Classes for school-aged children

Classes for school-aged children include gymnastics, skateboarding, diving, swimming, fencing and ball sports.

Girls playing indoor soccer.

The following courses are available for school-aged children:


For classes at Ākau Tangi Sports Centre, email or phone 04 830 0500.

For all other classes, email or phone your local recreation centre or swimming pool.

Basketball clinic

This basketball clinic focuses on basic skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing and defence. Ideal for children aged 7 to 12 years.

Where Ages When  Cost
Karori Recreation Centre 9–12 years
Wednesday 3.30pm−5pm $95 for 10-week term
Thursday 3.30pm−5pm
Nairnville Recreation Centre 7–9 years
Wednesday 3.30–4.30pm $68 for 8-week term, $76.50 for 9-week, $85 for 10-week term
10–12 years
Wednesday 4.30–5.30pm
Tawa Recreation Centre 7–9 years
Monday 4–5pm $68 for 8-week term, $76.50 for 9-week, $85 for 10-week term
10–12 years
Monday 5–6pm

Kiwi Gym Fun

Learn and develop the basic gymnastic skill of balance, locomotions, rotation, springs and landings, as the children work towards earning badges and certificates in this nationally recognised Kiwi Gym Fun programme.

Where Ages When Cost
Karori Recreation Centre 5-12 years Beginners (L1-3)
Monday 3.25pm−4.25pm $95 for 10-week term
5-12 years Intermediate (L4-6) Monday 4.30pm−5.30pm

Netball clinic

A chance to learn and develop your pre-season netball skills, such as correct warm ups, passing, shooting, court positioning, footwork, defence and injury prevention.

Where Ages When Cost
Karori Recreation Centre Year 5-6
Tuesday 3.30pm-4.30pm $95 for 10-week term
year 7-8 Friday 3.30pm-4.30pm

To book, call 04 476 8090 or email

Rollerblade or rollerskate

The programme offers students an introduction to the basics of rollerblading or rollerskating through fun and innovative skating games and drills. Students will learn a range of important skills including stopping, turning, gliding, backwards skating, going down ramps, and falling safely. Aimed at kids aged 5–13 years.


Where Class  Age When  Cost
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre
Learn to Rollerblade – Beginners 5-7 Wednesday 3.30–4.15pm $110 for 10-week course/$88 with Leisure Card or own blades
 8-12 Thursday 3.45pm–4.30pm 


Where Class  When  Cost
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre Learn to Rollerskate Tuesday 4.30pm–5.15pm $110 for 10–week course / $88 with Leisure Card or own skates

Junior Roller Derby

This is for those who have basic roller skating skills and want to take it to the next level. You will learn a variety of new skills to use in the sport of Junior Roller Derby. This is a low contact sport where teams compete for points earned through speed, agility and strategy. You will be coached by Julia Bromley (from team NZ) and other guest coaches. We provide safe, fun and exciting classes in which students will have the opportunity to hold a public bout (game) on completion of the course. Aimed at ages 8 to 16. 

Where Class When Cost
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre Junior Roller Derby Wednesday 4.15pm–5.15pm
$130 for 10–week course / $104 with Leisure Card or own skates
Wednesday 5pm–6pm


Beginners learn and develop basic skateboarding skills, including skateboard maintenance and basic tricks. The advanced class builds on skills learned in the beginners class and includes learning more technical tricks and how to use ramps and obstacles. All protective equipment is provided free of charge. Skateboards are not provided. Term-long enrolment is required.

Where Class Age  When Cost 
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre Learn to Skateboard - Beginners 8-12  Monday 4.30pm - 5.15pm
$110 for 10–week course / $88 with Leisure Card
Learn to Skateboard - Beginners  5-7  Thursday 4.45pm–5.30pm 
Learn to Skateboard - Beginners 8-12 Friday 3.45pm–4.30pm
Learn to Skateboard - Advanced   Friday 4.45pm–5.30pm

School sports leagues

Includes basketball, miniball, floorball, futsal, miniball and netball.

Where When
Ākau Tangi Sports Centre Throughout the week
Karori Recreation Centre

Karori co-ordinates a Year 5 & 6 Miniball league and a Year 7 & 8 Basketball league
Year 5 & 6 Miniball 
Tuesday 3.30pm–6pm 

Year 7 & 8 Basketball
Friday 3.30pm–7pm

Nairnville Recreation Centre

Nairnville co-ordinates a Year 3 & 4/Year 5 & 6 Miniball league and a Year 7 & 8 Basketball league
Year 3 & 4 Miniball
Monday 3.20pm–6pm (Terms 2, 3 & 4)

Year 5 & 6 Miniball
Tuesday 3.20pm–6pm (Terms 2, 3 & 4)

Year 7 & 8 Basketball
Friday 3.30pm–9pm (Terms 2, 3 & 4)

Sports programmes

Programmes that focus on specific skills and techniques. Includes basketball, floorball, futsal, netball and fencing.

Where When
Ākau Tangi Sports Centre Throughout the week

Ākau Tangi Sports Centre – School Age Programmes

Springboard diving

Teaches the necessary safety skills and goes on to progressively develop diving ability.

Beginners diving builds body control and awareness before developing basic skills using the 1-meter springboard. Intermediate diving progresses to advanced movements using the 1-metre and 3-meter springboards. Advanced diving prepares for club diving and competition.

Where Prerequisite
Keith Spry Pool Competent in deep water
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre Competent in deep water

Squash skillz

Join us in the squash court for a fun programme to learn the basics of squash. Improve your racquet skills, hand-eye coordination and fitness. Please wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear − racquets and equipment provided. 

There is no Squash Skillz programme running for Term 1 2023.

Where When Age Cost
Karori Recreation Centre Monday 3.30−4.30pm 7–12 years $95 for 10−week term
Wednesday 3.30−4.30pm 7−12 years $95 for 10−week term

Swimming lessons – private

A personalised coaching service that can cater to your needs – whether you want to learn to swim or improve your swimming technique. Bookings essential.

Where Sessions  Cost
Karori Pool 30 minutes $61.50
Keith Spry Pool
Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Swimming lessons – SwimWell

The Council has a range of classes for children aged 5 months to 14 years.

To book or enrol, visit SwimWell or email For more information, phone 04 801 4403.

Ultimate Movement

This new and exciting class offers a combination of two fundamentals: Acrobatic movements such as handstands and partner balances, and chase tag/parkour-based skills such as rolls, vaults, and jumps.

We provide a fun and safe environment for children to challenge themselves, build their teamwork skills, confidence and fitness, and enjoy learning ultimate ways to move their body around and over obstacles!

Taught by two instructors, both with unique backgrounds in ultimate movement.

Where When Age Cost
Kilbirnie Recreation Centre Monday 3.30−4.15pm 7+ years $115 for 10-week term, $92 with LeisureCard.

Contact us

You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email