What is it?
Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world with up to
300 million registered players. Usually played between two players or two teams
of two players, bats are used by the players to strike a ball over a net into
the opponent’s half of the table. The aim is to ensure your opponent cannot
return the ball successfully. Table tennis can be played competitively in
clubs and leagues; and informally in lots of different social settings,
including cafes-bars, shopping malls and parks, where the emphasis is about
having fun and playing as part of an active social life. Many companies
are now introducing table tennis into workplaces for their employees to get
more active during the working day.
Why is it good for me?
- You’ll get a good workout playing table tennis
- Your reflexes will become sharper
- Your flexibility will be enhanced
- Your mental agility will be honed
- It’s a sport for life for all– with players in their 80s still taking part in table tennis
- It’s fun and a great way to socialise and make friends
How much does it cost?
The cost for a session really varies from club to club so this willdepend on the fees or subscription charged by the table tennis club you join.
It may be best to find out before you go – some clubs run ‘taster’ sessions for beginners that can often be free. If you’d prefer to play in a more informal setting, many cafés and bars have free to use tables, with just a small deposit for use of the equipment, and there are plenty of free outdoor park tables. The Ping! festival places tables in public spaces of cities all over England each summer for people to enjoy and play on for free.
What equipment do I need?
- Often clubs will provide you with a bat, but if you attend a ‘taster’ session you will need:
- Normal sportswear – track suit bottoms, shorts, polo or T-shirt. If you’re playing in a public park or space, normal clothes will be fine.
- If you play competitively, your club may specify what you wear
- Bats vary greatly in price, but a good bat isn’t very expensive
- Non-marking trainers are perfectly acceptable, but preferably in a dark colour