Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Social and Drop-in Sport – what’s the deal?

Playing sport is a great way to stay active, stay connected and work on our health and wellbeing.  Try our social sport leagues or drop-in sport options.

volleyball game
Students playing volleyball at UC RecCentre
Social Sport

During term time (actually, the first five weeks beginning Monday 20 July), UC Rec&Sport are offering seven leagues, across six different sporting codes, for you to get involved. It costs just $130 per team, per term to play, meaning if you get a group of 10 of you together, that’s just $13 each for 5 weeks of play. There’s no ref duty, no uniforms – just turn up an play for 30 mins. We supply everything.      Try the usual suspects – netball, futsal, basketball, volleyball and ultimate, or our new sport this term, handball.  Check out the social sports page for days/times.  Registrations close Friday 17 July.

Drop-in Sport

Every day we have a scheduled ‘drop-in’ sport session, in volleyball, badminton and futsal. These sessions are free for students (just make sure you join, remember it’s already paid for in your student levy).  Check out the schedule online, and if you’re game, just turn up.  The game starts when you’ve got enough players, and you self-referee. These are open to staff, students, members and non-members alike (although, non-members are charged $2).

Equipment Hire & Court Hire

Fancy just playing with a friend, when you feel like it? Our court hire is free before 4pm everyday, provided you just turn up at the counter and see if it’s available  – a bit like shooting hoops. If it’s not already booked for something, you can jump in there.  If you prefer to book ahead to lock in your time, or are playing after 4pm, then court hire fees apply.

If you have any questions, please just chat to one of our customer experience team or you can email gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Play sport and be well!
UC Rec&Sport Team

RecCentre app based booking system continues as a trial

The RecCentre has seen some great uptake over our first few weeks in Alert Level 2.  The booking system was necessary to manage capacity and spacing, and we’ve had much feedback from our members requesting that we keep the booking system!

Customer service staff assisting member

Combating overcrowding & improving accountability

It turns out that many of you loved the accountability and structure it provided for your day, even those who struggle with routine.  The knowledge that there was going to be adequate space for you in the class or in the gym to train was also a positive.  We know it can get overcrowded, especially at peak times and with our popular instructors! But you also told us that a little more flexibility was needed.  This was true for both group fitness classes and the fitness centre.

Booking system trial will continue – as a trial

We will continue with the booking system for classes and peak times in the Fitness Centre, on a trial basis, until no later than Monday 13 July.

We’ll keep tweaking it, based on our observations and your feedback until we arrive at something that meets all of our needs.  If it’s successful, we will implement as a permanent feature, as we’re confident it will improve your experience with us.

What are the main changes?

  • Bookings are essential  for the Fitness Centre (main weights room), during peak times only (Monday- Friday 6am – 10am & 4pm – 8pm )
  • You don’t need to book if you want to come outside those times, or if you don’t want to use the Fitness Centre (eg hoops, boxing)
  • Bookings are essential for all Group Fitness classes
  • You can cancel right up to 15mins before your time/class starts, so if something comes up, just delete your booking in the app
  • If you decide to spontaneously go exercise, just check your app and see if there is space in the class or session.  If there is, book in and head over.  If there isn’t, you’ve just saved yourself a trip (and time) so you can replan.

Please head over to our COVID-19 Updates page for all the details on how things have changed.  You still use your Rec&Sport app to make your bookings.  Get in touch if you’ve got some thoughts or leave a comment below.

Noho ora mai – Take care and stay well.
UC Rec & Sport Team

 

UC RecCentre | How safe is it to use the gym?

The RecCentre has been open for a couple of weeks now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym.  We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently.  So, how safe is the gym?

Girl on treadmill

Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially  through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a risk greater than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.

  • Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
  • Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use .  In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
  • Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
  • Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
  • Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session.  We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
  • Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell.  We expect our members to do the same.  We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.

As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours  and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.

Noho ora mai – take care and stay well
UC Rec & Sport