Keep yourself stimulated and make some new friends. Here are the clubs dedicated to getting together, for sports, for crafts, for the joy of staying active.
The Anzacs are made up of players of many different nationalities who play in the SIFL first division. They are always on the lookout for new players. Their games are every Saturday, usually out at Waigaoqiao — they provide a bus and beers for the way home.
Wanna Travel is a travel community organizing short weekend and holiday getaways for expats and locals in Shanghai. The trips go near Shanghai as well as around China. They do hiking, relaxing and adventure trips to escape from the city, reconnect with nature and socialize with new people.
Podcast Brunch Club is like a book club, but for podcasts. There are chapters all over the world that meet each month to discuss a set of 3-4 podcast episodes around a selected theme (all chapters do the same theme/episodes). Attendees listen to the podcast episodes before the meeting and discuss the questions and their general thoughts on the theme. Past topics have included migration/immigration, ocean conservation, dating, fear, and community responses to disability. The Shanghai Chapter usually meets for brunch the last Sunday of each month (varies with holidays) at 11.30am at Tribe.
Smash Shanghai Badminton Club is open to players of all skill levels, with an international crew of regular members. They currently do five or more sessions each week. Find details in their WeChat group (add the above contact to be invited) and Meetup page. They offer training too, with an ex-professional player as coach. They play at different gyms around Shanghai in Jing'an, Xuhui and Changning.
Game Maniacs is a regular meet-up that has been running since 2013. It doesn't matter if you are a die-hard gaming veteran or a newbie looking to make new friends and hang out, all are welcome to join in. Every meet-up has between 20 to 30 people playing 3 to 4 different games, with the groups being rotated every 1 to 2 hours. Their games include strategy games, party games, poker games and many others and you can turn up and join in whenever you want.
The group is primarily foreigners from all over (Australia and Italy to name a few). It is essentially dodgeball, but with bows and arrows instead of rubber balls.
Started in 2004, The Shanghai Hockey Club (SHC) is run by "ice hockey addict" volunteers. They play shinnies (casual pick-up games) two to three times a week and one official league game on weekends. The league is made of an A and B Division, each comprised of six teams with names like "Team Bu Dong" or "Always Picked Last."
LatinSoul is a community for the dance lovers out there. The two founders from Shanghai and Japan have been organizing regular salsa and bachata nights at different bars and restaurants around town for quite some time now. They usually start with a lesson at around 10pm, then it's pretty much a free-for-all dancing session long into the night. They also host a big Latin Festival in July.
The Shanghai Vikings club was established back in 1995 when a few Danes working in Shanghai decided to form a football club. They practice every Wednesday from 8-10pm and play 11 aside games in the competitive SIFL (Shanghai International Football League) on Saturdays.
A free meditation and Qigong course every morning at various parks in Shanghai.
The Dolphins were established in 2015 by a group of friends looking to enjoy the lighter side of rugby. They provide rugby lovers of all ages and abilities somewhere to play, meet fellow enthusiasts and (obviously) drink. They play games against both local teams and other clubs around Asia. Wednesday Evening Training Ground: Childler’s Field, 1 Washan Lu (nr Yili Rd Metro), Tuesday Evening F45: Alternating between Xuhui and Jing’an, Sunday Morning Touch: Sino-British College, Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu.
FC Club is a network to connect business professionals, the international community and people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences.
Mentor Walks is a monthly series that connects emerging female leaders with a range of senior women from a diverse professional community. As mentors and mentees walk and talk, they discuss their challenges, successes, aspirations, and lessons learned. Bringing mentorship into the fresh air, each walk is a one-hour window for mentors and mentees to connect and discuss personal and professional challenges and long-term goals.
CieCAS is a dual education provider focusing on food and beverage professional development. They offer classes for professionals and for food and beverage lovers (semi-professionals). In addition, they provide specialized classes on restaurant entrepreneurship, modern culinary concepts, barista, wine, food products such as cheese as well as mixology.
A newly formed community that allows people to find 1-1 language exchange partners. Their WeChat group in Beijing had up to 200 and the Shanghai group is still expanding.