UBC Recreation Free Week

Welcome to UBC Recreation Free Week! | September 9 – 15, 2019

Welcome to UBC Recreation’s Free Week where there will be a variety of opportunities for you to try different classes and activities from September 9 – 15. Open to Students, Staff & Faculty, and the public, programs and events happen in each of the Recreation facilities across campus. You won’t want to miss out! No experience is required for any of the classes and all abilities are welcome!

Free Week Class Schedule:

Aqua Fitness

Boot Camps

Cardio, Conditioning & Strength


Martial Arts


Group Fitness

Yoga & Pilates

How to participate:

No registration is required! Simply show up at the location of your classes 10 minutes before the scheduled start time and you’re ready to go! Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to those who have registered for the full program. Everyone will be asked to sign a waiver.

Open Houses and Special Events

Recess on Main Mall

Recess on Main Mall

Wednesday September 11 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Our Intramural program takes over Main Mall every September with a variety of fun sports, games, and activities. Just drop-in between classes to work a little more movement into your day! You can also learn all about some of the signature events at UBC like Day of the Longboat and Water Wars, or learn how to find a team for Intramural Leagues.

  • Take a movement break in-between classes with drop-in soccer, ultimate, spike ball, volleyball, and much more!
  • Take a run at our inflatable obstacle course!
  • Learn about the countless ways to get involved and have fun this year at UBC.

Drop-In Skating

Free Skate at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Wednesday September 11 | 11:45am – 3:45pm
Every week the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre hosts a variety of public skating opportunities. Join us for a free skate to kick-off the semester! Don’t have a pair of skates? You can rent them from the Pro Shop at the arena! We’ll see you on the ice.

  • Free drop-in public skate opportunity during the hours of the open house. Check-in at the ProShop
  • Learn more about ice programming at UBC!
  • Free skate rentals for open house participants during the hours of the open house.

Learning to Play soccer

Leagues Learn to Play Night

Wednesday September 11 | 5:00pm – late (specific times for each league vary)
Interested in learning to play a new sport? Haven’t played a sport in a long time and want to brush up on the rules and skills? Want to get a friend to try a sport with you? Looking to find an Intramural League team to play on? Come on out to Learn to Play Night! This is a completely free opportunity to try out any of the sports. You don’t need a team to participate, come by on your own or with a few friends dressed in comfortable clothes that you can move in.
Where and when?

  • Basketball – 6:00pm – in the SRC Gyms
  • Volleyball – 7:00pm – in the SRC Gyms
  • Futsal -8:00pm – in the SRC Gyms
  • Dodgeball – 5:00pm – in the SRC Gyms
  • Soccer – 9:30pm – on Warren Field in Thunderbird Park
  • Flag Football – 9:30pm – on Warren Field in Thunderbird Park
  • Ultimate – 9:30pm – on Warren Field in Thunderbird Park
  • Ice Hockey – 5:30pm – Father Bauer Rink – in the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (please bring a CSA helmet, skates, stick, shinpads, hockey pants, chest protector, elbow pads and gloves.)

Drop In Sports

Drop-In Sports Try-It Night

Thursday September 12 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Did you know drop-in sports at the SRC are free for all students? The SRC Operations team will be leading all participants through the foundations and basics of each sport offered as a drop-in program so that you have the confidence to come back and play on your own time throughout the school year! Bring a friend or meet people there! All equipment is provided by the SRC Operations Team, no previous experience required.
Where and when?

  • Badminton & Pickleball – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – SRC Gym 1
  • Wheelchair Basketball – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – SRC Gym 2
  • Cricket – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – SRC Gym 3

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

Thursday September 12 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Come check out the UBC Aquatic Centre and try some free programs!

  • Complimentary coffee and treats in the lobby
  • Free entrance to the aquatic centre for the duration of the open house.
  • Try out our Hydro Board Aqua Fitness class, take a dive off the diving boards, participate in a complimentary shallow water aqua fitness class, and more!
  • Contests! Enter to win a 1-month membership, Hydro Board class for two, or a swim merchandise package.

UBC Tennis Centre Open House

UBC Tennis Centre Open House

Friday September 13 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Ever want to try your hand at tennis? Did you know we have a state-of-the-art public facility right here on campus? That’s right – no steep membership fees! Whether you have played tennis before, or if you’re brand new to the sport we have a program tailored just for you.

  • Meet our incredible tennis coaches and ask them any questions!
  • Try your hand at some on-court activities. Whether you want to complete some obstacle courses while bouncing a tennis ball, run some drills with our coaches, or rally against a coach – there’s an activity for all tennis levels!
  • We have plenty of demo rackets to try from Rackets & Runners!

Where are the classes and open houses held?