Looking for a new sport for your kids to try? When it comes to kids sport activities, we are spoilt for choice in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. There are so many kids sports training programs, skills development and competitions for boys and girls from ages 5 to 17. No matter if they’re interested in playing soccer, netball, rugby league, AFL or cricket or something more, there’s a sport ideal for them.
In this new Newy with Kids Sports guide, we’ve collected information about the many kids sports programs operating in our region along with details about sports classes and introduction programs for kids.
(It’s a work in progress so if we’ve missed a sport or a club or made an error, email us with the information).
Here are details of the NSW Active Kids Voucher which provides two $100 vouchers for school-aged kids participating in sports with a registered Active Kids provider. It’s available to all primary and secondary school children each calendar year.
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You can find out information about local AFL clubs by visiting the AFL Hunter Central Coast website which contains information about registration and local junior clubs.
AFL Auskick introduces kids to Australian Rules Football (AFL). Auskick is inclusive for everyone aged 5-12 at any ability to play.
Local clubs include:
Little Athletics is a Australian modified athletics program for children from 5 to 15 years. It’s based upon the sport of athletics (track and field).
Little Athletics generally runs from October through to late March.
Local clubs include:
- Adamstown New Lambton Athletics Club
- Cardiff and District Little Athletics
- Charlestown Little Athletics Club
- Cessnock Athletics Club
- Eastlakes Athletics Club
- Edgeworth Athletics Club
- Kotara South Athletics Club
- Kurri Kurri Little Athletics Club
- Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club
- Newcastle City Little Athletics
- Port Stephens Athletics Club
- Rutherford Little Athletics
- Singleton Track & Field Club
- Stockton Little Athletics Club
- Southlakes Athletics Club
- Tilligerry & Districts Athletics Club
- Wallsend Athletics Club
- Westlakes Little Athletics Club
Hunter Badminton provides badminton instruction to kids (6 – 16) who are new to the sport in their Junior Activity sessions. The sessions provide basic skill knowledge, fundamentals and a fun learning environment. There’s also Junior Training sessions which provide more development opportunities for kids who already know how to play.
Newcastle Baseball Association organises junior baseball in the region. T-Ball (Under 8s) and Zooka (Under 10s) programs are the junior entry sporting program in Newcastle, giving young athletes the opportunity to learn and explore baseball in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Baseball in Newcastle runs from early April through to September.
Local clubs include:
Basketballl in Newcastle & Hunter region is governed by Newcastle Basketball and runs sport for kids aged 8s to Under 17s.
For younger kids, the Mini Hoops Program provides essential physical activity for children aged 3 to 5 years at at Newcastle Basketball Stadium.
Junior clubs include:
- City Limits
- Port Hunter
If your kids want to learn boxing, PCYC Lake Macquarie offers boxing for fitness and competitive amateur boxing.
In Newcastle, the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association provides information about kids cricket.
Junior Blasters (5 – 7) and Master Blasters (7 – 10) programs are introductory program to cricket. Junior Blasters teaches kids the basic skills of cricket with participants building their skills through fun, game based activities. After they have mastered the basics, they will be ready for modified games of cricket.
Local clubs include:
- Belmont Cricket Club
- Charlestown Junior Cricket Club
- Hamilton Wickham Colts Junior Cricket Club
- Lake Macquarie Junior Cricket
- Lake Macquarie Lords Cricket Club
- Medowie Cricket Club
- Merewether District Junior Cricket Club
- Nelson Bay Cricket Club
- Newcastle City Cricket Club
- Newcastle Western Suburbs Junior Cricket Club
- Redhead Cricket Club
- Stockton Junior Cricket Club
- Swansea-Caves Cricket Club
- Toronto Workers District Cricket
- Valentine Eleebana Cricket Club
- Wallsend RSL Junior Cricket Club
- Waratah Mayfield D Junior Cricket Club
In Maitland, the Maitland District Junior Cricket Association provides information about kids cricket.
- Bowthorne Cricket Club
- Clarence Town Cricket Club
- Dungog & District Junior Cricket Association
- Dungog Junior Cricket Club
- Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club
- Fred Harvey Memorial Junior Cricket Club
- Gresford Vacy Colts Cricket Club
- Greta Branxton United Cricket Club
- Hinton Cricket Club
- Karuah & Tea Gardens District Cricket Club
- Kurri & Weston District Cricket Club
- Kurri Kurri Kookaburras Cricket Club
- Maitland City United Cricket Club
- Maitland District Flamingos Cricket Club
- Mulbring Cricket Club
- Northern Suburbs Cricket Club
- Paterson Cricket Club
- Paxton Cricket Club
- Piranhas Cricket Club
- Port Stephens Cricket Club
- Raworth Rabbitohs Cricket Club
- Raymond Terrace Cricket Club
- Seaham Cricket Club
- Tenambit Morpeth Cricket Club
- Thornton Park District Cricket Club
- Tilligerry Cricket Club
- Western Suburbs Cricket Club – Maitland Inc
- Wine Country Cricket Club
Get involved in junior racing with the Hunter District Cycling Club. The club provides opportunities for young riders to compete in different categories from Under 9s through to Under 19s in road and track races.
Newcastle PCYC | Learn the sport of fencing. It’s offered by Newcastle PCYC for children aged 9 up, teenagers and adults. If you haven’t fenced before you will need to complete the 5 week starter course before you can participate in the fencing classes.
Newcastle Hockey Association is the governing body for field hockey in the Newcastle region. It offers the MINKEY program. Previously known as Hookin2Hockey, MINKEY is a program designed to introduce kids to hockey. Suitable for children under the age of 6 and/or those older children who are yet to have any exposure to the sport, MINKEY gives young girls and boys the opportunity to learn the basic skills of hockey, develop fundamental motor skills and make friends.
Field hockey competition includes the Under 8s Joeys and Under 11 Kangas.
Local clubs include:
- Newcastle District Women’s Hockey Association
- Newcastle Tigers Hockey Club
- Souths Newcastle Junior Girls Hockey Club
- West Junior Hockey – Central West Girls
- West Junior Hockey – West Junior Boys
Maitland Hockey organises field hockey in the Maitland area and offers competitions for Under 6s to Under 13s. There’s also occasional free Come and Try Days.
Nelson Bay Hockey Club organises field hockey in the Nelson Bay area and offers competitions for Under 6s to Under 15s. There’s also occasional free Come and Try Days.
Futsal is a modified indoor soccer game without the use of walls.
Northern NSW Futsal offers games to junior boys and girls starting from U6s.
Summer competition runs from September to mid-February while the Winter competition runs from March to August.
Local clubs include:
- AFC Westlakes
- Newcastle Titans
- HFS Hunter Futsal Strikers at Broadmeadow Hockey Fields
- Maitland PCYC
- Hunter Futsal Strikers at Maitland Basketball Stadium
- Lake Macquarie PCYC
- Medowie Strikers
Advance Academy of Gymnastics and Acrobatics offers competitive gymastics. In addition, they offer recreational classes where children from 18 months to 18 yrs can enjoy gymnastics.
Blackert Gymnastics Academy offers competitive squad gymnastics for kids aged 5+. For younger kids, they offer Tiny Tots (18 – 36 months), Super Tots (2.5 – 4 yrs), Gymfun for kids (4 – 5 yrs) and Gym Fun and Gym Skills for K-2+.
Hunter Sports Centre offers beginner gymnastic programs for kids aged 4+ and trampoline based programs (7+). They also offer Kindergym (18 months to 5yrs) and Parent & Child Junior Gym (4 – 5 yrs)
Kurri Kurri Gymnastics Club offers recreational and competitive gymnastics as well as Kids on the Move for younger kids (0 to 5).
PCYC Lake Macquarie offers KinderGym for kids (18 months to 5 years), recreational gymnastics and competitive gymnastics.
PCYC Newcastle offers KinderGym for kids (18 months to 5 years), recreational gymnastics and competitive gymnastics.
YWCA Newcastle offers KinderGym for kids (1 to 5 years).
Learn to play ice hockey at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay. The Ice Hockey School is available to all ages, male and female. At the end of each ten week section (based around school terms) players will be appraised on the skills they have acquired. Players deemed to have “passed” Learn to Play will be invited to join a team in the local competition. Teams include 11 & under, 13 & under and 15 & under.
No matter if your kids want to try judo, karate, jiu jitsu, there’s a range of classes around Newcastle and the Hunter.
A popular sport for local girls, there are netball clubs operating all over the region.
Charlestown Netball Association runs netball competitions around the Charlestown area and runs programs for girls aged 5+. Introductory program is NetSetGo.
- Central Netball Club
- Dudley Redhead Netball Club
- Kahibah Netball Club
- Ulinga Netball Club
- United Netball Club
Lakeside Netball Association runs netball competitions around East Lake Macquarie and runs programs for girls aged 5+. Introductory program is NetSetGo.
- Atuka Netball Club
- Belmont North Netball Club
- Belmont Sporties Netball Club
- Caves Beach Netball Club
- Valentine Eleebana Netball Club
- Warners Bay Netball
Westlakes District Netball Association runs netball competitions around Western Lake Macquarie and runs programs for girls aged 5+. Introductory program is NetSetGo.
Maitland Netball Association runs netball competitions around Maitland area and runs programs for girls aged 5+. Introductory program is NetSetGo.
Affiliated clubs: To be confirmed
Netball in the Newcastle area is governed by Newcastle Netball Association and runs programs for girls aged 5+. Introductory program is NetSetGo.
Newcastle Hunter Junior Oztag runs an after school competition played at Smith Park in Broadmeadow. Teams range from Under 8s to Under 16s. There’s Mixed, Girls and Boys divisions.
In the Newcastle Region, the Newcastle Junior Rugby League Association organises competition for kids. Age groups include Under 6s, Under 7s, Under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 12s, 13s and above.
- Belmont North Sharks
- Cardiff JRLFC
- Central Charlestown JRLFC
- Dudley Redhead JRLFC
- Glendale JRLFC
- Kotara JRLFC
- Lakes United Junior RLFC
- Myall River JRLFC
- Macquarie Sub Junior RLFC
- Mallabula JRLFC
- Nelson Bay JRLFC
- Raymond Terrace JRLFC
- Souths JRLFC
- South Lakes JRLFC
- Stockton JRLFC
- Swansea Caves JRLFC
- Valentine Eleebana JRLFC
- Wallsend Maryland JRLFC
- Wangi JRLFC
- Waratah Mayfield JRLFC
- Western Suburbs SRL
- Windale JRLFC
In the Maitland and Hunter Valley region, the Maitland & District Junior Rugby League Association organises competition for kids of various age groups.
The Hunter Junior Rugby Union governs rugby union for kids and youth in the region for age groups ranging from Under 7s to Under 18s
Belmont 16ft Sailing Club offers introductory sailing courses for children aged 6 – 17 years with a maximum of 20 participants in a group and kids do not need any previous experience. Their instructors and assistant instructors will target the program to the abilities, ages, and levels of confidence within the group of children.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club – The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club offers the nationally accredited “Tackers” junior sailing program for kids by Australian Sailing, the peak body for the sport in Australia. The Tackers program offers children, in a general age range of 7-12 years, sequential skill & knowledge development. The boats used are specifically designed to suit children and help them learn quickly & confidently.
Soccer is one of the most popular sports for kids to play in the Newcastle & Hunter region.
In Newcastle, soccer is organised by Newcastle Football.
Newcastle Football clubs include:
- Adamstown Rosebuds JFC
- Beresfield JFC
- Broadmeadow Magic FC
- Cooks Hill UFC
- Fletcher FC
- Hamilton Azzurri JSC
- Hamilton Olympic FC
- Jesmond FC
- Kotara South FC
- Lambton Jaffas FC
- Mayfield United Junior SFC
- Maryland Fletcher FC
- Medowie FC
- Merewether Advance FC
- Minmi Wanderers
- Nelson Bay FC
- New Lambton FC
- Raymond Terrace SC
- Seaham Bowthorne FC
- Shortland United JFC
- South Wallsend JSC
- Stockton Junior SC
- Tea Gardens SC
- Tilligerry FC
- Wallsend FC
In Lake Macquarie, soccer is organised by Macquarie Football.
Macquarie Football clubs include:
- Argenton United JSC
- Barnsley FC
- Belmont FC
- Belmont Swansea JSC
- Cardiff JFC
- Charlestown JFC
- Dudley Redhead United FC
- Edgeworth JSC
- Garden Suburb SC
- Kahibah FC
- Lake Macquarie FC
- Morisset United FC
- South Cardiff JFC
- Southern Lakes United FC
- Swansea FC
- Toronto Awaba JSFC
- Valentine FC
- Warners Bay FC
- West Wallsend JSC
- Westlakes Wildcats FC
In the Hunter Valley Region, soccer is organised by Hunter Valley Football.
Hunter Valley Football clubs include:
- Abermain Rams
- Bellbird JFC
- Bolwarra Lorn JSC
- Cessnock PCYC
- Cessnock United FC
- Clarence Town FC
- Gresford Vacy SC
- Greta Branxton FC
- Kearsley Cougars SC
- Kurri Kurri JSC
- Lochinvar Rovers FC
- Maitland Junior FC
- Metford Cobras FC
- Rutherford FC
- Scone Junior FC
- Singleton Strikers FC
- Tenambit Sharks FC
- Thornton Junior FC
- Weston Junior FC
Newcastle Squash Rackets Association offers junior squash programs at Cardiff and Raymond Terrace.
Surf Life Saving
Want to get your kids involved in Nippers? Find out more and The Hunter Surf Life Saving Club through your local surf club.
Nippers is Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA’s) junior activities program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving.
If your kids want to play water polo, check out the Newcastle Water Polo website. The competition includes Mixed Under 14s and Junior Boys and Girls U17s.
Affiliated clubs include:
- Central Newcastle
- Easts Waterpolo
- Lake Macquarie
- Raymond Terrace
If we’ve missed a sport or a club or made an error, email us with the information.
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