Through the people of Ping!, we regularly hear how table tennis has a powerful impact on lives and communities.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ping! and to celebrate our decade, we’re releasing a series of short films telling the stories of some of the inspirational projects and people.
Empowering women with ping pong
Womenzone Community Centre is a registered charity addressing the isolation and lack of voice and visibility of South Asian women in the Bradford 3 area.
Their mission is to ‘inspire and enrich women’s lives and experience to empower them to reach their full potential in health and wellbeing.’
Amongst the many activities run by the centre is a well-being group for older ladies, many of them experiencing mobility issues and the resulting isolation of not being able to get out and about.
To help them regain lost confidence, mobility and inject some fun; adapted table tennis sessions were introduced to the ladies, delivered by ‘Ping Pong Pete’.
These proved so popular a Ping in the Community package was purchased and the impact has been ‘overwhelming’.
40% of all women over the age of 16 are classed as ‘physically inactive’
This rises to 50% of all Asian women
Women and girls can have a mix of practical and emotional pressures that stop them from being as active as they would like, including: a fear of judgement; a lack of confidence; not having enough time
Table tennis is a flexible activity, it doesn’t require a change of clothes, can be played anywhere, at any time and helps to develop confidence
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If you’ve been inspired by the Womenzone ladies, contact:
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