Venue information - Leisuretime Sports Precinct

The Leisuretime Sports Precinct is one of Geelong's largest multi sport facilities.

Located just 6 kilometres from Geelong's CBD, 1.5 kilometres off the Melbourne Road and 1 kilometre from the Geelong Ring Road, the Leisuretime Sports Precinct is located at 262-282 Anakie Road in Norlane (Melways reference: 431 G12).

Leisuretime accommodates a huge range sports such as basketball, netball, futsal, outdoor soccer, squash, racquetball, volleyball, modified AFL, & badminton and is also great venue for meetings, large events, and expos. With indoor and outdoor facilities, there will always be something for people of all ages and abilities.


Sporting facilities

We provide a range of different sporting facilities and equipment. 

Including:

  • four basketball courts
  • a full size FIFA standard multi-purpose outdoor synthetic pitch.
  • two outdoor netball courts complete with shelters for each court, and two indoor courts.
  • eight glass backed squash/racquetball courts with a mezzanine/viewing area
  • four volleyball courts
  • 12 badminton courts including the purpose built, six court badminton Geelong stadium
  • three futsal courts
  • two outdoor street soccer courts
  • three handball courts 
  • a large multi-purpose room with kitchen
  • meeting/training room facilities
  • mezzanine/viewing area in between main stadiums

More about facilities hire or meeting hire.


Public facilities

Toilets, canteen and general seating areas are available. The canteen is open most evenings selling a large variety of hot and cold food, confectionery, and drinks.

We do not have a liquor license and alcohol cannot be consumed in the venue unless proper permission is obtained.


Sports events and tournaments

We have been the chosen venue of many large tournaments and events in recent years, including national squash championships, national and state badminton championships, Australian club handball championships as well as other events such as university games, indigenous games and Futsal championships.

The versatility of our venue and the spectator areas mean that we are able to host almost any sporting events such as boxing, roller derby and other sports with a heavy spectator focus.


Meeting and training rooms

We have two dedicated meeting rooms for hire, both with a seated capacity of over 20. One of these well equipped rooms may be ideal for your next meeting, training session or sports committee meeting.


Events

We may be the perfect venue for an expo, convention, concert, or car show. The venue has two very large multi-purpose stadiums with spectator seating that may just be what you’re looking for.


Venue history

The Shire of Corio built this venue which was then known as 'Corio Leisuretime Centre in 1976 on Council owned land. The Centre was built at a cost of $1.3 million and grants were received from State and Federal Governments to assist in funding the project.

The centre was predominantly built for the sports of Badminton and Basketball with the Geelong Badminton Association Inc and the Geelong Amateur Basketball Association the original tenants of the centre. The Geelong Amateur Volleyball Association was invited to join the venue as a tenant in 1980.

The Geelong Badminton Association Inc negotiated an agreement with the Shire of Corio in 1984 for the development of a new six court Badminton annex to be built on the site. The Badminton Association contributed $190,000 to the cost of this development and entered into a 30-year lease with the Shire of Corio for these facilities. Leisuretime was again expanded in 1987 with the construction of eight squash courts.

The Shire of Corio directly managed the centre until 1994 when an agreement with Life Be In It was formed. In 1996 Life Be in It surrendered their agreement partly due to a major tenant of the venue moving a large portion of their operations to the newly built Geelong Arena Annexe courts. The Geelong Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) then undertook management until 1999, when the City of Greater Geelong was successful in securing the management and operation contract. Both management agreements with Life Be in It and GABA were ceased due to pressures to achieve agreed financial outcomes.

Today, the Leisuretime Sports Precinct is managed by our Leisure and Recreation Department and manages/delivers over 21,000 hours of community sport and participation opportunities annually, 109 different clubs and groups run competitions, programs or hire space annually over 157,000 people visit annual for their regular health & wellbeing needs. The precinct's aim is to 'deliver great experiences' to all venue users, visitors and the local Geelong community.

In early 2018 we opened our new $2 million FIFA standard outdoor multi-purpose synthetic pitch with competition standard lights, officials areas as well as various goals to cater for club training and development programs.





Page last updated: Monday, 4 November 2019

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