Would you like to stretch those muscles, burn the fat or simply enjoy a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle? Engage yourself in a wide range of sports and recreation while staying here in Penang. As rich as its diverse culture, Penang is also gifted with abundant tropical gardens and stunning beaches. These natural resources hold promising avenues for eco-adventures, especially those who deeply appreciate nature.
You can swim or dive or play water sports on the beach. For the more adventurous, you may go trekking in the forests. And for the not so energetic, you may join light activities like basic exercise or cycling. Whatever you choose, there’s definitely one that can bring fun and adventure.
So what sports and other recreation are popular here? There are 2 aspects of sports in the country, participation and spectating aspect. The most common recreational sports participated by locals are physical exercises like brisk walking, aerobics, strength training and running. Others include cycling, swimming, camping, hiking, and bowling. On the other hand, spectating sports loved by locals are badminton, football, squash, hockey, rugby and other team sports.
Here in Penang, sports are encouraged and taught from a young age. In school, students can participate in different sports activities like basketball, running, badminton and more. Sports help balance their growth and development. In this age where the youth are mostly glued to their computers and phones, sports give alternative outlets to channel their attention and be more productive and active.
It’s no wonder that some of the best athletes in the country come from the island. Nicol David, for example, is an 8-time world champion and has ranked as word’s number 1 in woman squash since 2006.
Sports and recreational activities in Penang are also family-oriented. From theme parks, to nature parks, there is always something for the whole family. This fosters bonding and affection among the members of family.
There are many sports clubs in Penang. They provide the facilities to train and develop people’s abilities. Some offer a wide variety of sports like the Penang Sports Club (PSC) and the Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) while some are for specific activities like the Penang Golf Club and the Penang
Swimming Club. Whether for sports or for recreation, the clubs in Penang are never short of activities. Their objective is to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports.
The different races in country contribute to a variety of sports activities being played. The country’s
national sport ‘sepak takraw’ is a Malay sport that uses a rattan ball that is kicked over a net, and played just like volleyball. ‘Silat’ is another favourite. It is a form of self-defence.
The Chinese practice wushu and tai chi. And lion dances as display of their acrobatics usually performed during Chinese New Year or opening ceremonies of Chinese businesses.
Indians persist in football and Indian martial arts. Mostly of Tamil origin, Malaysian Indians mostly play the Tamil art of silambam.
Aside from sports, there are many recreations that people in Penang enjoy. Other than their daily routines, locals like engaging in activities during their free time like fishing, visiting theme parks and museums, shopping, or just lounging on the pool or the seaside.
Sports Clubs and Recreation Facilities in Penang
Permata Sports Complex
19, Lintang Paya Terubong 1,
11600, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-826 1699
Penang City Stadium
Jalan Perak, 10460 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +604 226 2953
Penang Sports Club
Jalan Utama,10450 Penang Malaysia
Phone: 604 229 7834
42B, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10050 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-227 7366
Chinese Recreation Club
3 & 5, Jalan Padang Victoria,
10400, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-228 5931
Penang Golf Club
2, Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas,
11900 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-644 2255
Setia Spice Arena / Setia Spice Aquatic Centre
Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604 637 4555