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Fitness 101: How to join a sports team in Singapore?

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Not only are team sports a good way to get fit, they can also be a great way to make friends. Here are 13 ways to get involved.

Aussie Rules
So you like running and bouncing a ball, but have an aversion to wood-floored courts and hoops. We have some good news: Aussie Rules is alive and well in Singapore. Women’s team the Singapore Cats (www.singaporeaussierules.blogspot.com) is always on the lookout for both male and female rookies.
Buddy Franklins: The Singapore Australian Football Club

(www.singaporewombats.com), known locally as The Wombats have both junior and senior teams. They’re part of an Asian Tournament that travels to play in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. To join you must be a member of the Australian & New Zealand Association (ANZA), which costs $130 a year per family. Team membership fees are an additional $220 a year.   

American Football
The Singapore Flag Football Association (www.singaporeflagfootball.com).  doesn’t have the numbers or funds to own all the padding and paraphernalia required to play American football. Instead, its loyal members play flag football, where instead of tackling, you take another player’s flag. It’s free to play and the group meets at 9am every Saturday on Beach Road next to the Parkview Square building; they often go on to have a team barbecue afterwards.

Tom Bradys: Sadly, there isn’t a big enough talent pool in Singapore or in nearby countries where you can compete in the full version of the game.

 

Baseball
Baseball is very popular in Singapore. Friendly amateur club the Typhoons (9876 2208; www.baseball.sg) has two teams that practise at the weekend at various locations. Membership costs $250 a year, and that includes a jersey and a cap.

Derek Jeters: If you’re a big hitter or a fast bowler, seek out the Singapore Baseball and Softball Association (6345 2526, www.sbsa.org.sg). It runs the island’s most advanced league and can help you organise tryouts for the best teams.

Basketball

Whatever your dunking proficiency, get in touch with BBAXN, the Amateur Indoor Basketball League (6325 9388; www.bbaxn.com). It keeps updated lists of teams looking for both male and female players, from beginners to advanced levels, and for juniors too.
 

Kobe Bryants: Contact the Basketball Association of Singapore (6743 8425; www.bas.org.sg) which can put you in touch with a league team.

Cricket

In 1819,when Sir Thomas Stamford claimed Singapore for the British, he also set up a wicket and crease.Thirty years later, the island had its first sports team, the Singapore Cricket Club (6338 9271; www.scc.org.sg). Because this is a social club with various sporting teams of different abilities and a club house right in the CBD, its sports membership costs a hefty $1,500 a year. Another option is Ceylon Sports Club in Balestier, which charges an annual fee of $190 and has a women’s team too.
 

Virender Sehwags: The Singapore Cricket Association (6348 6566; www.singaporecricket.org) runs four competitive league divisions and will help find the right team for your level.

 

Cycling

In Singapore, this is not for the faint-hearted. Heavy traffic and drivers who are seemingly oblivious to road markings make cycling pretty dangerous, so most clubs meet in the early hours. If you’re a member of ANZA, you can join the ANZA Cycling club (www.anzacycling.co), which meets at 6am most days.

Lance Armstrongs: Pedallers used to the peloton should seek out Snail Queen’s Joyriders (www.joyriders.sg). This welcoming bunch holds training sessions at 5am every day, except for Mondays.

Dragon-boat Racing
If you enjoy climbing into a long narrow boat with 21 other oarsmen, then Singapore’s the place to be. The Singapore Dragon Boat Association (www.sdba.org.sg) hosts an annual festival where corporate and local rowing teams compete. The Singapore Paddle Club (www.singaporepaddleclub.com) regularly host rookie tasters and training sessions for beginners.

Football
The world’s favourite game is also Singapore’s most popular sport. The ESPZEN (www.espzen.com) website lists both 11-a-side and Indoor Futsal (five-a-side) teams looking for players of all levels.

Cristiano Ronaldos: Contact Singapore’s professional league, the S. League (6348 3477; www.sleague.com) to find out about trials for the top island clubs.

Golf
This little island has22 golf courses, and 21 of those are 18 holes. One of the most popular courses for casual players is Keppel Club (www.keppelclub.com.sg), where you can book tee-offs online without being a member. For a full list of courses and to find buddies, contact the Singapore Golf Association (6755 5976; www.sga.org.sg).

Rory McIlroys: The island’s most prestigious course hosts the Barclays Singapore Open, where the world’s finest players tee off. Membership at Sentosa Golf Club (6275 0090; www.sentosagolf.com) can set you back as much as $265,000.

Hockey
Both field hockey and ice hockey are played here but the former is much more popular – probably because ice lakes form in Singapore only every 20,000 years or so. Tornados Hockey Club (www.tornadoshockey.org.sg) has three men’s teams and two women’s teams, of varying levels of competence, which practise on Wednesday nights at Hockey Village.  Skaters with sticks can contact the National Ice Hockey League (6276 0364; nihl.org.sg).

Field masters: Contact the Singapore Hockey Federation (6479 3466, www.singaporehockey.org), which runs the competitive men’s and women’s leagues.  

Netball

With over 300 squads to choose from, it’s easy to find a netball team in Singapore that’s right for you. Bedok Kings (www.bedokkings.com) has seven teams, five women and two mixed, which play at all levels of ability, from beginner to highly competitive.
One-step masters: To find out about trials with the league teams, contact Netball Singapore (6346 5063; www.netball.org.sg).

Rugby

With so many British, French, Australian and Kiwi expats in Singapore, it’s not surprising there’s a lively rugby community here. The Wanderers RFC (9008 5569; www.wanderersrfc.com) has four teams ranging from highly competitive to the “odds and sods”. Membership costs $400 a year.

Richie McCaws: There are three rugby leagues for men and one for women; to find out more about joining a team at this level, contact Rugby Singapore (6467 4038; www.singaporerugby.com). 

Tennis

Most social clubs and many condos have tennis courts, so finding somewhere to play is not difficult. But if you’re looking for a partner, check out the Tennis Friendz Network (tfntennis.com),  a forum that lists buddies to play with, equipment to buy and tournaments to enter. For a game and a natter, drop in on one of the British Association’s (www.britishassociation.org.sg) ladies’ tennis sessions, held every Friday morning at the British Club.

Rafael Nadals: Acers should get in touch with the Singapore Tennis Association (www.singtennis.org.sg) to find out about coaching and selection.

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