Everybody knows that most boys and girls get their first taste of football through Auskick, but did you know that both Basketball and Netball have similar programs for the little ones? Better yet, they run all year round! NetSetGo! NetSetGO is the official Netball Australia junior entry netball program. The program provides children from 5-10 years with a positive introduction to netball, incorporating skill activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches. Delivered in a fun and safe environment, the weekly program is coordinated by accredited coaches to ensure all participants have an enjoyable experience, while developing fundamental life skills. The program consists of two tiers – ‘Net’ and ‘Set’. The recommended ages for the ‘Net’ program are children aged 5-7 years, with the ‘Set’ program catering for 8-10-year-olds. Your coaches will advise if they think your child needs to be in a particular program. Cardinia Life runs the ‘Net’ program on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm and the ‘Set’ program on a Monday afternoon from 4pm Register: http://netsetgo.asn.au/ and click on ‘Find a centre’. Aussie Hoops! Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official national program which provides an environment where children of all abilities can achieve on the court – and reap the rewards of skill development, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation and grassroots sports participation. Put simply, Aussie Hoops introduces children to basketball in a structured and accredited environment that is fun and safe for boys and girls and is inclusive and accessible nationwide. The program encompasses warm-up games, skill activities and modified games all delivered by accredited coaches. Cardinia Life runs Aussie Hoops on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm. Register: http://www.aussiehoops.com.au/ and click on ‘Register Now’. These programs are fantastic pathways for kids to get involved in team sports, with many participants going on to join teams in our domestic competitions.  All programs start back on the week starting February 6th. As well as Basketball and Netball, Cardinia Life also caters for Floorball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer/Futsal and Badminton. Get in touch with us and let’s see how we can help you out. Casual court hire fees apply. 
Congratulations to everyone that took part in Cardinia Life's first Summer Series triathlon event last Sunday! The race was the first of three in the Summer Series hosted by Aligned Leisure. Fifteen participants took part in the opening triathlon, with all entry money being donated to the Casey Cardinia Foundation. Don't miss your chance to be part of the next race on February 12!  

                                                Active Series (min 12 years)                                  Kids Series (ages 7-11)                                                                                                       

Race 2: 12/02/2017      10km (Ride)/250m(Swim)/ 3km (Run)              3km (Ride) /100m(Swim) /500m (Run)

Race 3: 26/02/2017      10km (Ride)/250m(Swim)/ 3km (Run)              3km (Ride) /100m(Swim) /500m (Run)

IMG_4872Bike legs will take place on Cycle Bikes at the end of the  25m Pool, with the run heading around the Athletics track behind the stadium. Single and Team registrations are available, with all entry money going to charity. Entry Fee Prices: Active Series       Kids Series Single Entry               $30                    $20 Team Entry                $30                    $20 Series Entry               $80                    $50 Enter and support the Casey Cardinia Foundation today! Click here to download a registration form.
Now in it's 26th year of operation, Pakenham Arthritis Self Help Group works to assist people living with musculoskeletal conditions through exercise programs, healthy eating and social interaction with others who have similar conditions. Exercise programs are conducted by a group of volunteer leaders, fully trained by 'MOVE - muscle, bone and joint health'.    The group meet at Cardinia Life to do their Warm Water Program four times a week. Times:  Tuesday & Thursday  8.15am-9.15am Tuesday & Friday 2.30pm - 3.30pm Cost: $5 per session They also hold one Chair Exercise session per week at Pakenham Senior Citizen's Room Times: Thursday 10:30am Cost: $3 per session Anyone interested in joining can contact Lynette: 0438 347 222 or Anne: (03) 5941 3623
Enrol, register or stay at any Cardinia Leisure facility throughout winter for your chance to win 1 of 3 CASH prizes. 1st Prize - $1500 2nd Prize - $1000 3rd Prize - $500 All current members, students and teams automatically go into the draw if they're signed up throughout winter!     Competition Conditions Cash values will be awarded on Pre-Paid Debit Cards Competition Closes August 31 Winners will be drawn will on September 12 at Cardinia Life    Winners will be announced through our Website and Community News

This August is Watch Around Water Awareness Month at Cardinia Life. Below is the Watch Around Water Policy which is enforced at all Cardinia Leisure facilities.

     

Watch Around Water Policy

Cardinia Leisure facilities has in place a ‘Watch Around Water’ policy which applies at Cardinia Life and the seasonal pools within the Cardinia shire. This policy relates to parental/guardian supervision of children at all times. The basics of this policy are as follows:
  • Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied into the facility by a responsible adult 16 years and over and actively supervised at all times while in the facility. If children are unsupervised they will be removed from the water.
  • Children under 5 yrs must be accompanied into the facility by a responsible adult 16 yrs and over and be supervised within arm’s reach at all times while in the facility. If children are not within arm’s reach of their parent or guardian at all times, they will be removed from the water.
  • Children ages 5 to 9 will be issued a wrist band which must be worn at all times.
Please be aware of these additional important aspects of the "Watch Around Water" policy which applies at Cardinia Leisure's aquatic sites:
  • Groups won’t be admitted where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds 1:4.
  • Groups won’t be admitted where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children aged 5-9 years exceeds 1:10.
  • Children under 5 years won’t be admitted without a fee paying parent/guardian, (or a responsible parent/guardian card holder in the case of swim school members) who is prepared to enter the water.
  • For children 10 years and older, parents must use knowledge of the child’s ability and development to determine supervision level.
  • Children 5-9 years will need to visit reception to be issued with a wrist band before entering the water.
Click Here for a Video on Watch Around Water
This month is Energy Reduction Awareness Month at Aligned Leisure. Here in Cardinia we believe that we all have a role to play in reducing our environmental impact, and there are some easy ways we can achieve this both in the workplace and around the house.     Already at Cardinia Life, the Cardinia Shire Council have invested in responsible ways to reduce energy consumption: -          Reduced food wastage. -          Sophisticated heating and cooling functions. -          Cogeneration gas and electricity technology. -          Energy efficient lighting. -          Water harvesting and recycled water options. Whether you’re looking to save money or simply decrease your carbon footprint, reducing your energy consumption is actually quite simple. With a few small adjustments, you can be a positive influence on the environment and help to reduce the amount of energy consumed by your community. By switching up your habits just a bit, you’ll be well on your way to a low-energy lifestyle. Throughout April we will be coming to you with different ways to reduce your energy consumption - Stay tuned!
Meet Doxi! Doxi has recently joined us as our Head of Fitness and Programs. Doxi comes  with years of experience in the health and wellness industry and we are very excited to see the impact she can have here in Cardinia. Join us in welcoming Doxi to our team and learn some more about her below!     ROLE: Head of Fitness and Programs NAME: Doxi Dimotsos BACKGROUND: I grew up coaching, playing and refereeing basketball. My passion for sport led me to a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. I progressed into high performance sport and worked as a Sport Scientist at the Victorian Institute of Sport. In this role I had the opportunity to work alongside talented athletes and coaches including Olympians, World Champions and Paralympians. From here I moved into aquatics and recreation, and for the past 6 years I have enjoyed making a difference to the lives of everyday heroes. My background is in Personal Training, where I support people to transform their lives for the better! Moving forward I hope to make my contribution to Cardinia Life recognised through programs that will increase the health and wellbeing of our community. FAVOURITE GROUP FITNESS CLASS: Bodybalance – I really enjoy the combination of Yoga with Tai Chi. I always feel calm with a wonderful sense of wellbeing afterwards! FAVOURITE EXERCISE IN THE GYM: Deadlifts! It’s such a key component to building overall body strength. Everyone should be doing them. WHAT INSPIRES YOU: Anyone who challenges themselves to be better; take that step and work outside your comfort zone. I think that applies to all aspects of our lives. SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I have been to the European Training Centre in Varese, Italy as a member of the support staff for National teams. It’s a pretty awesome environment and I have such respect for the level of discipline displayed by athletes, and the sacrifices from their families. QUOTE: If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF CARDINIA LIFE: Camping, fishing and tickle fights with my kids.
It is with great pleasure we would like to introduce to you our head of Sports & Stadium, Dean Jamieson. This crucial role will lead the stadium sports programs and drive participation in in all sports. Dean has been with us since March and has already implemented two new much-loved programs; Mini Dribblers and All Abilities Aussie Hoops. Name: Dean Jamieson Background: I grew up as a sport enthused kid with a passion for Football and Basketball. I played football and basketball up until about 4 years ago where injuries forced me to give them up. Which has now allowed me to focus heavily on my family and my career. My love and passion for sport is the reason I got into the sport & leisure industry. In 2005 I completed my traineeship at Baseball Victoria, before moving into the Competitions Manager role until 2009. I then moved into an Assistant Operations Manager role at Action Indoor Sports Doncaster, progressing into the Operations Manager role. Finally, earlier this year I was appointed as Head of Sports & Stadiums for Cardinia Leisure. What are you most looking forward to in your new role: While in this role I am looking forward to working with the Cardinia Shire, and particularly the local sports associations who use the facilities such as; Pakenham District Basketball Association, Pakenham Netball Association and Pakenham Floorball Association. I am also looking forward to working with and meeting all the clubs that play at our facilities. My aim is to help grow and develop the programs that we currently run in the stadium, but also to develop programs outside of Cardinia Life and to bring sporting opportunities to the Cardinia Community for people of all abilities. I am a very approachable person, so if you see me in the centre please stop and say hello. Join us in welcoming Dean to the team!

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