What is it?
Table tennis is usually played between two players, or two teams of two.
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?
Table tennis is a great way to socialise and make friends. It can be played competitively, or just for fun, so is something everyone can enjoy.
You’ll improve your reflexes, flexibility and mental agility.
How much does it cost?
Costs vary between clubs, but some run free taster sessions.
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.
What equipment do I need?
To give table tennis a go at your local club, you just need to wear comfortable clothes, your bat and balls will be provided for you.
If you play competitively, you may need to buy a club uniform or invest in your own bat. Ask your club or coach about this.
If you’re playing in a public place, bring your own ball and bat, or hire one from the venue.