PING IN THE COMMUNITY
Designed to help you bring the members of your community closer together and inspire them to lead more active, healthy and happy lifestyles, irrespective of their ability, age, gender, ethnicity or background.
Benefits of Table Tennis
Getting active brings a whole wealth of health and well-being benefits.
Why Ping Pong?
Even though it can be a low intensity activity, social table tennis still gives you all the benefits of physical activity.
Our insight has shown that 89% of people introduced to social ping pong report an improvement in well-being, and 75% become more active. There’s mental health benefits too, with as little as 10 minutes of activity improving mental well-being. Table tennis can help reduce the risk of depression, reduce stress and anxiety and improve self-esteem and cognitive function.
Social table tennis connects people from different walks of life, creates friendships and a sense of community.
How ping pong can help specific groups
Table tennis can improve hand-eye co-ordination and develop mental agility. It’s a fun and engaging way to get active that engages different parts of the brain simultaneously, increasing cognitive awareness and function. With 6.4 million people over the age of 55 currently inactive, table tennis is a perfect activity to introduce to those wishing to get active and stay that way!
We know that table tennis improved mental well-being, cognitive function and can build confidence and self-esteem. It’s an adaptable activity for all capabilities and limitations, so people with a disability don’t have to be left out! Table Tennis doesn’t require a change of clothing and can be delivered in flexible short bouts. We know that 1 in 5 people in England have an impairment, and 70% of those want to be more active – what better way to do so than ping pong?!
Young people like the idea of a challenge, particularly one they can do with friends, but it needs to be enjoyable. They don’t’ want to worry about being good at an activity, this is where social table tennis is a perfect fit! With many pressures in young people’s lived, table tennis can help them enjoy a social activity in a relaxed, informal setting. By creating an enjoyable experience for young people, we can increase their confidence and self-esteem and ensure that they continue to keep fit and healthy throughout their lives!
Research shows that the overall participation rate in sport for ethnic minority groups is 6% lower than the national average. Social table tennis has a proven record of connecting people and building communities and engaging hard to reach groups in physical activity.
We know that 2 million fewer women than men regularly take part in sport and physical activity and that lots of them really want to get more active. Practical and emotional barriers prevent them from taking part, such as lack of time, low confidence, cost and cultural factors, that’s why women’s only sessions are a great way to engage them in a safe, appropriate environment. Social table tennis can help overcome barriers that women and girls face, with female only sessions being a great way to take away the fear of judgement, work around cultural beliefs and build confidence.
Regular physical activity can treat and prevent mental illness, including reducing the risk of depression, reducing stress and anxiety and improving self-esteem. Table tennis is a great activity to improve mental health, whilst also acting as a platform for people to get together and talk about any problems they are facing, making it a fantastic peer support activity.
table tennis packages
We have a range of table packages available with everything you will need to get your community playing and enjoying ping pong.
We’ve teamed up with Sport England and equipment supplier to offer superb packages that include tables, bats, balls and additional resources to kick start table tennis in your community!
We provide resources to advertise and activate table tennis, along with advice to help along your journey – whether that’s through social play sessions or adding some coaching or informal competition to your sessions. What’s more, you can save as much as 55% on normal retail prices!
Table tennis table, bats and balls
Lots of printed resources including:
rules poster, ladder boards, knock out cup posters, editable advertising posters and certificates
In order to be eligible for a Ping in the Community package, projects must meet the following criteria:
Create new provision and opportunities. Ping cannot be use to replace old or tired table tennis equipment
Be delivered at a community-use venue e.g. religious buildings, youth clubs, community centres, not for profit retirements homes, hospitals, not for profit leisure providers
Be available to participation at very low cost not to make a profit, or for free
Run long term sessions
Return based Monitoring and Evaluation information to us via an online survey
Predominantly target those over 14 years of age
Ping in the Community is not available for schools. For schools packages, please visit the Table Tennis England website
How to order your package
It’s easy to choose the table that is right for your venue and needs.
Visit our partner website Loop to view the table packages we have available and click on each image to view a description.
Select from the indoor and outdoor tables available or go for a flexible option if space is tight.
Once you’ve made your choice submit your order and we’ll take it from there!
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of the participants and organisers of Ping in the Community social sessions had to say:
Gives me confidence and improves my physical exercise tolerance
Improving confidence and self esteem to people who thought they could not play and learnt that they could
I’ve made some new and lasting friendships through taking part in the sessions
I enjoy playing table tennis, the social interaction and positive mind well being/fitness
Being able to get pensioners, some disabled, out of their homes and into an environment where they are clearly able to enjoy themselves…
Companionship, getting fit, making me feel positive
We have provided an inclusive environment where people have met casually yet for most for the first time; one member of the group said that he had lived in the village for 30 years without making friends, he had learnt new social skills and now meets twice a week with the same inclusive group who he considers to be his lifetime friends.