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Community physical activity programs

This page details both state-wide community physical activity programs as well as the programs available in each local government area.

State-wide

  • Sporting Schools – Sporting Schools is a national program available to all Australian primary schools bringing together schools and sports to help get Aussie children active in their local communities. The Australian Sports Commission in partnership with 32 national sporting organisations, has developed quality programs and resources to offer a fun and supportive environment for children and coaches. 
  • Get Active Program – the Get Active Program is a 10-week program that aims to enhance participants’ health and well being by discussing issues such as motivation, stress management, self-esteem and goal setting, and participating in fun physical activities. The Get Active Program specifically seeks to engage people who are not currently physically active or who have experienced barriers to physical activity.
  • Heart Foundation Walking – Heart Foundation Walking is a fun, social and easy way to be active and best of all it's free. It is Australia’s largest network of community-based walking groups. Visit this site to find a local walking group near you.
  • Heartmoves - the Heart Foundation has developed a low-to-moderate intensity exercise program called Heartmoves, designed for people who are living with health conditions.
  • Join a sporting club – Contact your local council or the state body of the sport you are interested in. Alternatively contact Sport and Recreation Tasmania on 1800 252 476 or email sportrec@dpac.tas.gov.au.

Break O'Day

Garden Club

St Helens Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm at the Portland Hall.

Contact

Break O'Day Council
6376 7900
admin@bodc.tas.gov.au

Indoor Bowls

The St Helens Senior Citizens Club Inc run indoor bowls every Monday and Thursday at 1.00pm. Membership includes afternoon tea.

Contact

Edna Taylor
6376 3730

Zumba

Zumba is run every Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm at the St. Helens Portland Hall.

Contact

0439 419 979

Karate

Karate is run every Monday and Thursday from 4.00-6.00pm.

Contact

Janet
0419 012 393

GKR Karate

GKR Karate is run every Tuesday from 5.00-7.00pm at the St Helens Portland Hall.

Contact

Donna Monish
6376 1575

East Coast Motorcross

The East Coast Motorcross dates can change but meets are always advertised in The Examiner the day before.

Contact

Break O'Day Council
6376 7900
admin@bodc.tas.gov.au

St Helens Community Garden

The St Helens Community Garden Club meet every Tuesday from 10.00am-12.00pm at the St Helen's Neighbourhood House.

Contact

Kelly Milikins
6376 1134

Brighton

Dining with friends

Provides a free space for parents and guardians and young people, children and families to connect, spend time together and have some fun!

Young people and their families participate in structured, well supervised activities, promoting an atmosphere of positive peer support and an opportunity to access assistance, support and guidance.

Held first Wednesday of each month 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
www.pcyctas.org

Youth Futures

Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Brighton Youth Futures is a service that caters for 11 to 16 year olds who live, attend school or work in the area.

Youth Futures runs a drop-in service on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
www.pcyctas.org

PCYC Midgets

Supervised fun activities. It is encouraged that parents participate with the child during class time. Come and enjoy all the equipment and bounce on the jumping castle.

Held every Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:00am.

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
www.pcyctas.org

Weight/Aerobic Circuit Gym

A comprehensive weight/aerobic circuit gym is available for members 14 years and over. The gym is designed to increase the heart rate as well as muscle toning. Personal trainer is available for inductions and programs.

Open Monday to Friday from 9:00am.

Ladies circuit classes - Monday 5:30pm, Wednesday 5:00pm and Friday 6:00pm. 

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
www.pcyctas.org

Judo

Judo literally means soft, gentle or flexible way.

 Tuesday U14 Judo - Beginners: 4:30pm -5:30pm and Intermediates: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Thursday Adult Judo - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Contact

Wendy Masters
0412 926 004

Tim Masters
0487 261 493

No GI Judo/Grappling

A world renowned and proven combat method, without resorting to striking. Non violent conflict resolution for all ages.

Wednesday: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Contact

Wendy Masters
0412 926 004

Tim Masters
0487 261 493

Boot Camp

Need to get fit? Come and attend our Boot Camp sessions and be pushed by a personal trainer to reach your goal.

Monday and Wednesday: 9:30am - 10:30am

Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Contact

Tim Sproule
0429 934 448

Boxing

Get into a boxing training fitness program and improve your health, gain confidence and have a physically fit body.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Contact

Daniel Hall
0457 327 406

Outside School Hours Care

For children aged 5-12 years. They are supervised while participating in a range of activities we offer from sporting to arts and crafts. The kids have full use of the facilities. Free pick up from schools. Please note children attending need to be booked in and enrolled at the club.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 3:00 - 6:00pm 

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
www.pcyctas.org

School Holiday Program

During school holidays PCYC conducts programs for 5-12 year olds and 11-16 year olds.

Contact

Bridgewater PCYC
6263 5277
 www.pcyctas.org

Burnie

Burnie Challenge 

The Burnie Challenge is an extreme sporting event that consists of trail running mixed with 15 various types of challenging man-made obstacles, mud and more.

The Burnie Challenge is not a race, it's a challenge. The idea is for everyone to help each other through the course. It is a great team building exercise for family, sporting groups and workplaces.

Contact

Allison Daley
6430 5706
adaley@burnie.net
 www.burnie.net

Central Coast

Heartmoves 

The Heartmoves program is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs.

Contact

Melissa Cruse
6429 8959
heartmoves.heartfoundation.org.au

Central Highlands

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking aims to make regular physical activity enjoyable and easy.

Contact

Corina McCarthy
6254 5025
Corina.McCarthy@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Circular Head

Tai Chi

Beginners classes, great for general health and wellbeing commencing 20 February 2014.

Contact

Monica Moore
6452 1266
mmoore@ruralhealthtas.com.au

Duck Dash

7km running race, 26 January.

Contact

Deb Mainwaring
6452 4825
dmainwaring@circularhead.tas.gov.au
www.circularhead.tas.gov.au

Duck Pedal

37.5 km Bike race, 26 January.

Contact

Deb Mainwaring
6452 4825
dmainwaring@circularhead.tas.gov.au
www.circularhead.tas.gov.au

Clarence

Live Clarence

A vibrant hub of information to get you healthy, active and involved in and around the beautiful City of Clarence. 

Contact

http://www.liveclarence.com.au/

Hobart parkrun - Risdon Brook Dam

Weekly free 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am. All abilities welcome.

Contact

http://www.parkrun.com.au/hobart/

Fitness in the Park

Free fitness sessions in Council parks and open spaces during the year. Sessions include Group fitness, walking, beginners and over 50s, Mums and Bubs Fitness. No bookings required.

Contact

Suzanne Schulz
6245 8664
sschulz@ccc.tas.gov.au
www.ccc.tas.gov.au

Recreation Programs - Clarence City Council

Recreation programs cater for young people (grades 5-8) and are held at the Clarence Plains Youth Centre, Risdon Vale Community Hall & Warrane/Mornington Neighbourhood Centre.

Contact

Stacy Klousia
6247 1230
cpyouthcentre@gmail.com
www.ccc.tas.gov.au

Heart Moves for Seniors and Young Mums

Gentle exercise for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or are at risk of these conditions.

Contact

Julie Andersson
6245 8780
jandersson@ccc.tas.gov.au
www.ccc.tas.gov.au

Heartmoves

The Heartmoves program is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs.

Contact

Jenny Jacobs
6248 9125
christopherjacobs@dodo.com.au

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation Walking aims to make regular physical activity enjoyable and easy, especially for people who are not used to being active.

Contact

Corina McCarthy
6254 5025
Corina.Mccarthy@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Derwent Valley

If you are aware of programs that are operating in the Derwent Valley municipality, please contact us so we can add them to this list. For further information visit derwentvalley.tas.gov.au

Devonport

Devonport Walks

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.15pm - 12.45pm

These regular walks are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and depart from the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre. 

The walks are led by Councils Recreation Officer, Axel Verschuren, and generally go along Victoria Parade. A half an hour walk is perfect to get out of the office and encourage gentle physical activity along the lovely foreshore.

This is a free program supported by the Devonport City Council.

Contact

Axel Verschuren
6424 0515
averschuren@devonport.tas.gov.au
www.devonport.tas.gov.au

School Holiday Activities 

The school holiday program is for primary and high school aged children. Activities include basketball, squash, table tennis and badminton, just to name a few.

Contact

Axel Verschuren
6424 0515
averschuren@devonport.tas.gov.au
www.devonport.tas.gov.au

Devonport and East Devonport Recreation Centres

These facilities are run and maintained by the Devonport City Council. A diverse range of sporting groups are catered for, as well as school groups and the general public.

Meeting rooms, change rooms, toilets, showers and a sauna facility are also available. Both centres cater for the following activities:

  • Aikido, Judo and Karate
  • Badminton
  • Basketball & Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Tai Chi
  • Squash & Racquetball
  • Dancing
  • Futsal
  • Roller Derby
  • Volleyball, both indoor and outdoor
Contact

Glenda Burnett
6424 41095 
gburnett@devonport.tas.gov.au

Devonport parkrun - Mersey Bluff

Weekly free 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am. All abilities welcome.

Contact

http://www.parkrun.com.au/devonport/

Dorset

Heart Foundation Walking Group

These groups are very socially inclusive and in between walks organise other social events such as walks and bike rides, they also participate in community events such as the Bridport fun run and relay for life.

Contact

Gaynor Peaty
6352 5504

Scottsdale Over 50 Fitness Group

The group meets every Tuesday at 11.00am at the Salvation Army Hall and is run by a qualified fitness instructor. The first visit is free and the subsequent charge is $5.00 per session and $2.50 hall hire.

Contact

Gaynor Peaty
6352 5504

Pilates

For all ages, genders and beginners to advanced levels.

Contact

Marie Gooch
0407 961 143

Community Gym

Variety of activities for all ages and genders. You can be part of a group or obtain a key and use it at a time to suit yourself.

Contact

Candice Walker
6352 3481

Dorset Bicycle Group (DBUG)

Family friendly social ride on the first Sunday of each month and suitable for all ages and genders.

Contact

Tom Ransom
6356 1281

Tai Chi

Suitable for all ages and genders and is run every Tuesday at 10.00am at the Bridport RSL Club.

Contact

Tracey Crack
6352 6531
tcrack@dorset.tas.gov.au

Circuit Training

Suitable for all ages and genders and is held at the Scottsdale high school gym every Tuesday at 6.30pm and the Bridport Primary School every Wednesday at 6.00am.

Contact

Tracey Crack
6352 6531
tcrack@dorset.tas.gov.au

Flinders

Flinders Council - Various activities

Flinders Council provides support and assistance in a number of ways to encourage healthy activity and living pursuits. For more information on what physical activities are available in the municipality, please visit the community calendar.

Contact

Jana Harper
6359 5001
community.development@flinders.tas.gov.au

George Town

If you are aware of programs that are operating in the George Town municipality, please contact us so we an add them to this list. For further information visit georgetown.tas.gov.au

Glamorgan-Spring Bay

If you are aware of programs that are operating in the Glamorgan-Spring Bay municipality, please contact us so we can add them to this list. For further information visit gsbc.tas.gov.au

Glenorchy

Glenorchy on the GO

Physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs and activities for the community. Programs include: Go walking, Go Movement  Sports Ability, and major events.

Contact

Len Yeats
6216 6394
gcc.tas.gov.au

Go Movement

The Go Movement Go Movement is a LOW cost gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who wishes to exercise at their own pace in a friendly atmosphere.

Classes are facilitated by qualified fitness professionals or trained volunteers.

Contact

Len Yeats
6216 6394
gcc.tas.gov.au

Go walking in Glenorchy

A network of free community-based walking groups with volunteer walk organisers that lead groups in your local area.

Contact

Len Yeats
6216 6394
gcc.tas.gov.au

Hobart

Youth Arts and Recreation Centre

A safe and friendly venue for young people 12-25 to participate in recreation activities such as basketball, table tennis and 8Ball as well as creative activities such as dance, music and beat making and art workshops. Wednesday to Friday, 3pm - 6pm.

Contact

Joel Imber
6231 5150
imberj@hobartcity.com.au
www.youthartsandrec.org

Mather's House

A community space in the central CBD that promotes healthy ageing by offering a range of activities and programs as well as a home cooked lunch Tuesday to Friday. Programs operating from the Centre include ukulele lessons, singing, computer lessons and much more.

Contact

Angela Barrington
6234 1441
barringtona@hobartcity.com.au
www.hobartcity.com.au

Criterion House

A community space in the central CBD that promotes healthy ageing by offering a range of activities and programs.

Contact

Danielle Walker
6238 2772
walkerd@hobartcity.com.au
www.hobartcity.com.au

Heartmoves

The Heartmoves program is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs.

Contact

Paul Hamilton
0417 836 988
paul@allaboutfitness.net.au

Park Run

Every Saturday at 9am a 5 kilometre Park Run is held at Risdon Brook Dam, Risdon Vale.

Free

Contact

hobartoffice@parkrun.com

Hobart Park Run

Huon Valley

Walking Groups 

The major objective of the walking groups is to provide a free and ongoing support system to encourage people of all ages, to be involved in physical activity and do some gentle exercise. The program is free and is supported by the Huon Valley Council on behalf of the Heart Foundation in Tasmania.

Contact

Health Promotion and Education Officer
6264 0300
hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au
www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/walkinggroups

Kentish

Kentish Health Centre

  • Fitness for Health
  • Community Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Zumba
  • Sheffield Sole Mates

Contact

Kentish Health Centre
6491 2740
kentishhealth.com.au

King Island

Programs Offered

  • Aqua Fit
  • Heart Foundation Walking
  • Tai Chi
Contact

Eve Woolmore
6462 1746
phoenixhouse1@bigpond.com

Kingborough

Walk, Ride, Discover

Guided walks on Kingborough's tracks and trails.

Contact

Michelle Allen
6211 8130
mallen@kingborough.tas.gov.au
www.kingborough.tas.gov.au

School Holiday Activities

School holiday activities program for young people aged 10-16.

Contact

Carol Swards
6211 8133
cswards@kingborough.tas.gov.au
www.kingborough.tas.gov.au

Launceston

Active Launceston 

Provides free physical activity opportunities and resources to improve the health and wellbeing of the Launceston community.

Contact

Hayden Fox
6324 4027
Hayden.Fox@utas.edu.au
www.activelaunceston.com.au

Active City Park

Free fitness sessions held in our beautiful City Park. Classes range from Stretch and Strengthen and Tai Chi, to fun and fitness. Sessions are designed for all ages and fitness levels. No commitment needed, just show up and participate. Runs over two 8 week blocks each year, usually January to March and October to December.

Contact

6323 3610
Christine.Mann@launceston.tas.gov.au 
www.launceston.tas.gov.au

Launceston parkrun - Inveresk Precinct

Weekly free 5km timed run every Saturday at 9am. All abilities welcome.

Contact

http://www.parkrun.com.au/launceston/

Heartmoves

The Heartmoves program is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs.

Contact

Erin Woolley
6330 1572
woolley59@hotmail.com

New Horizons Club

Provide a variety of sport and recreation activities for people with disabilities in the North and North-East of the State.

Contact

Belinda Kitto
6326 3344
belinda@newhorizonsclub.org.au
www.newhorizonsclub.org.au

Latrobe

Meander Valley

Stepping Stones Leadership Camps 

The camps are run in three age groups; grades 6-8, and grades 9-12 in the October school holidays and 18-25 year olds as advertised. Dates vary.

Contact

Vicki Jordan
6393 5300
0400 155 690
vicki.jordan@mvc.tas.gov.au
meander.tas.gov.au

Primary School Holiday Programs

Runs for 4 days in the Christmas break and 2 days in April, July and October. Details are posted on Meander Valley Council (MVC) website.

Contact

Kylie Johns
0400 780 189
kylie.johns@education.tas.gov.au
meander.tas.gov.au

High School and College program

  • Outdoor Challenges (Paddling, rock climbing, caving, mountain bike riding, bush walking)
  • Music, Arts
Contact

Vicki Jordan
6393 5300
0400 155 690
vicki.jordan@mvc.tas.gov.au
meander.tas.gov.au

Nate Austen, DHHS
0427 543 365
nathan.austen@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Skate Workshops

  • Streetwise Learn to Skate workshops
  • Competitions
Contact

Skate Boarding Australia

Vicki Jordan
6393 5300
0400 155 690
vicki.jordan@mvc.tas.gov.au
meander.tas.gov.au

Northern Midlands

Various Programs - Northern Midlands Community Sports Centre

  • Fully equipped gym with member access
  • 5am - 11pm seven days per week
  • Squash courts and sports stadium
  • Fitness classes include Zumba, Pilates, Conditioning, Bootcamp,
  • Abs Thigh Butt, Fitball, Boxing Fit and running groups.
  • Living Longer, Living Stronger classes for over 45 years
  • Personal training and remedial massage
  • Ladies and junior netball, badminton and basketball
  • Kids fun time
  • Workplace level 2 First Aid and CPR Courses
  • Personal trainer certificate III and IV courses
Contact

Health Revival Longford
6391 1055
healthrevival.com.au
info@healthrevival.com.au

Sorell

Heart Foundation Walking

Free walking program in Sorell and Dunalley organised by Local Area Coordinators

Contact

Janine Garwood - Coordinator
Sorell Council
6269 0039
janine.garwood@sorell.tas.gov.au

Up and Go

Up and Go is a low to moderate intensity physical activity program that provides a variety of functional exercises to promote wellness, maintain and improve health benefits for all age groups. So come and beat stress, succeed in goals and see why others are opting for this route to fitness and health.

Contact

Matthew Lamb
Optimal Health
0427 627 887
info@optimalhealthtas.com.au
optimalhealthtas.com.au

Southern Midlands

Heart Foundation Walking 

Heart Foundation Walking aims to make regular enjoyable and easy, especially for people who are  not used to being active

Contact

Corina McCarthy
6254 5025
Corina.McCarthy@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Tasman

CoastCare Programs

There are many active groups in the Tasman Municipality. They undertake a range of activities to help improve our coasts, from weeding, tree planting to monitoring dune movement. To participate simply join your local CoastCare group at Shelley Beach, Parker Beach Eaglehawk Neck and Sommers Bay. Contact the Tasman Council for more details.

Contact

Tasman Council
6250 9200
tasman@tasman.tas.gov.au
www.tasman.tas.gov.au

Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House Community Programs

The house runs a series of community programs including circuit training, yoga, and tai chi. Please visit the Dunalley Community House website for upcoming events.

Contact

6250 2118
contact@dunalleytasman.org
www.dunalleytasman.org

Waratah-Wynyard

Tai Chi

Weekly exercise classes held in Wynyard, Boat Harbour Beach and Myalla. Suit beginners. Held at 10am on weekdays.

Contact

Catherine Fernon
cafernon@gmail.com

Sizzling Seniors

Sizzling Seniors is an exercise group with Sandra Harris from Coastal Physiotherapy held every Monday at the Railway Institute Hall in Station Street, Wynyard from 10am to 11am. 

Contact

Sandra Harris 
sandra.harris3@bigpond.com

West Coast

Beach to Bay Strahan Fun Run

ACTIVE Strahan is a group of people supported by the community, who are committed to improving the physical and mental health of the people in Strahan and the wider West Coast of Tasmania. After identifying a need in Strahan for social and physical exercise options the concept of the 'Beach To Bay' fun run and family day was formed.

Starting in 2012, the committee is primarily focused on organising and running the Beach to Bay Fun Run. The motto for the race is "Walk it, skip it, run it" which embodies the inclusive nature of the day. The Beach to Bay Fun Run is the main event on the first Saturday in November.

Contact

ACTIVE Strahan
activestrahan.com.au

West Tamar

Heartmoves 

The Heartmoves program is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs.

Contact

Erin Woolley
6330 1572
woolley59@hotmail.com