Sign Up, Join In, Get Active – New Event Launching in February 2023

Sign Up, Join In, Get Active – New Event Launching in February 2023

2 November 2022

Game On Canterbury, a new fixture aimed at encouraging more Cantabrians into sport and active recreation activities will host its inaugural event at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre on Sunday 19 February 2023.

With a variety of sport and active recreation providers already confirmed, the focus of the free whānau event will be on providing a fun, interactive and inclusive day, with plenty of opportunities to try new things and discover what’s on offer in Canterbury.

Te Pae Christchurch has partnered with Serious Fun Limited to host the event – the first of its kind for Ōtautahi Christchurch. Sport Canterbury has come onboard as the Principal Sponsor.

Te Pae Christchurch Director of Event Services Nicolette Elia said the Te Pae Christchurch team was excited to host an event that would benefit the community.

“Ōtautahi Christchurch is well known as a great city for sport and the outdoors, so we are looking forward to providing local residents of all ages and abilities with a fun, interactive  one-stop shop where they can learn about the sport and active recreation opportunities that are available, and then sign up, join in and get active.”

Sport Canterbury General Manager Participation Pathways Jason Merrett said the organisation was excited to assist the local community in finding opportunities to be more active more often.

“The array of organisations, clubs and groups means there will be something for everyone. We look forward to supporting our community in finding the physical activity opportunity that works for them.”

More than 40 community and recreation groups have expressed interest in participating in the event, with the following confirmed to attend: Mainland Football, Christchurch Netball, Canterbury Rugby, Special Friends Sports Trust, Tri Rugby, The Halberg Foundation, Badminton Canterbury, Canterbury Cricket, Rugby League Canterbury, Table Tennis Canterbury, Canterbury Triathlon, Canterbury Ultimate Frisbee, Women in Sport Waitaha, Canterbury Handball and Canterbury Baseball.

The full event schedule will be released closer to the event, but being the inaugural event exhibitors were being encouraged to be as creative as possible.

Any sport or active recreation providers who want to be involved can head to the website for more information, while attendees can keep an eye out for more information on the Game On Canterbury website ( and Facebook event page.