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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.

An Overview of Table Tennis

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

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.

Find Table Tennis Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Bat and Chat

Bat & Chat is an organised social session which targets individuals who are 50 and above and provides participants with the opportunity to enjoy table tennis in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Loop

Loop is on a mission to make ping pong part of thousands of places people already spend time in and makes it possible for you to play.

Ping!

Ping! is the free street table tennis project that takes place in towns and cities all over England.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

TT Kidz

TT Kidz . . . inspiring a new generation to love the game of table tennis and have loads of FUN!

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Table Tennis England

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Contact Email
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Contact Telephone
01908 208860
Ash Green Sports Centre

Ash Green Sports Centre

Sports Centre for the community provided by Ash-cum-Ridley Parish Council offering a gym, yoga, gentle exercise, circuit training, badminton, racket ball, squash, tennis and table tennis

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Hockley Table Tennis Club

Hockley TTC offers social and competitive table tennis to adults and juniors at all levels. We run teams in the Southend and Basildon Table Tennis Leagues and offer coaching for juniors. We have been running for 11 years and have almost 80 members.

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Table Tennis England Level 1 Session Coach Award

Table Tennis England Level 1 Session Coach Award

The Level 1 Session Coach course has been designed to give learners the tools to start their journey on the Coaching Pathway. It focuses on both the ‘How to Coach’ and ‘What to Coach’ elements of coaching. It provides learners with the necessary skills to be able to plan and deliver basic table tennis coaching activities/sessions.

2022 Commonwealth Games

2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is perfectly positioned, sitting at the heart of the UK and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Level the Table Grant

Level the Table Grant

1:00am - Mon 31st January, 2022

Table Tennis England’s new Level the Table Grant Scheme, which offers support to organisations creating opportunities for people to participate in table tennis.

Charlie Childs Coaching Grant – Table Tennis

Charlie Childs Coaching Grant – Table Tennis

Coaching grant to increase and/or retain the number of young people (age range up to U25) participating in table tennis and/or increase equality in the sport – by increasing the number of women and girls, disabled people or those from ethnically diverse communities participating.