The council is encouraging residents to get active and is providing the resources to do it. This year there is a record number of classes on offer

Plenty to get active about

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council’s community recreational programme Selwyn Activities is already proving to be a bigger winner than ever this year with record numbers of activities and participants.

Term one has just started, but two of the main venues, Rolleston Community Centre and Lincoln Event Centre have had significant growth in classes. The Rolleston Community Centre has 33 classes, up from 25 in 2012; Lincoln Event Centre is even more remarkable with 30 classes compared to just 12 in 2012.

Other venues are now catering to the popular demand: The Tai Tapu Community Centre and West Melton Community and Recreation Centre are also now running classes in 2019. With three classes in Tai Tapu for term one and 12 in West Melton. Some of the more successful council programmes include Move it to Music, which has increased three-fold since 2012; Mature and Motivated (previously known as Active Seniors), which has more than doubled in size, and the mini gym and baby sessions, which have also about doubled in size.

Besides this, there are also several other programmes run by external groups such as day clubs, sports clubs and art groups.

The council’s community relations manager, Denise Kidd, said the influx of people into Selwyn after the earthquakes have made a huge difference.

“With the growth of population, we had to ensure that our new programmes met the needs of our whole community. The programmes we run are aimed at being affordable so everyone can access them and from young people to older adults. We can see that from our continued growth of programmes and numbers, and also positive feedback through surveys, we are tracking well.”

Denise Kidd said that Selwyn Activities is not confined to the recreation centres. There are also organised classes, events and activities provided by the district’s libraries and aquatic centres, as well as by private providers.

She recommends going to the Selwyn District Council website for a full list of activities, times and venues.