Things to Do in Glebe
Part 3: Sports and Leisure in Glebe
Basketball, floorball, hockey, AFL, dragon boating, ballet, latin dance - take your pick and join up and join in today!
Glebe Basketball Association
Description: Basketball Association providing playing opportunities for all ages 6+, male/female. Levels of competition range from learn to play to club game for junior and seniors (including a mixed comp) and representative teams from junior to adult state league.
Where: Glebe PCYC, Minogue Crescent, or Peter Forsyth Auditorium, Francis St, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: (02) 9660 5453
Glebe District Hockey Club
Description: Training is on Wednesday from 6-8pm for men and women. Games are held on Saturdays from March to August, at Jubilee Oval and Federal Park. Social functions are organised to raise money. Juniors train Wednesday nights 4.45-6pm and play Saturday mornings. Senior men and women also train on artificial turf Thursday evenings.
Where: Under the arches, Jubilee Oval, Off Minogue Crescent, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: (02) 9660 8349, 9660 7981 Fax: (02) 9238 3800
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glebe Junior Australian Football Club - Glebe Greyhounds
Description: "Founded in 1980 the Glebe Greyhounds Junior Football Club gives children from five to 16 the chance to play Australian Football. ... The rules are modified for younger players to emphasise the skills of Australian football this means fun, safe and fair games."
Where: Jubilee Oval, Off Minogue Crescent, Glebe NSW 2037
Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club
Description: Crew consists of 20 paddlers, drummer & steerer; regattas are held throughout Sydney & Australia each month.
Where: Meets at 2 Bank Street, Pyrmont (under the ANZAC Bridge)
When: Competitive Training: September - April. Social Paddling: May - August.
Contact: Email: email@example.com
See article on the Tsunamis in the Australian's Wish Magazine here.
Sporting teams playing under the name Glebe (but not necessarily presently based in Glebe)
Glebe Floorball Club
Description: Three separate competitions are run throughout the year. Competitions are usually run for 3 months at time with a short break before the next competition starts. Everyone is welcome to join and try out Floorball for free.
Where: Marrickville PCYC
Contact: Ph: Mr Janne Iivonen, 0417 683 349
Description: Sydney based soccer club playing in the Eastern Suburbs league.
Where: Training based in Coogee
Glebe Women's Sports Hockey Club
Description: welcomes female players irrespective of experience levels to play in the Sydney Women's Hockey League and Canterbury Grass competitions. Practice sessions at Homebush and Canterbury.
Conatct: Ph: Gretchen Gamble 0427 440 654
Gyms / Studios / Other
PCYC Glebe-Leichhardt (Police & Community Youth Club)
Description: Activities for boys, girls and adults, including tae kwon do, pool, wushu, kids &adults karate, boxing, table tennis, basketball, hap ki do, weights room, large screen TV with Foxtel. Free board games. Computer room. Free computer courses. Gymbaroo (kids gym). Disabled Access.
Where: 2-4 Minogue Crescent, Glebe NSW 2037
Fees: $30 senior membership. $10 junior membership
Contact: Ph: (02) 9660 2557 Fax: (02) 9660 1303
Victoria Park Pool & Gym
Description: "Victoria Park Pool is open all year round offering a variety of facilities and services including a gymnasium with state of the art equipment, fitness classes, evaluation & programming, crèche with occasional care childminding, Café at the Pool swim shop catering to the needs of all swimmers, learn to swim and squad sessions for all levels. The toddler’s pool provides children and parents with a great opportunity to splash around in an all year round heated facility."
Location: City Road, Corner of Parramatta Road
Contact: Ph: (02) 02 9298 3090
Opening Hours: approx 6/7am - 6/7pm depending on season.
For exact opening hours and more information, see the City of Sydney's page
Anytime Fitness, Glebe
1-9 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Level 1, 160 Broadway, Broadway NSW 2007
Contact: Ph: (02) 9211 5068
Outdoor group and personal training in Wentworth Park, Glebe
Contact: Ph: 0413 344 948
Fernwood Women's Health Club
Shop LG03, Broadway Shopping Centre, 1-21 Bay Street, Broadway NSW 2007
Contact: Ph: (02) 9280 2588
St James Park Tennis Courts, Glebe
Description: Two cement courts and clubhouse with kitchen and bathroom facilities available for hire between 7am and 10pm daily. Free parking for up to four vehicles. Operated by Jensen’s Tennis Centre.
St James Lane, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: (02) 9698 9451
Authentic Pilates Studio
Level 1, 77 Bay St, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: (02) 9660 2919
Tiaki Pilates & Yoga
Tiaki Pilates & Yoga, including Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Private Room Pilates, Yoga, Vibration Training
Level 3, 255 Broadway, Sydney NSW
Contact: Ph: (02) 9566 4900
The Life & Balance Centre
Healing - massage, zen shiatsu, naturopathy, reflexology, kinesiology, body & mind centring, yoga and pilates
132 St John's Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: (02) 9660 6656
Padded Gloves - Fitness Training
Cardio boxing classes at Glebe PCYC, and bootcamps also run at Bicentennial Park
PCYC - 2-4 Minogue Crescent, Glebe NSW 2037
Contact: Ph: 0402 233 116
Tai Chi Chuan- Constant Balance
Description: Traditional Tai Chi.
Where: Jubilee Park (eastern side of oval), Glebe.
Contact: Ric Lum Ph: 0407 108 447, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
White Tiger Korean Martial Arts
Description: Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo (traditional korean sword art)
Where: St Scholastica's College, Glebe.
Contact: Kristen Mann 0416 930 985, Email: email@example.com
Description: Practices and performances with fire.
Where: Jubilee Park, Glebe.
See also the GlebeNet History page, for information on Glebe's Reds rugby league team.
The Glebe School Of Performing Arts
51 Arcadia Rd, Glebe Point NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9660 2882
St John's Bishopthorpe, 132 St Johns Road, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: 0458 333 063
Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and other styles of dance for children ages 2-9.
Latin American Dance Association
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Road, Glebe NSW 2037 ............. Ph: (02) 9150 5703
Review by Gabriel Wilder, in Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2001:
"LADA runs three classes simultaneously on Sundays and Tuesdays: beginners, intermediate and advanced. This is a more formal style of dance, more akin to ballroom than the "street" styles available elsewhere. As well as salsa and merengu you can also learn bolero, a slow dancing style to accompany those lachyrmose Cuban ballads and Brazilian styles such as samba. Afterwards there is "social dancing". It's a pleasant environment: the town hall has large rooms with lofty ceilings and wooden floors, and the students, a mix of young and old, seem very relaxed."
Trots, Dogs... and Crabs
Harold Park Paceway - harness racing
Wentworth Park Greyhound Racing - every Monday and Saturday nights
239 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
And now for something completely different: at the Friend in Hand Hotel every Wednesday night, try the Glebe spectator (and participator) sport of crab racing!
Walking Guides and Bike Maps
One of the best ways to explore Glebe is on foot. Check out some of the following self-guided walking tours, perfect as an introductory stroll around Glebe, or as the basis for your jogging/running map:
The City of Sydney Council's free Glebe walking tour map, highlighting preservation aspects of Glebe:
"The Glebe has always been a place of contrasts. The Glebe Point area became fashionable in the 19th century, while the southern part of Glebe became a working class district. This tour will explore an area which has not only a fascinating built environment but a long history of bohemian lifestyle, activism and intellectual pursuits." Get the map.
The Glebe Society also publishes Historic Glebe, a 40-page mapped walking guide around Glebe, describing the many historic buildings, their significance and heritage value. See the Glebe Society page to order.
Got a bike? Try these cycling routes from Bikely.
Be sure to include the following in your itinerary:
Jubilee Park, Blackwattle Bay and the Glebe Foreshore
Looking over Blackwattle Bay at the end of Glebe Point Road, the expansive Jubilee Park is a popular spot with locals - to picnic, jog, kick a ball, or walk the dog.
A well-kept secret: the Park has fantastic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the Sydney skyline... which means it's a great vantage point to watch the frequent displays of fireworks on various public holidays.
Being one of the oldest areas in Sydney, Glebe - and in particular the area towards the Blackwattle Bay end of Glebe Point Road known as Toxteth Estate - has tree-lined streets filled with beautiful Victorian terraces and architecturally imposing residences (with million dollar price tags to match!). A Sze Yup Chinese Temple is also hidden in the heart of Toxteth Estate on Victoria Road. See GlebeNet's History page for more information.
The Anzac Bridge links the inner west and the city, and was part of the route used in the Olympic marathons. The round trip (from Glebe Point Road, down Bridge Road, over the Bridge and round Blackwattle Bay back to Glebe Point Road) takes a leisurely 30-40 minute stroll.
See GlebeNet's History page for more information on the Anzac Bridge and the Old Glebe Island Bridge.
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