How You Can Be Involved

January 22, 2024 - 6 months ago

Access to mental health resources remains a significant hurdle for many young Australians. The stigma surrounding mental health issues can deter people from seeking help, perpetuating a cycle of suffering in silence. This year, we’re ‘changing the game’.

Urban Rec is calling our community to come together in 2024 to support our cause. Here are some ways to help us, “Change The Game”. 

ATTEND ONE OF OUR FREE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION SESSIONS

Each session covers the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, how to start the conversation and how to support an individual going through a mental health challenge. The next session has free tickets available now. 

Donate $50 to get a kid or an adult into ORGANISED sport

Sport is a recreational privilege, we know that. You can donate $50 which will go directly to kids or adults that do not have the money to pay for the access. Urban Rec have started the year by adding 20 vouchers for anyone who needs them. 

Attend one of our charity Tournaments

The next one is happening in Wollongong on Feb 11, The Superbowl Flag Gridiron Tournament. All the proceeds from these Charity Events are donated to OTLR. Plus, you get an amazing day out, in the sun, playing sport!

Get Involved in Mates In March (9k’s in 9 days)

This March we are partnering with OTLR for their initiative, Mates In March. We lose 9 people to suicide each month, this March, walk or run 9 kms for any 9 days during the month. Then, spread the word on social media. 

BUY MERCH FROM OUR ASSOCIATION

All the merch available within our shop goes directly to our Association, raising funds for partner charities or making sport accessible to other minorities. 

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WHAT IS PRIORITY REGISTRATION?

December 1, 2023 - 7 months ago

Well, quite simply, Priority Registration is one week during the season where existing teams in the league have the ability to re-register for the following season, before the league accepts registrations from the general public.

This season’s priority registration week is Monday December 4th – Monday December 11th. 

Leagues go live to the public on December 12th, meaning you may lose your spot!

  • The league will be exclusively open to currently playing teams for 7 days from a pre-determined date. 
  • On the first day of the Priority Registration week, the captain of the team will receive a private link via email for them to register with.
  • If your team registers during this time we sometimes offer a small thank you in the form of a Captains gift for the hard work they put in.
  • 2023 onwards we have been further rewarding our most loyal members with our ROYALTY PROGRAM.

Any Q’s on the Tees & Cees – [email protected]

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Bondi Touch Footy Launches With A Bang!!

September 13, 2023 - 10 months ago

MATCH REPORT:

Touch Footy Bondi got going this Monday night and it was a screamer!! With fresh faces pouring into the league, the atmosphere was electric with anticipation for the season openers.

TOUCHY SUBJECTS VS HALLA’S ANGELS

Both teams new to touch footy but that didn’t stop them from turning on the fireworks! It was a slow start with both sides trying to stay on their feet, literally! Gotta invest in some studs! Led by their newly appointed fierce leader Richard Hall, they got to work with finding out what they can do on the park.

On the opposite side, Halla’s Angels captain Maeve Holland led her team round the park for them to get their first try through some slick hand movements up the middle of the ruck, scoring underneath the black dot (if there were posts lol). Halfway through the first half they struck again to put themselves up 2 – 0 on the scoreboard. But damn it all if Touchy Subjects (formerly know as “Biden’s Dribblers) weren’t going to take that lying down, scoring just before the half time whistle with some crafty team work.

There were steps, there were slips and there were even a couple of the best pitch invaders you’ve ever seen, dogs! However they weren’t the only ones drooling out there when John Delaney sold everyone down the river with a cracking dummy and strolled over to even up the game at 2 tries a piece.

This was it… the game in the balance… COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH HALLA’S ANGELS!!! A lovely bit of team play caught defenders napping and they got the game winning try. Celebrations were had, babies were kissed, financial debts were cleared (we wish! lol).

At the final whistle, 3 – 2 to Halla’s Angels, starting off their season on the right foot with a win but best of all both teams had smiles on their dials *wipes away tear*. THATS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT PEOPLE!!

Till next time!

Sammy P (clearly a seasoned sports journalist)

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The Women's World Cup Effect: Boosting Interest in Soccer and Netball at Urban Rec Social Sports Club
Sep 4

The Women's World Cup Effect: Boosting Interest in Soccer and Netball at Urban Rec Social Sports Club

September 4, 2023 - 10 months ago

In recent weeks, Urban Rec Social Sports Club has witnessed a remarkable surge in enthusiasm for both soccer and netball. A significant part of this upswing in interest can be attributed to the captivating events that are the Women's FIFA World Cup and the Netball World Cup. We'll delve into how these global tournaments have played a pivotal role in increasing participation and passion for soccer and netball at Urban Rec.

1. Inspiring Female Athletes

The Women's FIFA World Cup and the Netball World Cup have spotlighted outstanding female athletes who excel in their respective sports. The talent and dedication displayed by these athletes on the world stage have captivated audiences, inspiring many more women to take up soccer and netball, socially. 

Urban Rec has seen a surge in female participants who, inspired by the performances of athletes like Mackenzie Arnold and Caitlin Bassett, want to explore their own potential in these sports. The tournaments have acted as powerful catalysts, showcasing that women can thrive in soccer and netball, instilling confidence and motivation in the female players at Urban Rec.

2. Increased Media Coverage

Both tournaments have experienced unprecedented media coverage, making them accessible to a global audience. Television broadcasts, online streaming platforms, and social media channels have brought the games closer to fans than ever before. This surge in visibility has not only increased the viewership but also ignited a passion for playing soccer and netball.

Urban Rec participants, like sports enthusiasts worldwide, have avidly followed these tournaments. The comprehensive media coverage keeps them engaged with the sports, motivating them to participate in Urban Rec's leagues and events, thus boosting interest and membership numbers.

3. Fostering a Sense of Community

The Women's FIFA World Cup and the Netball World Cup have become communal events, bringing fans together to celebrate the spirit of sport. Urban Rec recognizes the value of building a supportive and inclusive community, and these tournaments have played a significant role in enhancing the sense of camaraderie among its members.

For Matilda’s opening game against Ireland, Urban Rec hosted 8 of our members to the stadium in Homebush. Members from Newcastle, Wollongong, and Canberra were in attendance. This event is all about fostering and rewarding our loyal members who regularly contribute to the wider communities they play in. 

4. Advocating Gender Equality

The tournaments have not only showcased athletic prowess but also served as platforms for advocating gender equality and empowering women in sports. The discussions around equal pay, representation, and opportunities in soccer and netball have resonated deeply with Urban Rec members who are passionate about fostering inclusivity and fairness in sports.

These conversations have motivated individuals to become active supporters of gender equality initiatives in the world of sports, thereby enriching the ethos of Urban Rec as a club that promotes a level playing field for all.

The Women's FIFA World Cup and the Netball World Cup have played an instrumental role in elevating the popularity of soccer and netball at Urban Rec Social Sports Club. These global events have inspired female athletes, increased media coverage, fostered a sense of community, and advocated for gender equality in sports. As the enthusiasm continues to grow, Urban Rec stands as a prime example of how these tournaments have sparked a positive wave of engagement and passion for soccer and netball at the local level. As a result, more individuals are not only watching the games but actively participating in these sports, enriching the vibrant community at Urban Rec.

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August: Most Valuable Host
Aug 31

August: Most Valuable Host

August 31, 2023 - 11 months ago

Our most valuable host for the month of August is Goku Balan. 

Goku has turned himself into a true sporting all-rounder, hosting a wide variety of sports (Dodgeball, Netball, Hockey, Pickleball, Multisport, and Soccer). 

Not only is he an expert, but also the true vibe man… His long luscious locks aren’t just for show, he brings the vibes.

Goku makes Urban Rec so special to thousands of members per week. 

Thank you!

#MoreThanSport

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PUBLIC: SPORTING CALENDAR
Aug 17

PUBLIC: SPORTING CALENDAR

August 17, 2023 - 11 months ago

LADY HAMPSHIRE, CAMELLIA GROVE, EMPIRE HOTEL

September:

18/09/23 - Wallabies v Springboks

20/09/23 - Women’s World Cup Final

30/09/23 – AFL Grand Final

October:

01/10/23 - NRL Grand Final

November:

07/11/23 - Melbourne Cup

22/11/23 - The Ashes First Test

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PUBLIC: LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Aug 17

PUBLIC: LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR

August 17, 2023 - 11 months ago

LADY HAMPSHIRE, CAMPERDOWN

August:

18/08/23 - Yawning Man - Tickets

19/08/23 – Nathan Cavaleri - Tickets

25/08/23 – Gully Days - Tickets

26/08/23 – High Tropics - Tickets

31/08/23 – The Regime Presents: The Ham Jam - Tickets

September:

01/09/23 – The Sunday Estate - Tickets

02/09/23 – Maia Toakley - Tickets

06/09/23 – Mia Dolci x Sammy Junior High Tea - Tickets

08/09/23 – Stalker (NZ) | Humanity’s Last Hope - Tickets

09/09/23 – Austin Mackay - Tickets

15/09/23 – EGOISM - Tickets

16/09/23 – Mac The Knife | Curb My Bite Single Launch - Tickets

20/09/23 – The Rockhouse at the Lady Hampshire ft. Pat Capocci Combo - Tickets

21/09/23 – Double The Trouble | Wicked Envy & Well? - Tickets

23/09/23 – Starcrazy | S.O.S. Single launch - Tickets

30/09/23 – Fleshamorphosis | Idiom Flesh - Tickets

October:

06/10/23 – Jack Anthony - Tickets

21/10/23 – Dekleyn | Album Launch - Tickets

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Benefits of Playing Social Team Sports?
Jul 18

Benefits of Playing Social Team Sports?

July 18, 2023 - one year ago

Engaging in social team sports offers a wide range of benefits that can positively impact physical, mental, and social well-being. Here are some of the main benefits:

  1. Physical Health: Team sports provide an excellent way to stay physically active and improve overall fitness. Regular participation in sports helps enhance cardiovascular health, build muscle strength, improve coordination, and increase flexibility.

  2. Weight Management: Being actively involved in team sports can assist in maintaining a healthy body weight. The combination of physical activity and social engagement can be more motivating and enjoyable, leading to more consistent exercise habits.

  3. Mental Health: Social team sports can have a significant positive impact on mental well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters, reducing stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.

  4. Social Interaction: Participating in team sports provides an opportunity to socialize and build meaningful connections with others. It helps develop teamwork, communication, and cooperation skills, fostering a sense of camaraderie and belonging.

  5. Stress Reduction: Engaging in sports with a team can be a great way to unwind and take a break from daily stressors. It serves as a healthy outlet for managing stress and pent-up emotions.

  6. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Achieving personal and team goals in sports can boost self-confidence and self-esteem. It provides a sense of accomplishment and empowers individuals to take on challenges in other aspects of life.

  7. Time Management and Discipline: Committing to regular team practices and games instills discipline and time management skills, as players need to balance their sports activities with other responsibilities.

  8. Problem-Solving Skills: Team sports often involve strategic planning and decision-making. Players learn to adapt to changing situations, analyze opponents' strategies, and find effective solutions on the fly.

  9. Cultural and Social Understanding: In diverse teams, players get exposed to different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, fostering empathy and understanding among individuals.

  10. Long-lasting Friendships: Team sports often create strong bonds among teammates, leading to lifelong friendships and a sense of belonging to a community.

  11. Healthy Competition: Healthy competition in team sports can be motivating and push individuals to improve their skills and performance, striving for personal and team excellence.

  12. Character Development: Team sports teach important values like discipline, perseverance, sportsmanship, and respect for others, helping individuals grow as well-rounded individuals.

Overall, social team sports provide a holistic approach to physical and mental well-being while promoting social integration and personal development. Whether it's in a competitive league or a casual recreational setting, participating in team sports can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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What Is Priority Registration?
Jul 11

What Is Priority Registration?

July 11, 2023 - one year ago

Well, quite simply, Priority Registration is one week during the season where existing teams in the league have the ability to re-register for the following season, before the league accepts registrations from the general public.

This season’s priority registration week is Monday September 25th – Monday October 2nd

  • The league will be exclusively open to currently playing teams for 7 days from a pre-determined date. 
  • On the first day of the Priority Registration week, the captain of the team will receive a private link via email for them to register with.
  • If your team registers during this time we sometimes offer a small thank you in the form of a Captains gift for the hard work they put in.
  • 2023 onwards we have been further rewarding our most loyal members with our ROYALTY PROGRAM.

Any Q’s on the Tees & Cees – [email protected]

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Tips for (actually) Social Basketball
Jun 29

Tips for (actually) Social Basketball

June 29, 2023 - one year ago

What’s up players?!! Did you know that social basketball is played in almost all of Urban Rec’s locations around Australia? If you're keen on having a ripper time on the court and shooting hoops with your mates, then social basketball is where it's at! Whether you're a seasoned baller or just starting out, we've got a few tips to help you make the most of your game and avoid any rookie mistakes. Grab your sneakers and let's get into it!

First things first, it's all about teamwork. Our basketball leagues are more about having fun rather than winning championships (okay okay we know winning is awesome but having fun is actually better!). Make sure you communicate with your team and play off each other's strengths. 

Now, let's talk about defense! Playing solid D can make a huge difference in the game. Get in your opponent's face, use your wingspan, and don't be afraid to get a bit physical. Just don't go overboard and commit any fouls that'll earn you a trip to the bench! Keep it friendly and have a laugh along the way.

When it comes to shooting, practice makes perfect!. Hit up the local court or your backyard and work on your jump shot. Get your aim right, focus on your form, and don't forget to follow through with that flick of the wrist! If you miss a shot, no worries, mate. Keep your chin up and hustle for the rebound. There's always another opportunity to sink that three-pointer!

Another thing to keep in mind is fitness. Basketball can be a real cardio workout, so make sure you're in decent nick so you don’t let your teammates down. Run some laps, do some sprints, and get those lungs pumping. Don't forget to stretch before and after the game to avoid any injuries. The last thing you want to do is pull out of your game! That ain’t fun.

Lastly, don't be a ball hog. Sharing is caring, and in social basketball, everyone deserves a fair go. Pass the ball, involve your teammates, and make sure everyone gets their fair share of play time. Remember, the more everyone gets involved, the more fun it'll be for everyone!

So there you have it, there’s a few handy tips to keep in mind for your social basketball sessions. Play hard, have a laugh, and enjoy the banter with your mates. Just remember, it's not all about the scoreboard, but about the good times you'll have both on and off the court. Now go out there, give it a red-hot crack, and may the basketball gods be on your side!

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