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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 


Make the most of your break – look after you

You did it – you’re halfway through the first semester! Now’s the time to reset, recharge, hang out with mates and do a few things you enjoy. 

Check up on yourself

It’s easy to put your health on the backburner when life gets busy with study and work. Over the break, it’s a good idea to book in those appointments you’ve been meaning to get to.

Te Whare Hauora | Health Centre offers a range of services, including check-ups and counselling, all at a low cost – or even for free – depending on your enrolment.

UCSA also offers a subsidised dental scheme for students, with discounted check-ups, hygiene appointments and treatments. You can learn more and book in here>

Screen looking a bit blurry? The UCSA have partnered with Specsavers Riccarton to offer students $10 eye exams, plus 25% of glasses. Check out the full offer here>

Feeling burnt out?

It’s normal to feel tired after a busy term, but sometimes it’s more than that. If you need to talk – about feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or anything that’s bothering you – Te Rantonga Ākonga | Student Care team are here to help. Learn more & book an appointment>

If you’re a Māori or Pasifika ākonga (student), you can tap into the specialised support services at Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Vice Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

  • UC Māori can provide support and guidance to ensure the path you choose is right for you
  • The Pacific Development Team offers pastoral care to Pacific students and are on hand to answer any of your questions or just have a chat if you need someone to talk to. 

All UC students now have free access to the full version of Mentemia, a mental wellbeing phone app, designed to help you feel good and function well. With handy tools such as meditation sessions, breath training and mood boosting features, download the app now and create an account with your UC email address to unlock an amazing toolkit.   

Talk to someone who knows what’s going on

Uni is exciting – but also challenging. If you’re feeling a little lost, it’s great to talk to someone who’s been there and done that: an older UC student. With a range of mentorship options, including a Māori Leadership Programme and Pacific Mentoring Programme, sometimes all it takes is a helping hand. Learn more and register to get a mentor here>

Check out UC’s Wellbeing Hub for tips on looking after you – and have a well-deserved mid-semester break!

What else can you do to make the most of the break?