3 ways to get involved in table tennis

Ping! provides public tables to play for free

1. Play outdoors

Ping! provides public tables and runs events and competitions. Visit the Ping! website or call 01908 208 879 to find a table near you.

2. Join official clubs

The four UK governing bodies can help you find table tennis clubs, venues and competitions.

3. Set up your own club

Today, we have 28 members and a list of people waiting to join!

Even if there are no official clubs or public tables nearby, you can still get involved in table tennis.

When Eve Knafler moved from Nottingham to Cumbria four years ago, she wanted to continue her hobby of table tennis, but couldn’t find a club.

She decided to start one through the University of the Third Age (U3A), an organisation for retired and semi-retired people, where members share skills and find people with similar interests.

“I advertised through our local U3A and started off with four members,” says Eve. “We hired a court at the local leisure centre for £9.30 an hour, where table-tennis tables and nets are available. There is no membership fee, we simply divide the cost between the number of people playing.

“Today, we have 28 members and hire three tables for two hours on a Thursday afternoon every week of the year. We also have a list of people waiting to join!”

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