Find a Tweens/Teens Classes in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Is your tween (8-12 year old) or teenager looking for a new after-school, weekend or school holiday activity? A new sport or after-school class is the perfect way to keep your older child busy and a way for them to expand their friendship circle. From Creative Writing to STEM classes, there’s something to suit every in-betweener and teenager. Here are different activities for your tween / teen to enjoy in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and Port Stephens.

Arts | Dance | Boxing/Martial Arts | Gymnastics/Yoga | Music | Science | Sports | Youth Specific Programs

Art, Craft & Creative Writing

Art House Studios

Location: New Lambton
Website: Art House Studios

Art House Studios run after-school art classes for children aged 8+, including 5.30-7pm classes for tweens/teens and 11yrs+ and sketching classes for 8+ and 11+. They also run art parties for both children and adults, school holiday art workshops and sell creative art kits.

Art Mania Studio

Location: Wallsend
Website: Art Mania Studio

The core value behind Art Mania Studios is not just running art classes, it’s creating a community hub. Art Mania Studios offer Educational Artistic Programs for kids and teens through a professional, hands on approach including ongoing weekly and fortnightly classes, block courses, workshops and online classes.

The Creative Wordshop

Location: Wickham
Website: The Creative Word Shop

Since its founding in 2015 by Newcastle-based authors, Ed Wright and Wendy James, The Creative Word Shop has taught writing to adults and children in the Hunter and beyond.  Together with quality collaborators such as kids’ book author Jess Black, they have conducted workshops for thousands of primary and secondary students in local schools and their school holiday and after school Creative Writing Workshops for kids continue to grow in popularity. The Creative Word Shop hold a Thursday Writing Club for kids 8-13 years old, workshops and online workshops for different age groups, including tweens/teens and Selective Schools Tests Writing Workshops for kids in Years 5 & 6.

Hive Creative Studios

Location: Charlestown
Website: Hive Creative Studios

Hive Creative Studios is a hub of activity for young artists and all who love creating.  The Hive Art School is run by a vibrant team of professional practicing artists and designers and provides a supportive and exciting environment for students to explore all forms of art, be inspired by the great artists and to develop their own style of artistry in their Fine Art programs or hone their skill in a specific area such as drawing or painting. For tweens/teens they offer Art Club (8-14 years), Drawing (8-14 years) and Anime (10-16 years).

Hudson Street Hum

Location: Hamilton
Website: Hudson Street Hum

Hudson Street Hum is a dedicated creative space where artists, writers and makers can run classes, workshops and events. They offer Art Social Kids for kids aged 7+, Gloves Off Teens for high school students and other Workshops. Check their website to find out which workshops are coming up.

Hunter Valley Writers

Location: East Maitland
Website: Hunter Valley Writers

Hunter Valley Writers offer Talented Kids Creative Writing Workshops where kids can enrol in a live weekly program and learn all about the writing process, developing the skills and confidence to write their own exciting stories. They also offer ZOOM Club for kids 9-14 and school holiday workshops for kids 8-13.

Little Pegg Studio

Location: Raymond Terrace
Website: Little Pegg Studio

Little Pegg Studio is a happy, fun and bright space in Raymond Terrace. Their After School Art program, held on Tuesdays, is designed for kids in Primary School and is filled with engaging and fun activities using a variety of different mediums and techniques. The classes will help children to develop foundation art skills, but most importantly, they will be in an environment that allows them to develop their own unique creative processes. Little Pegg Studio also offer art workshops for adults and kids, school holiday programs and birthday parties.

Location: Maitland
Website: Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Maitland Regional Art Gallery offer Free Art Sundays, their flagship program for young creatives and their families, supported by Education Partner CleverPatch and the MRAG Members. Young audiences and their families can join free art workshops with Art Tutors or enjoy At-Home Activities using everyday items. They also offer weekend and school holiday Art Workshops. If you’re visiting the Gallery with a young person aged up to 14 years they have Code Breaker Activity Sheets and Art Trails, specifically designed to get families moving through the Gallery to explore the art on display in an active and fun way.

Location: Newcastle
Website: Mitch Revs Gallery

Mitch Revs Gallery run Decked Out workshops for kids aged 8-15. Kids can design their own skateboard deck at the Mitch Revs Gallery with help from professional Artist’s. The workshops run for 2 hours. They also have Decked In workshops if kids want to paint a skateboard deck at home.

Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie (MAC)

Location: Booragul
Website: MAC Lake Macquarie

MAC Lake Macquarie hold regular Kids Workshops, including MAC Drawing, for kids aged 12+. They also offer Wednesday Art Club from 4.30-5.30pm for ages 6-12. Children can create an artwork to take home using acrylic paint and enjoy exploring artmaking techniques in a structured but fun environment, with inspiration from the exhibitions. Cost is $60 for block or $15 per session.

Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie (MAC)

Location: Booragul
Website: MAC Lake Macquarie

MAC Lake Macquarie also offer Art Space, where young children and their families are invited to enjoy free, simple art activities guided by friendly art museum educators every Sunday in Studio MAC. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and art activities take approximately half an hour to complete. Bookings are essential. They also hold regular Kids Workshops.

Location: Newcastle
Website: Newcastle Art Gallery

Enjoy a range of accessible and hands-on activities for creative children and culture savvy families. There is something for all ages, and the events at Newcastle Art Gallery are either low cost or completely free. They offer Art Cart and Children’s Art Trails for kids of all ages plus School Holiday Workshops for primary school aged children.

Newcastle Arts Emporium

Location: Lambton
Website: Newcastle Arts Emporium

Newcastle Arts Emporium offer classes in drawing, painting, and printmaking for all levels of skill and experience. If you have a young artist or a creative kid looking for some fun and creative activities to do over the school holidays Newcastle Arts Emporium also have you covered, with a wide variety of workshops on offer for kids aged up to 16 years.

Newcastle Library

Location: Various
Website: Newcastle Library

Crafternoon at Newcastle Libraries is suited to kids aged 5-12. They also have online workshops including Creative Writing workshops to suit older kids.

Young Adult Book Club

Location: Newcastle Library
Website: Newcastle Library

Newcastle Libraries invites young adults to read, discuss and get creative about your favourite YA titles on the first Thursday of every month from 4.30-5.30pm. Open to teens and adults alike who love YA Fiction, this book club will introduce kids to some of the greatest titles defining the genre and give them the opportunity to expand the written universe with their own creative projects. Write fan fiction, draw character art, 3D print models, Cosplay and more! Young Adult Book Club is suited to kids aged 5-12.

Dance & Performing Arts

Attitude Dance Centre

Location: East Maitland
Website: Attitude Dance Centre

Attitude Dance Centre at East Maitland cater for students of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced. Students can work towards CUA Certificates in Dance qualifications provided directly by Australian Dance Institute. Free trials are available. Styles offered: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre, Cheer, Performance Groups, Boys Only, Solos, Duos and Private Lessons.

Australian Dance & Talent Centre

Location: Cardiff
Website: Australian Dance & Talent Centre

As well as dancing, the Australian Dance & Talent Centre offer singing, acting and musical instrument classes. Classes can be taken in a recreational capacity or at exam level, with a focus in inclusiveness, diverseness and fun. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre, Hoops & Silks, Junior Stars, Junior Fortnite Hip Hop, Boys Only Fortnite Hip Hop, Vocal, Seniors Pointe Extension, Seniors Advanced Commercial Jazz, Adult Tap, Pre Professional ‘Ignite’ Performance Team.

Beats Dance Studio

Location: Fletcher, Mayfield, Merewether, Stockton
Website: Beats Dance Studio

With several dance studios across Newcastle, Beats Dance Studio brings you what’s fresh and new in the world of dance. They also offer singing and cheerleading. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Funk, Cheer, Teen Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop, Street Tap, Singing Idols, Cheerleading, Boys Only Hip Hop/Break, Performance Team, Tap Performance Troupe.

Bella Ballerinas

Location: Stockton
Website: Bella Ballerinas

Bella Ballerinas is Stockton’s very own dance studio with classes for boys and girls of all ages. Styles offered: RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro, Adult Ballet.

Belmont Dance Centre

Location: Belmont
Website: Belmont Dance Centre

Belmont Dance Centre offer Dance for all ages and skill levels. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Pointe, Stretch, Performance Troupe. Additional classes available on request.

Bodyrock Dance Studio

Location: Dudley
Website: Bodyrock Dance Studio

Operating since 2004, Bodyrock Dance Studio offer affordable classes for all ages, beginners to experienced. Styles offered: Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Cheer.

Breakaway Dancers

Location: Edgeworth, Lakelands, Charlestown, Speers Point, Toronto, Valentine
Website: Breakaway Dancers

The creators of Breakaway Dancers, Shelley Heathcote and Ron Heathcote, teach all the classes, ensuring safety and high quality tuition. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro, Hip Hop, Breakdancing Hip Hop, Age-appropriate Tik Tok, Xtreme Dance Team.

The Collective Dance Academy

Location: Salamander Bay
Website: The Collective Dance Academy

More than just a dance school, The Collective Dance Academy is a team of passionate and dedicated dancers and dance teachers who have come together with one clear goal, to provide the very best dance training and customer service in Port Stephens. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Adult/Seniors.

Dance Extreme

Location: Raymond Terrace
Website: Dance Extreme

DanceXtreme offers a high standard of tuition in various styles of dance in an enjoyable and happy atmosphere. The aim is for students to firstly enjoy their classes and make new friends as well as build self-confidence, co-ordination and poise. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Boys Hip Hop, Acro Dance Acrobatique Syllabus, Cheer, Performance Group, Circus, Aerial Skills.

East Maitland Academy of Dance

Location: Morpeth
Website: East Maitland Academy of Dance

The East Maitland Academy of Dance is an environment of excellence and high achievement. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre.

Heidi’s School of Dance

Location: Newcastle
Website: Heidi’s School of Dance

Heidi’s School of Dance offers expert tuition in a fun and nurturing environment. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary. 

Hive Creative Studios

Location: Charlestown
Website: Hive Creative Studios

Hive Creative Studios is a hub of activity for budding performers and musicians, offering skill development in Drama, Acting and Musical Theatre as well as piano and voice with highly skilled performing arts teachers. Their program attracts just as many introverts as it does extroverts and each student finds a supportive and inspiring environment for developing confidence, authentic skill and talent in the field they want to pursue alongside developing long lasting friendships. Offering musical theatre and voice lessons for ages 5+ and Drama for kids in Years 2-12.

Hunter Drama

Location: Islington
Website: Hunter Drama

The mission at Hunter Drama is to change the future by inspiring young people to be the best possible versions of themselves. They ensure that their students get the best training possible in a supportive, nurturing and inspiring environment. Their Young Actors Program aims to have your child fearless and ready to take on any role (both on and off the stage!). This program is run with a specially made, world class drama syllabus that is designed to cater specifically to each age group and their skill level, all the way from 5-18 years old. Their extensive Musical Theatre courses cater for students aged from School year 2 and over. Work with industry professionals and learn from their outstanding experience as they take you through all you need to know about thriving like a Broadway star.

Hunter Valley Dance Centre

Location: East Maitland
Website: Hunter Valley Dance Centre

The Hunter Valley Dance Centre was established in the Maitland region in 1985 and aims to create an environment where students actively learn but are also encouraged to be creative and have fun. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz Blend, Contemporary, Character, Skills Development.

HVT School of Performing Arts

Location: East Maitland
Website: HVT School of Performing Arts

At HVT School of Performing Arts your child will be guided and nurtured by expert staff through the various stages in their dance training. Their aim is to help children find their gifts, find what makes them come alive and find where they excel. Styles offered: Leaps and Bounds Acro, Leaps and Bounds Ballet, RAD Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Teen Rec, Adult Tap, Adult Combo, Exam/Comps.

Institute of Dance

Location: Shortland
Website: Institute of Dance

Institute of Dance is an inclusive, supportive and family friendly dance studio that has been welcoming students and their families from Newcastle and surrounds for over seven years. Styles offered: RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical/Contemporary, Acro, Junior Extension Program, Pre-Professional Training, Private Lessons.

Just Dance-It

Location: Boolaroo, Hamilton & Maryland
Website: Just Dance-It

The goal at Just Dance It is to make dancing fun, provide a friendly and positive atmosphere for children to come along and create life long friendships while doing what they love, dancing! Styles offered: Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz/Funk, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz/Hip Hop, Hip Hop, Cheerleading/Pom Dance, Dance Cirque, Pop Starz


Location: Belmont & Kurri

Welcoming all ages and skill levels, KCDANCEHQ offers a safe, wholesome and positive environment that empowers students to freely express themselves. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrodance, Musical Theatre, Drama, Cheer, Boys-Only Dance Classes, Adult Tap, Heels Dance Classes, Singing Classes.

Lake Macquarie Dance Centre

Location: Carey Bay
Website: Lake Macquarie Dance Centre

Lake Macquarie Dance Centre cherishes the dancer within each student. At LMDC your tween/teen will receive the finest foundations to dance throughout their life. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Adult Classes, Junior X-Tension, Elite Dance Program.

Maxi Jazz Dance Studio

Location: Wallsend
Website: Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio

The highest priority at Maxi-Jazz Dance studio is to value each and every student. To preserve the magical moments for them, encourage them to use their imagination, their creativity and their spontaneity. Styles offered: Ballet, Ballet/Jazz, Hip Hop/CheerDance, Tap, AcroDance, Dance Cirque, Jazz/Lyrical, Hip Hop/Contemporary, Cheer/Pom.

Newcastle Dance Academy

Location: Broadmeadow
Website: Newcastle Dance Academy

At Newcastle Dance Academy you can let your child learn in a caring and creative environment for the sheer love of dance, or have their fully qualified and experienced staff nurture and encourage your child to develop their own individual talents and confidence to pursue a career in the field of dance. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Khorobushka, Boys, Elite Dance, Private Tuition.

Planet Dance

Location: Windella
Website: Planet Dance

Planet Dance offers a range of dance styles that cater for the beginner through to the more advanced student. With 23 years experience in the industry, Planet Dance understands how to bring out the best in your child. Styles offered: RAD ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Cheerleading.

PCYC Newcastle

Location: Broadmeadow
Website: PCYC Newcastle

PCYC Newcastle offer weekly workshops building young people’s confidence whilst learning skills in stage craft, characterisation, singing and gaining experience performing on stage. For children up to 13 years of age.

Robyn Yvette Dance Centre

Location: Taylors Beach
Website: Robyn Yvette Dance Centre

With over 40 years of dance excellence in the Bay, Robyn Yvette Dance Centre boasts outstanding results in the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams and Les Griffiths Tap Dance Academy. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Additional Needs Classes.

Sloan’s Dance Academy

Location: Cessnock
Website: Sloan’s Dance Academy

Sloan’s Dance Academy, located at Cessnock, welcome students of all ages. Their aim to provide quality dance training within a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Stretch/Strength & Conditioning, Exam and Eisteddfod Tuition.

Studi-O Dance School

Location: Gateshead, Valentine
Website: Studi-O Dance School

At their studios in Valentine and Gateshead, Studi-O Dance School run a variety of dedicated classes for a range of dance styles in an encouraging, no-pressure environment, in which each child can reach their full potential at their own pace. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Troupe.

Studio 2324

Location: Raymond Terrace
Website: Studio 2324

Opened in 1994, Studio 2324 boasts a large range of facilities for students and is conveniently located in the centre of town for parents. There are three fully equipped studios within the venue with wall attached barres, full length mirrors, stereo system and air-conditioning. Styles offered: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Musical Theatre, National Character, HSC Tuition, PBT.

TMP Dance Studios

Location: Caves Beach
Website: TMP Dance Studios

TMP Dance Studios has been in operation for over 25 years and offers a dance studio that inspires students to shine through movement and quality dance instruction. Styles offered: RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz/Funk, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, Ladies Athena.

United Dance

Location: Maitland & Raymond Terrace
Website: United Dance

Join the United Dance family and experience the magic of dance in a friendly environment at their Maitland and Raymond Terrace studios. Styles offered: Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet/Lyrical, Lyrical/Contemporary, Acro/Tumbling.

Young People’s Theatre

Location: Hamilton
Website: Young People’s Theatre

YPT is the premier theatrical training institution for youth in the Hunter. With a 70 year tradition as a community run, not-for-profit organisation, YPT has nurtured the careers of many young people, providing a space to experience the Arts, make lifelong friendships and have fun! YPT Theatre School offers a structured drama program for students from Year 2 to  Year 12, perfect for tweens and teens to follow their interests and develop theatre skills.

Zone Active Gym Sports & Dance Academy

Location: Taylors Beach
Website: Zone Active Gym Sports & Dance Academy

The focus at Zone Active Dance Academy is to push their students to improve as well as create a supportive and friendly environment. Zone Active Dance Academy is home to three full-equipped dance studios and they offer classes to children of all ages. Styles Offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Acro Dance.

Boxing/Martial Arts

Alpha MMA

Location: Cardiff
Website: Alpha MMA

Alpha MMA, a combat sports and strength/conditioning gym located at Cardiff, run Kids Grappling and Boxing Class on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm. Styles offered: Boxing, Grappling.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charlestown

Location: Charlestown
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charlestown

The Gracie Barra Kids Program was created to provide children up to the age of 15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect. For tweens/teens they offer Little Champions (7-9) and Juniors & Teens (10-15). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Hunter Valley

Location: Maitland
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Hunter Valley

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu believe that the art of Jiu-Jitsu teaches so many life lessons to children. Focus, discipline and kids fitness are just a few. Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Hunter Valley offers GBK BJJ Little Champions (5-9) and GBK BJJ Juniors (10-15). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Newcastle City

Location: Newcastle
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Newcastle City

The Gracie Barra Kids Program was created to provide kids up to the age of 15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect. For tweens/teens their Newcastle City Kids Program GB Kids II (7-10) and GB Juniors & Teens (11-15). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

GKR Karate

Location: Booragul, Cameron Park, Eleebana, Grahamstown, Kotara, Medowie, Merewether, Metford, Morisset, Pelaw Main, Swansea, Thornton
Website: GKR Karate

GKR’s classes provide a warm, friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Children may train in regular classes (alongside people of all ages including other family members) or train in special kids classes. The kids classes run for one hour and consist of basic training as well as many karate-associated games. Styles offered: Go-Kan-Ryu Karate

Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu

Location: Kurri Kurri, Maitland
Website: Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu

Opened in April 2018, Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu provides world class training in both Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Freestyle Wrestling for both adults and junior members with a focus on smaller class sizes to help you reach your potential faster. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling

Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre

Location: Green Hills, Morisset, Redhead, Waratah, Warners Bay
Website: Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre

Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre have a diverse range of programs aimed at providing students with the best possible outcome. Their tweens/teens classes includes Dynamites (6-9) and Dragons (9-14). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Chitokai Karate, Hunter Fight Fit, Okinawan weaponry.

Kaizen Ryu Karate

Location: Salamander Bay
Website: Kaizen Ryu Karate

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate (Rutherford) and Kaizen Ryu Karate (Port Stephens) offer programs that bring out the strengths of each student, regardless of age and experience. They envision a healthier and improved life for all their students. Styles offered: Junior, Kids, Teen & Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing Fitness, Muay Thai.

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate

Location: Rutherford
Website: Kirkwoods Institute of Karate

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate (Rutherford) and Kaizen Ryu Karate (Port Stephens) offer programs that bring out the strengths of each student, regardless of age and experience. They envision a healthier and improved life for all their students. Styles offered: Junior, Kids, Teen & Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing Fitness, Muay Thai.

Krav Maga Global Newcastle

Location: Adamstown
Website: Krav Maga Global Newcastle

Krav Maga structured classes are designed to help develop coordination, physical fitness, mental strength, as well as gain valuable social skills. Through positive reinforcement, they can bring out the best in your children to help them succeed in life. Their older kids classes include Warriors (9-14) and Krav Maga (15+). Styles offered: Krav Maga.

Newcastle Aikido

Location: Hamilton
Website: Newcastle Aikido

Newcastle Aikido provides high-quality instruction in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido, and the Zen Buddhist practice of Zazen meditation. Children are the backbone of their dojo and they run children’s classes 6 days per week, focussing on each child’s strengths to build their self-confidence and capacity. Children can start at the age of seven, or younger if Mum or Dad jump on the mat with them – which is encouraged! Styles offered: Aikido, Basic, Beginner & Senior Weapons, Iaido, Zazen.

Newcastle Karate

Location: Cardiff
Website: Newcastle Karate

Newcastle Karate is an All-In-One Martial Arts School for the whole family. For older kids there’s Beginners, Intermediate or Teens Karate. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Kick Boxing.

Newcastle Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy

Location: Wickham
Website: Newcastle Wing Chun Kung FuAcademy

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a fast and effective self defence which is not reliant on brute strength. Wing Chun is good for relaxation, posture co-ordination, confidence and fitness. Kids over the age of 12 can train at the academy. Styles offered: Wing Chun Kung Fu.

PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club)

Location: Various Locations
Website: PCYC

PCYC are very proud of their martial arts offering that welcomes all ages and skill levels. Most clubs have some form of martial art on offer, which enables children and adults to attend and learn the ancient art of self-defence. Find your local Police Citizens Youth Club hereStyles offered: Aikido, Capoeira, Hapkido, JiuJitsu, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Ninjitsu, TaeKwon-Do, Viet Quyen Dao (not all styles are offered at all locations).

Pollets Martial Arts Newcastle

Location: Adamstown, Edgeworth, Medowie, Valentine
Website: Pollets Martial Arts

Pollet’s Martial Arts Centre has something for the whole family. Whether you want to train to become a champion, or train for the fitness, or relaxation away from the pressures of everyday life, they have the right programs and classes for you. For kids they offer Kids Karate, Self Defence & Jiu-Jitsu for ages 7-14. Styles offered: Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Kata, Koshiki, Okinawan Karate & Kobudo, MMA & Cage Fighting, Muay Thai, Sculpt Tone Stretch & Meditation.

Shi-Gan Martial Arts

Location: Adamstown, Charlestown, Coal Point, Kotara, Mayfield, Wallsend
Website: Shi-Gan Martial Arts

Shi-Gan Martial Arts Australia teaches traditional TaeKwon-Do and a wide variety of popular martial arts styles and practical self defence. Their family-friendly centres welcome adults and children of all ages, making martial arts something that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Styles offered: Multi-Discipline, TaeKwon-Do.

ShimJang TaeKwon-Do Academy

Location: Bellbird, Blackalls Park, Edgeworth Heights, Kitchener, Kurri Kurri, Rathmines
Website: ShimJang TaeKwon-Do Academy

ShimJang Taekwondo is a non competitive, self defence martial art style that dedicates itself to the development and well being of its practitioners. ShimJang Taekwondo is very popular with people of all ages. Their instruction teaches kids to avoid trouble through a respectful, confident and tolerant attitude by developing higher levels of confidence and self esteem. Styles offered: ShimJang TaeKwon-Do.

Soul Fighters

Location: Cooks Hill, Windale
Website: Soul Fighters Newcastle

Soul Fighters offer Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at both their Cooks Hill and Windale locations. They have a specific time slot for kids aged 9-13 years. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Titan Martial Arts

Location: Anna Bay, Minmi, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Seaham
Website: Titan Martial Arts

Titan Martial Arts offer a family-friendly environment and encourage families to come along and train together. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kick Boxing, TaeKwon-Do.

Toogee Martial Arts

Location: Fern Bay, Dungog, Georgetown, Gloucester, Jesmond, Mallabula, Maryland, Medowie, Raymond Terrace, Stroud, Tea Gardens
Website: Toogee Martial Arts

Toogee Martial Arts have many locations across the Port Stephens, Newcastle and the Hunter. Toogee Martial Arts is a mental and physical discipline developed and refined over the years with the ultimate goal to teach effective self defence and promote mental and physical health. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai, Kali and some traditional Korean Weapons (not all styles are offered at all locations).

ZMA Academy Newcastle

Location: Kahibah
Website: ZMA Academy Newcastle

Zenryoku Martial Arts Academy at Kahibah offer a 1.25 hour class for kids called Mascots, consisting of basic martial arts and self-defence skills. They offer Muay Thai classes for all ages and MMA classes for kids aged 10+. Styles offered: MMA, Muay Thai.


Advance Academy of Gymnastics & Acrobatics

Location: Toronto
Website: Advance Academy of Gymnastics & Acrobatics

Advance Academy of Gymnastics & Acrobatics is a successful and competitive club. They also have a fun, recreational base where kids up to 18 years of age can enjoy the sport of gymnastics. Boys and girls of all ages enjoy developing gross motor skills, self esteem, independence, social skills, concentration and fundamental skills in a safe and controlled environment.

Blackert Gymnastics Academy

Location: Bennetts Green
Website: Blackert Gymnastics Academy

Blackert Gymnastics Academy offer Competitive Squads for gymnasts aged 7+ and Senior GYMSKILLS or Club Levels for those aged 9+.

Hunter Sports Centre

Location: Glendale
Website: Hunter Sports Centre

Hunter Sports Centre is a purpose built gymnastics and athletics facility located in the city of Lake Macquarie. Their gymnastics centre includes 2,448 square metres of floor space, climbing ropes, a foam pit, olympic size trampolines, sprung floor and a full set of men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics equipment. Hunter Sports Centre recreational gymnastics programs include Gym Fun (9-12 years), Teen Gym (13-17 years) and Acro Fun (12+ years).

Movement Continuum

Location: Newcastle
Website: Movement Continuum

Movement Continuum offer the Animal Flow® for Kids program, designed to contribute to balanced physical development, encourage expression and build confidence. Their tweens class is for 9-13 years of age over a 10 week term of 45 minute sessions.

Newcastle Parkour

Location: Newcastle
Website: Newcastle Parkour

Parkour is the discipline of moving through your environment as quickly and efficiently as possible. Newcastle Parkour instructors are qualified with the Australian Parkour Association and have over 20 years of combined experience teaching the fundamentals of parkour. Newcastle Parkour’s Pre Teens class, for 10-14 year olds, is designed to start students moving safely and confidently. All students are taught progressions exercises before they are allowed to attempt any new skills. They also have a Teens class (14-17 years) and an adults class (17+ years) plus School Holiday Programs.

Newcastle Pole & Aerials Academy

Location: Sandgate
Website: Newcastle Pole & Aerials Academy

Creating strong and confident aerialists. NPAA offers classes in pole, silks, lyra, trapeze, strength and flexibility and much more! Classes from 2 years old to adults of any background! 

Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)

Location: Bennetts Green, Broadmeadow, Cessnock, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Maitland
Website: PCYC

PCYC NSW offers range of Gymnastics options. Teens and tweens have the option of Recreational Gymnastics (10-15 years) or Competitive Levels, by invitation and selection only (8+ years). For further information contact your local PCYC.

Revolution Park

Location: Maryville
Website: Revolution Park

For older kids Revolution Park offer Trampolining (7-9 years & 9-13 years) and Parkour for ages 8+.

That Yoga Place

Location: Maitland
Website: That Yoga Place

Located in the Maitland Mall, That Yoga Place offer Teens only classes on a Thursday. Their classes give your child tools, such as deep breathing or various poses from yoga, to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

The Movement Collective Kids

Location: Waratah
Website: The Movement Collective Kids

The Movement Collective have created a space to nurture and empower kids to move regardless of their abilities or experience. They teach kid the importance of movement  and believe in an inclusive, fun filled environment that draws on many training modalities to help your child thrive. Your older child can join in on TMC Kids (8-12 years) or TMC Teen (13-17 years).

Wild Child and Co

Location: Newcastle West
Age(s): All ages
Website: Wild Child and Co

The intention of a Wild Child and Co children’s class is to encourage children to learn to be their true and awesome selves on and off the mat. They also offer private Yoga Therapy for children, siblings & families. 

Zone Active Gym Sports & Dance Academy

Location: Taylors Beach
Website: Zone Active Gym Sports & Dance Academy

At Zone Active your child will be trained by fully accredited coaches in a positive environment with an important focus on fun, fitness and friendship. Zone Active is a NSW registered gymnastics club with a passion for Team Gym, Trampoline and Gymsports for all. They also offer Aerial Silks classes to complement their tumble & trampoline training as well as Levels classes for their gymnasts interested in competition training.  


The Conservatorium

Location: Newcastle
Website: The Conservatorium

The Conservatorium caters to the community with music lessons for all ages and levels of experience. Whether your talented teen wants to start or continue their music education or participate in one of their fun and engaging ensembles or community choirs, The Conservatorium have what you are looking for.

Dani’s Music Studio

Location: Medowie
Website: Dani’s Music Studio

Dani is a passionate Early Childhood Music Educator and Piano Teacher with over 10 years experience running her private music studio. She offers Piano Tuition for all ages from 5 years to adult.

Julie Logan Music

Location: Hamilton & New Lambton
Website: Julie Logan Music

Julie Logan Music has been growing kids through music in the Newcastle area since 2002. Kids 8 years and older can join Song Crew or have one-on-one lessons in Piano, Voice, Violin and Recorder.

Hive Creative Studios

Location: Charlestown
Website: Hive Creative Studios

Hive Creative Studios at Charlestown offer “Piano Bees” group and private piano lessons as well as private vocal lessons.

National Music Academy

Location: Glendale, Newcastle West, Rutherford
Website: National Music Academy

National Music Academy accommodates every student, no matter what their age, level, goals or interests. They welcome students if they have never touched an instrument before, if they have had lessons previously, all the way through to seasoned professionals looking to develop their craft further.


Bricks 4 Kidz

Location: New Lambton
Website: Bricks 4 Kidz website

Let your tween learn STEM concepts with LEGO with a Bricks 4 Kidz workshop. Designed for kids aged 5-12 years old the workshops, staffed by friendly, trained and screened staff, allow kids the opportunity to create, play and learn with LEGO all while making new friends and having fun. In addition to after-school sessions, there are also school holiday sessions.

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters

Location: Anna Bay
Website: Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters run a Mini Marine Biologist Program for kids aged 7-11 and 12-15 years on selected days throughout the school holidays. The fully guided, day program offers exclusive behind the scenes access that enables them to face their fears and gain knowledge about the ocean and its inhabitants. Participants will learn about the animals with a take home workbook and help their aquarist/zoo keeper leader carry out some important aquarium jobs. They will need to bring their swimmers and towels as they will also participate in a Shark Encounter with their guide.

Newcastle Digital Library – Coder’s Corner

Location: Various
Website: Coder’s Corner

Turn your child’s love of video games into a life skill. Operating out of schools in the Newcastle and Hunter region, Coder’s Corner provides all the right tools for children to become master coders! In their structured, tailored courses, kids will be given the opportunity to learn programming essentials, all the way up to industry-standard coding practices in a fun and engaging way!

SMART at Newcastle University

Location: TBA
Website: SMART at Newcastle University

In 2021, SMART are preparing to launch an after-school STEM Club, initially for children in years 3-6 (ages 8-12). They are developing an in-person and online program.

Young Engineers

Location: Various locations throughout Newcastle & Maitland
Website: Young Engineers

Young Engineers offers unique STEM programs where children have fun while learning critical skills for the digital age! In addition to their school incursions, Young Engineers offer after-school clubs, holiday camps and birthday parties. The Young Engineers Robotics Program is suitable for upper primary and high school students.



AFL Hunter Central Coast
Website: AFL Hunter Central Coast

Junior Football is for kids aged 8-12 who are ready to move on from NAB AFL Auskick or other introductory school and/or community programs. Rules of matches are modified so children can continue to develop their skills in an enjoyable, safe atmosphere.

Youth Football caters to teenage boys and girls aged from 13 to 18. Youth Football is tailor made for players of all abilities. An ideal progression from either NAB AFL Auskick or Junior Football, Youth Football provides children with the opportunity to play in a graded competition suitable to their ability within a local Community Club environment.

AFL Hunter Central Coast Incorporated is the body recognised by AFL NSW/ACT responsible for the management of junior, youth and senior Community Football Competitions across the Hunter & Central Coast regions. The Central Coast and Hunter regions offer separate junior and youth competitions for both girls and boys. Search for your local club here.


Little Athletics NSW
Website: Little Athletics NSW

There are almost 200 Little Athletics centres in NSW. Children between the ages of 5 and 17 years can register. Little Athletics is primarily a summer activity, running from September through to March. Parents, grandparents and friends are also encouraged to get involved by helping with the various events. Visit the Little Athletics NSW website for more information or find your local centre here.


Hunter Badminton
Website: Hunter Badminton

Hunter Badminton’s Junior Activity Sessions are designed for kids aged 8-16 who are new to the sport of Badminton and would like to try it out. The sessions provide basic skill knowledge, fundamentals and a fun learning environment. Hunter Badminton also offer Junior Training and Development in the sport.


Newcastle Baseball Association
Website: Newcastle Baseball Association

Newcastle Baseball Association runs junior baseball in the region and provide competitions for all children, both boys and girls, 4 -16 yrs of age. For Under 10’s there is Zooka and they also have Little League (Under 13), Junior League (Under 15) and Senior League (Under 17). Newcastle Baseball Association also offer Junior Development Programs and Junior Representative Programs.

The Newcastle Baseball Junior Competition runs from early April through to September. Find a junior club here.


Aussie Hoops
Website: Aussie Hoops

Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official junior game development program for kids up to the age of 10 and their families. The Aussie Hoops program is offered at:

  • Newcastle Basketball Stadium (Newcastle Basketball)
  • Maitland Federation Centre (Maitland Basketball)
  • Cessnock Civic Indoor Sports Centre (Cessnock Cobras)
  • Singleton PCYC (Singleton PCYC)

Maitland Basketball Association
Website: Maitland Basketball Association

Maitland Basketball Association offer Miniball, a basketball league for kids in Kindergarten – Year 6. Players will develop their skills and confidence in a fun and supportive team environment. Each week teams play 2 x 20 minute halves with lowered hoops.

Maitland Basketball also offer Aussie Hoops for kids aged 5-10 and Junior Competition with an Open Youth Age Group for ages 22 & Under.

Newcastle Basketball
Website: Newcastle Basketball

For kids up to the age of 10, Newcastle Basketball offer Aussie Hoops at Newcastle Basketball Stadium.

Newcastle Basketball also offer competition basketball for tweens/teens in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Port Stephens. The under 10s programs are the next step for newcomers & Aussie Hoops graduates to start playing basketball games. There are also Junior Teams for Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s & Under 17’s. Choose from Summer and/or Winter comps or Holiday Camps.


Lake Macquarie BMX Club
Website: Lake Macquarie BMX Club

Contact Lake Macquarie BMX Club if your child is interested in BMX racing. They practice and race at their Argenton location.

Maitland BMX Riders
Website: Maitland BMX Riders

Contact Maitland BMX Club if your child is interested in BMX racing. They practice and race at their Tenambit location. Read more about the venue here.


Refer to Boxing/Martial Arts.


Play Cricket
Website: Play Cricket

If your child would like to play cricket, a good place to start is the Cricket Australia Woolworths Play Cricket website. For kids aged 9-18, there is Junior Cricket and Indoor Cricket. Junior Cricket can be played in the Spring or Summer seasons, or both. Indoor cricket can be played all year round with seasons starting regularly throughout the year. Many clubs have girls, boys or mixed team options. Visit the Play Cricket website for more information or search for your local club here.


Hunter District Cycling Club
Website: Hunter District Cycling 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. Road racing is held at the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ), Kurri Kurri and the club races two distinct seasons, Summer & Winter. The club has a number of qualified coaches, who are willing and able to offer support and encouragement – no matter what level you’re aiming for.


Refer to Dance & Performing Arts Classes.


PCYC Newcastle
Website: PCYC Newcastle

Learn the sport of fencing. It’s offered by Newcastle PCYC for children aged 9 and 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.

Field Hockey

Maitland Hockey Inc
Website: Maitland Hockey Inc

Maitland Hockey organises field hockey in the Maitland area and offers competitions for Under 6s to Under 13s. They also offer Free Come and Try Days.

Nelson Bay Hockey Club
Website: Nelson Bay Hockey Club

Nelson Bay Hockey Club is a family-friendly club that welcome all members of the community, of all ages and abilities, in both playing and non-playing roles. Competition games and training are held at the Salamander Sports Complex. They also offer Free Come and Try Days.

Newcastle Hockey Association
Website: Newcastle Hockey Association

Newcastle Hockey Association is the governing body for field hockey in the Newcastle Region. Field hockey competition includes the Under 11 “Kangas” and Juniors. Find a club here.

Figure Skating

Hunter Ice Skating Club
Website: Hunter Ice Skating Club

Figure skating is all about grace, style, precision and fun. If you are interested in becoming a figure skater or would just like to know more about the sport, visit the Hunter Ice Skating Club website.


Northern NSW Futsal
Website: Northern NSW Futsal

Futsal is a modified indoor soccer game without the use of walls. Northern NSW Futsal services numerous clubs and schools in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley. They offer competitions and training of Futsal (five a side soccer) to junior and senior boys and girls, from ages 5 to adults. Find a club here.


Website: Highlite

Highlite High-Performance Academy is for kids aged 9-18 years. They provide junior athletes in the Hunter region with elite training programs designed to give them the best possible chance of success in their chosen sport hrough suitable, structured training and science-based principles. Their modern facility is located in Darby Street, Newcastle.


Refer to Gymnastics/Yoga Classes.


Encantador The Riding School
Website: Encantador The Riding School

Located at Williamtown, Port Stephens, Encantador The Riding School offers riding lessons for children and adults. Safety is always their main focus as well as teaching correct technique allowing students to progress quickly.

Husky Lodge Equestrian Centre
Website: Husky Lodge Equestrian Centre

Husky Lodge is a boutique Equestrian Centre located in eastern Lake Macquarie. The Centre specialises in showjumping and training of performance horses, but also caters for regular instruction of beginner and intermediate riders, on their own or school horses.

Sterntaler Equestrian Services
Website: Sterntaler Equestrian Services

Sterntaler offer a wide variety of lessons for all different age groups and experience levels. They have numerous school horses for riders accommodating their different levels of experience. Their friendly coaches are experienced in teaching young children through to adult beginners and competition riders and they cater for nervous and inexperienced adults and children as well as ambitious and competitive riders. Located at Buchanan, minutes from the Hunter Valley Expressway.

Ice Hockey

Hunter Ice Skating Stadium
Website: Hunter Ice Skating Stadium

Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay offer Learn to Skate. Learn to Skate is an excellent pathway to better General Skating, Figure Skating or Ice Hockey. Learn to Skate is an ongoing program that runs in conjunction with NSW School Terms.

Learn to Play at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium is available to all ages, male and female. Beginners focus on remedial skills such as skating, backward skating, crossovers, stopping and basic stick handling and puck control. 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, 15 & under and 18 & Under.

Hunter Ice Skating Stadium is home of the Newcastle Northstars.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Climb Parc
Website: Climb Parc

The 19 climbing walls of varying difficulty at Climb Parc are a great way to strengthen the mind and body. Climb Parc is suitable for children (aged six years and above) and adults, making it a great activity to be enjoyed individually, in groups, or as a family. While Climb Parc is all about having fun through movement, safety remains a key priority. Ensuring this, each climb wall has its own safety harness system and highly trained Parc Rangers patrol the area. Try a casual session or book a group package. Their dedicated team of staff are on-hand to assist in catering for functions and parties as well, with bookings essential.

Pulse Climbing
Website: Pulse Climbing

Located at Adamstown, Maitland and Warners Bay, Pulse Climbing cater for all levels of climbing from beginners just starting out, right up to elite climbers who are after a high class training facility. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and highly experienced staff are always on hand for safety instruction and to give tips on climbing technique and training.

Martial Arts

Refer to Boxing & Martial Arts Classes.


Website: PLAYnetball

Suncorp NetSetGO is Australia’s official netball starter program for girls and boys aged up to 10. It’s a chance to learn the netball basics, get outside and make some friends. For a lot of kids, this is the first time they’ll pick up a netball or chuck on a bib. It’s a learning experience. And a lot of fun. Search for your local centre here.

Junior Comp club netball is for kids aged 11 – 17 who have mastered the basics and want to take the sport a bit more seriously. They’ll play across a full season, improve their skills and fitness, and make friends for life. There’s lots of local netball clubs to choose from. Find where to play Junior Comp here.


Newcastle Oztag
Website: Newcastle Oztag

Newcastle Oztag run an after school competition played at Smith Park in Broadmeadow. Teams range from Under 8s to Under 16s. They also run Skills and Drills Clinics for kids aged 7-12.

Oztag Maitland
Website: Oztag Maitland

Maitland Oztag runs junior and senior competitions at McKeachie’s Sportsground in Aberglasslyn. Their Junior Division is for players 6-16 years.

Port Stephens Oztag
Website: Port Stephens Oztag

Port Stephens Oztag offer competition in both the Raymond Terrace and Salamander Bay area and have divisions for 9-11 years, 12-14 years and 15-17years. They offer boys, girls and combined teams.


Refer to Gymnastics.


Rollerfit Newcastle
Website: Rollerfit Newcastle

Rollerfit isn’t a learn to skate class, nor is it an artistic/derby/dance skating program. Instead, RollerFit is a fitness class on skates that combines skills from a range of disciplines to create an experience suitable to all levels of experience. At their Newcastle location they offer beginner and intermediate classes for kids 14+.

Rugby League

Newcastle Junior Rugby League Association
Website: NJRLA

The Newcastle Junior Rugby League Association organises competition for kids in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Port Stephens Regions. Age groups include Under 6s – Under 12s and above. Search for your local club here.

Maitland & District Junior Rugby League Association
Website: MDJRLA

The Maitland & District Junior Rugby League Association organises competition for kids in the Maitland Region. Age groups include Under 6s – Under 12s and above. Search for your local club here.

Rugby Union

Hunter Junior Rugby
Website: Hunter Junior Rugby

Hunter Junior Rugby aim to promote, teach and administer the sport of Rugby in the Hunter Region. They offer Under 7’s through to Under 18’s for boys and girls throughout their 12 clubs and 9 rep teams. Find a team here.


Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
Website: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club

Kids can learn to sail with Belmont 16s through Tackers. Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 yrs. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. The Tackers Program is delivered in small groups by an Australian Sailing Qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors. They also offer club competition.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Website: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club offer Tackers. Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 yrs. Programs are either 4 or 5 days during the school holidays or over 8 – 10 weeks during the school term. The also hold OutThere Sailing Courses for kids 11-17 years, an after-school youth sailing program on inshore keelboats. Also OutThere Sailing School Holiday Experiences for kids aged 11-17, a holiday program focusing on sailing keelboats, learning about powerboats, navigation, how to row a boat and all things maritime! NCYC also have Youth Leagues, a Youth Development Squad and Youth Advanced Squad.


Website: Soccajoeys

Soccajoeys offer non-competitive kids’ soccer classes and help children develop vital life skills through fun. They offer Premier classes for kids aged 9-11.

Hunter Valley Football
Website: Hunter Valley Football

Hunter Valley Football organise Soccer in the Hunter Valley region. There are teams from the Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens areas. Search for a club here.

Macquarie Football
Website: Macquarie Football

Macquarie Football organise Soccer in the Lake Macquarie region. There are teams from the Lake Macquarie area. Search for a club here.

Newcastle Football
Website: Newcastle Football

Newcastle Football organise Soccer in the Newcastle region. There are teams from the Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens areas. Search for your local club here.


Newcastle & District Softball Association
Website: Newcastle & District Softball Association

The Newcastle & District Softball Association includes 5 clubs in the Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie areas. Their normal season runs in the summer months each year from October until March, with a break over the Christmas and New Year period. They have Junior Mixed Competitions for Under 10s to Under 18s. All NDSA competition games are held at the same time and place each week (Softball Complex, Stevenson Park, Mayfield West).


Parrey’s Skatepark
Website: Parrey’s Skatepark

Parrey’s is an indoor skatepark located at Cardiff. They offer lessons and competitions. Refer to their website for more details.

Trev Ward Skateboarding Academy
Website: Trev Ward Skateboarding Academy

Trev Ward Academy believes it’s important to introduce skateboarding in the most safe, fun, positive way possible. They will help you understand what it takes to progress while breaking down the most basic to advanced fundamentals of skateboarding. Whether you want to learn the basics, fine tune your skills, or train to skate like an Olympic skateboarder, Trev Ward Academy can help you get there.


Raymond Terrace Squash & Fitness
Website: Raymond Terrace Squash & Fitness

Raymond Terrace Squash & Fitness offer a Junior Squash Programme. Contact them through their Facebook page if your child is interested in the sport of squash.

ATUNE Health Cardiff Squash Centre
Website: ATUNE Health Cardiff Squash Centre

ATUNE Health Cardiff Squash Centre host Junior Development Camps in the sport of squash.


Learn to Surf Newcastle
Website: Learn to Surf Newcastle

Learn to Surf Newcastle are a Surfing Australia accredited surf school. They offer Group Surfing Lessons, Private Surfing Lessons, Semi-private Surfing Lessons, Surf Teens and Woolworths Surf Groms. Locations are Blacksmiths Beach, Caves Beach and Stockton Beach.

Newcastle Surfest Surf School
Website: Newcastle Surfest Surf School

Learn to surf in Newcastle with Newcastle Surfest Surf School. They offer beginner adult and kids surf lessons including Group Surf Lessons, Private Lessons and Woolworths Surf Groms. Run daily from Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle.

Newcastle Surf School
Website: Newcastle Surf School

Newcastle Surf School operates all year round for daily lessons out of two great locations; Nobby’s Beach and Blacksmiths Beach. They are a permanent fixture at both beaches throughout the NSW school holidays. Lessons run for 90 minutes and include soft/safe surfboards, wetsuits and sun shirts. All you need to bring is a towel, sunscreen, swimmers and an adventurous spirit!

Surf Lifesaving

Hunter Surf Lifesaving
Website: Hunter Surf Lifesaving

Hunter Surf Lifesaving encompasses 13 clubs from Tea Gardens to Catherine Hill Bay. Nippers is a fun way for children aged 5 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. In Under 14s kids gain their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) and are then able to patrol and transition to seniors where they are able to complete various Surf Lifesaving Awards. Find your local club here.


Refer to Swim Schools.

Table Tennis

PCYC Newcastle
Website: PCYC Newcastle

PCYC Newcastle offer competitive table tennis for kids aged 13+.


Ambrose Tennis Academy
Website: Ambrose Tennis Academy

Ambrose Tennis Academy is situated at Rutherford. This location is ideally situated for players from Singleton, Branxton, Cessnock, Maitland, Kurri Kurri and surrounding Hunter Valley suburbs wanting to get involved in tennis and keep things local. They also hold lessons at Dungog on specified days. They offer Group Classes for ages 18 months to adult as well as Private Tennis Coaching.

Bounce Tennis & Fitness Academy
Website: Bounce Tennis & Fitness Academy

Bounce Tennis & Fitness Academy, located at Thornton, offer group lessons and competitions as well as private lessons.

Cagney Tennis Academy
Website: Cagney Tennis Academy

Cagney Tennis Academy in Eleebana offer Junior Tennis Classes and Squads for kids up to 18 years of age. It’s a 3-tiered program offering professional coaching for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Students up to the age of 12 are usually taught using Tennis Australia’s ANZ Hotshots program. They also offer Private Lessons and School Holiday Clinics.

Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre
Website: Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre

Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre offer Tennis Australia’s ANZ Hotshots program and junior coaching as well as development and professional training squads.

Maitland Tennis Centre
Website: Maitland Tennis Centre

Maitland Tennis Centre offer beginner group lessons at East Maitland, Dungog and Gresford.

Michael Mills Tennis Coaching
Website: Michael Mills Tennis Coaching

Michael Mills Tennis Coaching offer Group Tennis Coaching, Private Coaching, Holiday Clinics and Junior Competitions at Bar Beach Tennis Club.

Raworth Tennis Centre
Website: Raworth Tennis Centre

Raworth Tennis Centre sits on a beautiful 4 acre site, which is also home to the Morpeth Lodge Motel and both make up The Hunter Tennis Resort. Their current coaching program includes New Starters, Improvers,  Academy and Teen Group. Their variety of coaches and assistants mean that the Centre can offer coaching for every player, from juniors to advanced/elite players, both adult and junior.

Tennis Central
Website: Tennis Central

Tennis Central, located at Belmont, offer Tennis Australia’s ANZ Hotshots program and junior coaching as well as private lessons, squads and holiday clinics.

Topspin Tennis Newcastle
Website: Topspin Tennis Newcastle

Topspin Tennis provides coaching and competitions at 8 different venues in the region. Their Professional Coaching Team provide a variety of tennis coaching programs. These game-based tennis coaching programs cover all aspects of tennis. Their junior coaching programs are based on the ANZ Hot Shots program which uses modified equipment. They also offer School Holiday Camps.


Refer to Gymnastics & Kindergym Classes.


Hunter Volleyball
Website: Hunter Volleyball

If you’re looking for a new sport, or an additional sport which can give year-round participation options, then consider volleyball. Hunter Volleyball offer Spikeroos to 12-14 year olds and 16U Junior Social Competition.

If we’ve missed a sport or a club or made an error, please email us with the information.

Youth Specific Programs

City of Newcastle – Youth Council

Location: Newcastle
Website: City of Newcastle

Newcastle Youth Council (NYC) provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 25 to provide strategic advice to the City and to develop leadership skills through planning youth initiatives and staging events during Youth Week each year. All monthly meetings are 2 hours from 5pm-7pm at Newcastle Regional Library. Register your interest in becoming a Youth Council member at the City of Newcastle website.

Lake Mac – Youth Council

Location: Lake Macquarie
Website: Lake Macquarie City

The Lake Macquarie Youth Council (LMYC) provides an important opportunity for young people to have input into Council decisions. Lake Mac Youth Council are always on the look out for new members. If you’re aged between 12-24, live in Lake Macquarie and want to have your say on how Council policies and actions affect young people, consider submitting an application. Meetings are held each month on the second Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm. Lake Mac Youth Council welcomes visitors to sit in on meetings to see what Youth Council is all about.

PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club)

Location: Bennetts Green, Broadmeadow, Cessnock, Maitland, Morisset, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Singleton
Website: PCYC

The PCYC offer a number of Youth Programs through their Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Port Stephens locations. These programs include Fit For Life and Fit For Work (through the RISEUP strategy), the Nations of Origin Program, U-Nites and Safer Drivers Courses. Refer to the PCYC NSW website for more information and to find out what’s on offer at your local club.

The Place, Charlestown Community Centre

Location: Charlestown
Website: The Place

Eastlake Youth Centre host a free drop-in style Youth Centre at The Place on Thursday nights from 6.30-9pm. Young people aged 12 years to 17 years are invited to attend. The Youth Centre features free music, free food, free table tennis, free pool tables, games and special events.

The Place also offer the Empowering Young Women – Well-I-AM program for girls aged 12+. Well-I-AM runs over 8 weeks and there are 5 core areas of wellbeing that are taught, these include: emotional awareness and understanding, confidence, resilience, self-worth, nutrition and physical activity.

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