My friends living in other cities laugh at me when I tell them I still play lacrosse – surely I gave up team sports when I left school? Au contraire. One of the (many) great things about Hong Kong is that there are so many team sports to get involved with, and there is a huge range of player abilities. Whether you’ve just moved to Hong Kong or have been here forever, team sports are a great way to meet like-minded people and expand your social circle. It’s also a great way to get fit without having to join a gym! Anything to make exercising more fun…
I’ve always been amazed by how popular netball is in Hong Kong. With 6 divisions and 9 clubs, netball’s popularity is increasing dramatically – and for good reason! There is so much variety in skill levels; newbies are welcomed with open arms and ex-national players compete in the highest division. There’s a great camaraderie between the teams and there’s opportunity to play out of the league and with different people through events such as the Hong Kong Beach 5’s. There’s even a mixed netball league during the summer! Check out the Hong Kong Netball Association’s website where you can find further details about all the clubs and contact points. Get ready to shoot some hoops!
A relatively new sport to Hong Kong, women’s lacrosse is fast becoming popular. The team I play for (Hong Kong Scottish Lassies) was set up in 2013 and it looks like we’re going to have two teams one year on. The league consists of five teams, all of mixed ability, so it’s a sport that can be taken up by anyone! Great for fitness and hand eye coordination, lacrosse is an awesome sport to try out if you feel like a challenge. If you’re interested, be sure to check out the Hong Kong Lacrosse Association for more info!
Image sourced via HKVB.org
Have you ever watched a beach volleyball game and turned green with envy? Yup, me too. A great sport to build muscle and burn fat, volleyball is quite the work out! The Hong Kong Volleyball Meetup group regularly organises games for all levels across Hong Kong – including indoor, outdoor and beach.
Not only is this a “thing” in Hong Kong, it’s a big thing! Many of my friends play dodgeball and cannot rave highly enough about it. There are two women’s divisions but the regular division is mixed and there are more teams than you can shake a stick at… All with quirky names such as ‘Eat My Balls’ and ‘The Good, The Bad and The Balls’! If you want to watch a game, head down to the Beach 5’s on March 22-23 (as mention in our Rugby Sevens Events Guide) where Hong Kong’s finest dodgeball teams will be competing in fancy dress. Get involved in this super fun, alternative sport and check out the Hong Kong Dodgeball Association!
Like netball, (field) hockey in Hong Kong is very popular. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a group of girls walking through Happy Valley with hockey sticks! There are a whopping total of 47 teams across 6 divisions who all play to varied levels. Incredibly social and fun, the teams are constantly socializing and hanging out together. Check out the Hong Kong Hockey Association for more details on how to get involved.
Rather play hockey on ice? There’s a league for that too!
Women’s football (or soccer as you may know it) is played at both social and professional level in Hong Kong. So if you’ve always dreamt of following in Keira Knightly’s footsteps and bending it like Beckham, here’s your chance!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Hong Kong is rugby obsessed. From mini’s to men’s, women’s to senior’s, rugby is deeply engrained in Hong Kong’s community. Not for the faint hearted, I have the upmost respect for girls that play this full contact sport. There are 13 clubs with a league for 15s and 10s, if you want to know more have a browse on the HKRFU website.
There’s so much to offer in Hong Kong and there are so many benefits to getting involved with a sport or club. Don’t be nervous to try something new and always ask if you see people playing a sport you may be interested in! Time to dust off those gum shields, ladies!