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It’s really hard to play sports by yourself – but you don’t have to!

Do you ever find yourself wanting to play a game of something, but then find you don’t have enough people who can play, all at the same time?   Without a social sport league, it’s like herding cats!   The RecCentre has some solutions for you! 

  1. Try a drop-in session at the RecCentre 

These sessions are scheduled each week, and all you have to do is turn up.  If you’re the first to arrive, you can come to our reception and ask for the equipment you need, and get it started.  As people arrive, you’ll start to get enough to play. In Term 1, we have designated sessions for Futsal, Volleyball and Pickleball for anyone to join in. Bring a friend, or come alone and meet some new friends! 

2.  Shoot hoops and join a pickup game 

There’s a nice community of regular ballers down at the RecCentre, and you can often roll up and find yourself a pickup game with randoms.    

3. Enter a team in a social sport league or join UCASS 

If you want to play in a social sport league (We offer Netball, Basketball, Futsal and Volleyball), you can enter a team if you have one.    If you don’t have enough for a team every week, then consider joining the UC Amateur Sports Society.   UCASS are a fabulous lot, award winning even, who collaborate with us to run the social sport leagues, and they have a number of teams entered in every league we offer that they can probably slot you into. Chat to them at UC Clubs’ days this week. 

4.  Book a court and play with a friend 

Of course, if you have 1 friend you can rely on to have a go with you, you can always book a squash, badminton or pickleball court and have a bash.  All equipment is always free to borrow from reception, or you can bring your own. Court hire is free before 3pm daily, and after 3pm it’s not. You can book online (there’s a link in your app that will take you to the booking site), or you can just stop at reception to check availability and book there.    

Remember to keep moving for both your physical and mental health! Keep it fun, enjoyable and be consistent and you’ll be winning. 

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 

Try Hip-Hop, Ballet or Boxing at the RecCentre

In addition to our popular group fitness classes, UC Rec&Sport also offer a small selection of specialty courses, where you can build new skills and new friendships over five weeks together.

Students stretching at the barre
Ballet class at the RecCentre

Specialty Courses available in Term 1

You could brush up your Ballet skills, bust out your Hip-Hop moves or get Boxing fit.  Courses run for five weeks, with one session per week. These courses are small in size, so you get really close instruction from experienced teachers. The content is tailored to the group at an introductory level, with intermediate offered if there is demand.

All courses begin the week beginning Monday 26th February 2024, finishing in the last week of term 1.  Registrations are open now, and they will fill fast!

 How to enrol
  • Visit the specialty courses pages to check the timetable to choose the course you can attend.
  • Register via the membership portal (you’ll find a link to this on those pages too)
  • On your next visit to the RecCentre, pay the course fee at our reception desk 

We aim to keep these specialty courses affordable, and at the discounted student rate of $42.50 for boxing and $55 for ballet and hip-hop, they are well below what you’ll pay elsewhere.

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina


How to book a class at the RecCentre

The RecCentre group fitness programme is one of the best in Christchurch (that’s what our members tell us!) which means our classes can get super busy, especially those will smaller capacity like SkillX and Spin, or our popular Pilates classes.  To help you plan your week, we have a booking system in place for all our group fitness classes. 

View of back of the instructor teaching a pump class at the UC RecCentre
Pump class at the UC RecCentre

Our system aligns with the UC Values of Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga and Tiakitanga, underpinned by Utu – tika, pono and aroha.  This means doing what is right, with empathy, care, and consideration for others.          

How does that work? 

  • In practice, this means we ask that you book your space in class whenever possible.   
  • Simply open the app, go to the classes section, scroll through the timetable and hit ‘book’ on the classes you want to attend.
  • If you cannot make it, please unbook yourself no later than 30mins prior to the class start time.  That way, our RecCentre community on the waitlist have an opportunity to join the class, and a seat/spot is not wasted.  

How do I cancel my booking? 

  • Simply head into the app, find the class you booked into and hit ‘cancel booking’.  It’s as simple as that.   Takes but a few moments.

What happens if I don’t cancel in time? 

  • If you fail to cancel and don’t turn up, our app will automatically lodge a ‘strike’ against your account. 
  • If you reach two strikes in 7 days, our app will block your advanced booking privilege for the next 7 days. 
  • After 7 days, your advance booking privileges will be reinstated. 
  • You can still attend classes, but you will need to turn up and be booked in by a team member, either at reception or by the instructor, if there is space available.  

Okay, but do I have to book? 

  • It’s not essential, but it is highly recommended because we can reach capacity, especially in Term 1
  • If you prefer, you can choose to look closer to class start time and book in on your way over.

You can read all the info on the booking system on our website, including what the waitlist is and how it works.

Get your membership and app sorted today! 
If you haven’t done it yet, set up your first RecCentre membership online now, and then set up your Rec&Sport app  (remember to use your or email account or it won’t work!).  If you already have a membership from 2023, and you have re-enrolled for 2024, you won’t need to do this again.

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina