A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published June 19th 2011
We all know the importance of staying fit, but exercising by yourself can often be about as much fun as peak hour on the M4. So if your once toned body is starting to go pear-shaped or if you just want to stay active, you should consider signing up to a local sports team.
Not only do team sports help you keep fit, they're also an excellent way to meet new people. If you're new to the city or just a little bit lacking in the friends department, sport is great for socialising. Most local clubs run social events and activities to help you get to know your teammates ff the field.
And there are so many sports to choose from, including the usual favourites like soccer, rugby league or union, hockey, Aussie rules and basketball. Netball is another favourite, and not only with women. There's an increasing number of men who are putting prejudices aside and channelling their inner Sharelle McMahon in search of netball glory. It's also one of the few sports that offers mixed competitions - good news if you want to meet a few members of the opposite sex.
If you don't want to give up your weekends, plenty of clubs run sports on weeknights. From six-a-side soccer leagues to indoor sports venues that run comps for a whole stack of sports, you'll be able to find something that suits your athletic tastes.
And don't think you have to take things seriously to play a team sport. There are plenty of weekend warriors going around in social competitions right across the city. It's not so much about the result of the game, but standing around after the final whistle with a beer in your hand and a smile on your face.
The Sydney Women's Hockey League sees players of all levels compete.
I play soccer in Grade 21 of the Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association's competition. While they might take things a little more seriously in some of the higher grades, by the time you get down to our division the focus is all on fun. Players of all skill levels are welcome to have a run, without having to worry about making mistakes or letting the team down. Elite athletes we ain't, but who cares?