Sports in Bangkok

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You’ve heard it before: kids benefit immensely from playing sports. Whether you speak to child psychologists, teachers or pediatricians, all can list physical and emotional benefits linked to the combination of physical and mental stimulation derived from organized games. Sports help prevent childhood obesity, develop coordination, improve kinetic memory, encourage quick thinking and foster teamwork.

Playing sports in Bangkok

That’s all well and good, but the only way your child can reap all those rewards though is if they actually want to play. Fortunately, Bangkok has loads of options, so your kids are bound to find one they love. Below are just a few.

Football (Soccer)

Given the number of kids out there who secretly (or not so secretly) aspire to be David Beckham, it’s no wonder that Bangkok has a wide selection of soccer schools. Can U Kick It Soccer Academy offers talented players the chance to try out for professional clubs in both Thailand and the United Kingdom. Less competitive individuals are still encouraged to have a good time though, and their sports camps are suitable for multiple levels. 66-81/833-4432.

Tennis

Racquet-lovers can get a serious workout at Le Smash Club & Tennis Academy. Private lessons are available, but the club also hosts a number of clinics. Kids as young as four and as old as 18 should check out the Junior Clinic. With no more than four children per court, each player gets their chance to practice. Rama III, Soi 64.

Horseback Riding

Yes, there really is horseback riding in Bangkok. The good news is that the center welcomes new riders and that they supply the horses (although, if you already own one, you can board it there). If you’re not entirely sure this is for you, purchase a trial package of three lessons to get a better feel for the sport. Kids can try out the Pony Club where they can learn to care for their steeds with like-minded peers. 20/1 Moo 2, Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Soi 48, Sukhumvit 103; 66-2/328-0273.

Swimming

Offering classes in both English and Japanese, LetsAsia has swimming classes for all ages. The school welcomes more than 1,000 children per week with their holiday swim camps, parties, aerobics classes and more. While young kids will get a kick out of their “Kidsbics” aquatic dance programs, serious competitive swimmers will also find plenty of support here. 80 Sukhumvit Soi 31; 66-2/258-8085.

Golf

Does your child dream about being the next Tiger Woods? Instead of sending them straight to the green, let them try their hand at virtual golf first. Wilding Golf offers one-on-one coaching with experts with the added bonus of immediate digital feedback. The simulator records every aspect the player’s stance and swing, showing them exactly where to improve. They’ve successfully trained children as young as four to swing like a pro. Sukhumvit Soi 24; 66-2/260-8818.

Basketball

Top Flight Basketball Academy emphasizes team building and personal growth. In case that sounds a little too warm and fuzzy for you, rest assured that the clinic is also a solid place for learning the fundamentals of the game. The place is run by a former professional basketball player and all of the coaches are either former or current pros, or licensed coaches. On top of that, there’s a very strict ratio of no more than eight students per coach, meaning each kid gets lots of personal attention and encouragement. 66-89/015-3212.

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1 Comment

  1. David Walters  /  September 29, 2014, 1:07 pm Reply

    It is very difficult to find open spaces to keep children active in Bangkok. Thanks for this information. I will share it with the parents at school.

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