More sports facilities open in city to meet fitness needs

“One minute countdown! Are you ready?” A WeChat message from my friend Cecilia came in early Monday morning urging me to book a reopened outdoor tennis court for this weekend as the COVID-19 pandemic was effectively brought under control.

In the middle of a busy day at work, I logged on to Yundongba, a commercial tennis court booking app, only to find that all available schedules had turned gray — meaning there were no more courts available. Apparently I was late.

Then came plan B. I went to Xianyu, a second-hand goods trading platform in China, and looked for a cheap place. I finally got one.

On June 7, the government updated the list of opening hours of sports venues that have reopened in the city, such as Hongkou Football Stadium in Hongkou District, outdoor tennis courts at Xianxia Tennis Center in Changning District, and basketball courts at Zhongyuan Stadium and in Jiangwan Stadium in Yangpu District.

To ensure safety, the number of people on the pitches is limited. For tennis, the capacity limit is three to four people. And to enter a venue, people must wear a mask, take a temperature check, scan the event code and provide a negative 72-hour PCR test report.

Provided by Jiang Xinhua.

After a two-month lockdown, many sports fans can’t wait to get back on the courts and feel the adrenaline rush.

Young people like to try different sports, even some extreme sports like skateboarding, roller skating and skiing. Older people are more focused on improving their health. Sport can help them live a healthy and comfortable life in retirement and make new friends.

More parents are inspiring their children to start exercising early, and they can also get involved to build bonds and relationships.

“My wife and I encourage our child to try different sports like fencing, basketball and snowboarding,” says Chen, a friend of mine who is the father of an 8-year-old son. Chen is a basketball enthusiast who gives tips and advice to his son while they train together.

“It also helps us build strong bodies and stay away from digital devices,” adds the father.

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Chen and his son play basketball together.

More sports facilities are opening in the city to meet fitness needs

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Chen and his son in protective gear practice fencing in the garden.

More sports facilities

Shanghai is putting more sports and cultural venues on people’s doorsteps.

By 2025, there should be no fewer than 8,000 new or renovated fitness facilities, according to the city government’s plan released late last year. The total area of ​​the new sports facilities will be no less than 6 million square meters.

Shanghai will also speed up the construction of sports facilities, building 164 citizen fitness stations, 749 fitness trails, 110 community soccer fields and 15 sports parks.

By the end of 2021, 297 of the city’s 532 parks had fitness and athletic facilities.

In early February, Wantihui, the comprehensive center of Xujiahui Sports Park, opened a number of sports venues to the public, including 33 badminton courts, 30 table tennis tables, five tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts and a soccer field.

In early March, Huangpu District also began offering more sports facilities, including badminton courts and swimming pools, at low prices or even free.

Take me as an example. I live near Heping Park in Hongkou District. Within a 15-minute community life circle, I can have breakfast or lunch at a cafeteria in Jiaxing Road Subdistrict, and then invite friends to play table tennis or sparring. In the evenings I can jog with my parents on the paths in a small park.

More sports facilities are opening in the city to meet fitness needs

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A bird’s-eye view of the renovated Heping Park from the author’s house

Some WeChat apps to book the seats

You can log into the Shanghai Sports Bureau’s WeChat app “Laihudong 来沪动” to book courts and view a map of nearby sports venues.

Also, WeChat APP “Shanghai Sports Venues Facilities Management Center” provides sports venue reservations for Tianlin Sports Club in Xuhui District, Shanghai Sports Palace in Putuo District, Shanghai Zhongyuan Gymnasium in Yangpu District and more.

The WeChat app “Juss Sports 久事体育场馆” provides court reservations for basketball, football, table tennis, badminton, and tennis at Wantihui in Xuhui District, Xianxia Tennis Center in Changning District, and Qizhong Tennis Center in Minhang District, among others.

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