What is it?
Ping! is a free street ping pong project. Table tennis tables are strategically placed in public locations in towns and cities across England. Since Ping! launched in London in 2010, it has been an overwhelming success, with millions of visits to the 750 tables placed nationwide.
The project raises the profile of table tennis, challenges people’s preconceptions about what ping pong is,who the game is for and where it can be played.
Ping! is also an opportunity to promote social table tennis, create ongoing opportunities and inform the public about all the places they can play. For most towns and cities the Ping! model can be used to meet local needs with more targeted activation projects .
Once the summer period is over, Ping!’s focus shifts towards where the public can play-on all year round – in shopping centres, workplaces, cafes, bars, sports clubs or universities and colleges, as well as public spaces too of course. Over time, Ping! helps to build a permanent network of accessible places to play for free.
How to host Ping! in your city
Ping! is a Table Tennis England project delivered with Sport England funding and support. In each town or city the project is delivered in conjunction with a lead partner (such as City Council or County Sports Partnership). These partners are committed to developing a thriving social table tennis scene and uses Ping! as both a way to develop this and raise the profile of table tennis.
This lead partner is responsible for the planning and delivery of all aspects of the project, but should build a network of local partners to help out, receiving support from Table Tennis England’s staff.
The model for Ping! can be easily adapted and delivered by different cities. We welcome expressions of interest each year between June – September.
In order for an expression of interest to be considered, there needs to be council backing.
If you’d like to discuss ways to Ping! your Town or City, please get in touch