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.
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."
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.
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.
ASAS, founded in 2004, offers co-ed leagues year-round to players of all experience levels. Join ASAS to meet people, get active, hang out with friends & coworkers regularly, blow off steam and/or for a love of the sport.
FC Club is a network to connect business professionals, the international community and people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences.
Trash Running China is a social plogging group started in Shanghai. For those that don't know, plogging is an idea born in Sweden where people go for a jog whilst picking up litter along the way. Not all heroes wear capes, ok? Although we're sure the organizers of Trash Running China wouldn't mind if you did. The distance ran each time is usually between 4 and 8km, which for those of you with a basic level of fitness shouldn't be too much of an issue. If it is though, you can do as much as you can then bow out, no problem. The activities are free and open to everyone, with most being held during the week after 7pm. They also organize biweekly getaways to the beach or rural trails on the outskirts of Shanghai.
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.
Shanghai-based running club that organizes runs both in and out of the city.
The Shanghai Cricket Club was re-established in 1994 by expatriates living in the city and has since grown to over 300 members. The Shanghai Cricket Club hosts an invitational sixes tournament and plays annual matches with Hong Kong Cricket Club, a revival of the original Interport matches from the turn of century. The club regularly hosts touring sides to Shanghai.