New name, same game for communities

Table Tennis England is putting a new spin on their project designed to help organisations introduce table tennis into the community.

Previously called Loop in the Community, the initiative has been relaunched as Ping in the Community.

The name change is due to the project falling more naturally within the Ping! family alongside the Ping! festival and Ping Pong Parlours, which both bring free table tennis into the places people already spend time in their everyday lives.

The aims are unchanged; Ping in the Community will continue to help the members of a variety of groups and organisations get more active, healthy and closer together by supplying subsidised table packages containing everything required to get people playing and enjoying the game.

Keely Armitt, Head of Participation at Table Tennis England, explains;

The ‘Community’ initiative aims to give all groups of society access to free or very affordable table tennis, and as such it aligns perfectly with the Ping! project which has successfully been delivering free table tennis in non-traditional places for the past 9-years.

Ping! has grown over time from a summer festival into a year-round project, with a vast reach, and the hope is that by embedding table tennis into community places, many more people will play the game regularly and enjoy the many health and well-being benefits this brings.

Workplaces will still be able to purchase subsidised table tennis packages through our Loop at Work initiative, and we also have a range of packages for the Clubhouse and Campus.

The project has been well received by group leaders, who recognise it as a powerful way to help integrate and socialise their communities;

Keeps residents occupied, helps with their memory as well as interacting.  It’s a social activity that most enjoy

Get’s people to join in, engage with everybody and is something anybody can do

It’s brilliant! Everyone’s involved, everyone’s enjoying it and it’s a great way to keep fit!

Win a coaching session!

To celebrate the launch of Ping in the Community we are offering the chance to win a visit from a professional coach to your group.  Every organisation ordering a Ping in the Community package will be entered into a draw to win a coaching session.

Closing date 31st October 2018, winners will be notified by email.  Coaching session will be arranged at a mutually agreed time.

To find out more about Ping in the Community, the benefits of social table tennis for various groups, and to order your own community table tennis package click here

For more details of Loop and bringing table tennis into your workplace click here

#TableTennisDay is a hit

Just over a week ago we joined the nation to celebrate national #TableTennisDay – and what a grand time was had by all.

Across the land many businesses and community groups came together to celebrate our great game.  The day was a hit on social media too, with the #TableTennisDay hashtag trending, reaching more than 950,000 people, while many thousands more being engaged on Facebook and Instagram.

Paralympic gold medallist Will Bayley appeared on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, while Classic FM mentioned the day in its round up of interesting and quirky things going on. Between them, the two shows have more than 11 million listeners each week.

BBC Look East attended the flagship event in Milton Keynes and broadcast a feature which included interviews with Table Tennis England Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe and star guests Aaron McKibbin and Maria Tasptsinos.  Watch the video above for highlights of the day.


A huge thank you for everyone who took the time to organise and participate in a #TableTennisDay event, from your tweets and posts it looks like a whole lot of fun was had on the day!  Here’s a selection of our favourites …

 

Loop plays a part in ITTF Team World Cup Legacy Project

Grassroots sport and East Londoners will feel a lasting benefit from the ITTF Team World Cup.

The event at the Copper Box Arena on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park marked the official launch of a major grassroots table tennis project.

The Team World Cup Legacy Project focuses on East London and runs until July 2018. The project aims to create great table tennis experiences and inspire thousands of East Londoners to make physical activity part of their everyday lives.

The ITTF Team World Cup took place at London’s Copper Box from 22-25 February. As the second most prestigious competition in the ITTF’s international calendar, it means the world’s best players came to London and millions of fans watched from around the globe. The event was shown live on the BBC Sport website and England won a bronze medal in the men’s competition.

The lasting legacy project is being supported by the Mayor of London and is part-funded by the Greater London Authority’s Major Events Engagement Fund.

 

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor of London said:

I am honoured to be working with Table Tennis England by supporting their Team World Cup Community Legacy programme.

It’s giving Londoners of all ages and backgrounds a chance to try table tennis for themselves at home, at work and in their communities. It’s also given 2,000 London school children the chance to enjoy the Team World Cup Event for free.

Table Tennis England will create unique experiences for table tennis players – including making the game more accessible for children and young people in London and South East England. The project has supported building club and school links to break down barriers to make table tennis a sport for all.

The project includes:

  • 10 club-school table tennis table packages including coaching and a TWC-themed event
  • Free tickets to the event for schools involved
  • Young Leaders Course for pupils involved
  • Teachers’ course to help teachers support table tennis in their schools
  • Discounted Level One Coaching and Umpiring courses

One of the schools given free tickets to watch a session at the Team World Cup was Sir Thomas Abney School.

Liz Morpurgo, PE co-ordinator, said:

The kids were really excited about coming and seeing the players for themselves. We have a table tennis team at school and they felt really motivated by coming to watch the players.

The atmosphere has been amazing. They loved the fan zone and meeting the players. They have been really inspired by it.

 

Pupil Karnail Codling Palacha, 10, said:

I play table tennis every day two times a day. It is a really fun sport. I was really excited when I found out we were coming to the Team World Cup. It has been a dream come true

I was most excited about seeing Ma Long from China. I also got to meet the England team and got their autographs. I asked for an autograph from Tin-Tin Ho and Kelly Sibley.

Another school to enjoy free tickets was Dawlish School from Leyton

 

The project will inspire thousands of East Londoners to lead more active lifestyles and enjoy the benefits of social sports participation – however busy everyday life gets.

 

The project focuses on five East London Boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest). It is being delivered through partnerships with London borough councils, businesses and community organisations who want to use table tennis to improve people’s quality of life.

This includes:

  • 11 Loop at Work table tennis packages for London businesses
  • 15 Loop in the Community packages or East London community groups
  • 10 new ping pong tables in East London public spaces
  • 3 outdoor ping pong communities to be set up in partnership with Friends of Park groups

There are also more than 50 tables already in public spaces, all of which are free for anyone to use! These public tables will be the focal point for events, competitions and community building projects, all delivered in partnership with players and local community groups.

For more information on the TWC Legacy project, click here

Loop Workplaces serve up an ace!

The nation went ping pong potty on 12th July as hundreds of schools, clubs, workplaces, local authorities and other organisations put on free events for the 4th National #TableTennisDay encouraging people to pick up a bat and have a go at our fun sport.

We had lots of entries from workplaces into our competition to win a visit from a member of the England Squad. All entrants had to do was tweet, post or email us a picture of their Loop table in use on the day.

The judges selected two worthy winners …

Phoenix Group

Birmingham based business, The Phoenix Group invited pupils from their partner school, Ark Kings Academy, to come in and take part in some fun maths based table tennis games.  Phoenix have an impressive four tables which get loads of use, with regular coaching sessions, free play as well as charity tournaments.

 

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 The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency’s South West Office in Exeter has had their outdoor Loop table for 18 months, jointly sponsored by Active Devon.  Paul Barker from the Agency tells us:

“We have around 50 employees currently on our office table tennis ladder and the table is used every lunchtime from a minimum of 4 to 20 players every day!! It has been really good to see people from the different departments mixing together and enjoying this great sport, whilst developing their skills.”

To celebrate #TableTennisDay they held a doubles tournament with six teams competing in a tensely fought competition.

Congratulations to Phoenix and the Environment Agency, who both eagerly anticipate a visit from a table tennis pro!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to tweet on the day, here’s a selection of some of our favourites..

 




Maidenhead welcomes a Ping Pong Parlour!

 

 

A new Ping Pong Parlour has opened this week in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre Maidenhead.

Now busy shoppers will be able to take a break from the crowds and enjoy a free game of table tennis! It’s all part of our drive to bring ping pong into the places people already spend their everyday lives.

Anyone is welcome to drop in to play on one of three table tennis tables free of charge.

Jane Wright, manager of the Nicholsons Centre, said

“When I was first approached about the idea I thought it was a fantastic way to offer a fun activity, free of charge, to those shopping and working in Maidenhead town centre. I really hope everyone makes use of the facility and has lots of fun”

It will be open from 8am-7pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8am-5.30pm on Wednesday, 8am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday

Watch this space for news of more parlours popping up all over the place!


 

Loop News

Bring social Ping Pong to your Community

Following the success of our Loop initiatives which make it easy for leaders to introduce social table tennis to their workplaces, sports venues and university campuses; the Loop team are delighted to announce the launch of Loop in the Community

Whether you’re targeting groups with disabilities, women and girls, ethnic minorities or simply want to get everyone involved, Loop in the Community is designed to help you bring the members of your community closer together and inspire them to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Sport England and equipment suppliers to bring you subsidised ‘Join In’ table tennis packages which include everything you need to kick-start social ping pong in your venue; with table, bats, balls, organiser booklet, lots of printed resources and advice to get the most out of your sessions. Loop in the Community is suitable for venues open to a wide range of people such as; village halls, religious centres, community centres, colleges, youth clubs and leisure centres.

Table tennis (or ping pong, it’s the same game!) is uniquely inclusive; everyone, irrespective of ability, age or gender, can play and enjoy the game with no special kit or footwear required.

We all know we need to be more active but it’s not that easy.  With our lives busier and more complex than ever before, there’s little time to spare. In fact, a quarter of us do less than 30 minutes of exercise a week, with under-represented groups more likely to be inactive

At Loop, we believe a work-play balance is essential for our happiness, health and well-being which is why we’re on a mission to inspire leaders to bring table tennis to the places people already spend time.

The new packages will go live on Tuesday 2nd May 2017, with lots of options to meet every community’s needs.

To find out more visit: www.keepintheloop.co.uk/community

If you have any questions, please contact: loop@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Click here to download a press release