Is your little one the energetic kid always running around wreaking havoc or the shy, quiet one that sits at the back? Either way, sporty activities are helpful for helping children channel their energy, stay focused, and even open up to meet new friends along the way. Whether you have a mini Beckham on your hands, or a future LeBron in the making, these brilliant sports activities for kids are sure to nurture their talents.
There’s no doubt that football is a popular sport among kids (and adults), and if you want to get your tiny footballers off to an early start, Little Kickers and Sport4kids are great child-friendly options with classes and equipment tailored specifically to the needs of children as young as 18 months old. You don’t have to worry about your little one getting hurt out on the field, and don’t worry if your little girl wants to get in on the action too, as Brazilian Football Academy and Hong Kong Football Club‘s junior soccer programme both offer girls-only squads where a professional and structured environment is provided for young female footballer to train, play, and make friends.
Little Kickers, 16E Neich Tower, 128 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, (+852) 6772 5870
Sport4kids, Room A-06, 1/F, Hang Fung Industrial Building, Phase 2, Hok Yuen St, Hung Hom, (+852) 2773 1650
Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, (+852) 2830 9500
Brazilian Football Academy, Room 402, 4/F, Hing Tai Commercial Building, 114 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 3488 7724
Dribbling, throwing, jumping, and catching – basketball is a wonderful sport that can put every muscle to work and help your child develop their total body coordination as well as motor skills from a young age. If you want to get straight down to business, give Top Flight Basketball Academy and Hong kong Basketball Academy a try. They offer all types of programmes from individual sessions to elite team training for both boys and girls. For younger children, Adventure Sports Academy is another great option with programmes divided into different age groups from 18 months to 16 years, so children can go from learning basic basketball skills to advanced coaching in a more competitive environment.
Top Flight Basketball Academy, 20/F, Central Tower, 28 Queens Road, Central, (+852) 93198579
Hong Kong Basketball Academy, locations vary, (+852) 6681 7774
Adventure Sports Academy, 14F, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 3998 4042
Don’t be afraid of an early introduction to swimming for your little ones, not only will they learn not to be afraid of the water from an early age, but let’s be honest, what’s cuter than dressing up your monkey in frilly swimsuits and tiny trunks? For children as young as four months old, Harry Wright International is your go-to, where parents can get into the water with their babies and learn how to encourage them to explore the changes in environment. As for those who wish to develop their swimming skills step by step, ESF Shark Swimming offers a wild range of courses at different levels so children of the same skill-level can learn and play together. And if you’re looking for some fun and games, then Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association holds classes as well as regular competitions for all swimmers, covering everything from synchronised swimming to water polo. So break out those goggles and get ready for some under-water fun!
Harry Wright International, 2C Kwong Ga Building, 64 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, (+852) 2575 6279
ESF Sharks Swimming, 5/F Cigna Tower, 482 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2760 3910
Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, Unit L, 9/F, MG Tower, 133 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, (+852) 2572 8594
Do you have a little chipmunk at home who’s always jumping and rolling around? Help your child perfect their cartwheels and handstands with professionals to avoid any injuries at home or in the playground. Parents can participate in classes for kids as young as six months old to toddlers at Electric Bunny, where little ones can crawl through tunnels and roll down slopes. They even provide door-to-door coaching services so you can add some extra fun to your play dates. The Little Gym and Kinetic Sports are great options too, and while The Little Gym has a range of fun and innovative classes from preschool and grade school gymnastics programmes to parent-child music classes, Kinetic Sports offers classes for children with special learning needs as well as private coaching lessons.
The Little Gym, Suite 601, 6/F, World Commerce Centre Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2368 8777
Electric Bunny, Room2203, 22/F Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, Fortress Hill, (+852) 2882 3661
Kidnetic Sports, Unit 4, Level 7, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 2153 1033
If you’re looking for a fun sport that will get your kids moving and help build their hand-eye coordination skills, then tennis is the way to go. At Tennis Elite, private coaching lessons can be offered to your children from the age of four, and lessons can be arrange at your private residence or at one of their locations around Hong Kong with a maximum of four per class. If your kids are not quite ready to train and compete just yet, however, then Hong Kong International Tennis Academy’s Monster Tennis programme is perfect for them. Running playgroup classes for children as young as two to three years old, Monster Tennis also has a selection of child-friendly tennis balls made of foam or felt, so you don’t have to worry about the dangers of hard-hitting tennis balls flying through the air.
Rugby can be a fantastic sport for children to develop sportsmanship as well as a sense of teamwork, and doesn’t always result in nose bleeds and injuries. At Rugbytots, classes are available for children between the age of two and seven, who can learn everything from shapes and colours, to learning the basic skills of rugby. From then on, they can continue to develop their skills right through to their teens at Flying Kukris, where each team is divided by age groups as well as having three girls teams at the ages of 14, 16, and 19. And how can we not mention the Hong Kong Rugby Union which regularly hosts training camps and courses to help prep your little ruby star in the making.
Taking your little Kung-Fu pandas to martial arts classes not only helps them develop strength, but also a sense of focus and concentration. Take Mindful Wing Chun for example, which provides kids with a great workout and teaches them all about the basic art form of Wing Chun, such as posture and stance, in classes catered to kids aged three year olds up to their pre-teens. Chito Ryu is a martial arts school specialising in karate, with training programmes that offer much more than just kicking and punching. Covering three main components of karate, including Basics, Kata and Kumite/Bunkai, your little ones will be put to grading tests every three months in order for them to process onto the next coloured belt, encouraging overall discipline and self-awareness.
You might think that rock climbing can be intimidating for adults, let alone children, but when done in a safe and professional environment, it can be a fun family activity for all. With an expert team of experienced instructors, GoNature is a multi-coloured playground for both kids and adults. With a maximum of four children per class, instructors can make sure that each child is safe and paid attention to. If you’re looking for more excitement, then Vermcity is the biggest rock climbing gym and home to the first climbing theme park in Hong Kong. Besides offering courses designed for children to learn basic climbing skills, a range of fun climbing adventures and games are also available for both adults and children to challenge their Spider-Man skills.
Elegant postures of a ballerina mixed with the complex balancing skills of a skater – ice-skating can be a difficult sport to master, but if your little one is up for the challenge, there is a great selection of ice rinks dotted around Hong Kong. Located in Megabox, Mega Ice is the largest ice rink in the city, with a professional team of coaches teaching figure skating and ice hockey and international tournaments held regularly at the rink – so you know these guys mean business. If you just want to take things slow, however, then The Rink at Elements employs a pay-as-you-skate concept so your kids can just pop in for a quick skate after school without any pressure of long-term training courses. If Megabox and Elements are a bit far away, then check out the Ice Palace at Cityplaza where multi-level courses, private lessons, and even skating camps are available for kids.
Hockey might be known for its fast paced swiveling and dangerous tackles, but mastering the sport truly takes another level of skill. From the age of eight, your little ones can learn to build on team spirit while developing the basic skills set needed to score a puck or two at the Dutch Hockey Club. If you want them to get started at an even earlier age, then the Valley Hockey Academy welcomes children from the age of four to join their mini hockey and youth hockey programmes. Both hockey schools recruit professional coaches who are able to guide your kids through a series of techniques and challenges in order to get them running, sweating, and smiling.