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Drop-in sport sessions for fun

Are you looking for something fun to do over the holidays, or even during term time but have zero dollars, or perhaps none of your friends want to play? Why not try our drop-in sport sessions?  

Play badminton, futsal or volleyball in one of our weekday drop-in sessions, all year round.
Drop-in Sport sessions at the UC RecCentre 

 These sessions are:

  • at set times/days 
  • free to join in (if you’re a UC Student or RecCentre member) 
  • $2 for non-members (so you can bring your friend or flatmate with you for moral support if you need it)
  • open to anyone and everyone – all abilities welcome! 
When and where?
How does it work? 
  • Head to the sportshall at the designated time/day 
  • No-one there? Head to reception. You’re the first to arrive, so we’ll give you the equipment you need to set up 
  • Other people already there , just join in! 

That’s it! No commitment to turn up for a league, but 99% certain to have a few others to play the game with (which, let’s face it, is kinda needed for games like Futsal, Volleyball and Badminton!) 

Ngā mihi 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport 

FREE adult swimming lessons with discounted CCC pool memberships

Have you ever thought about learning to swim, or improving how far you can swim? The Rec&Sport team have set up an easy way for you to access 20% off CCC pool memberships, and get free swimming lessons to boot! 

All good, but why should YOU learn to swim? 

Lots of reasons, but here are our top 4: 

  1. Aotearoa New Zealand is an island nation with some beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers to play in and on. You’ll have much more fun if you’re confident you can swim  a few hundred metres to something cool or to safety. 
  2. If you’re new to exercise or injured, it is a fantastic full body, no impact workout to build cardiovascular and muscular strength.  
  3. If you’re a regular exerciser, it’s a great recovery tool between hard workouts. Also, once you ‘get’ the breathing, it can be meditative and calming.  
  4. There are some cool water based sports/activities that you might discover and be able to participate in once you’re confident in the water. 

How to get FREE learn to swim lessons – yes there is a catch

The Rec&Sport team have partnered with CCC, and set up a hassle free way for you to get your hands on a discounted pools membership.  We call it Swim Starter. 

  1. Head to our website and click the link to register 
  2. We’ll send you an email to confirm your membership at the RecCentre 
  3. Take this email to any CCC facility to enjoy 20% off any pool membership (minimum 3mths). 
  4. Now you’re a member of CCC pools, you can book into any Adult Swim lesson.  They’re FREE with pool memberships.                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s important to note that UC Rec&Sport has no further involvement once you’ve got yourself a membership.  You’ll be booking your sessions and buying your membership with the CCC team directly.   

So, whilst you’ll need to get a membership to get the free lessons, that’s a good thing, as the best way to learn a skill is to practice frequently, especially in the early stages. So, book in as many lessons in a short space of time as you can (the holidays are great for this!)  You can also practice in-between lessons, or perhaps just use the sauna, steam room and spa for some relaxation! 

Happy holidays!
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport 


Win a FIT50/Spin Zone Concession Card at the UC RecCentre

Do you want to up your game at the gym?  Then we reckon you should try our ZONE classes!  

What are ZONE classes? 

Good question! We offer two kinds – Spin & FIT50. Both can look a little scary at first, but don’t be afraid, as you are totally in control of how hard you work and when you need a break! 

Spin class at the UC RecCentre

Indoor Cycling with heat! Both metaphorical and literal heat! The latest music mixed in with anthems from days gone by – all our instructors offer up their own musical mix for you to enjoy.  Whilst it’s not about calories, it’s always a fun fact – you can burn anywhere between 400-600 calories per 45min class.  Check out this online calculator  to see your potential burn! It’s low impact on the joints, and yes, we believe it’s fun. (But hey, everyone’s interpretation of fun is different right?!) Did we mention it’s also dark? We turn off the main lights, and turn up the party lights. 

FIT50 Class
FIT50 Class in action at the UC RecCentre

Functional Interval Training. Sounds like a circuit, and it is…sort of! What makes this different to our HIIT30 and Supercircuit? First up, there’s less of you in the room, so you really can’t hide and our instructor will be there to motivate you personally.  Next, we give you a HR monitor, hooked up to our big screen and your app, so you can see your efforts in real time, against others in the room (optional – you can hide your screen results, but still have them beamed to your app to review later). And finally, we use a lot of fitness toys not available in the sportshall – ski erg, tyre flip, battle ropes, jump boxes, kettlebells… you get the idea. It’s actually a lot like a local boutique provider you’ve probably heard of, but a lot cheaper, and at 50mins long, we give you 5mins more per class.  

How can I join in? 

Easy, simply head into your Rec&Sport app and book into the class you’d like to try. Then, head down to the RecCentre at least 15mins before start time. You’ll need to pay for your class at reception, and then head round to meet your instructor and get some help with setting up your bike or HR monitor. 

Does it cost? 

Yes – it costs $3 per class, or you can buy a 10 class concession card for $27. You can use this for both Spin and FIT50.  Right now, we also have a FLASH sale until Sunday 4th April 2021, where you can buy a 10-class concession card for just $20! Just head to reception to purchase yours next time you’re in. 

How can I win? 

Too easy.  Just head to our Facebook page, specifically to THIS POST, like and follow us, then comment on our post with your fave class at the RecCentre and why! We’ll pick one winner of a concession card on Monday 5th April, along with 10 more individual class pass winners.  Competition open to UC RecCentre members only – so if you haven’t activated your student membership yet, get onto it here!  

Enjoy your holiday break, and wherever you are, keep up the good exercise mahi – your mind and body will thank you for it! 

Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport