Team spirit

Being a member of a sports team or group can be hugely rewarding. As well as the physical benefits  you will make new friends, learn to work with different people towards a common goal, learn how to overcome setbacks, learn to communicate with different people and to take feedback, and it is a great way to let off steam and have fun. Team sports teach you how to handle pressure, how to win and lose with grace and help build your self-esteem and self-confidence.

You may have some disappointments  – it can be hurtful if you are excluded from the team if you sometimes don’t meet the standards required, and your team will lose sometimes – but it is important to learn to cope with setbacks. You may also find that you don’t have time as much time to see your friends as you used to because you have lots of team practices and matches, and your friends might not understand the your commitment to your sport. Consider what you are giving up to play your sport, as well as all the benefits, and make the decision that is right for you.

Whether you fancy joining a running club, a rowing club, a hockey club or a canoeing club, click on the links below and find out how to get started. Obviously there are sports and activities that aren’t listed here, in which case search on the internet for one that appeals to you in your area.

Many sports organisations and companies offer taster courses and workshops – an ideal way to try a new sport out, or to improve your skills if you already play. Try:

Cricket for Girls – nationwide courses at all levels, founded by former England player Lydia Greenway

British Athletics

British Canoeing

UK Climbing

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

The FA
Find a football team

England Hockey
Scottish Hockey
Hockey Wales
Ulster Hockey

UK Netball

British Rowing

UK Ladies Rugby

Volleyball England
Scottish Volleyball
Volleyball Wales
Northern Ireland Volleyball