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Table Tennis

What is Table Tennis?

As the name suggests, it's tennis... on a table. You can play singles or doubles and use bats to hit a light ball over the net and onto their opponents side of the table.

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.

Table tennis is suitable for every age and fitness level, and it's easy to find a place to play - with tables everywhere from parks to leisure centres, bars and shopping centres. You can even play at home - all you need is a ball, bats and a table.

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

Campaigns

Make your Move

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

Ping Leicester!

Join in the fun, simply head for a table and play

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 the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

Partners

  • Active Leicester
    Harborough LSA
    Melton LSA
    NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Safeguarding
    H&B LSA
    Equality Standard
    Active Rutland
    Charnwood LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Sport England
    O&W LSA
    Leicestershire County Council

Partners

  • Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
  • Equality Standard
    Melton LSA
  • Sport England
    O&W LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    NWL LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council