Beijing GAA, by Simon Holland

The first thing I did before I arrived in Beijing was get in contact with the chairmen of the Beijing GAA club through Facebook. He wrote back to me in a matter of minutes expressing his delight that I wanted to join the club. He informed me that there was a massive social and completive aspect to the club and that they enter many tournaments through the year.

Moving to a new country was one of the most daunting things I have ever done, however by joining the GAA team it made the transition much smoother and it helped me settle into China a lot quicker.

We train on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings and it’s the most enjoyable thing I do during the week. The people that have set up the club are fantastic people and so are all the members of the club. They welcomed my friend and I with open arms and I haven’t looked back since.

The social aspect of the club is also fantastic, we regularly go on pub crawls in the main pub sections of Sanlitun, or we visit the old part of China called the hutongs where you get the real experience of China.

I would highly recommend joining the Beijing Gaa club even if you don’t play Gaa, you will meet some fantastic people and have an absolute laugh in the proces




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