If your kids fancy trying their hand with a hockey stick and ball, then the HKHA is a good place to start. It gives details of all the clubs and teams playing in the youth leagues, as well as contact details.
The HKCC offers both a youth and mini hockey programme, with over 100 kids participating in training and attending tournaments. The programmes are open to both club and non-club members.
Location: Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, HK Island
The great value hockey programme on offer here aims to foster a love of the game in the next generation of players. Training takes place on Saturday morning at the Happy Valley Racetrack, and there are also occasional tournaments.
Location: Happy Valley, HK Island
Age: 4-14 years (older players are encouraged to join the senior teams)
And if the speed and excitement of Ice Hockey sounds appealing, kids aged 5 and up may want to check out the lessons at the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey held at the Elements rink. There are also ice hockey lessons available at Mega Ice in Megabox, in addition to their figure skating classes.
The CEEC has riding options available for non-members, and its fabulous setting in Clearwater Bay Country Park, makes it a picturesque place to ride. Half day and full day holiday camps, as well as riding parties, are available here.
Location: Clearwater Bay, the New Territories
The Hong Kong Jockey Club operates three public riding schools across Hong Kong, offering a wide range of courses and activities to teach about horse riding, horse care and equestrian sports. There can be long waiting-lists for beginner classes, although if your kids are keen to get started, taking a summer course or private lessons will get them to a level where they should be able to slot into a regular class. Helmets are available for hire, although riders need to wear boots and gloves.
Location: Tuen Mun, the New Territories and Pok Fu Lam and Lei Yue Mun Park, HK Island
Age: 6 – 60 years
With over 50 years of experience, the Lo Wu Saddle Club rightly prides itself on its ability to teach riders of all ages and skill levels. Situated in rural New Territories, the club has British Horse Society qualified instructors teaching in both English and Cantonese. Again, holiday courses are available.
Location: Lo Wu, the New Territories
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hong Kong is home to some great Martial Art classes, where students can develop fitness, self-discipline and confidence. Both Flex HK and Korean Chueng Do Kwan offer classes for those interested in learning the ancient art of TaeKwonDo, whereas the South China Athletic Association has great-value classes for students interested in Karate, Kung Fu and Judo. Here are some other popular options:
Kids can chose between a range of classes here, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Judo, taught by world champion instructors with decades of experience. Students will improve their fitness, as well as build self-confidence and self-respect. In addition to this, there are new Anti-Gravity and Kids Movement classes on offer, which aim to help develop flexibility and strength in a fun, new way.
Location: Central, HK Island
Combining elements of dance, acrobatics, music and self-defence, these fun and energetic classes aim to teach flexibility, balance and strength to pre-schoolers right through to adults.
Location: Sheung Wan and Pok Fu Lam, HK Island as well as Discovery Bay
The classes at this family-friendly specialist Martial Arts gym, help students learn the basics of Chinese Kung Fu in a safe environment. Family classes are available, meaning that you can learn a new skill and get into shape together!
Location: HYYLK branches in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, HK Island and at ESF schools across HK Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
Age: 3+ at HYYLK centres and 4+ at ESF schools
Highly recommended by many parents, this gym offers kid’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes, aswell as training in BJJ, boxing and kickboxing for teens. The gym prides itself on the quality of its coaches and students here have the opportunity to take part in external competitions.
Location: Central, HK Island
Non-members are welcome to join the Kenpo Karate classes here, which teach classical strikes, blocks and kicks with ground defense and grappling techniques. The classes promote a non-confrontational approach to life and serves to equip the students with good self-esteem and discipline as well as an exceptional level of physical fitness. Students are taught by Sifu Thomas J. Hudak Jr., who is a former USA State and National champion as well as a Hong Kong Champion in Kumite and Kata, and has been teaching karate in Hong Kong for over 25 years.
Location: Aberdeen, HK Island