Well, look no further, we have SportUP Sunshine Coast on your doorstep. Paul, the owner/manager of SportUP Sunshine Coast, felt he had to get creative to get himself out of the house, put down his techno devices and switch from a couch potato-ish regimen to something slightly more energetic! And besides, making friends in the outside world is so much better than digitally enhanced avatars!
Paul's solution was the birth of SportUP Sunshine Coast. In January 2018, 'after eight months of living on the Sunshine Coast, and struggling to find a team (in any sport) where I could just play once a week for fun, without having to commit to training sessions and not be overly competitive', Paul started a soccer league.
Initially, this soccer league was four teams, with three of the four teams, being made up of individual players. Now, four seasons down the track, 90% of those four teams are still playing with SportUP. SportUP proudly boasts (and justifiably so) to having around six hundred, happy new members, who have joined; are currently playing; or have booked for the new season commencing in 2019.
What makes SportUP different to other sports facilities?
SportUP is different because they want and encourage people of any age (fifteen years and older) or ability to come and play sport in a social, fun and encouraging environment.
SportUP have two leagues for all their sports - 'Social' and 'Intermediate'. If a player is in the 'Social' league, then the games are just for fun and to meet some new mates. The 'Social' league players are definitely not fussed about winning or losing games.
If a player wants to play at a slightly higher level but still against social teams and players, then the 'Intermediate' league would be the natural choice.
'Most improved player' - motivation and encouragement!
I love the idea that players starting up at SportUP, do not require any prior knowledge or experience of any of the games, before commencing playing. SportUP's coaches and referees are only too happy to assist with 'in game' training and coaching - how awesome is that! In other words, if you've never played a game before, no worries, there is always plenty of help on hand.
The other tidbit of information I gleaned from my visit to SportUP is that 'girls' and 'boys' play together, no matter the sport. So, if you're a 'girl' but dying to try out a game of soccer, give it a go! You will be amazed at the mixed ratios within the teams and nobody bats an eyelash!
Booking with SportUP is easy as, and can be done in three steps
1. Choose your sport 2. Register online 3. Start playing (generally within a week of booking)
SportUP offers a 100% money back guarantee! SportUP are so positive that you will love playing with them, that if, if for any reason you don't enjoy your first game, playing as an individual with SportUP, you are guaranteed a 100% refund of your season fee.
As I said before, this is such an awesome idea and such an awesome sports club.
Buderim - Mathew Flinders Anglican College - Soccer, Netball and Basketball*
Caloundra - Caloundra City Private School - Soccer, Netball and Basketball*
Maroochydore - 135 Wises Road - Touch Rugby League
Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Buderim is one of SportUP's locations - Image: Author's image
Soccer and Netball | Monday nights | 21 January 2019
Soccer | Tuesday nights | 22 January 2019
Soccer and Netball | Wednesday nights | 23 January 2019
TRL (Touch Rugby League) | mid to late January
SportUP also organise social evenings for their members - I noticed they have a Trivia night coming up at The Pocket Espresso Bar in Moffat Beach - with free entry. They also have their very own SportUP Sunshine Coast Socials page and this is where all the extra fun stuff can be found i.e. weekends at the beach; sundowners in the evening.
I know I'm sounding a bit parrot-like here (with all my repetitiveness) but after only one visit to SportUP, I personally think that this is a fabulous way to get involved in a community, play some social sports AND make new friends. A win-win for everybody!
The writer was a guest at SportUP Buderim All images courtesy of SportUP Sunshine Coast unless otherwise indicated
PS Look out for the short/grey-haired granny playing - that might be me!