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Hākinakina Ngahau | Social Sport – for fun and fitness

Hands up if you hate running or ‘doing cardio’?
Hands up if you love throwing a ball or racquet around?
Hands up if you know you should be moving a little more?

Here’s an idea…why not get together for a social game of sport?    Here’s a few ways you can play sport at uni, without having to commit to training and game days.

As a UC student, you have access to the UC RecCentre, and it’s part of your Student Services Levy. So, you don’t have to pay anything further, just sign up online AND then download the app.

1. Just play! 

If the courts aren’t in use (for group fitness, social sport or a lecture), you can just borrow some equipment from our reception and get going.  It’s free before 3pm, and the equipment hire is always free. Try basketball, badminton or squash for starters, and if you can find enough friends, volleyball or futsal could be a goer too.

2. Social Sport Leagues

If you’ve got enough for a team, and can play for 30mins once a week, for five weeks, maybe the social sport leagues will suit you best.  We offer Futsal, Basketball, Netball and Volleyball, and a student team can enter for the grand total of $130 (that’s for the whole term, a one-off fee).

If you don’t have a team, you can register as an individual with us, and we’ll try and find you a team, or if there is enough of you, make a new team with all the singletons.

3.  Drop-in sessions 

These have taken a little hit in attendance of late, but we’d love to see more people back with us! Every day (except Wednesday) between 12pm and 1pm, we have blocked out the sportshall for sport, so you can rock up and play with others. Monday is Futsal, and every other day is Volleyball. Free for members and UC students, and your friends who aren’t members can pay $2 to come with for the hour.

Stay well!
Te Ratonga Hākinakina |HealthUC  Rec & Sport 

How the Education Code of Practice can support you

The Code (formally known as The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021) sets out the responsibilities of tertiary education providers, like UC, in promoting and supporting your education, wellbeing and development. 

The Code outlines the general pastoral care of students, and has specific support for students living in student accommodation. 

UC should be helping you to feel safe (physically and mentally), supported, connected and able to have your say. If you feel your needs aren’t being met, you should firstly talk to one of the support services at UC. If you want to take your complaint further, you can contact NZQA

Taking care of you during exam season

At a time where you’re focusing so much on your studies, it’s important to look after yourself too. Check out these tips to help you stay well during exam season: 

  • Rest and recharge. Aim for 8 hours sleep a night – this will help you to stay focused, energised and reduce feelings of stress
     
  • Eat well when you’re studying. Eat breakfast, avoid skipping meals and have healthy snacks. Fruit has lots of natural sugars that provide clean energy, and vegetables are packed with nutrients. Eating healthily will improve your concentration and reduce stress. It’s a no brainer!
     
  • Take regular breaks and do something you enjoy – this could be going for a 10 minute walk or chatting to a friend. Spending time away from your laptop and books can refresh your mind and leave you feeling relaxed
     
  • If you feel worried, there are people and support services here to help you. It’s always a good idea to reach out – you can speak to a friend or family member, form a supportive study group or speak to your lecturer.  

Support here at UC

Not matter how you’re feeling, you are not alone. There are support services here to help you manage your wellbeing at UC: 

If you need someone to talk to about anything at all – if you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, worried or just not sure what to do next, speak to one of the advisors at Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care. The service is completely confidential, and the advisors can talk with you about your situation, help you to figure out your options, and work out the best way forward.

Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre is here to help you stay healthy and well. They have full medical and counselling services available, which are free when you register with the Health Centre and have a community services card

if you’re ākonga Māori, UC Māori provide manaaki atu, manaaki mai – pastoral care, support and guidance, while connecting into Māori culture and community at UC. 

The Pacific Development team are here to support pacific students. The friendly Advisors can give pastoral care advice and help on anything that’s affecting you. Pasifika mentors are also on hand to provide guidance on anything you need. 

Rainbow students can connect in with the Rainbow Advisor for advice and a safe space to chat about anything on your mind. 

Sometimes the stresses of life can affect our mood and wellbeing. Check out Te Pae Oranga | Wellbeing Hub for information, resources and support on a heap of different topics including managing examsmental wellbeing and anxiety & stress. It’s everything you need in one handy place. 

You can can access these services through UCGO, the official UC app with all the tools you need to succeed.