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Club sport: Benefits include friendship, commitment, well being and facilities plus you can learn a new sport, improve your game and have fun while keeping fit.
Club sport: Benefits include friendship, commitment, well being and facilities plus you can learn a new sport, improve your game and have fun while keeping fit.

Unfortunately our worlds seem to have been turned upside down with the current issue of coronavirus sweeping across the nation. Pubs and clubs across Australia have been closed, while sports have been cancelled or postponed as everyone awaits the latest updates regarding our health and our daily activities.

However, rest assured once the all clear is given, it will be more important than ever to join up to your local sporting and social clubs, for both your benefit and theirs. Joining a club for recreation, brain exercise or sport fitness, or if you're just a bit lonely, is a way to stay fit, learn teamwork and to experience the joy of winning; or in equal measure, how to learn to lose graciously.

Clubs for everyone: Clubs aren't just for sporty people. You can find clubs in your local area for a wide range of interests. Photos: Shutterstock.

Clubs for everyone: Clubs aren't just for sporty people. You can find clubs in your local area for a wide range of interests. Photos: Shutterstock.

Whether you are new to the concept of clubs or an elite sports person wanting to try something new, different clubs can open you up to a whole set of new experiences, and you will get to meet new people at the same time. Some clubs such as bowls and golf clubs can have extensive entertainment facilities offering reasonable meals, venue hire, live music, hobbies and more. An added benefit is it has been shown in studies that people who socialise, particularly seniors, tend to be healthier and can live longer.

Winter sports that generally run from April to September have registrations in February and March. This includes soccer, aussie rules, rugby league, hockey, rugby union and netball. Summer sports tend to run from October to March with registrations in August and September. Sports include cricket, water polo, baseball, softball, athletics and touch football. Some sports are played all year round with registrations held at various times throughout the year, such as tennis, basketball, lawn bowls, dancing and more.

When joining any club it is important to find out what commitments you need to make. Generic social clubs like your local RSL or Leagues Club usually require no commitment at all and are able to offer a wide range of benefits, whereas more specific clubs such as book clubs or photography groups might ask for people to attend monthly meetings or provide content to share.

Sporting clubs usually involve the most commitment, even if you are not playing. Aside from playing on game days there is training, jerseys to wash and transport to provide. For parents and partners you can also be asked to help with canteen duties, refereeing, coaching and helping run the club. Therefore before joining, you should always make sure you can meet the requirements otherwise you could let yourself and your club down.

Contact your local clubs for more information including memberships fees, any discounts or government assistance, and times for events or competitions

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