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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.

Table tennis is suitable for every age and fitness level, and it's easy to find a place to play - with tables everywhere from parks to leisure centres, bars and shopping centres. You can even play at home - all you need is a ball, bats and a table.


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.


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.


Table tennis bats and ping-pong balls


  • 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.


Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Ping! is the free street ping pong festival which sees table tennis tables popping up in remarkable and surprising places nationwide.

National Governing Bodies

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Gothic Table Tennis Club

Gothic Table Tennis Clubis a small friendly table tennis club playing in the Norwich and District Table Tennis League.

UEA Sportspark

Sportspark originally opened its doors for the first time in 2000. Funded primarily by the Lottery and Sports England it has become one of the most successful community sport facilities in the UK.

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

Offering a whole host of sports and activities, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre is dedicated to helping the local community get more active.

Norwich City Table Tennis Club

Table tennis for everyone. Come and join our sessions.

Splash Leisure Centre

Whether you swim, enjoy the gym, or fancy something else entirely, here at the Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre we can help you reach your fitness target, ensuring you have fun in the process.

The Norman Centre

The Norman Centre in Mile Cross offers a wide range of community, educational and recreational facilities to everybody, all at affordable prices. Please contact us for more information, and to make sure all courses/activities are running before you attend

Wensum Table Tennis Club

Table Tennis for players of all ages, 6 to 90.

Coaching sessions for players of all standards, casual play, competitive play available

Everyone Active - Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre

Whether you swim, enjoy the gym, or fancy something else entirely, here at the Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, we can help you reach your fitness target, ensuring you have fun in the process.

Riverside Get Active

Riverside Get Active

Gentle exercise group for people aged 50+. Activities on offer include: ping pong, Kurling and Boccia.

Join our active group for fun, exercise and friendship. We have a go at different games for around 45 minutes and then have a cuppa and a chat, sometimes while listening to music.

A dementia friendly environment. Everyone is welcome.

The group meets at Riverside Leisure Centre every Tuesday except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Cathy Eden (Community Outreach Officer, Age UK Norwich) 01603 496321 or email

Bat & Chat

Bat & Chat

Bat & Chat sessions are aimed at those aged 50 and above, and aim to provide the opportunity to socialise with others and help to combat social isolation.

The two hour-long sessions are facilitated by local table tennis enthusiast Doug Randall and initially formed part of a Bat & Chat pilot. Since then, Doug and approximately 15 others attend the sessions each week, which take an informal and relaxed format with free play and a break for a cup of tea and a biscuit! The majority of participants attend every week, with a few new faces dropping in too.

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A friendly Table Tennis club who welcome everyone from experienced players to complete beginners.

Organisation: Witard Road Baptist Church
Age group: Any age
5 ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be active, Keep learning
Cost: £2
Availability: Thursdays
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
How to join: Just turn up
Location: Witard Road Baptist Church, Witard Road, Norwich, NR7 9XD

FILL table tennis 50+

FILL table tennis 50+

Why not come along to a friendly sociable group who meet regularly. Suitable for all abilities. Fun recreational games.

Junior Table Tennis

Junior Table Tennis

Junior table tennis takes place every Thursday afternoon 17:30-18:30 for juniors aged 10-17 years old.