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U Leisure

Enhancing lives within the local community is U Leisure's mission. U Leisure achieves this by delivering sport and leisure opportunities on campus. It also creates and delivers local sporting events for the wider community to enjoy.

U Leisure is a limited liability joint venture with charitable status with equal shareholders being the University of Waikato and the Waikato Students' Union. An agreement with the university sees U Leisure manage and maintain facilities and services on campus for the benefit of the University of Waikato's students and staff.

This includes managing key recreation assets on campus (UniRec, retails outlets, sports grounds/courts and pools); university sports clubs, Social Sport and the Staff Wellness programme.

U Leisure is committed to designing products and services that are engaging and sustainable so that wellbeing is promoted both on and off campus. It delivers unique sporting events within the Waikato region which provides opportunities for community members to be involved.

U Leisure's events include; The REV Cycle Race, the Gallagher Great Race and Round the Bridges.

For more information, visit the U Leisure website:, or phone (07) 838 4442.

The Rec Centre

UniRec is a gym and recreational facility located on the University of Waikato campus which caters for students and local community members. The team of fitness, rehab and sport experts is dedicated to making a difference to people's lives, helping them achieve their fitness and wellbeing goals. The environment is friendly, supportive and genuinely inclusive.

The facility includes Endless Pools™; squash courts, cardio and weights equipment, group exercise classes, a sports hall for court games and a general activity room. It is also home to the new High Performance Zone, established in 2014 in conjunction with Sport and Leisure Studies and is used for their students and high performance athletes.

For more information, visit the UniRec website:, email:, or phone: (07) 838 4177.
Location: University of Waikato campus, Gate 1, Knighton Road, Hamilton

Sports on Campus

U Leisure offers many opportunities for students to get into sports; whether this is as a high performance athlete, being involved with clubs on campus or simply being a social exerciser. The events calendar shows how students can be involved with inter-tertiary challenges which include both social and competitive sporting fun and much more.

For more information, email, website:

University of Waikato (UoW) Sports Clubs

UoW Sport provides an umbrella framework to University of Waikato sports clubs, representative teams and individual athletes. Clubs include traditional sports such as rugby; netball, hockey, football, rowing and cricket as well as other less traditional clubs including snow and ski and kendo.

For more information, email, website:

Sports Facilities

Fields, Touch, Rugby and Football

The University of Waikato fields are the largest of any New Zealand University. They cater for a range of recreation and sporting activities including the Social Sport outdoor league and act as the home fields of the University of Waikato Rugby Football Club, Unicol Football Club and the Hamilton Cricket Association.

Cricket Nets

There are three cricket nets situated by the Sports Pavilion available for use. These are run by the Hamilton Cricket Association. To make a booking, call the Hamilton Cricket Association Office on (07) 856 6009, or email Janice Fraser:

Courts - Netball, Tennis and Squash

There are four tennis courts available on campus during the summer months (reduced to one over winter) and three floodlit netball courts available during winter. Two squash courts are available at the Sports Pavilion via 24 hour swipe key access. Sign up for membership at UniRec to receive a swipe card. Once you are a member you can make a squash court booking here:, or email: for more information about membership.

University of Waikato Swimming Pool

The outdoor swimming pool complex on campus includes a 50 metre leisure pool and a dive pool. The season operates from 1 December until 31 March each year. The pools are open seven days from 12pm-6pm and can be accessed through Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.

For more information, visit:, or phone (07) 838 4335.

Social Sport

Hamilton's largest Social Sport league conveniently takes place on campus. Leagues run all year round, with indoor taking place between March and October, & Outdoor leagues running from November until the following March. Indoor runs in 6-week blocks, offering indoor netball and futsal. Outdoor runs for a full 14 weeks over summer, and offers touch and football. Teams play against those with similar ability and all are mixed gender.

For more information, visit:, or email:

High Performance Sport and Performing Arts

The University is committed to supporting high performance athletes and performers across all disciplines and aims to provide opportunities for students to excel in both academic and sporting or performing arts endeavours.

The High Performance Sport Manager can offer assistance to students trying to balance their training, competitions and study, is available for liaising with academic staff, scholarship providers and sporting bodies, and provides support to all Hillary Scholars.

For more information, phone: (07) 838 4264, email: or visit:

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness is recognised internationally as being an integral part of work-life balance. The University Wellness programme managed by U Leisure is focused on empowering staff to make informed healthy life choices. This is achieved through monthly activities including health screenings, seminars and workshops.

For more information, visit the Workplace Wellness website:, or email

Sport Events

U Leisure is responsible for providing some of the region's most iconic events including; The REV Cycle Race, the Gallagher Great Race and Round the Bridges.

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Asset Management

U Leisure manages a number of buildings and facilities on campus on behalf of the University. These spaces are made available for either commercial lease or the provision of sporting services. Spaces include the Faculty of Education Café; Students' Union Building, Eastside,
Oranga, Cowshed, Student Centre, Campus Shops, UniRec, UoW Pools and the Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion.

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