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The UC RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday

The UC RecCentre will be closed on Monday 1st June – Queen’s Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with the usual booking systems in place.

Our team has been working super hard to open the facility under Alert Level 2 restrictions, and we’ve been delighted with the uptake and positive response.

So, we’re taking our own advice, and in order to look after you the best we can, we first need to look after ourselves. With this in mind, the whole team will be taking Monday 1st June off, so we can recharge our own wellbeing dials.

You can still get your exercise fix on our YouTube channel, and flip back through some of our 100+ recorded classes and workouts.
Or if you’re looking to develop your own self-care habit, check out these 151 ideas!

We thank you for your great work in returning to the gym safely, and for your ongoing support.

UC Rec&Sport Team

Jumpstart your Health and Wellbeing – a free six week walking programme

Would you like to start exercising, but are a little overwhelmed by all the high intensity training online?   No problem!    Walking is one of the safest and healthiest forms of exercise to get you started, and we’re here to help.

What is Jumpstart?
Two women walking up steps in forest walk
Washpen Falls

Jumpstart is a FREE six week walking programme that will progress you from walking nowhere, to walking 5km comfortably and safely.  You don’t need to join the RecCentre, and you can do it wherever you like!

Once you’ve completed it, you may feel stronger about hitting up the many gorgeous walks in Canterbury, once we hit Level 2.

Why join Jumpstart?
  • Having a programme with daily goals helps keep you on track
  • You’ll have a trainer assigned to you, so you can chat about anything that pops up
  • We throw in some beginner conditioning and stretching that will improve your strength and flexibility, helping you walk better
How do I join?
  • Simply download the Rec & Sport app (it’s free), and select the Jumpstart programme from the featured programmes selection.
  • This will be your programme to follow for the next six weeks.
    You can start the programme anytime you like.
  • Your first walk is just 10mins! (And we guarantee, absolutely NO BURPEES!)

If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor or discuss with your trainer before commencing the programme.

For more information, check out our Jumpstart – Desk to 5km page.
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UC Rec & Sport

FREE staff sport lunchtime sessions at the RecCentre

How about getting out at lunchtime for some friendly sporting action? The Rec & Sport team are pleased to offer several sessions a week, where UC Staff can pop over to the RecCentre and get active for an hour, absolutely free. You don’t have to be a member.

How does it work?
Turn up to the RecCentre with your Staff ID card. This is essential, no matter how often you come. We’ll get you to sign in as a casual visitor (for H&S), then you can get in there and play. We don’t set it up for you, so if you’re first to arrive, you can swap your staff card to borrow the gear and start setting up. That’s it. Your free entry doesn’t entitle to you use the fitness facilities while you’re here, but you are welcome to use the showers after. BYO towel, or rent ours for just $1.

The Sports
Until the end of 2018, we are offering the following time slots for UC Staff to participate:

Tuesday 12pm – 1pm Volleyball Sportshall All levels
Wednesday 1pm – 2pm Badminton Sportshall All levels
Thursday 12pm – 1pm Volleyball Sportshall All levels
Friday 11am – 12pm Volleyball Sportshall Int – Experienced staff and students
Friday 12pm – 1pm Futsal Sportshall All levels

All equipment is provided, although you can bring your own badminton racquets if you prefer, as we only have a limited number.
The plan for 2019.

Recently, UC RecCentre and UC Sport amalgamated to become UC Rec & Sport. Our new team will be doing things a little differently in 2019.

Free Staff Sport Sessions
We’ll continue to offer free staff sport hours, commencing in February, and we’ll set the days and times, once we know what timeslots are available. Show us with your feet what the demand is, and we’ll try to get the mix just right.

Social Sport Leagues
Staff and community will now be able to enter what our social sport leagues! Get a team together and play in a regular weekly match. We offer Futsal, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and more. Our leagues take place weekday afternoons, between 12 -5pm. The cost will be around $125 for a six week league. Keep an eye out for more information in early 2019!