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Top Sports Clubs for Kids in the Klang Valley

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We know that playing sports is great for kids. It helps instill discipline, allows kids to discover their strengths and weaknesses and teaches them how to work with others. 

If you need further convincing, here is some science to get your kids out of the house and away from their devices; studies have shown that playing sports is a good way for kids to build their self-esteem and confidence. It could also help them develop passion and perseverance or grit, and it is incredibly useful as a coping mechanism when dealing with stress and anxiety.

If you are looking for great sports clubs for your kids, here are our top picks in the Klang Valley!


Football

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Little Kickers

A global franchise with 300 centres in 35 countries, Little Kickers Malaysia focuses on ‘play, not push’ approach to instil a love for the game in young kids. Programmes are available for those as young as 18 months. But do note that parents are required to participate at this level. Skills could be acquired slowly and by age 8, young players will be able to understand the basic rules of the game.

Address:  Classes are held at Cyberjaya, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Ampang, Rawang, Cheras and Kota Kinabalu

Contact: +60 17 94000125

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Little League Soccer

Established in 1999, Little League Soccer is currently training over 1,500 players, from ages 3 to 16 years at 8 training centres each week. Under highly trained and licensed coaches, including former international and professional football players, beginners could start with the ‘Fundamentals’ training sessions during the weekends. If your kids are talented, they may want to consider playing more competitively. They could then progress to the advanced and elite FC KL programme and play in Malaysia’s leading youth football league.

Address: 8 locations in Ampang, Bandar Utama, Eco Ardence, Putrajaya, Subang Jaya, Sungai Buloh, The Club, and Universiti Malaya 

Contact: +60 12 3533029 or marketing@littleleague.my

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El Roi Football Academy

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El Roi Football Academy was founded on the belief that every child should be provided with the opportunity to play football – because everyone has the right to play the beautiful game. Aside from teaching kids (aged 5 to 19 years old) coordination, balancing, and key football techniques and tactics, this academy aims to help young athletes gain in confidence, honing their character skills and values through team work, good sportsmanship and perseverance.

With a heart for the B40 community, El Roi Football Academy also provides a free CSR coaching programme for B40 kids in Lembah Subang, along with provisions for their families. Trainings happen every Saturday and Sunday – and free trial sessions are available too!

Address:  Jalan SS5D/11, Kelana Jaya 

Contact: +6012 337 2565 (Karen Lim) or elroifootballacademy@gmail.com

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Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer

Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organisation that provides training for players from ages 8 to 16 years, up to 3 times every week. You may want to consider this club if your kids prefer playing in competitive matches and tournaments. Under the guidance of Head Coach and Club Manager, former Argentinian professional footballer Luis Pablo Pozzuto, and his team of experienced coaches, KLYS teams have emerged as victors in several international competitions, such as the South East Asia Youth Soccer Cup (SEA Cup) and the ESPN-Disney Cup.

Address: 65, Lorong Damai 5, Kg Datuk Keramat, 55000, Kuala Lumpur

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Futsal

Far Post Academy 

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Futsal is an excellent way to learn the technical and tactical basic skills that will translate to performance in both football and futsal later on in life. Far Post Academy’s AFC-certified coaches design technology-enabled training modules that enable you to track your child’s progress over time with real data. All experience levels for children between 3-12 years old are welcome, with the opportunity for exposure to competitive futsal tournaments for those who are keen.

Address: 2 locations in Republic of Futsal, PJ and Ace Sports World, Desa Park City

Contact: +60 14-968 2524 (Coach Sharran) or farpostacademymalaysia@gmail.com

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Rugby

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KL Saracens

KL Saracens is part of a global network formed in 2013, consisting of 8 clubs in cities such as Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Nairobi. With a firm belief that ‘rugby (is) for all’, KL Saracens runs weekly training sessions for free. Kids from ages 5 years and up are welcome to join the weekly training sessions every Sunday from 8.30am to 10.30am at Nexus International School. If you are concerned about heavy contact in the sport, fret not. Kids below 9 years only play touch rugby, which involves minimal contact and no tackling of opponents to the ground.

Address: Nexus International School, Putrajaya

Contact: +60 16 7170994 or klsaracens@gmail.com

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Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (COBRA) Cobrats Rugby

Formed in 1967, COBRA Rugby Club has been instrumental in developing competitive rugby players with 7 members representing Malaysia in 2011. With over 200 active members playing in 6 different teams, young kids could enjoy learning the sport through the junior rugby programme fondly known as Cobrats. Open to kids from ages 5 years to 16, kids could join the weekly training sessions, from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday at Padang Astaka in Petaling Jaya.

Address: 7, Lorong Utara B, Jalan Utara, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (and Penang)

Contact: +60 3 79574045 or cobrarcwebsite@gmail.com

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Tennis

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Duta International Tennis Academy

Duta International Tennis Academy is helmed by V. Selvam, former national player with more than 30 years of experience in the sport. Young players under 10 years undergo the ITF Tennis10s training system, using smaller courts and balls to help them learn how to rally and serve very quickly. For players wishing to compete in national and international matches, try enrolling in the Elites and High Performance programmes. Both programmes incorporate more technical and tactical aspects of the game and are aligned to Nick Bollettieri‘s training approach.

Address: Gelanggang Tenis KSN, Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, Off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, 50480, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +60 12 2460609/ +60 12 2522889

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Tennis Town

What began in 2009 as tennis camps for small groups of players has since grown into an academy that are located in 3 locations around Klang Valley. Like Duta International, Tennis Town also utilises the Tennis10s training approach for their popular Mini Tennis programmes. Under founder & Head Coach, Hazli Zainuddin, this academy focuses on developing talented players at the grassroots level by regularly organising tournaments between students of the academy and with other clubs.

Address: 3 locations in Universiti Malaya, National Tennis Court, KLGCC KL  

Contact: +60 12 6253630 or hsportstown@gmail.com

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Gymnastics

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Total Gym Club

Total Gym offers programmes for aspiring gymnasts from 3 years old at 3 locations around Klang Valley. Founded by pioneers of the sport in Malaysia, this club offers programmes for the different gymnastic disciplines, including aesthetic gymnastics. A discipline that is relatively new to Asia, this is an option for kids who prefer to participate in a team event. Club members have represented Malaysia in the IFAGG World Championships in Budapest in 2018.

Address: 3 locations in Dataran Prima, Sri KL (only for Sri KL students currently) and Forum 19, Petaling Jaya

Contact: +60 3 78065285/ +60 12 2890105 or totalgymalaysia@gmail.com

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Carolyn’s School of Rhythmic Gymnastics (CSRG)

CSRG was established in 2010 by National Gymnast and 1998 Commonwealth Games’ gold medalist, Carolyn Au Yong. Open to gymnasts from age 4 years, the school focuses on providing opportunities for students to participate in competitions, locally and abroad.  Affiliated with Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) and Selangor Amateur Gymnastics Association,  CSRG has produced top notch gymnasts, with achievements at state, national and international levels..

Address: Central Park Sports Center, Jalan PJU 5/3, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya

Contact: +60 10 3636316

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Swimming

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Supersharkz Swim School

Supersharkz Swim School was founded in 2006 by former Olympian and national swimmers, siblings Mark & Marilyn Chua. This swim school goes beyond teaching basic swimming strokes. The school also provides pre-competitive and competitive training programmes, with coaches available for every level of competition. Clearly structured, swimmers could easily track their progress through the programmes. You might want to check this school out if your kid is considering synchronised or artistic swimming!

Address:  3 locations in Shah Alam, Puchong and Kota Damansara 

Contact: +60 3 55261513 or info@supersharkz.com

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D Swim Academy

Winner of the Reader’s Choice Awards in 2017 for Best Swim School and Best Toddler Swimming Program, D Swim Academy is the largest swim school in Malaysia. It is also the only Gold Level AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre in the country. A wide range of programmes are available, from programmes for babies as young as 6 months to kids with special needs. There is even one for water polo! The club is also affiliated with the Persatuan Renang Amatur KL or PRA KL, and conditioning training and regular swim meets are available for those interested in competitive swimming.

Address:  13  locations in Bukit Jalil, Kampung Pandan, ,Setia Wangsa, Bukit Kiara, Bandar Utama, Setia Alam, Kota Damansara, Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam, Kota Kemuning, Seri Kembangan, Bandar Rimbayu, Semenyih.

Contact: 1300 222372 or info@dswimacademy.com

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If you are looking for other baby and toddler swimming classes around Klang Valley, head here.


Badminton

Michael’s Badminton Academy 

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At Michael’s Badminton Academy or MBA, champions are defined as being the best you can be in life in mind, body and soul. Because it’s all about the students, the MBA Training programmes are carefully crafted to unearth the best qualities in them, both physically and mentally.The training syllabus comprises comprehensive on and off-court modules that cater to the needs of students from a variety of ages and skill levels. MBA offers group or personalized sessions, along with a free trial so the coaches can help assess your level and recommend the most suitable programme for you!

Address:  2 locations in Bukit Puchong, and Port Dickson

Contact: +60 12 9698101 or info@mba101badminton.com

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Other Sports

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Leverage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

This form of martial art might be unfamiliar to most, but Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ is a combat sport that allows a smaller person to defend against a bigger opponent. Thus, the BJJ Kids programme at Leverage focuses on self-defence. Open to kids between 4 to 10 years, you could enrol your kids in their weekly training sessions every Saturday, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Address:  17, Lorong Datuk 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +60 17 3172127 or aaron.jiujitsu@gmail.com

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Movimento Simples de Capoeira Malaysia

Principal Instructor, Rafael Rosario has been teaching capoiera in Malaysia since 2004. A martial art form that includes movement to lively music, kids as young as 3 years could enjoy a combat form that is uniquely theirs at Movimento Simples de Capoeira Malaysia (MSCM).

Address:  B3-2 Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +60 12 2713983 or hello@movimento.my

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Blade Fencing Kuala Lumpur

If you are looking for a sport that would develop your kids’ mental agility, coordination and encourages fair play, then fencing might be right choice. Established in 2013, Blade Fencing is the largest fencing facility in Malaysia and includes former Olympian and National Fencers with a wealth of experience in competing internationally among its coaching staff. The excellent training programmes are producing great young talents  with their students having represented Malaysia at both national and international events!

Address:  S02, S03, S04, 2nd Floor, Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya

Contact: +60 12 4208090 or Bladeclubklhp@gmail.com

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MST Golf Academy

Based at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, MST Golf Academy is one of the best golf academies in South East Asia. It is also very successful. Through its rigorous training programme, the academy has produced 6 World Junior Champions. The Junior Player Development Programme is divided into 9 progressive levels and each player is required to undergo a Skills Test before moving on to the next one. Open to players from 6 to 12 years, your kids will benefit from the expert tutelage of instructors certified by the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (PGTAA).

Address:  KLGCC, 10, Jalan 1/70D, Jalan Bukit Kiara, 60000, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +60 3 20111992

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This list is not exhaustive and details may be subject to change. Parents are advised to contact the clubs for more information. Do write to us at hello@makchic.com if you have great clubs you think we should highlight or add! 

[This article was first published on 24th October 2019 and has been updated as at 6th July 2022.]

A biologist by training, Najmin has worked as a management consultant, ran a community-supported agriculture (CSA) programme out of an integrated goat farm, and helped manage an equine centre. Mum of 3 kids- all in school, she wants to spend more time reading, writing, hiking and sharing her discovery of fun local places at Mums of Makchic.