.Australia. new participation platform
25 Mar 2015
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM has welcomed the launch of Play.Sport.Australia. – Australia’s new national policy platform which aims to improve participation in organised sport.
Play.Sport.Australia. is the ASC’s grassroots complement to the national high performance plan Winning Edge, and is built around better engagement with the community, stronger governance for sports and innovative ways to improve their long-term financial sustainability.
“Play.Sport.Australia. will help sport collectively to “lift its game” when it came to improving participation rates,” Wylie said.
“At the end of the day, participation still remains the best measure of the strength of our sporting sector.
“Play.Sport.Australia. will give sports a game plan to become forward-thinking organisations that deliver the products Australians want and arm them with the knowledge and practical initiatives such as the Sporting Schools programme to help them to grow.”
Wylie said the evolution of shorter formats or hybrid games that were easier to learn and participate in, such as T20 cricket, AFL 9s or FAST4 Tennis, were all good examples of innovative ways sports have acted to bolster numbers and tap in to new markets.
The national sports sector generates just under $13 billion in annual income and employs more than 100,000 people along with 2.3 million volunteers.