We know that playing sports is great for kids. It helps instil 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!
A global franchise with 300 centres in 32 countries, Little Kickers Malaysia focuses on ‘play, not push’ approach to instil 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 7, young players will be able to understand the basic rules of the game.
Address: 3, Jalan Terasek 3, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 17 94000125
Little League Soccer
Established in 1999, Little League Soccer is currently training over 1,500 players, from ages 4 to 15 years at 4 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 biggest youth football league.
Address: 4 locations in Bandar Utama, Melawati, Universiti Malaya and Setia Alam
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
Contact: [email protected]
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 9am to 11am at UPM Serdang. Players looking to further develop their fitness and skills could join additional training sessions every Wednesday evening, from 7pm to 9pm in Ampang. 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.
Contact: +60 12 2976924 or [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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
What began in 2009 as tennis camps for small groups of players has since grown into an academy that are located in 4 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: 4 locations in Universiti Malaya, National Tennis Court, TPC KL and British International School KL
Contact: +60 3 62014059/ +60 12 6253630 or [email protected]
Total Gym Club
Total Gym offers programmes for aspiring gymnasts from 18 months 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 and Forum 19, Petaling Jaya
Contact: +60 3 78065285/ +60 12 2890105 or [email protected]
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 3 girls currently undergoing training in the Malaysian National Team.
Address: Central Park Sports Center, Jalan PJU 5/3, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya
Contact: +60 16 9327595
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 [email protected]
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: 6 locations in Bukit Jalil, Kampung Pandan, Shah Alam, Bandar Utama, Setia Alam and Semenyih
Contact: 1300 222372 or [email protected]
If you are looking for other baby and toddler swimming classes around Klang Valley, head here.
The first badminton club formed in Malaysia, Nusa Mahsuri Badminton Club has been training players since 1997. Not only has the club been actively involved in identifying and training young local talents, the presence of the Sidek brothers as advisers and coaches have also drawn attention from professional players all over the world. If this is the sport your kids are interested in, you could enrol them in the club’s weekly training sessions every Saturday or Sunday, from 10am to 12pm. For those interested in competitive play, you could try joining their Badminton Excellent Sports Talent (BEST) programme.
Address: Kompleks Sukan Kelana Jaya, Jalan Stadium, SS 7/15, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: [email protected]
Michael’s Badminton Academy
Michael’s Badminton Academy or MBA is committed to developing well-rounded players, or ‘Champions for Life’ through their badminton programmes. Young players who would like to play the game recreationally could join the Smash & Sweat programme. If your kids are interested in playing competitively, they could try the 3-stage course, MBA Junior Development Program. If you are looking for a short, intensive course, there is MBA’s School Holiday Camp. Check out the details of their upcoming 4-day camps in November and December here.
Address: 3 locations in Bukit Puchong, Bukit Utama and Port Dickson
Contact: +60 12 9698101 or [email protected]
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 and is called the BullyProof Program. Open to kids between 4 to 14 years, you could enrol your kids in their weekly training sessions every Sunday, from 10am to 11am.
Address: 17, Lorong Datuk 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 17 3172127 or [email protected]
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 4 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 [email protected]
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 National Fencers with a wealth of experience in competing internationally among its coaching staff. The excellent training programmes are producing great young talents. Keep a look out for a number of Blade Fencing students representing Malaysia at the upcoming SEA Games 2019!
Address: S02, S03, S04, 2nd Floor, Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya
Contact: +60 12 4208090 or [email protected]
MST Golf Academy
Based at TPC KL Golf 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 14 years, your kids will benefit from the expert tutelage of instructors certified by the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (PGTAA).
Address: TPC KL, 10, Jalan 1/70D, Jalan Bukit Kiara, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 3 20111992
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 [email protected] if you have great clubs you think we should highlight or add!