Our Recreation Service can help you stay fit and healthy, provide you with a creative outlet and enable you to meet other people in a social environment. It helps to foster connections within our community and the local area. We offer regular sport and fitness classes as well as creative activities that include gardening, art, writing and music classes. We also organise regular excursions to local Sydney attractions.
On Monday afternoons, we offer a water exercise program in small groups which can help you improve your swimming ability and learn about water safety. It also provides an opportunity for more experienced swimmers to swim laps. A qualified and experienced volunteer swimming instructor provides lessons at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre on Monday afternoons from approximately 1:30-3:00 pm. Our swimming group meets at the ASC at 1:15pm and takes the bus to Marrickville together to the pool.
Gentle Yoga & Meditation
On Thursday afternoons the yoga and meditation teachers take either a gentle stretching class or breathing techniques for relaxation (alternating weeks).
We have some access to gyms and fitness centres in the city, with various membership plans. We go as a group on Wednesday afternoons to the King George V gym in the Rocks area and we go with a fitness trainer to Newtown Fitness First every Friday morning.
The ASC permaculture team has been gardening at the Centre since 2008. In 2013, when the Centre moved to Newtown, the permaculture team began building a garden from scratch in the grounds of St Joseph’s presbytery and church, just one block away from the ASC. They meet on Wednesday mornings.
Art and craft
Every Tuesday afternoon we have some art and craft activities in the centre, you can come and learn sewing techniques, knit together, try some drawing or painting.
On Thursday afternoon the ASC offers a music program for adults. We have a professionally trained piano and musicianship teacher who conducts singing and piano lessons in a small group setting for anyone who is interested in music and would like to learn to sing a new song, read music, and play something fun on the keyboards! We have some guitars and a few other instruments, for musicians to play as well.
Come and play!
Last year, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation ran a pre school children’s music program here and building on this we now have a group of volunteers: an art teacher, music teacher and children’s entertainer who combine to create a fun art and music group for young children every Thursday morning.
Every couple of months, we organise a free excursion to a local Sydney landmark. Some excursions have included trips to Taronga Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Art Gallery of NSW, Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park. It’s a great way to get outside, learn about local history and to meet others in a relaxed and social environment. A picnic lunch is provided by the volunteers, as well as transport.