Brighton Recreational Centre

Recreational, Educational, Cultural and Sporting Activities for the Bayside Community.

The Brighton Recreational Centre is a non-profit community-based organisation providing recreational, educational, cultural and sporting activities to reflect the needs of all ages and abilities in the local community.

More than 2,000 people each week enjoy our safe, friendly and stimulating environment in which each individual is able to achieve their goals through participation in their chosen activity – regardless of their skill level.

There’s something for Everyone!

Our Mission

To provide recreational, educational, cultural and sporting activities for all age groups and abilities in the local community.

Our Values

Include

We welcome people of all ages and abilities and promote inclusiveness.

Friendly

We believe in providing a friendly and caring environment.

Learn

We support the development of new skills and encourage personal growth.

Positivity

We encourage positivity in every aspect of one’s life.

Connect

We strive for all to feel connected to others and achieve a sense of belonging within the community.

Our Vision

To be a recreational centre of choice, by offering diverse programs and services that support inclusiveness, learning and positivity, and allowing everyone to feel more connected to the local community.

Our History

 Brighton Recreational Centre’s Timeline
1956 The Brighton Youth Centre was started by four young Brighton citizens; John Rossiter, James Strachan, John Williams and Bruce Bellamy, using St Andrews Church Hall two nights a week for activities.
1968 A building appeal was set up in order to raise $200,000 for a Youth Centre building and equipment. Lieutenant Governor Sir Edmond Herring opened the Brighton and District YMCA Youth Centre on the 13th October 1968.
1979 The YMCA relinquished its involvement in the Brighton Youth Centre in 1978. Driven by the Rotary Club of Brighton, a group of local citizens applied to the Council to operate the Centre as a not for profit Recreational Centre. The Rotarians put together the statutory requirements to achieve incorporation of the company which occurred on the 2nd August 1979. The Centre was renamed Brighton Recreational Centre.

Term programs were introduced, including a number of activities that continue to this day; Yoga, Painting and Drawing, Pottery, Martial Arts, Exercise Classes, Sewing, Gymnastics and Languages. Not long after, the Brighton Recreational Centre’s School Holiday (Vacational Care) program was established and continues to remain a popular program for its members.

1983 Three squash courts were officially opened on 25th March 1983 by the Mayor of Brighton, Cr L.J. Coysh and are the only squash courts currently available for hire in Bayside.
1985 The Centre entered into an arrangement with Bayley House, a strong partnership that continues to support people with disabilities.
1986 The Centre started an After School Care Program with staff collecting children from nearby Brighton Primary School, Firbank Grammar and St James Primary school.

The Centre was also a popular place for young people throughout this decade with a Youth drop in Centre on Friday nights and Blue Light Discos held regularly on Saturday nights.

1989 Brighton Recreational Centre Gymnastics club became affiliated with the Victorian Gymnastics Association (now Gymnastics Victoria).
1992 A long term licence agreement with the Brighton City Council secured the tenure of the Centre for the next 21 years.
1993 The popular and successful Bayside Art Show was relocated from the Centre to the Brighton Town Hall.
1994 Following council amalgamation of Brighton Council, the Bayside City Council took over as the licensor in of the Centre.

The Occasional Care program was introduced, providing care for babies and preschoolers whilst their parents either participated in a Centre activity or needed a break from child rearing responsibilities. The following year, the Pre-School Holiday program was introduced in response to community demand.

1996 A new children’s playground for the Occasional Care/Kinder Program was installed following the removal of two in ground trampolines.

The first of three Twilight Fairs were run by the Centre as a fundraising opportunity and a way to introduce new people to the Centre.

2000 This decade saw the Centre focus on bringing in a number of popular rental groups including Theatre de la DanSe, Sportzbuzz and Learningland, which provided a regular income stream and introduced new patrons to the Centre.
2001 Funded by Bayside City Council, a new front entrance was erected, improving access and providing greater security for the building.
2004 The Brighton Recreational Centre and the Bayside City Council negotiated a new three year lease service agreement.
2010 Refurbishments were made to the childcare playground including new state of the art rubberized soft fall and mod grass surfaces.
2014 A new nine year lease to run the Centre under a license agreement was negotiated with the Bayside City Council.
2015 This decade saw one of the largest growths of the Brighton Gymnastics Club, most notably with our Competitive Gymnastics program. The Gymstar program was introduced to the competitive gymnastics program in addition to the Australian Levels Programs.
2018 A new sprung floor was installed in the gymnasium, ensuring that our gymnastics facility is set up permanently year-round.
2019 Bayside City Council endorsed plans to re-develop the Brighton Recreational Centre, with a total project budget of $9.87 million. The draft masterplan is expected to be taken to the community for their feedback in late 2020.

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Our History

 Brighton Recreational Centre’s Timeline
1956 The Brighton Youth Centre was started by four young Brighton citizens; John Rossiter, James Strachan, John Williams and Bruce Bellamy, using St Andrews Church Hall two nights a week for activities.
1968 A building appeal was set up in order to raise $200,000 for a Youth Centre building and equipment. Lieutenant Governor Sir Edmond Herring opened the Brighton and District YMCA Youth Centre on the 13th October 1968.
1979 The YMCA relinquished its involvement in the Brighton Youth Centre in 1978. Driven by the Rotary Club of Brighton, a group of local citizens applied to the Council to operate the Centre as a not for profit Recreational Centre. The Rotarians put together the statutory requirements to achieve incorporation of the company which occurred on the 2nd August 1979. The Centre was renamed Brighton Recreational Centre.

Term programs were introduced, including a number of activities that continue to this day; Yoga, Painting and Drawing, Pottery, Martial Arts, Exercise Classes, Sewing, Gymnastics and Languages. Not long after, the Brighton Recreational Centre’s School Holiday (Vacational Care) program was established and continues to remain a popular program for its members.

1983 Three squash courts were officially opened on 25th March 1983 by the Mayor of Brighton, Cr L.J. Coysh and are the only squash courts currently available for hire in Bayside.
1985 The Centre entered into an arrangement with Bayley House, a strong partnership that continues to support people with disabilities.
1986 The Centre started an After School Care Program with staff collecting children from nearby Brighton Primary School, Firbank Grammar and St James Primary school.

The Centre was also a popular place for young people throughout this decade with a Youth drop in Centre on Friday nights and Blue Light Discos held regularly on Saturday nights.

1989 Brighton Recreational Centre Gymnastics club became affiliated with the Victorian Gymnastics Association (now Gymnastics Victoria).
1992 A long term licence agreement with the Brighton City Council secured the tenure of the Centre for the next 21 years.
1993 The popular and successful Bayside Art Show was relocated from the Centre to the Brighton Town Hall.
1994 Following council amalgamation of Brighton Council, the Bayside City Council took over as the licensor in of the Centre.

The Occasional Care program was introduced, providing care for babies and preschoolers whilst their parents either participated in a Centre activity or needed a break from child rearing responsibilities. The following year, the Pre-School Holiday program was introduced in response to community demand.

1996 A new children’s playground for the Occasional Care/Kinder Program was installed following the removal of two in ground trampolines.

The first of three Twilight Fairs were run by the Centre as a fundraising opportunity and a way to introduce new people to the Centre.

2000 This decade saw the Centre focus on bringing in a number of popular rental groups including Theatre de la DanSe, Sportzbuzz and Learningland, which provided a regular income stream and introduced new patrons to the Centre.
2001 Funded by Bayside City Council, a new front entrance was erected, improving access and providing greater security for the building.
2004 The Brighton Recreational Centre and the Bayside City Council negotiated a new three year lease service agreement.
2010 Refurbishments were made to the childcare playground including new state of the art rubberized soft fall and mod grass surfaces.
2014 A new nine year lease to run the Centre under a license agreement was negotiated with the Bayside City Council.
2015 This decade saw one of the largest growths of the Brighton Gymnastics Club, most notably with our Competitive Gymnastics program. The Gymstar program was introduced to the competitive gymnastics program in addition to the Australian Levels Programs.
2018 A new sprung floor was installed in the gymnasium, ensuring that our gymnastics facility is set up permanently year-round.
2019 Bayside City Council endorsed plans to re-develop the Brighton Recreational Centre, with a total project budget of $9.87 million. The draft masterplan is expected to be taken to the community for their feedback in late 2020.

Our Services

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Children’s Programs

Children’s Programs

We offer a wide range of fun and stimulating programs for both pre-school and school aged children which operate throughout the school term.

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Adult Programs

Adult Programs

With our expansive range of adult classes ranging from arts and craft to healthy living activities, you’ll be sure to find the perfect program just for you.

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Kindergym, tumbling, general gymnastics or competitive gymnastics – no matter what level you are it’s time to get involved with Brighton Rec Gymnastics!

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Childcare

Childcare

We offer occasional care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years as well as a 3 year old Kinder program which are both stimulating and fun for your creative and adventurous little one.

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Why not book your child’s next birthday party at Brighton Rec? Enjoy a Gymnastic party run by experienced coaches or hire one of our rooms and run your own party. The choice is yours!

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Holiday Programs

Holiday Programs

Don’t miss out on our fantastic school holiday program run throughout each school holiday period. We run a fun-filled gymnastics program, pre-school program and a school age program guaranteed to keep your child entertained during the holidays.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.