Sport and Leisure

Leisure Centres

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Our leisure facilities offer many opportunities to get active in a variety of different settings so we are sure you will find something to inspire you.
Bundoora Park Farm
1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora. VIC.
Phone: (03) 8470 8170
bundpark@darebin.vic.gov.au
www.bundoorapark.com.au

  • Children's Farm
  • Cafe
  • Heritage Village
  • Community Garden Plots
  • Bundoora Golf Course
  • Parklands and Conservation
  • Picnics and Playgrounds
  • Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
  • Bundoora Park Dog Off Lead Area
Bundoora Park is the largest park in the Northern suburbs, and is home to Bundoora Park Golf Course and Coopers Settlement complete with a Children’s Farm and Heritage Village.

Reservoir Leisure Centre

2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir VIC 3073
Phone: (03) 9496 1050
rlc@darebin.vic.gov.au
www.reservoirleisurecentre.com.au

With specialised programs, high class equipment and facilities and friendly, knowledgeable staff Reservoir Leisure Centre is sure to get you moving.
  • Cardio/Fitness Gym with over 40 pieces of Cardio Equipment
  • Qualified Fitness Consultants
  • Free Weights Gym Area
  • 25m Pool/Hydrotherapy Pool/Activity Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna and Spa
  • Creche
  • Cafe/Kiosk Area
Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC)
180 Victoria Road, Northcote VIC 3070
Phone:  (03) 9486 7200
northcote@ymca.org.au
www.northcote.ymca.org.au

The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) has the following facilities:

  • Heated Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Large range of Cardio Equipment
  • Free Weights Area
  • Personal Training Sessions
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Creche
  • Tennis Courts
  • Café
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Spa, Sauna and Steam room

Darebin Community Sports Stadium
857 Plenty Road, Reservoir. VIC. 3073
Phone: (03) 9471 4935
darebin@ymca.org.au
www.darebinstadium.ymca.org.au

The Darebin Community Sports Stadium has the following facilities:

  • 800 seat show court
  • 4 indoor multi-purpose courts
  • 3 outdoor courts
  • 3 multi-purpose rooms
  • Kiosk
  • Change rooms and amenities
  • Off-street parking for over 100 cars
Darebin Community Sports Stadium is home to an active sporting community who are engaged in a wide variety of passive and active recreational activities.

Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC)
281 Darebin Road, Thornbury VIC 3070

The Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) is home to Bowls Australia, Darebin City Bowls Club, Cycling Victoria and the very popular synthetics soccer pitches managed by Football Federation Victoria.

For booking information regarding the synthetic pitches, bowling greens or the velodrome, please contact the relevant organisation directly.

Northcote Golf Course
143 Normanby Avenue, Thornbury. VIC. 3070
Phone: (03) 9484 6961
www.northcotegolf.com.au/
Northcote Public Golf Course boasts a challenging 9 hole setup. With 12 bunkers there is plenty of variety to keep your short game at peak as well as the undulating fairways.

Bundoora Golf Course
1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.
Phone: (03) 9469 3880
bundoora@oncoursegolf.com.au
www.bundoorapark.com.au

Bundoora Park Golf Course is located in a well wooded picturesque parkland setting. The fairways and greens look and play well and the course offers a tough golf challenge that stretches just under 6000 metres and has a par 72.

Sports Clubs

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Darebin is home to an active and vibrant community who are engaged in a wide variety of passive and active recreational activities.

Sport and Recreation Directory
To find out what activities are available in your neighbourhood check out our Sport and Recreation Directory. From roller-derby to yoga, gardening to dance, pet clubs to canoeing we are sure there is a club in Darebin that will get you moving!

Club Kit
The Club Kit - A Guide for Sports Clubs in Darebin has been compiled to assist clubs to steer their way through the complexities of club administration.  This kit includes basic information on a range of relevant topics and provides links to other organisations so clubs can easily access more detailed information if desired.

Promoting Disability Inclusion in Sport
Download our guide to Promoting Disability inclusion in Sport for great advice, ideas, local contacts and practical ways that clubs can increase participation of community members with a disability in their club activities. 

Sports Facility Maintenance
If your club requires assistance with maintenance to sports or park facilities please contact us. We will ensure your request is assessed as soon as possible.

Leisure Minor Works Funding Program
The Leisure Minor Works Funding Program has been initiated in response to a need identified through consultation with Darebin's sport and recreation groups.

This funding program will facilitate the development of existing sport and recreation facilities by enabling sport and recreation groups to propose projects that will be jointly funded by the proposing group and Council. Council may contribute up to 50% of funding to a maximum for $5,000 or $10,000 of the total project cost should projects be deemed eligible for funding and meets Councils evaluation criteria.

Applications for this financial year have closed. For further information please contact our Recreation Liaison Officer on (03) 8470 8376 or Recreation.Liaison@darebin.vic.gov.au 

Additional Resources
Here are some additional resources that may be of benefit to your sports club:
  • Active Club Grant - Provided by VicHealth to help increase physical activity in the community.
  • Play by the Rules - News, resources and free online training to assist sport and recreation clubs and administrators, officials, coaches, players and spectators to keep sport safe, fair and inclusive.
  • Australian Sports Commission - Up-to-date information on the structure and organisation of sport in Australia.
  • Our Community - Supports not-for-profit groups by providing advice, tools, resources funding opportunities and training.
  • VicSport - Represents the needs and concerns of over 170 member groups to Government, associated statutory authorities, relevant business and private enterprises and other stakeholders with an interest in promoting sport and active recreation.
  • Athlete Ally - A non-profit organization focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports
  • The Inclusion Club - An international community of like minded people committed to the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation.
  • Australian Womensport & Recreation Association - A non-profit organisation dedicated to providing leadership and advocacy for women and girls in sport.
  • Sports Community - Assists grass roots clubs to succeed through the empowerment of club volunteers.
  • Sport and Recreation Victoria - Provides information about sport and recreation activities within Victoria

Further Information
Customer Service Team
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au

Sports Grounds

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We have over 50 sports grounds offering the community the ability to take part in AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Baseball, Athletics and Cycling.

Sporting grounds are tenanted by local sporting clubs who offer opportunities for our community to participate in sporting opportunities. Clubs will schedule training and competition on their allocated grounds, under the conditions of their agreements with Council. Outside of these schedule times the sports grounds are free for a casual kick around the park.

Casual sports ground bookings
Sports grounds can be booked by the community on a casual basis. Most casual bookings are made by schools for school sports activities, cultural sporting events, participation clinics and active fundraisers.

To make a casual ground booking:

  1. Visit the online portal and follow the steps as listed: http://www.imscomply.com.au/darebincm/index.php
  2. Abide by the Sporting Fees, Charges and Occupancy Agreement Policy.
  3. Pay the usage fee once your booking is confirmed.

Please note: Not all grounds will be available and availability is dependent on existing agreements and surface conditions.

Seasonal sports ground bookings
Sports grounds are tenanted to sports clubs on a seasonal basis. If you are a new club looking for a home in Darebin, get in touch with us to discuss your club’s needs. To apply for a seasonal permit, contact us first to discuss ground availability and your club’s needs. We will explain the formal application process to you, including application dates. All clubs must abide by our Sporting Fees, Charges and Occupancy Agreement Policy. Clubs may also be eligible to apply for a sporting fee performance subsidy. 

Personal training permit applications 
Personal trainers, fitness instructors and dog obedience trainers must obtain a permit to conduct business in Darebin parks and reserves. Permits are free (except for areas which are designated Crown Land), and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:
  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation to us via post or email.

Please note: Completion of an application form does not guarantee availability of booking request. 

Hot air balloon launch/landing permit applications
All hot air balloon operators must obtain a permit to launch and land in Darebin. Permitted locations are Mayer Park (Normanby Ave, Northcote) and CT Barling Reserve (Plenty Rd, Reservoir). Permits do attract a fee and are valid for a 12 month period. To apply:

  1. Read our Recreational Trades in Open Space Policy
  2. Download and complete the application form
  3. Submit your form, along with the required documentation to us via post or email.

Sporting Ground Audits
Our sports grounds are required to be irrigated under a Yarra Valley Water Allocation Program. We have been allocated 250 mega litres to irrigate sports grounds. Our audits monitor the condition of the grounds and playing fields every month. Sporting grounds are assessed using the following criteria:

  • Hardness cracks, holes, damaged surfaces
  • Grass areas-cover, vigour, height and evenness
  • Wicket areas synthetic areas and grassed pitches
  • Worn bare areas evenness and firmness

For Summer sports, a weighted score of 53 and greater indicates that the ground is safe to play on. Grounds that score less than 53 may be considered unsafe to play on and possibly closed to organised sport. For Winter sports, a weighted score of 48 and greater indicates that the ground is safe to play on. Grounds that score less than 48 may be considered unsafe to play on and could possibly be closed to organised sport.

We are working closely with local sports clubs to ensure the condition of the playing surface is monitored closely during the water restrictions. Both Council and local clubs conduct audits to check on the effects of the water restrictions to the grounds and act accordingly.

Further information
Leisure Services
Phone: 8470 8305
Email: leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au

Free Exercise

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Find a park near you with outdoor fitness station, and find the latest Get Active in Darebin timetable for free and low cost fitness classes happening around the city.

Outdoor Exercise Equipment
Outdoor gym equipment is available to be used freely by any member of the public for teenagers through to seniors. The equipment provides a cardiovascular workout, developing most muscle groups while enjoying the scenic outdoors. With the outdoor exercise equipment, you can enjoy your exercise any time for free and no commitment. 

Locations:

A.H. Capp Reserve (Halwyn Crescent, Preston) 
Bundoora Park (Playground Drive, Bundoora)
Edwardes Lake Park (Griffiths St, Reservoir)
C.H. Sullivan Memorial Park (Blake St, Preston)
All Nations Park (Separation St, Northcote)
Mayer Park (Normanby Ave, Thornbury)
I.W. Dole Reserve (Dole Ave, Reservoir)
J.C. Donath Reserve (Harmer St, Reservoir)
T.W. Andrews Reserve (Fordham Rd, Reservoir)

Free and Low Cost Exercise 
We offer a range of free exercise classes with our seasonal Get Active in Darebin program. Our Winter Program kicks off on 24 July 2017 with some great classes to try out! Come along to a session in Tai Chi, Zumba, Pilates, Qigong or Yoga and see how regular exercise can benefit your health and wellbeing. Registration is not required for any of our free sessions.

If you are looking for some low cost activities, you can give social tennis and cycling a go with a range of skills building classes around Darebin. All classes are delivered by qualified professionals. 

Further Information:
Leisure Services
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au

AustCycles
AustCycle aims to equip people with the skills and confidence to cycle regularly through the provision of cycle training.

We run various bike courses for Darebin residents, or people that work or study in the municipality including bike skills for beginner and intermediate riders and basic bike maintenance. Visit the cycling page for details about the latest courses.

Heart Foundation Walking Groups
Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community based walking groups. Participation in the walking groups is free and it is a great way to get active and meet new people.

The local Heart Foundation Walking group meets in Northcote on Mondays at 9:30am. Starting and finishing at Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the walking group covers approximately 5 kilometres at a light-to-moderate intensity through the streets of Northcote and surrounding areas. Children and prams are welcome. 
See the Northcote Aquatic Centre website for further information.

Subsidised Gym Membership
Full access to the leisure centre can be expensive for people experiencing financial hardship. Subsidised Gym Membership supports Darebin residents to have full access to Reservoir Leisure Centre during off peak hours (6am–4 pm).

Further Information:
Reservoir Neighborhood House (to assess your eligibility):
Phone: 9462 4611

You can also keep up to date with any of our free leisure programs by visiting the Darebin Leisure Facebook page.

Fitness and Wellbeing

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Sport and recreational activities are a vital part of community life providing outlets for social, physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Creating time for leisure is important for all ages, whether walking the dog, playing football, taking part in a library program or being a part of the local yoga group.  Having the opportunity to relax and reflect on the day should be a priority.

Community Recreation Facilitator
We offer an information and referral service to assist people with a disability living in Darebin to get involved in community sport and recreation activities. We can assist carers and people with a disability to link with clubs and opportunities in the area. Contact us to learn more. 

Community groups and sports clubs in Darebin can also contact us for advice and assistance in making clubs more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. Our Access for All guide provides advice, ideas, contacts and practical ways that your club can become more inclusive of people with a disability.

This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. You are welcome to give feedback on this program at any time by contacting us. 

Contact our Community Recreation Facilitator
Phone: 8470 8305 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Email: leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au
NRS: TTY dial 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727 or use the National Relay Service then enter 8470 8305.

Increasing female participation in physical activity
In Darebin, female participation rates in physical activity are lower than average and we are working towards changing this trend. We are committed to advancing gender equity and increasing women’s participation, wellbeing and leadership in the community.

Club Resource: Leveling the Playing Field
Our latest resource, Leveling the Playing Field, aims to highlight the benefits of involving women and girls in sport and recreation, and to showcase what they bring to sports clubs and community recreation programs. The book features profiles on five of Darebin's own important local female sporting figures. This creative approach is just one way the we are working closer with local sporting clubs and recreation providers to improve access and increase opportunities for females to play sport.

Hard copies are also available, please contact us to request a copy.

Darebin Women in Sport Network (DWiSN)
The Darebin Women in Sport Network is a community based membership of people who are currently involved in sport and recreation in Darebin, who share an interest in growing the involvement and opportunities for females in sport.

The network provides a forum through which Council and Clubs can collaborate and receive advice and guidance on the future development of initiatives that relate to female involvement in Sport and Recreation in Darebin. The network meets quarterly and is facilitated by our staff.

For more information on the Darebin Women in Sport Network please email leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au

Sport and Leisure Projects

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Find out what sport and leisure projects are currently being implemented by Council.

 Sport and recreation improvement projects that will be delivered in 2016/17:

Sports pavilion refurbishments - Mott Reserve, cnr Bell & Patterson Streets Preston; & WH Robinson Reserve, Goodwin Street Preston
Sports field lighting system upgrades – John Cain Memorial Park North West soccer stadium, Darebin Road Thornbury; & WLT Oulton Reserve, cnr Bell Street and Albert Road Preston
Active recreation program - improved community access and refurbishment of outdoor basketball court area – Browning Street, Kingsbury
Inner City Netball court program – courts planned for construction at Northcote High School; Thornbury High School; Fairfield Primary School; Reservoir High School; JE Moore Park, Gilbert Road Reservoir; and Donath Reserve, Harmer Street Reservoir. 
Outdoor exercise station – W Ruthven VC Reserve, cnr Malpas and Albert Streets Preston
Cricket practice net replacement – JC Donath Reserve East, Harmer Street Reservoir; & JE Moore Park, Gilbert Road Reservoir
Safety fencing works – CH Sullivan Reserve, Blake Street Reservoir; & BT Connor Reserve, Broadhurst Avenue Reservoir
Demolition of former sports pavilion - W Ruthven VC Reserve, cnr Malpas and Albert Streets Preston
Gas bottle enclosures – various venues

Darebin Leisure Strategy 2015-2020 Action Plan

The aim of the Darebin Leisure Strategy 2015-2020 Action Plan is to provide us with a strategic document to guide the planning, provision, promotion and advocacy of sport and physical activity for the next five years and beyond.

We are committed to reversing the trend of declining physical activity levels. Implementation of the directions set out in the action plan seek to increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity.

Video: How to find your nearest sporting ground or club.