Christchurch City Council Recreation & Sport

Recreation Services Team – Sports Liaison

There are approximately 1200 sporting clubs and associations in the Christchurch area who plan, organise and provide sport for many thousands of members and participants. The Christchurch City Council Sport’s Liaison Advisor can help your sports organisation with:

  • Grants and other funding advice
  • Planning new facilities
  • Long Term Strategic Planning
  • Amalgamation advice

Contact Vaughan Utteridge, Sports Liaison Advisor, Phone 03 941 8999 Email

Small Sports Events Fund

The CCC Small Sports Event Fund is designed to assist sports associations and clubs who are to host top level National and South Island sporting events. This fund is allocated annually and applications must be received by the set closing date in May each year.

Information and application forms to apply for funding through the Small Sports Events Fund can be found on the CCC website here.

Contact Brooke Jones, Events Partnerships & Development Advisor, Phone 03 941 8999, Email

Christchurch Events Website

List your sporting and recreation events on – Christchurch & Canterbury’s only dedicated online events calendar.

List your events FREE of charge on the BeThere website just click on ‘submit your event’ and upload your event details and pictures, you can even manage you own information if things change.

For more information call 03 941 8999 or email

Events Partnerships & Development Team – One Stop Shop for Events

Are you planning an event? Christchurch City Council can provide information and advice to event organisers about the procedures that you will need to follow in order to:

  • Secure your venue
  • Comply with Council regulations
  • Obtain approvals for your event and ensure that you create a safe environment for participants

For more information call 03 941 8999

Sports Promotions and Events

Does your organisation want to host a sports event in Canterbury? The Christchurch City Council Events Partnerships & Development Team assists sports organisations and event organisers to promote Christchurch as a sports event destination. If your club or association requires advice or assistance with researching, bidding and funding for national or international sports events we would like to hear from you.

Contact Brooke Jones, Events Partnerships & Development Advisor, Phone 03 941 8999, Email


The Christchurch City Council website contains information on some key funding organisations that may consider an application from your sports or recreation group on this webpage.

The Christchurch City Council has a range of grants schemes through which community and sporting groups can apply for funding. The Community Funding pages on the website provide information on each of the schemes, including their criteria and application forms.

It is recommended that groups spend time searching other funding avenues as well, a list of additional options can also be found on the CCC website.

Community Recreation Advisors

A Community Recreation Advisor is based at each Christchurch City Council Service Centre to ensure our programmes meet community needs, promote local activities and events, identify new needs, up skill local providers and provide advisory services and funding support to their community. To get in touch with your local CRA see the list below:

Coastal/Burwood Shirley Service Centre Phone 941 5333
Fendalton/Waimairi/Harewood Fendalton Service Centre Phone 941 6729
Central/Heathcote/Ferrymead Linwood Service Centre Phone 941 6628
Halswell/Hornby/Riccarton Sockburn Service Centre Phone 941 6537
Papanui/Innes Papanui Service Centre Phone 941 5409
Spreydon/Cashmere Beckenham Service Centre Phone 941 5107

Information on the Christchurch City Council’s recreation and arts programmes/events and services can be obtained by telephoning 941 8999 or visiting our website.

GET SET GO! and Spread the Word!

Two essential workshops for organisers of community recreation programmes and events.
‘Get Set Go’ is an event management workshop that covers the four stages of planning an event and ‘Spread the Word’ guides you through the eight steps on the promotional pathway. Bring your ideas along and we will help you put them into action using the step-by-step planning sheets provided.
Workshops are 3.5 hours and cost $35pp for non-profit organisations, or $55pp for business or government organisations. The cost includes the workshop and the takeaway resource.

For workshop dates please contact Diana Saxton on 941 6628, or Jacqui Miller on 941 5333 or visit our website.

For more information on the Christchurch City Council’s community recreation programmes/events and services phone 941 8999

Community and Public Arts Advisors / Kahāpai Toi

Arts Advisors work alongside the creative sector, encourage and support new arts initiatives and provide funding advice for projects that promote and enable creative activity in Christchurch.

Kiri Jarden Metropolitan Arts Advisor Phone 03 941 8999
Paula Rigby Māori Arts Advisor Phone 03 941 8999
Sarah Amazinnia Strategic Arts Advisore Phone 03 941 8999

Primary Sports Canterbury

Primary Sports Canterbury is responsible for the opportunities for primary school children to play sport against other schools in school time with 26 different sports from years 5 to 8.

Postal Address: PO Box 2606, Christchurch 8042

School Sport Canterbury

School Sport Canterbury is an educational organisation with the educational objectives being achieved through school sports programmes.

Address: Unit B, 1 Brynley Street, Hornby, Christchurch 8042
PO Box 2606, Christchurch
Fax: 03 387 0284

Canterbury Sports Foundation

The Canterbury Sports Foundation makes grants to member organisations to assist in the delivery of sport programmes that foster participation in sport. Grants are considered four times a year and must be submitted by the following dates for each funding round – February 28, May 31, August 31 and October 31.

Business Scholarship applications close 30 June and 31 December. Bernie Walker Award applications close: 31 December.

Address: PO Box 13 237, Christchurch 8141
Fax: 03 354 4108

Sport New Zealand

Address: Ground floor, AMP Building, 86 Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6011
Fax: 04 471 0813

Check out CINCH

CINCH (Community INformation CHristchurch) is a comprehensive online directory containing information on not-for-profit community organisations, groups, services, course providers and programmes in the greater Christchurch area.

It offers around 6,000 options for people looking for leisure, life and learning opportunities, information and contacts. Sports and recreation is a main category on the directory. Groups or organisations can add listings free of charge at any time. CINCH is online as well as on mobile or can be accessed at all Christchurch City Libraries.