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June 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report ASGA, on behalf of our members, will be making a submission to the Federal Government’s consultation into a new National Sports Plan for Australia. As part of our submission to the 2017-18 Budget process, ASGA called for a National Sport and Physical Activity Plan, so members can be very pleased the Government has taken our concerns seriously. Many of the other ideas we presented in the Budget submission remain relevant, and will form the basis of the new submission. Announced a couple of weeks ago, the Plan will be a long-term strategy for th...
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June 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Rising obesity boosting plus-size womenswear market Exercise should be a ‘core academic subject’ Sport needs to be more collaborative Bringing ultra-fast fashion to market Active kids benefit from active parents Big Data vs your data Happiness key to maintaining exercise motivation Fitness trackers unreliable as calorie counters       Rising obesity boosting plus-size womenswear market One in every £5 spent on womenswear in the UK this year will be spent on plus size garments, according to resear...
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May 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report ASGA supports a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, particularly the provisions around transparency in the global supply chains of Australia’s sporting and active lifestyle goods industry. On behalf of our members, ASGA has made a submission to the Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for Australia. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, an estimated 45.8 million people around the world are in some form of modern slavery, which describes a range of exploi...
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May 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Is underinvestment hurting Australian retail? WSOF rebranding as Professional Fighters League How much exercise is enough? More Australians using social messaging services Water better than ‘sports drinks’ for kids Online retailer confidence strong Mid-life exercise could job your memory       Is underinvestment hurting Australian retail? An opinion article in Inside Retail by Brian Walker, founder and CEO of the Retail Doctor Group, suggests Australian retailers are suffering because of a lack of...
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April 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report The head of Rebel and Amart Sports, Erica Berchtold, together with the founder and CEO of Stylerunner, Julie Stevanja, will discuss the future of Australian sporting and active lifestyle retailing at an exciting event in Sydney on Monday 19 June 2017. The two-hour networking event will run from 5pm to 7pm and will play host to many of Australia’s leading sporting goods retailers, brands and distributors. As the head of sports at the Super Retail Group, encompassing Rebel and Amart, as well as the President of ASGA, Erica is well placed to lead...
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The importance of active cities

The Australian sporting and active lifestyle goods industry is calling on the NSW state government to include ‘health and wellbeing’ as objectives in proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Executive director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), Shannon Walker, said “Our members understand that it is easier for individuals to achieve their health and physical activity goals if the infrastructure surrounding them facilitates movement and exercise.” “Given the Act is the cornerstone of how towns and cities are planned for the future in NSW, we’re...
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April 2017 Update

In this edition of the ASGA Update you’ll find articles about: Exercise fights ageing Sweat the future of wearables? Exploitation in the Indian leather industry Encouraging people to walk more The muddy rise of obstacle courses Sport specialisation can increase injury risk in kids Tackling physical health can improve mental health Physical activity starts declining at seven years old       Exercise fights ageing Mayo Clinic scientists may have just discovered the fountain of youth, according to an article on the Psychology Today website. And this magic elixi...
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Helping sporting goods businesses achieve their goals

The Australian Sporting Goods Association is dedicated to helping businesses in the sporting and active lifestyle sector achieve their goals. The ASGA Board has developed a list of areas we believe are important to all businesses in the sporting and active lifestyle sector. We’d like your feedback on which of these seven areas are most important to your business. If you run a business involved in the sporting and active lifestyle goods sector we'd love to hear from you. Please take a minute or two to fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBB7BSY Once we've collated everyon...
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March 2017 Newsletter

    Executive Director’s Report A well-respected group of active wear retail and marketing experts have predicted a strong future for female active wear, in the latest stage of ASGA’s Active Wear: Forecasting future trends in female consumer behavior research project. Australian active wear businesses are very fortunate. Through this research, they have the rare opportunity to take advantage of the distilled wisdom and insights from some of Australia’s best active wear marketers and retailers. The experts, from companies including Nike, adidas, Stylerunner, Under Armour and ...
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Industry experts predict future of female active wear

A well-respected group of active wear retail and marketing experts have predicted a strong future for female active wear, in the latest stage of ASGA’s Active Wear: Forecasting future trends in female consumer behaviour research project. Executive Director of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, Shannon Walker, said “Australian active wear businesses are very fortunate. Through this research, they have the rare opportunity to take advantage of the distilled wisdom and insights from some of Australia’s best active wear marketers and retailers.” The experts, from companies including Nike...
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