Australia’s National Sports & Physical Activity Convention and IAKS sign partnership

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) and the IAKS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with, providing greater access to the latest global insights to the Australian community sports, aquatic, and leisure facilities market.

Both IAKS and NSC are committed to collaborating for a greater global network and a stronger and sustainable Asia Pacific region industry voice and networking by combining resources, to benefit the industry. Recently Dr Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, and Klaus Meinel, IAKS Secretary General, met Martin Sheppard, Co-founder of the NSC, in Cologne and signed the Memorandum of Understanding to cement the relationship. IAKS has appointed Yvette Audet as its ANZ Ambassador and over the past 12 months has grown its presence in ANZ.

The NSC is Australia’s largest community sports infrastructure convention. Over the past few years and with the direction and support of over 40 peak bodies and collaborators, it continues to share the latest trends and thinking from the globe with showcasing good practice from around Australia.

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(L -R) Dr Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, Martin Sheppard, Co-founder & Curator of the NSC, Klaus Meinel, IAKS Secretary General

Expanded offering

The MoU partnership will allow Australia and New Zealand NSC delegates to benefit from the global IAKS network of experts and partnerships, with support over the next five years. The partnership will allow both organizations to expand their offering withing the ANZ region by offering:

  • Global speakers at NSC from 2022
  • A specialist design stream in NSC 23
  • IAKS Southern Hemisphere Global Conference co-located in 2024
  • Expanded IAKS program in ANZ to share global best practice, aligning with their expert circles across a 12-month program
  • Global access to suppliers from Australia to the world’s largest Sports and Leisure Facilities Expo (FSB cologne) held every two years.

NSC Co-Founder Martin Sheppard says “The NSC is excited to build upon the collaboration we have nurtured with IAKS over the past five years. This formalization will allow NSC to continue to bring the best of global best practice to ANZ. We will continue to work closely with the ANZ peak bodies to allow global case-studies to be show-cased alongside each other.”

Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, said “The MOU with NSC allows IAKS to expand further into the Australian market and use our global networks to continue to present global industry trends and best practice. "

Yvette Audet, IAKS Vice-President / ANZ Ambassador said “It is a great alignment for IAKS ANZ with the NSC, creating a good synergy among our networks. IAKS has helped provide international speakers in past NSC events, presenting global trends papers and case studies. We are thrilled to be further involved with NSC coinciding with the expansion of our members, network and events across Australia and New Zealand.”



National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC)

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) has grown since 2016 as Australia/New Zealand’s largest and most prominent community sport and recreation convention and expo attracting over 1,500 people annually. The organizers have worked with its 40+ collaborators to offer a program with international and Australian experts, providing the most comprehensive program on community sport recreation and sports facilities in Australia, post-covid, and with the continued support of the Victorian Government. The NSC will be held 11-13 July 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Further information on the NSC can be found at

Further information contact Martin Sheppard, Co-Founder and NSC Curator at or (03) 9421 0133.

IAKS Australia & New Zealand


Further information on IAKS ANZ contact Yvette Audet, IAKS Vice President & Australian New Zealand ambassador, or +61 410 411 975.