Sport isn’t just for exercise. Enjoying your favourite sports is also a great way to catch up with friends, but also to make new friends. If you’re fed up with exercising on your own all the time, why not try out a few of the following activities with friends? These are just a few of our favourite sports to enjoy alongside others. (Spoiler alert! Team sports aren’t the only sociable sports around here….)
Most tennis clubs offer a social curriculum alongside time on the court, giving you the opportunity to meet other players and socialise outside of matches. Tennis is a great sport for people of all abilities, meaning you can take it as casually or as seriously as you like. You can also make it more of a team sport by playing doubles.
A day spent on the golf course is a great opportunity to detach from everyday stresses and chat with friends as you make your way around the course. When you’re finished, grab some food and drinks in the clubhouse where there’s always social events happening.
Playing in a football team creates a great sense of comradery, and the social side is just as fun. Playing a game of football after work is a great way to see friends, all whilst getting some great exercise.
Pack up a picnic, grab your walking boots and head out to the hills. Hiking is a great way to experience nature, however it also provides you with plenty of time out of the house to catch up with loved ones. You can also join hiking groups to meet like minded people and discover new routes.
As a team sport that is played for hours at a time, it’s probably not surprising to see cricket make it onto our list of the most sociable sports. Cricket clubs have a great sense of community, hosting regular events and of course providing sociable lunch and tea breaks throughout the course of a match.
Sailing is another fantastic sport for meeting new people. If you’ve never sailed before, it’s easy to join a sailing club where you can take part in a training course and get to know others who are interested in the sport. Once you become more experienced, you’ll also be able to enjoy long days out on the sea with your fellow sailors.
Fun and fast-paced, ultimate frisbee is everything you want from a team sport. The rules are pretty simple and all you need is a frisbee and a big enough spot to set up a pitch. It’s a great sport to play when you’re enjoying a day at the park or the beach.
Sport doesn’t have to be serious and it doesn’t always have to be ultra-competitive. All the sports we’ve mentioned in this guide can be enjoyed at your own pace so that you can focus on having a great time with your friends.