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Table Tennis

Table Tennis England

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Contact Email
help@tabletennisengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 208860

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Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

What is Table Tennis?

Table tennis is an Olympic sport where two for four players hit a ball with paddles back and forth to each other on a table which is divided with a net.

Players must allow a ball played towards them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opponent's side. It demands lightening fast reactions! The sport is played for fund and competitively across the world. There are opportunities to play in clubs, sports venues and youth centres across the country.

The basics of the game have not changed in essence over the years although the ITTF have always tried to ensure the game remains a contest of human skills rather than reliant on new technological developments.

The National Governing Body is Table Tennis England.

Benefits

One of the main benefits of playing table tennis is that it is non-contact. It is also one of the few competitive sports that requires players to move at speed without straining the muscles or joints through stretching or using heavy equipment. For people returning from injury or the elderly, table tennis tennis can be the perfect sport to sustain fitness levels. The action of having to hit a fast-moving ball with a bat several times a second means table tennis also improves reflexes, eye-to-hand coordination, mental alertness and speed of movement.

Costs

Table tennis is a cheap and accessible sport played. Table tennis equipment, such as bats and ping-pong balls, can be relatively inexpensive to buy, with some leisure centres and clubs also offering a rental service. Hourly rates for hiring a court often begin at approximately £5 per session, although membership deals can create a lower cost per game.

Equipment

Table tennis bats and ping-pong balls

Facts

  • Egyptian table tennis fanatic Ibrahim Hamato lost both arms in an accident when he was 10, but he carried on playing by improvising with his mouth.
  • The first World Championships were held in London in 1926, but it did not become an Olympic sport until 1988 in Seoul.

Campaigns

National #TableTennisDay: 18 July

We’re counting down to National #TableTennisDay on Wednesday July 18 and are calling on clubs, schools, workplaces and anyone else to join us to promote our sport!

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Ping in Leicester!

Ping! is the innovative public ping pong festival which sees table tennis tables installed in busy spaces for 6-8 weeks during the summer.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Team Leicestershire

'Team Leicestershire' is the umbrella Association for all traditional competitive school sport in secondary schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

National Programmes

Ping!

Ping! is a national programme with significant impact and a high level of creative input.

Local Contacts

Helen Lower

Coach Development Officer - Central

Table Tennis England

Telephone
07791 906753

Mark Willerton

Area Development Lead - Central

Telephone
07766 647546

Partners

  • East Midlands Platform
    Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
    Rutland County Council
    County Sport Network
  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
    Equality Standard
    Loughborough University
  • Melton Borough Council
    QUEST
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
  • Leicester City Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Blaby District Council
    Sport England
  • County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council
  • QUEST
    Loughborough University
  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Age UK L&R