How Ping!’s doorstep approach can bring positive change

Table Tennis England’s Marketing Officer, Julie Snowdon, explains how a public ping pong project tackles inactivity by bringing the game into places people are already spending time.

What is Ping!?

Ping! is a street table tennis project managed by Table Tennis England. It is funded by Sport England and delivered by city councils, local authorities and county sport partnerships. Since 2010 the initiative has expanded to over 24 towns and cities and several million people have taken part.

The project takes ping pong to places the public already spend time, removing all barriers to participation and making the game more visible, accessible and relevant. The public can play on Ping! tables for free, and bats and balls are provided.

We’ve developed the Ping! model to engage as many people as possible, using table tennis to inspire people to lead more active lifestyles. Table tennis can be part of everyday life and people of all ages, genders and abilities can play.  It’s fun, competitive and energetic, and you don’t need any previous experience or level of ability to play and enjoy the game.

The project begins in new cities as a summer festival but once the season is over, attention turns to creating more sustainable infrastructure. This includes places to play, table donations, strategic partnerships and building communities that support active habits.

Positive Change

In 2017 there were a staggering 1.56 million visits to the tables.  62.7% of participants were inactive before their visit and 98.9% said they would play again.  We’ve found the project is a launch pad for long-term change.  The tables become a permanent fixture and are in constant use all year round, with many regular meet-ups and social groups emerging.

Despite being a popular holiday destination Blackpool has some of the worst economic and social deprivation in the country.  While it would be easy to place Ping! tables in high-profile tourist locations, our focus was to bring the tables into disengaged communities. Because of Ping!, regular social ping pong sessions and family play sessions have started and will continue all year round.

Bradford was a new Ping! city in 2017. 10 tables were placed across the city and a full events calendar delivered Ping! sessions to the community.  These sessions continue at The Alzheimer’s Society, Shipley College, Bradford University and Bradford College. Links are also being made with other community centres and religious groups.

Ping! is just one initiative delivered by Table Tennis England to inspire people to be more active by bringing table tennis to people and communities.  Loop offers subsidised table packages to businesses and community groups and Ping Pong Parlours transform empty shop spaces into lively, community venues.

To find out more about these initiatives or how we could help your organisation bring positive change, please contact us.

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Care about the mental well-being of your colleagues?

Mental health can still be a taboo subject and masked in a veil of silence.  But there are simple steps you can take to make your workplace a mentally healthier place to be!  To mark World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October, we explored how introducing a table tennis table into your work environment can help your colleagues stay healthy in mind and body! Click on the image below to enlarge.



Why play makes good business!

We all know we should eat healthily, get active and take time to relax, but with the ever-growing pressures of a busy life, and with every minute of our day accounted for; it can seem impossible to fit in any ‘down-time’.

There is, however, a movement of forward thinking employers that recognise the benefits of having a healthy, happy workforce and are finding ways to help their staff; whether it’s providing a free fruit bowl, a bean bag filled chill out area and the one we naturally love, a table tennis table in the office!

Our Loop at Work table tennis initiative helps businesses create a place people love to work.

By inspiring a balance between work and play, where everyone makes social interaction and activity priorities every single day, we’re improving people’s quality of life and creating a workplace culture which inspires collaboration and creativity.

Don’t just take our word for it!

With over 350 workplaces already #INTHELOOP, we thought we’d ask our participants for their views of table tennis in their workplaces and we discovered …

82% felt that Loop at Work improved their well-being

36% stated they were active less than once a week before their workplace introduced a Loop table

85% who were previously inactive or active less than once a week, increased their physical activity levels

The majority of Loop participants stated table tennis encouraged them to become more active.

Our workplace participants said they loved playing to be with other people, to be part of something and to feel fit and healthy, some also enjoyed improving their game and the feeling of winning, including beating the boss!

We loved these comments …

The table has given me the most fun I’ve ever had in the workplace! I’m addicted, but still not very good!

It’s a great  way to take that break from your desk and gets you moving and thinking

Lunch time and after work hours are fun. More social within the office

The chance to temporarily take a break and refresh, before heading back to my desk to work


It has brought the wider office team together, provided lots of laughs and also encouraged participation from quieter members in the office

So well done to those employers that are making it as easy as possible for their workforce to be healthy and active and keep it up to all those employees embracing the opportunities!

The Loop Team at Table Tennis England would love to help more workplaces introduce table tennis and to hear from those that already have!

So get in touch.  You can email us, tweet  @loop_tweets or visit

Danny comes to play!

On Wednesday 10th May, the Shakespeare Martineau’s Litigation league’s Team Birmingham invited Double Commonweath Games medalist table tennis supremo Danny Reed to come to their penultimate playing session and share some of his knowledge and skills!

After showing off his medals and signing the wall in the office (there’s a picture of him – so it only seemed fair) he managed to find some time to help the team out with some hints and tips.

Competition remains fierce as the teams continue to battle it out to be the one of two winners of the Birmingham heat and go through to the semi-finals at the conference in June.

As well as providing hints and tips, Danny was happy to take any questions ranging from how he is funded, the Olympics, his current studies and getting the better of siblings.

All in all a great and informative evening.

Danny will be visiting the Leicester offices this week to put the team through their paces!