Engaging more communities across Northants through PING!
Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:00
The opportunity to play Table Tennis on a casual basis in outdoor spaces and unused shops is on the increase, prevalent with Ping Pong Parlour's in both Wellingborough and Northampton town centres as well as various outdoor tables in parks across the county.
This has been helped through PING! - A more flexible approach to table tennis which is being promoted and funded by Table Tennis England.
PING! Is built around the simple concept of taking ping pong to the places people already spend time, removing the barriers to participation and making the game more visible, accessible, sociable and relevant than ever before. To appeal to those who didn't know they wanted to play and people who aren't normally active.
In addition to the existing Ping provision, Kettering Borough Council have recently been awarded funding to purchase two portable tables through the programme to take PING into their sheltered housing and supported living schemes. The tables will be rotated around ten schemes where residents will be introduced to 'Bat and Chat' sessions led by a coach from KBC.
Tim Webb from Kettering BC said: "PING will great for increasing the activity levels amongst the residents and will enhance their socialising opportunities. It will also allow us expand our existing offer to older people and will help to link in with more targeted activities such as walking sports, dance groups, strength and balance sessions etc. Encouraging the older and/or vulnerable adults living in sheltered housing/supported living schemes to become active and facilitate their own activity sessions to combat social isolation".
This highlights how table tennis is unique in that it can be designed into everyday life and played by people of all ages and abilities. Ping! Forms part of a wider social table tennis scene, that also comprises of pubs, cafes, shopping centres, colleges, universities, public spaces, community organisations, sports clubs and more. Designed to help bring the members of the community closer together and inspire them to lead more active, healthy and happy lifestyles, irrespective of their ability, age, gender, ethnicity or background.