UC Sport and Recreation Clubs

Performance sports (Targeted)

UC Athletics caters for athletes of all abilities, from the weekend casual runner to the world class!

Relays and team running

UC Athletics puts a big emphasis on relays and running as a team (e.g. National Road Relays in Rotorua Oct 2016). UC Athletics currently has a great depth of talent throughout all age groups, which has seen members dominate recent distance events throughout Canterbury and NZ.

UC Athletics aims to foster and encourage all athletes to reach realise their full athletic potential. Current members are enthusiastic and ready to share their passion for Athletics!

Coaches and training

UC Athletics has experienced and successful coaches for all events and distances, regular social runs and events, and a large variety of group training sessions for all ages.

Find out more

Like UC Athletics on Facebook to stay up to date with details about the upcoming 2017 season. For more information please check out UC Athletics website, or email Matt Ingram.

The UC Basketball Club is one of the biggest basketball clubs in Canterbury. UC Basketball caters for both social and competitive level men and women players alike. In 2016 UC Basketball had multiple Men's and Women's teams in the Canterbury Basketball Club competition during winter season (April-September).


Trials are held each year in February. Teams are comprised of a mix of current UC students, graduates, and non-students. Men who are unable to find a place in a team are encouraged to participate in the UC Basketball League, which is organised by UC Sport and runs during Terms 2 and 3.

Find out more

Like UC Sport Competitions on Facebook to stay up to date regarding UC Basketball League registrations as places fill up quickly.

Like UC Basketball on Facebook to stay up to date with when trainings and trials will be held in the lead up to the 2017 season.

For more info on UC Basketball, check out UC Basketball's website, or email UC Basketball President, Piet Van Hasselt.

UC Bike is for anyone keen on riding bikes, in particular those interested in mountain biking and road cycling. UC Bike also caters for triathletes who are interested in training along other road cyclists.

Members range from the competitive to the recreational. You can rest assured that you'll get plenty of riding time organised with weekly and monthly group rides, and biking trips outside of Christchurch.

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For more information email UC Bike President William Findlay.

UC Football provides Football (soccer) development and playing opportunities at a range of levels, from social football, to premier football in the Mainland Football Competition.

In 2016 UC Football was represented in the Mainland Football Competition by multiple Men's and Women's teams from the Premier League down.

Find out more

Like UC Football on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.

For more info on Football at UC email UC Football President, Jeremy Linton.

UC Hockey has nine decades of experience in providing and supporting UC Hockey players. Players enjoy the commitment of quality coaching, like-minded peers, a socially active club, and competitive playing opportunities.

In 2016, UC Hockey was represented by 20 Men's and Women's teams in Canterbury Hockey Competitions from Premier League level down.

Find out more

To stay up to date with news regarding the 2017 Hockey season, add UC Hockey as a friend on Facebook.

For more info on UC Hockey check out UC Hockey's website, or email secretary@uchockey.co.nz.

In 2016 UC Netball had 13 teams in the Christchurch netball competition, ranging from Senior down to 3rd Grade.

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Keep an eye on UC Netball's Facebook page, or ask to join UC Netball's Facebook group to stay up to date with the latest information.

Find out more

For more info on UC Netball get in touch with UC Netball's Club Captain Bridget Southey Jensen, or President Sue Wright or, checkout UC Netball's website.

Like UC Sport Competitions to stay up to date with registrations for UC Sport's Social Netball Competition, and more competitive UC Netball Leagues or Tournaments.

Keep an eye on UC Rowing's Facebook page to stay up to date with news on the 2017 season.

For more info on UC Rowing email the UC Rowing President.

The UCRFC has an ongoing active relationship with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

The UCRFC is situated on Ilam Fields right next to the main UC campus, and its facilities are used to host teams competing in a range of Metro Competitions, including: Senior Men's (Divs 1, 2, and 3), Women's (Div. 1, 2015 Champions), Premier Colts, and Colts Reserve.

Support and advice

All student members of UCRFC teams are provided with access to the UC RecCentre, and the expert Strength and Conditioning and advice of UC Sport staff. Players of all levels also have access to highly trained physiotherapists at Sports Med. Top teams also receive Performance Analysis assistance from UC Sport.

At your fingertips you will have support and advice from players and coaching staff vastly experienced from having been involved in Local, Provincial, and International level Rugby.

Standout performers

The 2015 honours list on the Men's side included: three All Blacks; 13 ITM players (inc. past and present UC players), four of them captains; and the captain of the Canterbury Men's Under 19-championship winning team, Elia Elia.

On the Women's side the club had: one Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge, 2015 IRB Women"s player of the year; seven provincial players; and five Canterbury 7's representatives.

Coaching team

The 2016 coaching team includes three past All Blacks (Dallas Seymour, Victor Simpson, Mark Ranby), and Ernie Goodhue (Women's) who won the UCSA Coach of the Year (2015) along with many others previous notable sporting accomplishments.

Find out more

For more information on the UCRFC, please check out the UCRFC's website, or email Club President Ivan Bolton.

Recreational sports

The University of Canterbury Badminton Club (UCanBC) aims to encourage players of all skill levels to have fun and enjoy playing Badminton. From top players to beginners, UC Badminton provides structured games to suit all abilities.

UC Badminton runs summer and winter because badminton is too cool to be just a winter sport!

Find out more

Like UC Badminton on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest info, or for more information please contact UC Badminton.

Also, like UC Sport Competitions on Facebook to stay up to date on when FREE drop-in Badminton sessions are on.

CUBA (Canterbury University Boardriders Association) isn't just a board riders club, it's for everyone who is remotely interested in any of the sports (fun) CUBA partakes in. CUBA plans to offer Learn to surf/skate/ski days and have a variety of social events (read epic parties!) to share their stoke for all things board related. Check out this video of the 2015 CUBA JIB at the Foundry!


For the more experienced riders CUBA runs ski, skate and surf comps, in addition CUBA also help to run the Uni Ski Games where they compete primarily with Otago Uni for a week in the holidays.

In all CUBA is a great club to join regardless of your board riding abilities.

For more information

Please like CUBA's Facebook page to stay up to date with details heading in to 2017.

For more details please email Katie at cubacanterbury@gmail.com.

The University of Canterbury Canoeing Club (UCCC) is a social club aimed at improving the skills of all paddlers. UCCC also compete in the NZ Extreme Race Series and run numerous trips including an overnight Heli-Kayaking trip.

For more information

Check UCCC's website for more information.

Alternatively contact Club Captain Mark Houwers.

UCheer is the University of Canterbury’s Cheerleading Club. They aim to teach cheerleading stunts, tumbling, dance and chants in both a competitive and social environment. Whether you’re a national level gymnast or brand new to the concept of flexibility, UCheer welcome everyone to come and give this unique and fun sport a go and meet some fantastic new people. Both UC students and non UC students over the age of 17, both male and female, are encouraged to come and give cheerleading a go.

Professional coaching

UCheer provides professional coaching in cheerleading skills across competitive and recreational based squads.

Find out more

Come along to the annual UC clubs day and find our set up or hit us up on UCheer's Facebook Page.

If you have any questions email our President, Caroline Morton.

The UC Climbing Club offers climbing opportunities for climbers of all abilities, whether you're looking to try climbing for the first time, or have been climbing for years. UC Climbing is about all things climbing, from bouldering to multipitch trad routes.

Come along to the RecCentre boulder wall on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7pm to sign up (cost is $15).

Climbing trips

UC Climbing organises many trips each year, such as overnight bouldering at Castle Hill, and has special deals with the UC RecCentre and The Roxx Climbing Centre to keep you climbing when it's raining.

Find out more

For more info please check out UC Climbing's website, or ask to join their Facebook group. Alternatively you can contact UC Climbing President Bradley Meredith.

The Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club (BWCUCC) is a proud cricket club with a rich history, and has been a home for many successful Canterbury and New Zealand cricketers. Burnside prides itself on its strong club atmosphere, and provides opportunities for all cricketers.

Whether you are after social and/or friendly Cricket, or more competitive and professional level Circket, Burnside can find a place for you in one of their many teams.

Find out more

For more information check out the BWCUCC's website, or contact the club at burnside.cricket@gmail.com.

The UC Fencing Club (UCFC) is all about learning the ancient art of fencing in a fun social environment with a few coffees and beers along the way. UCFC has an extreme range of talent, from complete beginners, to top 3 Fencers in New Zealand. Therefore, regardless of ability, everyone involved will be able to find good bouts.

Find out more

Like UCFC on Facebook to stay up to date with news and events heading in to 2017.

For more info on check out UCFC's website or to contact the UCFC President Chris Knowles.

UC has a number of clubs dedicated to different Martial Arts and Combat Sports

UC Yoshukai Karate

UC Yoshukai Karate

Chan's Martial Arts - Kung-Fu and Tai Chi (CMA Kung-Fu)

Kung-Fu is designed around being stress free and effective self defense. CMA Kung-Fu teach a wide variety of techniques from kicks, strikes to wrist locking and throws.

Tai Chi is designed around balance and relaxation. CMA Kung-Fu teach exercises and forms that help the students relax physically and mentally for health and then as a Martial Art.

CMA Kung-Fu's parent School is based in Christchurch (where the CMA Kung-Fu Grandmaster teaches) so we are very close to the right information.

Check out CMA Kung-Fu's Facebook page for more information, or email Andy Lane (Laoshi/Instructor) at chans_uni@ihug.co.nz.

UC self-defence and combat sports

UC Self-Defence and Combat Sports

The Canterbury University Snow Sports Club (CUSSC) aims to provide students with the opportunity to have fun in the mountains Skiing and Snowboarding with their peers.

CUSSC run events throughout the year, both in town, and at the CUSSC's own field in Arthur's Pass, which has its own lodge where members can stay a night or two to save driving to the field each day. CUSSC also arrange carpooling to the mountains each weekend.

Find out more

To keep up to date with news heading into the 2017 season please like CUSSC's Facebook page. For more info contact Douglas Hilson at snowsportsclubuc@gmail.com.

The University of Canterbury Squash Club aims to encourage players of all skill levels to have fun and enjoy playing Squash. From top players to beginners, UC Squash can point you in the right direction for games to suit all abilities.

Find out more

Like UC Squash on Facebook to keep an eye out for membership applications. For more information please contact UC Squash at ucsacsquash@gmail.com, or drop them a message on their Facebook page.

The Canterbury University Tramping Club (CUTC) have weekly meetings (during term time), with speakers, games, movies … and of course organised trips every weekend! Club members can also rent gear from the CUTC locker.

Find out more

For more info check out the CUTC website and read some of their trip reports. Or, you can join the CUTC Facebook group to stay up to date with the upcoming trips and events.

Come and play frisbee at UC! Whether you're brand new to the sport or an experienced player, UC Ultimate would happy to have you!

Find out more

Feel free to join UC Ultimate's Facebook group. Or, for more details contact UC Ultimate president Ben Johnstone at unifrisbee@gmail.com.

The UC Volleyball Club welcomes players of all levels, from beginners through to more experienced players. UC Volleyball provides members with opportunity to participate in all levels and types of Volleyball, social/competitive and indoor/beach.

Find out more

Like UC Volleyball on Facebook to stay up to date with when trainings and trials will be held in the lead up to the 2017 season.

Checkout UC Sport Competitions to stay up to date with registrations for UC Sport's Social Volleyball Competition, and more competitive UC Volleyball Leagues or Tournaments.

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