Actively Part of the Community

The Forum is not just a gym – it is actively part of the community.

NUsport through The Forum is proud to play an active role in helping to raise awareness and funds that support local charities, schools, sporting and surf clubs.

Each year The Forum provides use of it's facilities as well as donates prizes to assist community-based organisations in their fundraising endeavours. This support is valued at more than $50,000 each year - a contribution that we are proud of. If you would like to be considered for a donation or in-kind support, click here for more information.

The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre Celebrating 20 Years

The Forum is a leader in providing quality health, fitness, sport & recreation services to its Newcastle community and surrounds. 27 February 2018 marks the 20 year anniversary of The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre on the Callaghan Campus of the University of Newcastle.

Planning in early 1997 for the opening of The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre, the Board of Directors of the newly formed entity formally noted that their collective aim was for the “establishment of programmes, facilities, and management practices….which as a totality would contribute to the expansion of the intellectual and social skills of students and staff of the University through participation in physical and other activities under the aegis of “The Forum”. The mantra of “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” translated to mean “a healthy mind in a healthy body” was the inspiration that gave the Directors further belief “that the healthy lifestyle espoused in The Forum would be an example to and available for the Newcastle community”.

Twenty years on, and by any measure, it can be seen that these aims have been achieved many times over and while the facilities and services provided at The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre are designed around participation opportunities for the University community, the centre has always been accessible to all.

The Forum is the preferred training venue for elite teams, having hosted a number of elite Olympic, Commonwealth Games & World University Games teams and competitors. As well as teams such as the Australian Rugby League and Rugby Union teams, Newcastle Jets, Newcastle Knights, Sydney Swans and Geelong AFL teams along with a wide range of state and local teams and competitors. The Forum is also proud to have assisted in hosting a range of events including the Eastern University Games, National Indigenous University Games, International Children’s Games and the Asia Pacific Special Olympics.

The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre has a number of unique roles including the enhancement of the student experience on the Callaghan campus as well as supporting health and wellbeing of the broader Newcastle and Hunter community.

The Forum is not just a gym – it is actively part of the community.

Newcastle University Sport (NUsport), is proudly associated with the University of Newcastle and manages The Forum Sports & Aquatic Centre on the Callaghan Campus and The Forum Health & Wellness Centre in the Newcastle CBD.

What other local events and charities has The Forum supported?

  • Surfest - Crowdfunding Participant. Part of an elite group of 85 organisations and people who also believe that supporting a world-class event is the right thing to do.  Congratulations to 2018 naming rights sponsor #grandstandphysiowomenspro
  • Leukaemia Foundation - in honour of our staff member Matt Storey who passed away in October 2017 after a long battle with both Hodgkin Lymphoma and graft-versus-host-disease.
  • Variety Spin 4 Kids - The Forum is proud to support Variety Spin 4 Kids, Newcastle's first outdoor spin bike team challenge.
  • Charlie's Run 4 Kids - Charlie’s Run 4 Kids is a local running group that raises money for a family in need. Charlie Carr lost her battle with Neuroblastoma in April 2015.
  • Got Your Back Sista - 'Got Your Back Sista’ is a registered charity which aims to support other women, including our most vulnerable sistas, those who have escaped a violent relationship and must start their lives again.
  • Entertainment Book - Raising funds for the Adolescent Ward at the John Hunter Hospital.
  • Larapinta Trial Challenge - 30 volunteer trekkers from the UON community of alumni, business leaders, students and staff will trek the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory.
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
  • Trek for a Cure - 5 Day World Expedition to raise funds for Cancer Council.