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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.

Benefits

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.

Costs

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.

Equipment

Table tennis bats and ping-pong balls

Facts

  • 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.

Ping!

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

Table Tennis England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
help@tabletennisengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 208860

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.

Lyng Village Hall

New village hall opened April 2019, offering modern facilities for functions, regular sports activities, fitness, clubs, groups and private hire for birthdays, wakes, weddings etc. Good sized main hall, meeting room, café-style foyer, kitchen & parking.

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.

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.

Broadland Sports Club

Broadland Sports Club is situated in the heart of rural Norfolk. Facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam room and swimming pool.

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

OSS Leisure Swim School LTD

From its base in North Walsham, OSS Leisure Swim School offers swimming lessons for children aged 3-14 years.

Thetford Academy Community Sports Centre and TTA Fitness

Thetford Academy has a variety of sports facilities available for hire, including sports hall, tennis courts, football pitch, MUGA, dance and drama studio and auditorium with tiered seating.

Dereham Leisure Centre

With state of the art equipment and enthusiastic staff on hand to help you, our gym is the perfect place to get fit! You can pay separately each time you go, or for a great deal you can sign up to our expressions fitness membership and gain exclusive bene

Table Tennis

Table Tennis

The club is for players of all abilities.

Social and New players 6-7pm: Adult £2 | Under 16’s £1
Intermediate to Advanced 7-9pm: Adult £3.50 | Under 16’s £2