Wellbeing

Why You Should Get Into Team Sport

Sport: it’s pretty great and boasts endless benefits. Whether it is your physical, social or mental wellbeing you’re looking to boost, it’s known to improve all three.

If you’re looking to join a local team, chances are there’s a club near you seeking some new players. Time to bust out your old footy boots, dust off your old netty uniform or start something entirely new.

Here’s your guide to getting started, and how to make the most out of playing local sport.

Choose a sport

The first step towards your new life of being #fitspiration is deciding on which sport to play. There are a few ways you can go about this, but most importantly, think about what you want to get out of the experience. 

For the competitive folk:

If you’ve got a competitive streak with a thirst for blood, victory and a trophy, a mixed social comp probably isn’t for you. Yeah, they’ve still got a competitive edge but those people are more interested in having a good time rather than letting out a built up internal rage – not that there’s anything wrong with that!

You might want to look for something a little more on the serious side. Go suss out your local rugby league club – they’ll always have grades suitable for all skill levels, with a ladies league as well.

You should know, these clubs can be quite the commitment – so don’t join if you aren’t keen on training at least two nights a week on top of a game (sometimes away) on the weekend.

The kicker is, however, you’ll be getting loads of exercise, developing a skill and making a bunch of new mates too – the sense of camaraderie and mateship you feel is truly unbeatable.

For the socialites or those new to sport:

So you’re keen to get active, make some new pals, but you aren’t too sport-savvy or perhaps not excited about making a major commitment. If so, a social league is your ticket in.

You’ll still get the satisfaction from playing competitive sport, while not being rejected for being an average performer. That’s maybe the best part about a social league – it’s a judgement free space to be as uncoordinated as you like, so long as you’re giving it a red-hot go.

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Another great quality of social sport is having so many different ones to pick from – depending on where you’re living. From OzTag and dodge ball to basketball and quidditch, you’re bound to find a sport you’ll enjoy. Plus, chances are at least one of your friends is already part of a league; if so, just sneak on into their team.

Regardless of where you live there is one certainty – a touch footy comp. Touch is great, the rules are simple, and if you’re ever feeling buggered just go kick back on the wing for a hot minute while you pray nobody runs at you.

They don’t call them social leagues for nothing – you’re bound to make friends. I don’t know what it is about sport, but BS aside, it really does make good mates out of strangers. Win, lose or draw, you’re all in it together – also the post-game beers always taste sweeter after a well-earned victory. 

For those wanting to pick up where they left off:

If you want to rekindle a high school talent or relive your sporting glory days – go for it. Although a few years may have passed, and you’re maybe not as fit as you once were, you never really forget how to play once you get out on the field.

Whether it’s a social or competitive league you’ll already be an asset to any team – you know the rules.

Remember: you’ll only get out what you put in

When you are on the field, court or pitch, make the most of it – you’re getting in good exercise, so go hard until you’re busted. Not only will you be getting fitter, but your teammates will look at you like you’re an absolute machine – that bodes well.

It’s important to make yourself available. Don’t be the one who joins a club and never rocks up to training or games: it’s not a good look. Even in social leagues, chances are they’re counting on you to be there to make up the numbers – don’t be the one to let the team down.

This rule extends to outside the sports grounds. If, post-match, your teammates are keen to hang, get amongst it. This is when you’re going to form your strongest friendships and have the most fun.

Local sport is truly great. Get out, find yourself a club and start enjoying the benefits.


Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.