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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.

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.

'Loop at Work' is a programme launched by Table Tennis England to introduce table tennis to the workplace in conjunction with Sport England and a series of equipment suppliers. Loop offers 'Beat the Boss' packages which include tables, bats, balls, trophies and games ideas at vastly discounted prices.

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.

National Governing Bodies

Table Tennis England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
help@tabletennisengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 208860

Youthie

As project leaders Our voluntary service not only provides opportunities which will help our youth develop the right morals and respect but, with the right provisions in place we want to provide, fun place to be able to promote health & wellbeing, skills

Daventry Phoenix Sports Academy

At DPSA, we have three departments that cover: Multi-Sport, Gymnastics & Trampolining. Our new facility is recently refurbished and fitted with great equipment.

Mounts Baths Leisure Centre

Facilities include: a state of the art gym, dance studio, main pool, teaching/toddler pool, turkish hot rooms, sauna, steam room and table tennis

Duston Sports Centre

Duston Sports Centre is run on behalf of Duston Parish Council by Trilogy Leisure and includes a Trilogy Health & Fitness state of the art gym, dance studio, 4 court sports hall, function room, bar and sports pitches.

Corby Smash Table Tennis Centre

Table tennis centre providing social and recreational table tennis opportunities, structured coaching, team-building for businesses and the option to play in various table tennis competitions.

Danes Camp Leisure Centre

Facilities include a leisure pool with beach entry, state of the art gym, dance studio, sports hall, sauna, steam room, sun beds, creche, climbing wall and roller skating.

Daventry Leisure Centre

Everyone Active manages this facility in partnership with Daventry District Council

Headlands Primary School

A large primary with over 450 pupils currently rated as 'good' following the most recent Ofsted inspection. Extensive facilities include a 10 X 5 metre swimming pool.

Disability Multi Sports Club

Disability Multi Sports Club

For all Children and young people aged (0-25) with SEN/SEND & their families to participate in a variety of sports and soft play/sensory play in Northampton

£4 per child - £6 for 2 or more children - Parents and carers are free

Mark Willerton

Area Development Lead

07766 647546

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01604 366 976

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