Get Active in Darebin

Take a look at our program of free activities, aimed at increasing physical activity in the community, and within our under-represented groups.

Get Active in Darebin Program - Summer 2024

Get Active in Darebin is a free community-based exercise program aimed at increasing the physical activity and wellbeing levels of Darebin residents. Program also targets engaging under-represented groups into physical activity.

Most activities are catered for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels, and facilitated by qualified instructors and coaches. Many programs include family friendly classes specifically designed for parents and children to enjoy exercise together.

Registration is required for many sessions, whilst other you can just join in on the day. Bring your own water, towels, and a mat (if required) and join in on the fun.

You can also keep up to date with any of our free and low cost leisure programs by following Darebin Leisure on Facebook or joining our mailing list.

Summer season program

Check out our Summer season program below or you can download a poster to print.

Activity Where When Dates

Balance & Stability for Older Adults

Johnson Park

Northcote

Mondays

9.30am—10.30am

15 January—19 February

Para Badminton

Darebin Community Sport Stadium

Reservoir

Mondays

10am—11am

15 January—19 February

Come & Try Cardio Tennis

Northcote Tennis Courts

Northcote

Mondays

10am—10.45am

15 January—19 February

Chair Yogo

Merrilands Community Centre

Reservoir

Mondays

10.30am—11.45am

15 January—19 February

Virtual Hula Hooping

Narrandjeri Stadium

Thornbury

Mondays

2pm—3pm

15 January—19 February

Introduction to Soccer for Women &

Gender Diverse People

GH Mott Reserve

Preston

Mondays

7pm—8pm

15 January—19 February

Tai Chi


Penders Park

Thornbury

Tuesdays

9.30am—10.30am

16 January—20 February

Soccer Mums

Mayer Park

Thornbury

Tuesdays

5.30pm—6.30pm

16 January—20 February

Rainbow Pickleball

Narrandjeri Stadium (Outdoor)

Thornbury

Tuesdays

6.30pm—7.30pm

16 January—20 February

Pilates

All Nations Park

Northcote

Wednesdays

9.30am – 10.30am

17 January—21 February

Cardio Tennis

Narrandjeri Stadium

Thornbury

Wednesdays

4pm—5pm

17 January—21 February

Come-N-Play Tennis

Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Reservoir

Wednesdays

7pm—8pm

17 January—21 February

Table Tennis

Narrandjeri Stadium

Thornbury

Thursdays

10.30am—11.30am

18 January—22 February

Mini Roos

Mayer Park

Thornbury

Thursdays

5.30pm—6.30pm

18 January—22 February

Body Pump Xpress

Reservoir Leisure Centre

Reservoir

Fridays

6am—6.45am

19 January—23 February

Meditation

Narrandjeri Stadium

Thornbury

Fridays

10am—11am

19 January—23 February

Roller Skating

Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Reservoir

Fridays

10am—11am

19 January—23 February

Parkrun


CT Barling Reserve

Reservoir

Saturdays

8am

20 January—24 February

Body Step

Reservoir Leisure Centre

Reservoir

Saturdays

8.15am—9.10am

20 January—24 February

Body Combat

Reservoir Leisure Centre

Reservoir

Sundays

9.30am—10.25am

21 January—25 February

Program details

Balance & Stability for Older Adults

Starts: 15 January - 19 February

Mondays: 9.30am – 10.30am

Address: Johnson Park - Bastings St Northcote 3070

As part of our Summer 2024 program, Just Believe Fit is offering a series of classes focused on balance and stability. Sessions are ideal for the demands of everyday life and for building confidence and resilience against falls. Each session introduces functional exercises for joint mobility, core stability, co-ordination, proprioception and weight transfer. Chairs and a range of props are used to make this class accessible for different levels of ability. You can do a single class or the whole series. Sessions are not held if it is raining.

When registering you will need to enter "Just Believe Fit" to register for the session. Please contact Marisa on 0402 916 128 if you are having difficulty with the registration process for this session.

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Para Badminton

Starts: 15 January - 19th February

Mondays: 10am – 11am

Address: Darebin Community Sports Stadium, 857 Plenty Road, Reservoir

All kids and adults with a disability are welcome to give para badminton a go. Join Arnie and our wheelchair badminton athletes for a friendly hit. All equipment is provided (or you can bring your own). No experience needed.

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Come & Try Cardio Tennis

Starts: 15 January - 19 February

Mondays: 10am – 10.45am

Address: Northcote Tennis Courts 180 Victoria Road Northcote 3070 (behind NARC) Court 3 and 4

Cardio Tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class with a tennis twist. This tennis workout is open to adults with all skill levels. It is a great cardio workout with whilst having fun in a small group – what's not to like? You'll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your class, build up your skills and work up a sweat.

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Chair Yoga

Starts: 15th January – 19 February

Tuesdays: 10.30am - 11.45am

Address: Merrilands Community Centre 35 Sturdee Street, Reservoir 3073

Chair yoga, a gentle form of yoga that's done while seated or using a chair for balance. It is a great way to work your core, explore the different range of motion of the joints and prioritize movement. Chair Yoga will assist in decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression. Registration is not required, just drop in and enjoy!

Virtual Hula Hooping

Starts: 15 January – 19 February

Mondays: 2pm – 3pm

Address: Narrandjeri Stadium, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Join our Virtual Hula Hooping class at Narrandjeri Stadium. Follow the virtual instructor to learn new tricks whilst moving your hips to the music. We provide the equipment so you can just enjoy yourself.

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Introduction to Soccer for Women & Gender Diverse People

Starts: 15 January – 19 February

Mondays: 7pm – 8pm

Address: GH Mott Reserve - 276a Bell Street Preston 3072

Were you inspired by the Matildas performance at the World Cup? Or would just like to get some exercise, meet new people and have a great time playing soccer? Sign up for the 6-week summer soccer program for women and gender diverse people run by Darebin Falcons. You'll move your body, learn and practice some soccer skills and unleash your inner Sam Kerr! Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.

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Tai Chi

Starts: 16 January – 20 February

Tuesdays: 9.30am - 10.30am

Address: Penders Park - Pender Street, Thornbury 3071

Originated in China as a martial art, Tai Chi is a low impact slow motion exercise process. This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, and you can get started even if you are not in top shape or the best of health. Just drop on as registration is not required.

Soccer Mums

Starts: 16 January – 20 February

Tuesdays: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Address: Mayer Park - Leinster Grove, Thornbury 3071

Join the 6 week Go Soccer Mums program organised by Darebin United Soccer Club under our summer program. GO SOCCER Mums is an introductory football program designed specifically for women, where participants can have fun, meet new people, and learn basic football skills in a social, judgement-free environment. No registration required, just drop by to have fun.

Rainbow Pickleball

Starts: 16 January – 20 February

Tuesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Address: Narrandjeri Stadium, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury (outdoors)

Members of the LGBTQI+ community and allies are invited to try Pickleball, the NEW racquet sport taking the world by storm. If you enjoy Badminton, Tennis and/ or Table Tennis then you’ll love this. We provide all the equipment you need. So, bring along a friend for a hit or make new friends on court. No experience needed.

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Pilates

Starts: 17 January – 21 February

Wednesdays: 9.30am - 10.30am

Address: All Nations Park Separation Street, Northcote Victoria 3070

Pilates is a form of strength training, but it doesn't look like some of the other strength training exercises you might be familiar with. Pilates focuses more on improving muscle tone than building muscles, resulting in greater stability and endurance. Registration is not required, just drop in and enjoy!

Cardio Tennis

Starts: 17 January – 21 February

Wednesdays: 4pm – 5pm

Address: Narrandjeri Stadium, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Join our music-fuelled group workout on court. Cardio Tennis burns calories, increases your fitness, improves your game and most importantly is loads of fun. Hit the court with our resident coach and like-minded people to serve up some groovy moves that’ll be sure to get your heart pumping.

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Come-N-Play Tennis

Starts: 17 January – 21 February

Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm

Address: Darebin Community Sports Stadium, 857 Plenty Road, Reservoir

Enjoy daylight savings and test out your skills like the Aus open champions and come n’ try tennis. BYO racquets and balls and have a social hit with family and friends on our outdoor tennis courts.

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Table Tennis

Starts: 18 January – 22 February (6 weeks only)

Thursdays: 10:30am – 11:30am

Address: Narrandjeri Stadium, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Play the beloved backyard game of Table Tennis at Narrandjeri Stadium. Whether you already play it at home and are looking for somewhere to test your skills out against others or you’re looking for a fun, social non-competitive activity to play with friends or even want the opportunity to meet new people, this session has something for everyone. All tables and equipment are provided.

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Mini Roos

Starts: 18 January – 22 February

Thursdays: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Address: Mayer Park - Leinster Grove, Thornbury 3071

Join the 6 week Mini Roos program organised by Darebin United Soccer Club under our summer program. MiniRoos uses short, game-based sessions to introduce football, from 4 to 11 year olds, in an inclusive way. It focuses on learning new skills, being active, making life-long friends and unearthing the next generation of Socceroos and Matildas. No registration required, just drop by to have fun.

Body Pump Xpress

Starts: 19 January – 23 February

Fridays: 6am – 6.45am

Address: Reservoir Leisure Centre 2A Cuthbert Road, Reservoir 3073

Les Mills BODYPUMP - use weights to strengthen, condition & tone the whole body. You will also increase bone density, support a healthy metabolism, and walk out feeling pumped! Registration is not required, sign in at the reception and join in. No session on 26 January.

Meditation

Starts: 19 January – 23 February

Fridays: 10am – 11am

Address: Narrandjeri Stadium, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Set-up in a quiet multifunction space, you can begin to let go of daily stressors and challenges and drop yourself into the present moment as you focus on your breathing and find a sense of calmness. Feel free to bring any comforts (mats, pillows, rugs) as you listen to a combination of music and guided visualisations.

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Roller Skating

Starts: 19 January – 23 February

Fridays: 10am – 11am

Address: Darebin Community Sports Stadium, 857 Plenty Road, Reservoir

Darebin Community Sports Stadium (DCSS) offers a safe, indoor space, protected from weather for local roller skaters to stay active this Summer. We welcome skaters of all ages and abilities to DCSS where the music will be pumping for some fun freestyle skating. No experience needed. (BYO Skates). Registration is required. No Session on 26 January.

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Parkrun

Starts: Ongoing

Saturdays: 8am

Address: C T Barling Reserve, Plenty Road, Reservoir, 3073

A community event initiated and organised entirely by volunteers where you can walk, jog or run five (5) kilometres. Commences at 8.00am every Saturday morning at CT Barling Reserve in Reservoir.

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Body Step

Starts: 20 January – 24 February

Saturdays: 8.15am - 9.10am

Address: Reservoir Leisure Centre 2A Cuthbert Road, Reservoir 3073

Les Mills BODYSTEP – a full body cardio workout to really tone your butt and thighs. You can expect a mixture of upbeat rhythmic stepping, with squat and lunge patterns to work the legs. Combine this with movements like burpees, push ups and weight plate exercise, and the result is a fun, uplifting, full body workout! Plenty of options – suitable for all levels. Registration is not required, sign in at the reception and join in.

Body Combat

Starts: 21January – 25 February

Sundays: 9.30am – 10.25am

Address: Reservoir Leisure Centre 2A Cuthbert Road, Reservoir 3073

Les Mills BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy martial art inspired non-contact workout with no complex moves to master. Body Combat works your legs, tones your arms, shoulders and provides phenomenal core training. The workout develops coordination, agility and speed. Registration is not required, sign in at the reception and join in.

Free exercise with at-home workouts

If you’re on a tight budget or prefer exercising in your own time, here are some more free exercise options:

Outdoor equipment

Looking to get active outdoors in our parks and build more strength, cardio and stamina? Why not try our outdoor gym equipment at a time that suits you.

Now available to a range of local Darebin parks including:

Walking and running

It's important to try to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, so why not try walking around local Darebin Parks and streets. Get your free Heart Foundation Personal Walking Plan and get moving today.

Find a walking group near you, visit the Heart Foundation website for more information to search via suburb for your closest groups to join.

For those up for more of a jog or run, why not try parkrun. A free and social community event coordinated by volunteers where you can walk, jog or run 5 kilometers. parkrun is held each Saturday at CT Barling Reserve (Plenty Rd) in Reservoir from 8—9am. Find out more about parkrun and register.

Reduced gym membership

If you’re having financial difficulties, you might be able to get a subsidised gym membership. This will give you access to Reservoir Leisure Centre from 6am—4pm.

To find out if you're eligible, please call 03 9462 4611 and enquire today.