Urban Rec - Newcastle's Sport and Social Club

PRICE INCREASE - SPRING 2020

August 5, 2020 - 10 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 - 11 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 - 11 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 - one year 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 - one year 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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URBAN REC SPORTS CHALLENGE BINGO

March 31, 2020 - one year ago

Well, looks like there is no sport for the next 30 days, but that doesnt mean you should stop living the Urban Rec life. We have created a FUN, challenging, and sometimes stupid, Bingo game to help you stay (slightly) fit, challenge yourself, and beat our HQ staff. 

You have a month to knock off as many of the Bingo numbers as you can. Tag us @urbanrecnewcastle or #urbanrecbingo and we will repost your best work. It’s not easy folks, so it could take you a while to harness some of these skills. First to finish wins FREE rego for you and a friend in our Comeback Season!

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A MESSAGE FROM UR HQ

March 31, 2020 - one year ago

Covid-19 has rocked our team and we've been missing you over the past few weeks. We asked the HQ team about what Urban Rec means to them, how they started with Urban Rec, how they’re feeling about our current situation and their hopes for the future.

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HOW URBAN REC IS KEEPING YOU HEALTHY: COVID-19
Mar 13

HOW URBAN REC IS KEEPING YOU HEALTHY: COVID-19

March 13, 2020 - one year ago

HOW URBAN REC IS KEEPING YOU HEALTHY: COVID-19

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.

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. If the situation becomes extreme, and small gatherings are banned (or advised to cancel) by our government, we will ensure your games are played when it is safe and appropriate to do so. 

The decision to advise against mass public gatherings is one we understand, as those event attract thousands of people who are often required to travel to attend. 

Urban Rec would like to advise the steps we are taking to ensure our members remain as healthy as possible. 

  • It goes without saying, if you are sick, stay at home and get better - especially if you have been travelling.
  • If you don't want to shake hands at the end of the game, we understand - a fun and friendly toe-tap is a great way to show your thanks - or a virtual high-five. 
  • We will be making sure we work with our venues and keep everything hygienic and clean.
  • Any bibs or equipment will be cleaned weekly

Most of all, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from illness, is remain active and remain healthy. 

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Autumn Sports 2020

March 10, 2020 - one year ago

Well it has been 365 days around the sun for Urban Rec Newcastle and what an adventure it has been! We have the best members you could ask for and we are loving the fact that everyone has given us an oppotunity to provide a sport and social experience like no other.

If you are looking at playing with us this season, this is what you can get involved in. All our sports take individual and team registrations so you can sign up solo or grab a few mates and register a team.

MONDAY 

  • 27 April = Multisport @ Revolution Sports Park

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY 

THURSDAY

  • 23 April = Multisport @ Revolution Sports Park 

SUNDAY

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Sign up and strap yourself in for 10 weeks of absolute fun!!

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FREE AUTUMN PRIORITY REGISTRATION

March 3, 2020 - one year ago

!!PRIORITY REGISTRATION!!

Go in the draw to win free autumn registration for your team.

WHAT IS IT?

If your team is planning on returning this season then this competition is for you! Your captain will be sent a link to re-register into the next competition by week 9 of your competition. Once your team has registered using the link, your team will be placed in the draw to win Free Registration! Woooohooo!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The team that is drawn will win free registration for the Autumn season and will be refunded their team fee in late April.

WHEN DOES MY TEAM NEED TO REGISTER BY?

The link your captain will get sent will expire in week 9 of your current season. If your squad isn’t registered by then, you will miss out on going in the draw to win free registration.  Pay the full registration amount, no deposits are allowed and only existing teams can enter.

WHEN WILL IT BE DRAWN?

The competition will be drawn in late April when all the Autumn leagues have started. We will post the winners on our social media account and send an email to the winning team.

Remember you’ve got to be in it to WIN it, so make sure you get your captain to register your team.

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