Retention and Participation in sport – Why retention is important post COVID

What can we learn from the research? And what can we take away to implement after COVID?

Vicsport have, in partnership with Victoria University and Federation University and with support from VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria collaborated to bring you this researched-based webinar.


The Sport and Recreation Spatial research team (Victoria University and Federation University) has conducted the Sport Participation Research Project since 2015. The data that has come out of the project has helped sports to see trends in overall participation and retention and plan accordingly. During COVID, we have been limited in opportunities to share the general trends of the data with the greater sporting community.

The Webinar

This webinar will share the general trends in participation including retention and drop-out over the past years (2105 – 2018) and as well as ideas about how to retain members in the COVID period. This will include ideas that sports have already used to engage with members during COVID and some ideas for the future to use the date to retain members.

The webinar will be lead by Professor Rochelle Eime:

Professor Rochelle Eime is a Behavioural Epidemiologist who has over 15 years of research experience specifically relating to the sport and recreation sectors relating to both public health and sport management. Rochelle is the Director of the Sport and Recreation Spatial program of research which focuses on investigating sport and recreation participation, facilities and health for evidence-based decision making.

The key areas of focus are:

  • Participation levels and trends
  • Influences on participation
  • Value of sport: the health benefits of participation
  • Places to play: the nexus between facilities and participation

The Panel

  • Lisa Hasker - CEO, Vicsport (MC)
  • Professor Rochelle Eime - Victoria University & Federation University
  • Professor Hans Westerbeek - Victoria University
  • Emma Staples - Head of Participation, Community Development and Diversity, Cricket Victoria
  • Angela Banbury - General Manager Netball Development, Netball Victoria


Registration will cut off at 4pm today Tuesday 25 August.

You will receive a link to access the webinar after 4pm today Tuesday 25 August via the email you use when registering.

For event queries, contact Lisa Hasker, CEO, Vicsport via
For registration queries, contact Bron Humphrys, Events and Membership Coordinator, Vicsport via

Wed Aug 26 2020, 10.30am — Wed Aug 26 2020, 12.00pm
Free (Member: Free)

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