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FACT SHEET ON THE SPORT AND RECREATION SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE
(SASReCon)



  • Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) hosts a bi-annual sport and recreation conference, SASReCon, which is attended by sports researchers, academics, students and practitioners from federations, government, and other organisations.
  • SASReCon is the primary sport science conference in South Africa and a project of the National Department of Sport and Recreation that endeavours to bridge the gap between the science and practice while also acting as a forum for the academic, sport science and research community to present and share results of recent projects.
  • In order to align SASReCon to the resolutions of the 2011 Sports Indaba and to align research output to the sports plan, the conference from 2012 onwards, primarily focuses on Sport and Recreation Master’s and PhD student research. Academics from different national and international academic institutions are also commissioned to present at SASReCon in support of the students.
  • SRSA is solely responsible for the organisation and the delivery of the conference. This means that SRSA will be responsible for the core conference costs and will pay a fixed honorarium, to academics whose papers are approved by the department’s commission on research but tertiary institutions are in turn expected to support the participation of the selected academics in SASReCon by contributing towards the academics’ travel, accommodation and subsistence allowances.
  • The Director-General has appointed a committee which comprises of the SRSA Task Team and Academic Advisory Panel (AAP) with CATHSSETA as a partner in delivering SASReCon 2014.
  • The date for the 2014 SASReCon was 25 – 27 September 2014, held in the Gauteng Province. The conference was held over three days as per post 2012 SASReCon close out report recommendations.
  • The 2014 SASReCon, was proposed to be “20 Years of Democracy: Sport as a Catalyst for Change”. The conference had the following focus areas/tracks:
    1. Physical Activity and Health
    2. Youth and School Sport
    3. Business in Sport and Recreation.