As we (hopefully) near the halfway point of Lockdown 2.0, we look to a return to social sport. Why not try out something a bit different when everything reopens…?
Trying new sports can be a great opportunity to meet new people, improve your mental health and have fun. If you’ve not yet tried these unique sports, add these five spots to your post-lockdown to-do list.
BOURNEMOUTH SPORTS TABLE TENNIS CLUB
Fancy developing some technical skill? The fast-paced sport of table tennis could be the one for you. Located next to the Bournemouth International Airport in Christchurch, Bournemouth Sports Table Tennis Club is one of the larger table tennis clubs in the region that operates under the umbrella club, Bournemouth Sports Club.
They provide 24/7 access to their facilities which include four tables and courts. Non-members are also open to practice sessions, to enjoy the sport in a friendly environment.
For those wanting to play more competitively, the club also has multiple teams in the Bournemouth and Wimborne leagues. To help further develop players wishing to join these teams, they also provide weekly coaching sessions for all abilities.
Location: Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BD
If you’re looking for a fun day out mixed with some skill-testing components, a trip down to Playgolf may be perfect for you. Their impressive 18-hole golf course offers beautiful views over the Avon Forest and River Stour.
Alongside the stunning golf course, Playgolf also has The Kitchen Club restaurant. Perfect for everyone who has worked up an appetite on the links. Meanwhile, the dinosaur-themed adventure park provides some excellent entertainment.
If you’re thinking of playing at a higher level, you could make the jump to becoming a member. In this case, you will be able to take full advantage of their facilities all year round. This is a great place to relax, have fun, and experience the sport in a friendly environment. And they’re re-opening on 2nd December.
Location: Riverside Ave, Christchurch, Bournemouth, BH7 7ES
ROCKREEF ACTIVITY CENTRE
If you’re looking for a fun but challenging day out, RockReef Activity Centre offers an exciting combination of both.
Located in the heart of the Bournemouth Pier, the attraction provides 28 individually themed climbing walls. They’re aimed for different abilities so you can truly go from beginner to pro.
The centre operates all year and in all weather conditions. Daredevils are spoilt for choice, with an outdoor 250m zip line, a 20ft leap of faith, a 25ft vertical slide, an indoor pier cave, and an aerial high line for those wanting to test their fear of heights.
The centre is currently closed due to lockdown. However, the thrill of testing yourself and having a great adventure at RockReef is definitely worth trying as soon as possible.
Location: Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA
BOURNEMOUTH GARDENS TENNIS CENTRE
For those looking to try a more traditional sport, Bournemouth Gardens Tennis Centre could be the perfect place. Located on the Central Gardens cross path in Bournemouth, the centre offers an exciting opportunity for visitors to enjoy playing tennis all year round, both indoors and outdoors.
The publicly-owned centre is privately managed by the West Hants Club, one of the South Coast’s most successful sports clubs with an outstanding reputation and high-quality facilities.
Alongside a professional racket stringing service, the centre also possesses five outdoor floodlit courts (four artificial grass, one macadam), a clubhouse with changing rooms, and a licensed bar and cafeteria.
To further help people develop their tennis skills, the tennis centre offers beginner and practice lessons focused on drills and point-based exercises. These sessions are aimed at developing both technical and tactical ability, as well as giving you the chance to meet fellow beginners.
Location: Central Gardens cross path (under Wessex Way), Bournemouth, BH2 6EY
Unlike the other clubs on this list, Surf Steps is a watersport centre located 500m from Boscombe Pier. This club takes you out onto the open waters, offering lessons in surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and kite surfing. This gives the chance to experience a whole new element of the sporting world.
All of their instructors are accredited professionals, who offer a variety of courses to suit all levels.
More importantly, Surf Steps offer beginner 1.5-hour sessions for those just taking up the sports, as well as all the equipment needed to become comfortable on the water.
While they too are closed due to lockdown, gliding across the sea could be the perfect way to experience the beautiful Bournemouth coast once they’re up-and-running again.
Location: Toft Steps, Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth BH5 1BN