Rigorous physical exercise does wonders for the body – but how to stay motivated? The best way to keep up with your regime is, of course, to pick a sport that you enjoy.
You can easily play street football in a nearby park or jog around your neighbourhood, but other sports require a court, pool or field, like basketball, swimming and squash.
Here’s a list of sports centres around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor that offer facilities where you can work up a sweat:
1. The Challenger Sports Centre
The Challenger Sports Centre has four branches around Klang Valley, in Sungai Long, Petaling Jaya, Kepong, and Ampang – all offering facilities for badminton, futsal, and table tennis. Each centre has at least 15 badminton courts, 3 futsal courts, and 2 tables for table tennis. Selected centres even have a gym offering yoga and Zumba classes. All centres are equipped with hot shower facilities, lockers, satellite TV, cafeteria, and ample parking.
They also have a badminton academy that provides professional badminton coaching with classes ranging from beginners to advance, and even state-level training.
- LOT 1716-2,Sungai Long, Batu 11, Cheras, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
- 118, Jalan Semangat,46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
- Lot 686, Jalan Kuang Bertam, (Jalan 24),Taman Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
- No.2 Challenger Sports Centre, Jalan Taman Putra, Taman Dagang Permai, 68000, Ampang
- Lot 997, Jalan Koop Cuepacs 3F, Taman Cuepacs, 43200, Selangor
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am till late; Saturday and Sunday, 9am till late
Rates: Visit the website to view rental rates for each location
2. PJ Palms Sports Centre, Petaling Jaya
This sports centre offers a public 50m swimming pool, squash courts, scuba diving centre, and cricket nets. The centre is opened to the public and no membership is required to rent the facilities. Renting rates are quite reasonable and the facilities are well maintained. The centre also houses Fitworx Gym Malaysia.
The sport centre is also conveniently located only a few minutes walking distance away from the Taman Jaya LRT Station, but parking bays are also available just outside the complex. The swimming pool is opened from 8am to 10pm every day and night rates are charged between 6pm to 10pm.
3. University of Malaya Sports Centre, Petaling Jaya
The University Malaya Sports Centres has a number of offerings – courts, fields, pools, gymnasium, and halls. There are facilities for futsal, swimming, hockey, netball, football, squash, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, and badminton. You can rent these facilities for one session, half a day, or a whole day.
The gymnasium and swimming pool are open to the public at specific times, while the courts, fields, and hall will require advanced booking.
Address: University Malaya, Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Click to view schedules hours for the swimming pool and gymnasium
Rate: View list of rates here (Footnotes are in Malay)
4. Bangsar Sports Centre
This indoor sports complex is complete with a swimming pool, a multipurpose hall with badminton courts, a squash court, tennis court and basketball court. They recently added outdoor futsal pitches and a children playground. Locker and shower facilities provided. Now, people can book a slot with DBKL’s new myTempahan system.
Address: 3, Jalan Terasek, Bangsar, 59100 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30am t0 12pm, 2pm to 4:30pm, 6pm to 8:30pm
Rates: RM3 per person
5. Sports Arena
Enjoy an array of activities here, from badminton to chess, with their wide range of facilities. Available here are badminton courts, futsal court, table tennis, sepak takraw, wushu and takewando, gymnastic centre, and a gym. The place is also equipped with a restaurant and bistro for those looking to grab a quick bite after. Visit their website for a full list of facilities and prices.
- Sports Arena Sentosa, Jalan Sri Sentosa 2a, KL, 58000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-910 3211
- Sports Arena Puchong Jalan Layang-Layang, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor. Tel: 011-5509 3333
- Sports Arena Bukit Serdang, Jalan BS 5/18,Taman Bukit Serdang, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor. Tel: 012-907 3333
- Sports Arena Mahkota Cheras, Persiaran Mahkota Cheras 1, Bandar Mahkota Cheras 43200, Selangor. Tel: 019-209 3333
Centres for specific sports
6. MABA Stadium, Jalan Hang Jebat
Here is the home of Malaysian Basketball, its headquarters, a permanent training place for the national teams and also the residence of national players.
Address: 6, Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rental: RM300 for 1 hour with fan, RM600 for 1 hour with aircond
Tel: 016-2806719 (Mr. Lew)
7. National Tennis Centre, Jalan Duta
If you’re a tennis player, check out the National Tennis Centre with 13 outdoor and 3 indoor courts. There are also floodlights for night games and changing rooms. If you want to organise a tournament, the centre can accommodate a large crowd and is equipped to handle the masses.
Address: Kompleks Tenis Jalan Duta, Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil
This aquatic centre houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool with 10 lanes, a diving pool equipped with platforms and springboards that meet international standards, as well as an eight-lane training pool.
While the pool is capable of hosting tournaments like the upcoming Southeast Asian Games 2017, the pools are also open to the public for leisurely swims and training, as long as users abide by the rules set by the centre.
Address: Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9. 222 Sports Centre, Kepong
Our 222 Sports Centre started off by operating a badminton hall in Sri Damansara town (“KIP branch”). Our KIP branch offers 16 courts for rental. We have put in place the following facilities in our centre – rubberized courts with LED lighting system, water heater, WIFI and comfortable waiting lounge. Our KIP branch is strategically located in between Kepong and Bandar Sri Damansara. It is located next to Wisma Gadang. For booking purposes, you may contact us @ 03-6263 8990. In May 2018, we have acquired another badminton centre, which is located on top of Selayang Mall (“Selayang branch”). The badminton centre in Selayang Mall has been in operation for more than two decades. As such, certain renovation and upgrades would be necessary. We promise that the upgrades would be carried out in stages in the second half of 2018. On a side note, coaching sessions can also be arranged with our trainers. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us via facebook messages.
Address: 51 , Jalan Tago 2 , Taman Perindustrian Tago, Kepong
10. Jumpstreet, Petaling Jaya
The first trampoline park in KL, Jumpstreet offers physically challenging but fun activities that will surely be a hit with children. There are nearly 10,000 ft of interconnected trampolines, a foam pit, trampoline basketball lanes, a kids only court, two dodgeball courts, vertical running walls, a giant air bag, and jump towers to launch yourself off and land into a pool of foam cubes.
There’s also a party room if you’re thinking of celebrating an occasion there and a JumpCafe to replenish the calories you burnt after all that jumping.
Address: No., 8, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Rates: RM22 (Off peak), RM27 (Peak), RM5 Grip socks
11. Camp5, One Utama
The largest climbing gym in Asia, Camp5 is a 24m high climbing gym that offers a 270-degree view of the city outside. The gym offers several routes ranging from beginner to professional with over 400 boulders – the routes are changed every three to six months, so there’s always a new challenge to look forward to. Camp5 also offers private coaching, as well as facilities for events, a cafe, and a specialist climbing shop.
Address: EZ501, 1Utama Shopping Center, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, 47800, Selangor, Malaysia
Hours: Monday to Friday, 2pm – 11pm; Weekends and public holidays, 10am – 8pm
Rates: RM33(Adults), RM22 (Students), RM16 (Youth), Free for children under 8
*This article has been updated and was originally posted on August 17, 2016 by Kathleen Fernandez.