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Recreation & Sport

We are a community with great recreation spaces, facilities and sporting clubs that provide opportunities to be active both indoors and out. We are committed to helping our community be active and our sport and recreation clubs be welcoming, sustainable and well run.



We support our local sports and recreation clubs in a number of ways and we encourage club leaders to join our ClubHub database to receive information on club development opportunities.

To register for the ClubHub e-newsletter or to discuss how we can support your club contact
Annunziata Thompson, Community Recreation and Sports Coordinator 8229 9965 or

Sports Awards 

With over 50 recreation and sporting clubs in the area, the annual City of Holdfast Bay Sports Awards will celebrate the clubs and people who have encouraged, inspired and enabled others in the city of Holdfast Bay to get involved and inspire sporting success.

Nominations have now closed for the 2018 Awards and good luck to all the nominees.

Category finalists will be contacted in the coming days and we look forward to announcing the winners on Tuesday 30 October

CLUB OF THE YEAR presented by Flight Centre Glenelg: $500 travel voucher and other great prizes
LEADER OF THE YEAR presented by Good Physio: $250 travel voucher and other great prize
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR presented by Gelatissimo Glenelg: $250 travel voucher and other great prizes

Be Active at the Bay   

Be Active at the Bay encourages residents, visitors and workers of all ages to reach their recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day by engaging in a FREE outdoor fitness program. The aim of the program is to provide physical activity for one hour a week for four weeks to increase awareness of the importance and fun of keeping fit and healthy; provide structured activity; engage a wide range of ages, cultures and disabilities and provide a safe environment for physical activity.

The 2018 program will run Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 7pm at Wigley Reserve on 23, 30 October and 6, 13 November.

To find out more and register click here

Community Tennis Courts

We have a number of tennis courts available for the community to access and enjoy with family and friends. These courts are available without booking or a fee and are there to share with other members of the community.

Courts are located at:

  • Seaforth Park, Tarlton Street Somerton Park (one court)
  • Bowker Oval, (eastern side) Bowker Street, Somerton Park (two courts)
  • Kingston Park Coastal Reserve, Burnham Road Kingston Park (two courts)

The following courts are available for the community but are at times used by the tennis club so will not be available for public use during these times.

  • Brighton Tennis Club, off Keelara Street, Brighton (two courts)
  • Dover Square Tennis Club, Dover Square, South Brighton (four courts)
  • Holdfast Bay Tennis Club, Williams Ave Glenelg East (two courts)
  • Kauri Parade Sporting Precinct corner Kauri Parade & Schofield Road, Seacliff (two courts)

There are additional courts for hire located at: Kingston House Grounds, Cameron Avenue Kingston Park, please contact Marion Ryan on (08) 8296 9270 for hire of these courts.

Personal Training Permits

If you are a personal trainer looking to use one of our beautiful parks, reserves or beaches for personal training or group fitness sessions you are required to hold a valid personal training permit. Permits are available for 3 or 12 month periods and trainers can apply to use up to three different areas in blocks of 2.5hours.   

For further details and to apply for a personal training permit click here or contact Annunziata Thompson – Community Recreation and Sports Coordinator on 8229 9965 or

Get Active in Holdfast Bay

We have lots of great opportunities to lead active lifestyles here in Holdfastbay:

  • Parks, Beaches and play spaces: Visit one of our great parks, beaches or play spaces. There are lots of free activities you can do with your family and friends when you get there, such as playing some cricket on the beach, going exploring through one of our gullies or collecting some leaves and flower to make nature art.

  • Walking and Cycling Trails: Walk to school or work along our footpaths or visit our Walking and Bike Trails page to find a walking or riding trail to visit on the weekend.

  • Walking Groups: Join one of the many Heart Foundation Walking Groups in the area for a weekly walk finished with a cup of tea and a chat. Click here to find your local group.

  • Events and Activities: Keep an eye out for fun exercise activities on our What’s On page. Some of the events we’ve run in the past include DJ yoga as well as boxing and cross training through the FREE Glenelg Live Life Get Active program!

For more information about the benefits of physical activity take a look at the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Club Development Workshops

The City of Holdfast Bay has partnered with the City of Marion to offer a series of club development workshops throughout the year. Each workshop will focus on a different topic relevant to sporting and recreation clubs with the ultimate goal of helping clubs operate more effectively, recruit and maintain members and plan for the future to ensure longevity of the club.

Upcoming workshops 

  • Sports Taping, Monday 29 October

To register or to find out more contact Annunziata Thompson – Community Recreation and Sports Coordinator 8229 9965 or


The City of Holdfast Bay encourages clubs to become a STARCLUB - a well-run club where quality coaches and officials work alongside valued volunteers in a safe and welcoming environment. A STARCLUB will meet specific criteria and in the process receive information and support to build the club to provide the best environment possible for members and the wider community. STARCLUB is a program run by the Office for Recreation and Sport and can be a deciding factor for grant programs so why not turn your club into a STARCLUB! Click here for more information. 

Funding Programs

City of Holdfast Bay Comunity Donations Program
This program provides support to organisations and clubs to increase opportunities for participation in physical activity, healthy eating and general community wellbeing and which in turn support the City of Holdfast Bay's "Our Place" Community Plan.

Click here for further information.

Office for Recreation and Sport Funding Programs
The Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) supports sport and recreation through the development of policy, programs and resources, the provision of funding, recreation and sport planning, infrastructure development, elite sport pathways and programs, and the promotion of physical activity. Below are a number of funding programs on offer by the ORS that may be relevant to your club, if you find a program that fits with your clubs needs we encourage you to find out more by clicking here or speak with the ORS on 1300 714 990.

Community Recreation & Sports Facility Program

The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program helps eligible organisations to establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities that meet the needs of the community in South Australia.

Organisations can apply under the following categories:

  • Minor facility development (requests $25,000 - $200,000)
  • Major facility development (requests $200,000 - $1,000,000)

Opens: 6 February 2019
Closes: 10 April 2019 (12 noon)
To find out more click here.

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