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Five ways to play sport at UC

So, you want to play sport, but you’re not sure exactly how to get involved?  Or maybe you don’t have the time for training, and just need the weekly runaround to get your fix?   There are heaps of ways you can get sporty without all the commitment.  And remember, any kind of movement is going to help you with your mental  health! 

  1. Just play!  It’s free before 3pm everyday 

If you fancy a game of squash or badminton, you can book a court or just turn up, and it will be free if your booking starts before 3pm.  If it’s 3pm or after, then court hire fees apply – for info on fees and how to book, see our website. 

All equipment is free to borrow, all of the time.  Just swap your Student ID card with us, and you’ll get it back when you return the equipment in good condition.  

2. Join a drop-in session 

If you need more people to play with, like a big team sport, join a drop-in session.  Open to staff, students and members, we offer daily sessions for volleyball, futsal and badminton, so you can turn up and have people to play with.  See our website for info on days/times and sports. 

3. Shoot hoops anytime the courts are available 

Just shooting hoops can be a great stress reliever, even if you’re not playing competitively right now.    You can grab a ball from reception and shoot your own hoop or maybe join in a pick up game. Courts are fairly busy in the evenings with classes and club trainings, so do call ahead if you want to check availability.   

4. Join a social sport team 

We run social sport leagues every term – so there’s an opportunity to get started every 8 weeks or so.  Don’t have a team?  No problem.  Sign up as an individual, and we’ll help get you into one.   We currently offer Futsal, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball & 3×3.  Most leagues are played on weekday afternoons, and games are just 30mins.  Check out or website for more info.

5. Join a club

UCSA and UC support a huge number of student-led sport clubs, most of which offer both competitive and social graded teams.   It might not be too late to join, so head to the UCSA Find a Club website for info on who to contact.   

Here’s a little plug for UC Badminton and UC Climbing, both operating open sessions at the RecCentre for their members where you can come down and play or learn to climb. 

Remember – to use the RecCentre (for any purpose) you will require a RecCentre membership. It’s levy funded, but you still need to go online and register.   (note – this is not the app, the app alone is not a membership, but we do recommend you get it for lots of excellent reasons)

There you go – that’s our five top ways to get active with sport at UC.   If you’ve got any questions or suggestions get in touch!   We’d love to hear your thoughts and see how we can help.  

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 



It’s about a smile and connecting

It’s always slightly hard going somewhere for the first time. I remember as a kid the first day of a new school or a sports lesson that my parents signed me up for. That horrible gut ache feeling and slight hope that there would be at least one person who you could connect with and talk to and not feel like a complete outsider.

At uni there are multiple places to feel this – especially if it’s your first year here. I know this because I started in this role as one of the Chaplains at UC last year and here’s a couple of tips from my perspective so far.

Firstly, and its going to sound weird, but just put on a smile and enjoy everything you can. I know this is hard to hear for introverts and the like, but if you kind of act like you know what you’re doing and just give it a shot, somehow things seem to fall into place or at least vaguely become the new normal. The older I get , he more I see this playing out – a lot of the time we can feel alone and like we’re bluffing through life – but its ok – pretty much everyone feels like that to some extent. Feeling like this doesn’t define you!

Secondly, nearly everyone I have met so far has been welcoming and helpful. There are plenty of people out there who can help you get life sorted. When I went to uni fifty million years ago we had one café, a health centre with maybe a couple of doctors in it and loads of events. Now there is support options galore – full of super talented people here to make your life easier and help in any way they can.

Thirdly be brave. Join a club. I’m biased in this area but there are some really good faith-based clubs on campus who do great work. If you have come from a faith/church background this is an excellent place to start for friendship and a faith community. Just do a search for faith groups on the UC website and you’ll find the different groups and local church options. If you don’t come from a faith background, every one of these clubs will still be glad to hear from you!

Finally, one of the areas both John (other Chaplain onsite) and I excel in is listening and being some company. Both of us studied at UC and semi vaguely know our way around. We’re always up for a chat or a coffee or can at the very least make you feel welcome and connected at UC.

Visit the Kāhui Wairua | UC Chaplaincy  page here or email John or Jane

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