New Executive Officer appointed

On behalf of the Board of Recreation SA, I am delighted to announce that Nick Takos has been appointed the new Executive Officer of Recreation SA.

Nick brings a wealth of valuable experience to the role, having worked in commercial and management roles in numerous major sporting codes for nearly 20 years.

His vast experience includes commercial and management roles at Netball SA, South Australian Cricket Association and the Adelaide Football Club.

Nick has also lectured at the University of South Australia in sports management, sponsorship, business development, marketing and strategic management. He has completed an MBA in Sports Management and is currently completing a PhD in Leadership and Organisational Culture. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Marketing.

Recreation SA is excited Nick has joined the organisation. His experience, leadership, commercial expertise and enthusiasm for recreation will be a great asset to Recreation SA, our members and the recreation sector.

Nick will commence Monday, August 22.

Iain Evans

Chairman, Recreation SA

Social Media Workshop

Engage with your customers and community.

The key to Social Media is engagement, using great content, with the ultimate aim of transacting with the client.

This workshop will explore how community recreation centres and recreation organisations can better utilise social media, to drive participation through their centres and communicate with their target audience.

The communication of information to customers or potential members is crucial to the success of any organisation or event.

The clutter that exists with current formats is making it even harder to keep in touch with members or customers.

This session will offer some alternative forms of communication and help you to analyse the existing ones so that they can be used more effectively.

Presenter Craig Burton is a recognisable figure across many sporting arenas in South Australia. He has held roles with high profile organisations including as Adelaide Football Club General Manager - Marketing and Communications, and Prince Alfred College Manager Communications and Marketing. He recently joined Investment Attraction SA, as Marketing and Communications Manager, which aims to attract investment to South Australia.

We all know content is king and the key to community engagement. Recreation SA communications officer and former Sunday Mail and Messenger journalist Heather Kennett will also share her expertise and offer valuable tips on how to compile content that is appropriate for use in the various forms of social media.

This workshop will:

  1. Review the digital landscape, where are you at with Facebook, twitter?
  2. Review websites and offer some advice on usability, architecture and on how to develop web sites and web pages.
  3. Discuss how to transact high numbers of contact points
  4. Discuss Social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, how are organisations using them, if not why not?
  5. Provide tips on constructing useable content for social media platforms

This is a great opportunity to improve participation in your centre and maximise engagement with your customers and members by taking back some practical tips to your workplace on how to maximise the use of social media.

Date: Tuesday 9 August                                                                 Time: 8.30am-10.00am Location: Next Generation, War Memorial Drive North Adelaide

COST: Members $30.00                                                                Non Members $50.00


2016 Recreation SA AGM

The 2016 Recreation SA AGM will be held at the newly completed Campbelltown Leisure Centre, on Monday 5th September.

The meeting is an occasion for members and industry stakeholders to be updated on Recreation SA's achievements and highlights from the past 12 months.

It is also an opportunity for you to help shape your industry, by nominating for the Board or for one of four committees - Aquatic, Outdoor, Community and Fitness.

Also, you can join us for a tour of the new Campbelltown Leisure Centre prior to the meeting and networking and drinks at its conclusion.

If you wish to nominate for a position on the Board or a Committee please download and fill in the Nomination Form.

If you wish to add an item to the agenda please download and fill in the Agenda Items form.

As per the constitution of Recreation SA the following changes have been prosed to the constitution by the Board of Recreation SA - to be voted on at the AGM.

Campbelltown Leisure Centre, Botanic Grove, Campbelltown.

For more information about becoming a board member or serving on a committee, call Recreation SA on 8271 6874, Monday-Thursday.

2016 Professional Fitness Network Series

Stay ahead and keep your competitive advantage with Recreation SA.

Recreation SA is a registered CEC provider – learn new training methods and keep your clients motivated with our professional development CEC courses.

Here are the details of some inspiring networking and professional development courses Recreation SA is offering for Personal Trainers in 2016.

And don't forget to become a Recreation SA member to gain CECs at reduced prices through the Fitness Professional Network Series.

June 17 - Networking Event – Next Gen Memorial Drive

SACA physical performance manager and former Crow Stephen Schwerdt discusses his journey from

AFL player to fitness coach and the key elements of his high performance strength and conditioning program at SACA. Active Management’s Justin Tamsett discusses the latest international trends in fitness marketing and brand development.


July 29 - Motivate and inspire clients and staff (2 CECs)

Identify what motivates and inspires client to exercise regularly for the long term. Upskill yourself and your PT’s with techniques to be used when dealing with clients. Boost your retention rate with this workshop, presented by TAFE SA advanced skill lecturer Tricia Labella.


August 19 – Selling your PT business: The PT price presentation (2 CECs)

Almost 70% of new clients are lost by PT’s failing to close the deal – learn to prevent this and fast track the path towards achieving your session targets, by reducing follow-ups and giving away fewer free sessions. Presented by Darren Roberts from Impact Training Corporation.


September – Superfoods Truth or Trend (2 CECS)

It’s the buzzword of our fast food times. Can any food really call itself SUPER? This workshop will separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to foodstuffs that inspire extravagant claims for health benefits.

It will be presented by Themis Chryssidis a practicing Dietician from Sprout Cooking School.


September 23 - Bulgarian Bags (12 CECs)

Be introduced to one of the most powerful conditioning tools with Australia’s most comprehensive Bulgarian bag course!

Presented by Jason Ute of the Unconventional Training Academy.


October - Explore the Core (2 CECs)

Learn the finer details of assessing your clients for potential debilitating back injuries. A practical workshop delivering tips to assess your client’s core strength and posture and teaching strengthening exercises. Presented by practising physiotherapist Amy Hunt.


November 18 - How to use Dumbbells in the Water (2 CECs)

Inspire your clients and add variety to your summer program with a cool alternative to land-based exercise. This workshop will be presented by Annette Chatterton, a regular presenter at FILEX and an Australian Institute of Fitness course coach.

For more information please contact Recreation SA.

2016 State Conference news

2016 South Australian Recreation, Parks and Leisure State Conference summary

South Australian recreation and leisure industry leaders and professionals gathered at the 2016 Parks and Leisure SA/NT and Recreation SA State Conference to gain insights into the latest industry trends, with speakers offering insights from a local, national and global perspective.

The Conference was attended by more than 140 delegates, speakers and trade exhibitors and was held at Next Gen Memorial Drive, on April 11.

Delegates at the annual event included aquatic and community recreation facility managers, leisure centre owners and operators, educators, local government professionals and other industry stakeholders.

Highlights of the State Conference included:

  • A highly entertaining keynote presentation from basketball legend and new Sydney Tigers coach Andrew Gaze, who reflected on his stellar Olympic career and how it influenced the way he thinks and tackles challenges;
  • Dr Emma Sherry, senior lecturer within the LaTrobe University Centre for Sport and Social Inclusion, delivered an inspiring and educational keynote presentation on the benefits of implementing socially inclusive programs within organisations;
  • Adelaide Strikers General Manager Bronwyn Klei shared engagement strategies used to attract nearly 220,000 Big Bash League fans through the gates at Adelaide Oval this season that have led to the team securing significant sponsorship opportunities;
  • Port Adelaide Football Club’s Paul Vandenbergh and Ross Wait spoke about the club’s Aboriginal and multicultural programs which were building opportunities and increasing engagement for these communities;
  • Beyond Bank’s Shane Farley, who is the national community development and sponsorship manager, delivered an informative presentation on what corporates were looking for from organisations seeking sponsorship opportunities;
  • John Wilkinson, from Unley Council, gave an overview of the challenges and advantages of community use agreements for school recreation facilities for local government organisations
  • Shona Pallas, Swimland general manager business development, gave a well-received presentation on the latest Aquatic and Community Recreation sector trends from the US;
  • KWP! head of social media Tom Williamson shared high impact and efficient marketing strategies;
  • Tourism SA business operations manager Joanne Chadwick offered insights into how recreation facilities can derive long lasting benefits from SA’s key international and domestic events held within the state; and
  • Richard Mellon, from the SA Government’s Office for Recreation and Sport, gave an update of the latest news from the National Active Recreation Working Group.

The 2016 Recreation SA Awards were also presented as part of the conference.

Walk The Yorke, a 500km shared walking and cycling trail around the Yorke Peninsula coastline, Norwood Swim School and outdoor educator Ben Hopkins, were recognised for making an outstanding contribution to the recreation sector in South Australia.

Each year the awards celebrate the achievements of committed professionals and forward-thinking organisations who dedicate significant time and effort to improving the recreation sector in this State.

Former Crows star Brent Reilly was the special guest at the awards presentation, where he discussed football career, his road to recovery after the sickening head injury that cut short his 203-game career and his life after football.

In remarks to conference attendees, Recreation SA president Iain Evans and PLA SA/NT regional council president John Wilkinson addressed recent developments and achievements delivered across the sectors by both peak bodies.

Iain Evans said it was beneficial for the entire sector to see the development of recreation on the national agenda with the advent of the National Active Recreation Working Group, with Recreation SA well placed to provide input into this agenda.

As well as contributing to high level discussions on planning reforms and other issues affecting the sector, John Wilkinson highlighted PLA’s work to relaunch the Parks Alive brand as a tool to promote leisure activities in public parks.

The 2016 State Conference was the fourth presented in a partnership between Parks and Leisure Australia SA/NT and Recreation SA to capture the whole of the recreation industry. The single day conference was an excellent opportunity for professionals to increase industry knowledge and local networks, and learn from colleagues in the sector.

2016 Recreation SA Awards

And the winners are...........

Yorke Peninsula’s 500km shared walking and cycling trail, the Norwood Swim School and an outdoor educator were rewarded for making an outstanding contribution to the recreation sector in South Australia last week.

Yorke Peninsula Council’s Walk the Yorke, Norwood Swim School and Ben Hopkins, from Baptist Care’s Mylor Adventure Camp, were winners of three honours presented at the 2016 Recreation SA Awards, on Monday, April 11.

The awards were handed out at a special event at the Recreation, Parks and Leisure State Conference, at Next Gen Memorial Drive.

Each year the awards celebrate the achievements of committed professionals and forward-thinking organisations who dedicate significant time and effort to improving the recreation sector in South Australia.

Recreation SA is an independent, member-based organisation with a vision to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia. It is the peak body for the Aquatics, Outdoor, Community and Fitness industries in SA.

Recreation SA executive officer Rebecca Deans said the three winners demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and a strong commitment to increasing participation in active recreation in SA.

Walk The Yorke claimed the 2016 Recreation SA Award, which every year recognises organisations or individuals who have developed initiatives that increase the numbers of participants in a recreation activity or that has increased the profile of recreation in South Australia.

Mrs Deans said Walk The Yorke, which encompasses a variety of terrains and spectacular vistas was “a fantastic example of how to increase opportunities for participation in active recreation to benefit not only the local community, but also for state and national visitors”.

“The judges were impressed with the trail’s potential to make a significant contribution to the lifestyle, health and well-being of the region’s residents,” Mrs Deans said.

Baptist Care outdoor educator Ben Hopkins was named the winner of the 2016 Recreation Industry Professional of the Year award.

Mrs Deans said Ben stood out from a very strong field of finalists because his achievements crossed many sectors.

“Ben has contributed to recreation in SA through the design and provision of Adventure Therapy programs for marginalised and disadvantaged young men across the state, through the delivery of adventure-based learning programs for young Aboriginal men and women and through leadership and management of Baptist Care's Adventure Services program, and in previous years the Mylor campsite” she said.

“He has shown strong commitment to the sector over many years and the judges were impressed by his proven leadership qualities.”

The Norwood Swim School was a deserving winner of the 2016 Watch Around Water Community Innovation Award, Mrs Deans said.

Watch Around Water is an education and public awareness raising program managed by Recreation SA that addresses the supervision of young children at public swimming pools. The program assists aquatic staff to promote safe supervision practices and provides a safe venue for the community to participate in sport and recreation. About 45 public and private pools in SA are accredited Watch Around Water centres.

Mrs Deans praised Norwood Swim School's hard work to promoting the Watch Around Water safety message.

“Our judges were impressed by Norwood Swim Schools’ holistic approach to advocating and promoting Watch Around Water safety concepts, including the addition of Watch Around Water specific messages into its Learning Pathway training booklets for instructors,” Mrs Deans said.

Mrs Deans said it was vital for the recreation industry and the health of the South Australian community to every year recognise programs, organisations and the people working in the sector who are making a real difference to encouraging more people to be involved in active recreation.

The awards were open to all of Recreation SA’s 100 member organisations.

Fitness Expo May 14-15

Exciting Opportunity for Recreation SA Members at Fitness Expo

Recreation SA will be hosting an Information Hub at this year’s Adelaide
Fitness Expo on May 14 and 15 at the Adelaide Showground.

Expo organisers are offering a Special Price for Recreation SA Members to
promote at the event. This is a perfect opportunity for members to connect
with the community and promote membership.

The Adelaide Fitness Expo is a weekend of health, fitness and wellbeing.
This unique two day event features a diverse range of the latest in healthy
lifestyle and fitness products, services, information and expert advice.

Visitors can also enjoy a large variety of interactive demos across six zones;
including Dance, Yoga, Boxing, CrossFit, Body Building and Fitness.

Special Space Cost for Recreation SA Members is Only $360 +GST,
the cost includes a 1.8m trestle site within the Recreation SA Area.

Participants can either staff the table or set it as a static display with flyers and signage.
For further information, please contact Erin Beyer at the
Expo managers, Kym Jones Exhibitions
P: 08 8297 1688 or

2016 State Conference

Basketball legend Andrew Gaze, former Adelaide Crows footballer Brent Reilly and Dr Emma Sherry are among the highlights of the 2016 Recreation SA and Parks and Leisure Australia SA/NT South Australian State Conference, at Next Generation Memorial Drive, on Monday, April 11.

The Future of Recreation, Sport and Leisure - A Sustainable Business” will explore practical and innovative ideas to provide delegates with energy and inspiration to improve the Parks, Leisure, Recreation and Aquatics sectors.

We are pleased to announce Andrew Gaze, regarded as the greatest basketballer Australia has ever produced, will be one of the keynote speakers, delivering an inspiring talk about his Olympic experience and how it has shaped the way he approaches and overcomes challenges.

Delegates will also gain an insight into how the Big Bash League has emerged as Australia’s fastest growing sporting phenomenon this summer. Join Adelaide Strikers general manager Bronwyn Klei as she discusses creating and building the Adelaide Strikers brand, generating and retaining membership through effective engagement strategies and securing the significant sponsorships deals which support the team.

Dr Emma Sherry, Senior Lecturer at the LaTrobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact, will discuss ‘Social Inclusion as a Strategic Imperative'. Dr Sherry will discuss diversity and inclusion from a whole-of-organisation approach, highlighting the economic and commercial benefits of inclusion which will lead to long term sustainability.

Newly-retired Crows star Brent Reilly will be special guest at the Recreation SA Awards breakfast, held as part of the Conference. Reilly played 203 games for the Adelaide Crows before his career was cut short by a serious head injury received during a training accident in February 2015, leaving him with multiple fractures on the left side of his skull. He will discuss his football career, his road to recovery, the influence of his different AFL coaches on his playing career and life after football.

The engaging program will allow delegates to be informed about the latest industry trends and news, including an overview of the National Active Recreation Working Group. Be updated on important national and local initiatives which impact the recreation sector.

The conference will be held at Next Generation, Memorial Drive, North Adelaide on Monday, April 11.

Code of Practice for SA public swimming pools

Recreation SA is currently working on developing a Code of Practice to support public swimming pool operators in SA, in conjunction with its Aquatic Advisory Committee and a Code of Practice Steering Committee.

Public pool operators work within a diverse web of standards, state legislation and industry guidelines to ensure adequate safeguards are in place to minimise the risk of injury to both patrons and employees.  However, the aquatic industry is still largely unregulated.

The purpose of this project is to create a Code of Practice that incorporates all appropriate documentation for operating a public swimming pool, include areas that have been neglected and create a document that is specific to the SA Aquatic Industry.  The Code of Practice will not look to rewrite existing documents, but identify gaps and assign minimum standards for good pool practice.

The Code of Practice aims to benefit all employees and patrons in the aquatic industry by providing a framework for planning and assessing aquatic environments, creating and maintaining safer venues and minimising risks and hazards.

After consultation, an industry-driven approach has been adopted to ensure employees will be appropriately trained and operate in safe environments and patrons are subject to consistent water safety messages to prevent major incidents. 

Funding has been granted from the Office for Recreation & Sport's 'Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program' for the 2015/2016 financial year.

The Code of Practice Committee is now working through the document following a process for each area identified as requiring benchmarks:

1.       Revise GSPOs to determine if areas of concern are specific enough to SA swimming pools

2.       Revise points in NSW’s Practice Note 15 and WA’s Code of Practice on particular area

3.       Discuss standards appropriate for SA

4.       Communicate these standards appropriate to each category of swimming pool

Current areas of inclusion into the Draft Code of Practice:

•         Table: Classification for Swimming Pools

•         Reference List (all Guidelines, Legislation, etc, the COP is to be read in conjunction with)

•         Photography Policy example

•         Missing Child Procedure example

Next areas of inclusion:

•         Lifeguard standards/ Supervision

•         Overcrowding: eg. lockdown procedure

•         Pool Audits: frequency, qualifications, design

•         Training standards & qualification

Other points of discussion:

•         Sustainability of document beyond 1 year funding period

•         Criteria to be a recognized provider to aquatic industry

•         Inclusion/ exclusion of pool safety and workplace design as scope is too broad for funding period

Recreation SA thanks the following members of the Code of Practice Committee for their support and assistance: Alistair Baird, Amanda Carmichael, Ben Grant, Catherine Foreman, Dael Redmond, Grant Watkins, AUSTSWIM, Julie Stevens, Kelly Lange, Kym A’Court, Nathan Byles, Paul Taylor, Samantha Wharton, Sarah McEwen.


Recreation SA partners with Fitness Australia

Recreation SA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fitness Australia.

The two leading organisations have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure the South Australian fitness industry has access to the best industry training and support and advocacy.

Fitness Australia is the peak fitness industry association providing a range of support services and solutions to over 30,000 Registered Personal Trainers, Registered fitness instructors, fitness businesses and suppliers Australia-wide.

Fitness Australia will work with Recreation SA to delivery a range of fitness industry networking events and workshops, with the aim of keeping the SA fitness and health community engaged, informed and supported.

Together, the organisations will advocate for government and policy reforms.

To learn more about the partnership click on this link:


To view Recreation SA's upcoming professional development series and training sessions click here.