Also known as ping-pong this truly global sport, is played by 300 million people worldwide. It is easy to learn at a basic level, a ‘Sport for all’ and a ‘Sport for life’ – anyone can play and continue to play. It is an enjoyable, safe, healthy sport (drug free), particularly good for developing alertness and co-ordination.
Two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules.
Facilities and Equipment
At a basic level table tennis is easy to set up, space efficient (4 tables can fit into a badminton hall), versatile (can be played almost anywhere, and on modified tables if necessary), non-weather dependent (except when played outdoors!), and equipment (tables, nets, bats and balls) is relatively inexpensive. Normal sporting/PE kit (preferably dark coloured) and light soled sports shoes or trainers are appropriate. However, at a higher level there are specific requirements regarding size of hall, lighting, flooring etc. according to the level of competition, and better players demand higher quality equipment and clothing.
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For more information please visit the English Table Tennis Association’s website http://www.englishtabletennis.org.uk/
Community Clubs & Leagues
Bedford Community B&TT Club
The Bedford Community Badminton & Table Tennis Club was originally just a Table Tennis Club set up after the ‘Get Back Into’ January 2010 programme at …