Urban Rec - Newcastle's Sport and Social Club
MEET THE TEAM - Riley
Sep 10

MEET THE TEAM - Riley

September 10, 2020 - one month ago

Riley has only recently started hosting with us this season. She has been a great addition to the team, with her laid back personality and love of sport. Whilst balancing her teaching studies and working she has also started playing AFL this season for Newcastle City and from all reports is absolutely killing it!! In between her crazy schedule she also fits in a sneaky fix of the show SUITS, she is a big fan of the show, but who isn’t amirigt? We sat down with her to find out more about what Riley does to keep busy and how nerdy she really is.

  1. What is the coolest thing about working with Urban Rec? I love meeting new people and being able to have fun whilst playing sport and listening to music!
  2. How did you get involved with Urban Rec? My friend Molly usually hosts for Urban Rec but she went on her teaching internship this term and asked if I’d be keen to get involved and take over from her. I was in as soon as she asked pretty much!
  3. What is your favourite sport? Tough one. I have played pretty much every sport at some stage of my life, but mostly netball, soccer, water polo and tennis at varying representative levels and I love them all HEAPS. But I’ve just started playing AFL this year and I’m really enjoying it, so maybe that right now!
  4. What do you do when you are not event hosting? Studying a Bach. of Secondary Education majoring in PDHPE and minoring in Business Studies. Otherwise I’m hanging out with friends, family and my boyfriend at the beach (summer) or the snow (winter) getting up to some sort of mischief. 
  5. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? I love to read if I have a good book and I’m on a holiday. Other than that, I’m not too sure. Does shopping count? 
  6. What is your go-to Karaoke song? People always ask me this and I never have an answer, very dependent on my mood haha. But definitely prefer some old school rock or hip-hop for my karaoke music. 
  7. Favourite TV Show? Suits. 
  8. Name one celebrity dead/alive that you would like to have dinner with? A$AP Rocky.
  9. What are five things you would take with you during the Zombie apocalypse? Food, water, running shoes, phone and headphones. 

Would you rather…

  1. Winter or Summer? Summer
  2. Cats or Dog? Dog
  3. Have no eyebrows or only one eyebrow? No eyebrows
  4. Talk to animals or speak all foreign languages Speak all foreign languages
  5. Be invisible or Fly? Fly
  6. Have feet that never stopped growing or hands that never stop growing? Feet
  7. Only be able to jump everywhere you go or only be able to walk on your hands? Jump everywhere I go 

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MEET THE TEAM - Ashley
Sep 2

MEET THE TEAM - Ashley

September 2, 2020 - one month ago

Ashley hosts our Street Soccer league on Wednesday nights. This is Ashley’s first season of hosting with Urban Rec but previous to this she played street soccer for a few seasons. In between playing sport every other night of the week and hosting with us she is studying Exercise and Sport Science.

A Newy local, Ash likes to keep busy in her spare time either playing soccer for Maitland or skateboarding the streets of Newcastle. We sat down with Ash and asked her a few questions. 

1. What is the coolest thing about working for urban rec? This will be my first season hosting so I’ll let you know...

2. How did you get involved with urban rec? I joined as an individual after seeing an ad in Facebook

3. What is your favourite sport? It’s a toss up between soccer and athletics. Both to play and watch.

 4. What do you do when you’re not Event Hosting?  When I’m not hosting at urban rec you can usually find me playing soccer or at the moment trying to teach myself to skateboard.  

5. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? During iso, I decided to take up knitting... that’s nerdy right haha

6. What is your go to karaoke song?  Gold digger - Kanye west

7. Favourite tv show? Tough one, probably Brooklyn 99

8. Name one celebrity dead or alive that you would love to have dinner with. Cathy freeman! 

9. What are five things you would take with you in a zombie apocalypse. Food, water, flash light, some sort of weapon and a tent? 

Would you rather? 

1. Winter/ summer?  Summer

2. Cats or dogs? Dogs

3. Have no eyebrows or only one eyebrow? Haha far out, does a monobrow count as one eyebrow?

4. Talk to animals or speak all foreign languages? Talk to animals

5. Be invisible or fly? Fly

6. Have feet that never stopped growing or hands that never stopped growing? Probably feet

7. Only be able to jump everywhere you go or only be able to walk on your hands? Jump everywhere

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TABLE + TAB  (TEAM PRIORITY REGISTRATION)
Aug 31

TABLE + TAB (TEAM PRIORITY REGISTRATION)

August 31, 2020 - one month ago

PRIORITY REGISTRATION WEEK
$50 Bar Voucher for returning teams

SEPTEMBER 14 – SEPTEMBER 21

The hospitality industry has been hit hard these last few months and we want to do our bit to help them out. If your team registers into one of our Spring League during out Priority Registration Week then we will buy you guys a $50 voucher to spend at your leagues clubhouse. 

We are doing our best to support local businesses around Newcastle at this time and we want you to be apart of it. Here is the dealio….

  1. Pay a team fee in FULL during PRIORITY REGO Week = amazing; $50 voucher to one of our clubhouses.  
  2. My team has paid a DEPOSIT already = sweet...if you pay the remaining BALANCE during Priority Rego Week, you’ll get the $50 clubhouse voucher. 
  3. My team pays a deposit during PRIORITY REGO WEEK = two options...if you pay the remaining BALANCE during during that week, you’ll get the $50 voucher.  If you do NOT pay the remaining balance during Priority Rego Week, your team will not be eligible for the voucher.

Other T&C’s

  • PRIORITY REGO week = 12:01am 14/9/2020 till 11:59 21/9/2020. 
  • This sale is not applicable to individual players. (Team registrations only). 
  • Deal is only valid to returning teams, playing in the 2020 Comeback Season.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions, as we have all the answers your heart may desire. 

We are so excited to see you all on the court, field or pitch soon this Spring season!

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MEET THE TEAM - KEELAN
Aug 26

MEET THE TEAM - KEELAN

August 26, 2020 - 2 months ago

Keelan is the OG of Urban Rec. He hosted the first season of Basketball back in March 2019 and has been with us ever since. He has been shooting hoops for years and is a super chill guy. He has a few tricks up his sleeve and knows a thing or two about how much elite athletes are paid. We sat down with Keelan and asked him a few questions to help you get to know this man better. 

  1. What is the coolest thing about working with Urban Rec?Getting an opportunity to work in sport and enjoying sport with likeminded, easy going people.
  2. How did you get involved with Urban Rec? Through Social media, contacted the GOAT Alyssa Hardie.
  3. What is your favourite sport? I enjoy playing all sports, but basketball is #1.
  4. What do you do when you are not event hosting? I work with children in an early childcare centre.
  5. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? I like to know how much money individual athletes make, from playing contracts to endorsements. I will stay up to ridiculous hours searching for stats online.  
  6. What is your go-to Karaoke song? Nuthin' but a G thang by Snoop Doggy Dogg
  7. Favourite TV Show? Shameless.
  8. Name one celebrity dead/alive that you would like to have dinner with? Paul McCartney
  9. What are five things you would take with you during the Zombie apocalypse? Baseball bat, knife, Tom Brady Jersey, Jordan 1’s….and a jacket

Would you rather…

  1. Winter or Summer? Winter 
  2. Cats or Dog? Dog
  3. Have no eyebrows or only one eyebrow? I Already have no eyebrows.
  4. Talk to animals or speak all foreign languages? Foreign languages. Un baguette.
  5. Be invisible or Fly? Fly.
  6. Have feet that never stopped growing or hands that never stop growing? Hands, be the best wicket keeper since Adam Gilchrist.
  7. Only be able to jump everywhere you go or only be able to walk on your hands? Kangaroo man it is. 
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THE URBAN REC TEAM - Liam
Aug 14

THE URBAN REC TEAM - Liam

August 14, 2020 - 2 months ago

Liam – Multisport Monday Night

Liam started playing multisport with us back in early 2019 and loved it so much he got involved in hosting. He is our Multisport guru and hosts the league on Monday nights. You may have seen him at one of our other leagues from time to time, he has also hosted Street soccer and Flag Gridiron. He is currently finishing of his final semester of Primary Teaching and plays a bit of golf in his spare time. 

We sat down with Liam and asked him a few questions to learn more about the man behind the multisport whistle and here is what we found out.

  1. What is the best thing about working with Urban Rec? I get to participate in sports and help people stay healthy and happy.
  2. How did you get involved with Urban Rec? I played one season of Multisport and loved it so much I got involved with event hosting. 
  3. What is your favourite sport? Ultimate Frisbee/ European Handball 
  4. What do you do when you are not event hosting? Studying to become a primary school teacher and play golf very poorly. 
  5. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? Stream video games. 
  6. What is your go-to Karaoke song? Piano Man- Billy Joel
  7. Favourite TV Show? Scrubs
  8. Name one celebrity dead/alive that you would like to have dinner with? Robin Williams
  9. What are five things you would take with you during the Zombie apocalypse? Canned Food, Water, Board Games, A companion, The only key that is able to get into the massive fortress I’m finding solitude in.

Would you rather…

  1. Winter or Summer? Winter
  2. Cats or Dog? Dog 
  3. Have no eyebrows or only one eyebrow? Only one eyebrow
  4. Talk to animals or speak all foreign languages? Foreign languages
  5. Be invisible or Fly? Fly 
  6. Have feet that never stopped growing or hands that never stop growing? Hands that never stop growing 
  7. Only be able to jump everywhere you go or only be able to walk on your hands? Jump everywhere. 
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PRICE INCREASE - SPRING 2020

August 5, 2020 - 2 months ago

Urban Rec has increased our prices this season, and we would like to take this opportunity to explain. 

As a club we have not increased our team fees since we first started back in February 2019. In that time every over-head associated with running our leagues and sports club have inflated beyond what is sustainable with the current registration fee rate. Although the fee increase to our members happened from one season to the next, the costs incurred to us as a club has been rising for years.

Individual registration fee:

On average the fee increase for a 10 week season has increased from between $10 – $19 for the entire 10 game season, in other words $1- $2 per game. We have also added the UR Draft that you get free access to. See below for more information about this new program.

The three most obvious overhead increases are court hire, staffing and insurances.

  • Court hire – Very simply the prices of fields and courts in Newcastle have increased. Venue hire is a competitive market, and these venue’s have a monopoly. We do our best to provide the best venues for you guys, but field and court hire has increased annually. What’s more we are one of the few clubs that will guarentee rained out, forfeited, or missed games are replayed. This is a cost we cost. 
  • Staffing – Our event hosts are paid fairly, and are a valued part of the team. We believe we have the best staff in the business, and we will always continue to reward them for their time and investment. 
  • Insurance  – Without insurance we are legally not allowed to operate, as the leagues grow, the member base grows, so do our insurance premiums. 

Although we are not technically a not-for-profit, our business model is run as such, with all profits re-invested in the club. We rely on volume and return customers - not high profits. 

We are really competitive when it comes to registration fees compared to the vast majority of our Industry. Our mission is to make sport accessible for everyone. 

The other stuff we do as part of your fees? Urban Rec likes to offer all kinds of free or discounted opportunities for our members, things like; UR Awesome, Pub Nights, discounts at clubhouses, free jugs seasonally, Pri-Rego Promo’s, FreePlay nights, and social events (which run without profit also). 

THE UR DRAFT

This is another perk that you now get when you sign up as an individual. Each Monday at 5pm we update the draft with a list of individual teams that need players for the season. Check out the link about the UR Draft for more information.

The bottom line is, we truly believe that what we deliver to our members exceeds any of our competitors in the sport and fitness industry – and we will always continue to offer value for money for our members. 

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INDIVIDUAL TEAM - SUCCESS STORY (MULTISPORT)
Jul 24

INDIVIDUAL TEAM - SUCCESS STORY (MULTISPORT)

July 24, 2020 - 3 months ago

MONDAY NIGHT MULTISPORT- RED TEAM

This lovely group of people are amazing characters that turn up each week to play sport, get active and have a laugh but more importantly head to the Albion Hotel for a beverage afterwards. It is a rarity to not see these guys at the pub, playing pool, grabbing a bite to eat or just making the most of their free schooner vouchers. 

They are a complete success story of what our number one goal is at Urban Rec - getting people together to mingle with people they wouldn’t normally meet. Getting out of your comfort zone and taking that leap. They are often heading out to dinner or organising activities to do throughout the week and we absolutely froth it.

They all wear their red t-shirts with pride each week and Brendan, the captain of the team, is great at organising them and getting them to register back up every season. They are heading into their third season with us next week and we can’t wait to see what they wear during dress up round.

If you get the chance to play against them – you’re lucky – they won the fun points last season and are always a good laugh.

Shout out to Pat, Phil, Beth, Keira, John, Corey, Anastasia, Brit and Brendan for being such legends on and off the field. 

It can be daunting signing up as an individual, not knowing anyone or how the league works, but if this teams story is anything to go by, its definitely worth it!

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COMEBACK SEASON LEAGUES

July 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

It is great to be back playing sport and are super excited for our COMEBACK SEASON to get started. If you are keen to get involved on your own or have a few mates that want to get together and sign up a team, have a look below at what sports are available and when they start.

Multisport🏑

  • Monday Night July 27 – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday Night July 23
    • 1 Team spot
    • Individual Team  – 2 male and 2 female spots available

Netball 🏐

  • Monday Night August 3 @ Cooks Hill
    • 3 Team spots
    • Individual Team – 4 male and 3 female spots available

Basketball🏀

  • Wednesday Night August 5 @ Cooks Hill
    • 1 Team spot
    • Individual team – 3 male and 3 female spots available

Street Soccer ⚽

  • Wednesday Night August 5 @ Maryville
    • 1 Team Spot
    • Individual Team – 4 male and 3 female spots available

Flag Gridiron 🏈

  • Wednesday Night August 5 @ Waratah
    • 3 Team spots
    • Indiviual team – 4 males and 4 female spots available.

Start organising what sport you are going to play this season and register before it is too late!

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FLASH WEEK TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Jul 6

FLASH WEEK TERMS AND CONDITIONS

July 6, 2020 - 3 months ago

To celebrate the recommencement of sport, we are hosting an online celebration. Introducing FLASH WEEK – For 1 week only, all of our leagues are $100 off TEAM REGISTRATIONS. BOOOOOM!! 

So...let us explain what that means for YOUThere are a few situations you may fall into.

  1. Pay a team fee in FULL during Flash Week = amazing; $100 off regular team fee
  2. My team has paid a DEPOSIT already = sweet...if you pay the remaining BALANCE during Flash Week, you’ll get $100 off the regular team fee. 
  3. My team pays a deposit during Flash Week = two options...if you pay the remaining BALANCE during Flash Week, you’ll get $100 off the regular team fee.  If you do NOT pay the remaining balance during Flash Week, the balance will be the normal team fee.

Other T&C’s

  • Flash week = 6/7/2020 till 13/7/2020. 
  • This sale is not applicable to individual players. (Team registrations only). 
  • All team registration prices will be automatically adjusted online to include the discount, you simply need to pay in this timeframe. Prices will increase back to normal after 13/7/2020. 

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions.  We are so excited to see you all on the court, field, or pitch soon! <3

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COVID-19 Daily Update

May 14, 2020 - 5 months ago

We completely understand that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is causing concern and uncertainty among everyone. We are diligently following the advice of Department of Health (Australian Government) and Health NSW and as to new measures we should take.

This blog post will be updated throughout the Pandemic, to ensure our members have the necessary information they need to consider when choosing to play with Urban Rec. 

Updated Thu 14 May, 2020 @ 4pm

THU 14 MAY –  MON 25 MAY (LEAGUES CONTINUOSLY PAUSED): Urban Rec continues to pause all leagues and events at this time.Recent goverment announcements have started to lift restrictions. In NSW we are moving to  stage 1 from Friday May 15, 2020. Stage 1 still restricts community sport from operating, though sports training for groups of under 10 in outdoor areas is permitted. The goverment is set to review the progress of Stage 1 in 3 weeks. At that time, if we do move to stage 2, we will be able to commence leagues with obvious restictions and updates to our policies, including the introduction of a new Covid Clean Policy.

We are also following the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport which follow stages A. B and C as a guildine for individual sporting codes. 

Our Comeback seasonal start dates have been adjusted with these time frames in mind, with most of this season starting in July to allow enough time for our currently paused seasons to commence and finish. If you have any questions about your teams situation, please send us an email. 

Updated Wed 1 April, 2020 at 7am

WED 1 APRIL – THU MAY 14 (LEAGUES CONTINUOSLY PAUSED): Todays announcement should come as no suprise that leagues continue to be paused at Urban Rec. We want to assure all teams that our plan is to continue to run leagues, once the government feels it is safe to do so. Our next update will be at the beginning of May. We have tentatively announced our next season start dates to happen in June, with the hopes to complete our Summer season as soon as possible. We have also updated our refund policy to help explain our position in this horrible time. Our members support during this period means everything. 

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH (LEAGUES PAUSED): Today, we had to make the devastating decision to pause all leagues and events for Urban Rec in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle.  This decision comes in light of the current situation with the coronavirus COVID-19, and our deepest desire to do what is morally correct for our members and the community. We will be sending out communication to all our members on Wednesday, 01 April updating everyone of the situation at that time. 

It goes without saying that our HQ team are deeply saddened by the news that we will not be seeing your smiling, cheerful faces at our leagues over the next few weeks.  We will be working diligently in head office (or from a home office) think-tanking and brainstorming how to make your experience absolutely exceptional when we are able to welcome you back and start social sport again!

MONDAY 16TH MARCH: If you have been travelling overseas as of midnight last night, you should be self quarantining for 14 days and and we ask you to not attend any of our leagues. At this stage, government has not closed schools or universities, but is asking all non-essential organised sporting events above 500 people to be cancelled. As our leagues and events have on average, about 30 people in attendance, we do not feel it is necessary to cancel these leagues or events. 

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH: Today our Government announced advice to cancel gatherings above 500 people (this is not a ban). At this stage, they have not advised the general public to stop their usual activities like going to work, grocery shopping and attending recreational activities. With precautionary measures in place, Urban Rec activities will go ahead as scheduled and all Urban Rec policies will remain in effect including the default and refund policy.

UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WILL LEAGUES BE PLACED ON HOLD?

  1. If the situation becomes extreme, and small gatherings are banned (or advised to cancel) by our government.
  2. If our venues decide to close.
  3. If we are seeing a mass amount of forfeiting games, we may decide to pause leagues. 

In any case, if we do decide to pause leagues, we will ensure your games are played when it is safe and appropriate to do so. We will reschedule (not cancel) your games. 

WHAT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY AT THE MOMENT?

That’s completely your choice, and completely acceptable. Please work with your team Captain and let them know. If your team does not have enough players, and wishes to forfeit your game, please contact us ASAP [email protected] (Forfeiting a game, means telling us with enough time to notify the opposition, please don’t leave it to the last minute and leave your opposition hanging (a default). 

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