National Table Tennis Day Today- Get involved!
Posted: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00
Today is National Table Tennis Day!
It's a day for the whole table tennis family to come together, have fun, and promote all that is great about our sport.
We're looking for clubs, schools, workplaces and anyone with access to a table to host their own event. Last year there were more than 200 registered events with 10,000 people taking part in events at clubs, schools, workplaces and town centres around England and the celebration reached 5 million people on social media via the hashtag #TableTennisDay. This year there are more exciting opportunities for you to take part in across Northamptonshire and we are appealing to clubs, schools, workplaces to get involved.
Can you organise a knockout competition on the day? Beat the Boss or Longest Rally? Perhaps try to beat a table tennis world record? Or maybe your club can host an open day or a 'bring a friend' event?
Whatever you choose to do, the accent is on fun for everyone, and Table Tennis England (TTE) have provided a toolkit (attached to this article) to help with ideas, advice and promotional materials to make sure your event goes with a bang.
Northamptonshire Sport will be running an 'Around the Table' longest rally competition where all of the team has to take alternative shots for as long as possible. We will posting a video of our teams effort on Monday 4th July via twitter and we are challenging workplaces in Northamptonshire to beat it on National Table Tennis Day and submitting the video on twitter using @Nsport @tabletenniseng and the hashtag #TableTennisDay.
We are also running a 'Table Tennis Selfie' competition where we are encouraging you to tweet photos of you in action. We are giving away a free Ping set for best Selfie and Longest Rally so make sure you get your entries in!
Table Tennis England are running a competition for clubs and schools to 'Design a ping-pong character competition to win a custom table. Schools can now introduce table tennis or expand their existing provision by purchasing equipment through Table Tennis England's Schools Packages at an affordable and flexible cost.
Table tennis clubs can now apply for grants to improve their facilities as Table Tennis England has launched its Facility Grants process for 2016/17. TTE are providing match funding to cover the cost of new tables and facility upgrades.
Businesses can sign up to Table Tennis England's Loop at Work which offers superb 'Beat the Boss' packages which include tables, bats, balls, and resources including games ideas, ladder boards, knock out cups and an office trophy.
Table Tennis is a great way to improve health and wellbeing amongst staff in businesses. It is shown to increase social interaction and cross-departmental relationships (for the benefits of both work and pleasure) and table tennis has a great knack for involving and engaging people who are normally happier to reside inside their shells or shy away from sport or physical activity.
If you would like to get your business in the Loop visit click here to view the table packages and download an order form. Table Tennis England are offering £25 off for businesses who sign up on National Table Tennis Day. PLUS from today, we will be giving away a free Ping set for the first 8 workplaces who sign up to Loop at Work. If you would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 208887.