Australian Rules football
If you were a keen Aussie Rules player back home, you don’t have to leave it behind as there are a number of teams in London. The West London Wildcats are our personal favourites. A friendly bunch of blokes, more than happy to head to the pub after practice on Thursdays – we can’t argue with that.
When/where: Tue and Thu from 6.20pm, Dukes Meadows playing fields, near Barnes Bridge station.
How much: £65 annual membership (training twice weekly, Jan-Aug).
London is not particularly well known for its beaches, and that’s probably because it hasn’t got any. But Londoners are resourceful people, and so the necessary components of beach volleyball – that’d be sand and a net – have been brought to the city. Join the London Beach Volleyball Club to get involved.
When/where: Socials are Sat, noon-2pm in Westminster; Sun, noon-2pm in Shoreditch; and Thu, 6.30-8.30pm in Barn Elms.
How much: £60 for the season (Apr-Sep), covers three social sessions a week. Add £50 for a weekly coaching session (May-Aug).
It’s not just for ladies, honest – One Netball UK runs mixed and women’s outdoor games between July and October, with “strict criteria” including that game venues boast “proximity to the local drinking hole”.
When/where: Various times at venues in Pimlico, Waterloo, Wimbledon and Camden.
How much: From £82 for a single player.
Expect pacey games (in 15-minute halves), minimal injury risk (you tap rather than tackle) and a regular barbecue with beetroot, pineapple and cheese burgers at London Touch Rugby – now this sounds like our kind of sport. Registrations are now open for mixed and men’s teams.
When/where: Wed, 6.30-9pm (May-Aug), Old Actonians Sports Ground, Acton.
How much: Single player registrations (mixed teams only) are £45. Team registration fee (men’s) is £180, of which £60 constitutes a refundable bond if your team doesn’t default at any stage during the season, and each team pays £20 per game.
Guys and dolls: Highbury Korfball Club
If netball and basketball had a baby, they would name it korfball. And in the spirit of the masculine and feminine, ahem, coming together, four men and four women form a korfball team. Summer training is held outside. To try out two sessions for free, contact the Highbury Korfball Club.
When/where: Wed, 7.45-9.30pm, near Old Street station.
How much: £7 per person, per session.
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