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Table Tennis

As the name suggests, it's tennis... on a table. You can play singles or doubles and use bats to hit a light ball over the net and onto their opponents side of the table.

An Overview of Table Tennis

Players must allow a ball played towards them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opponent's side. It demands lightening fast reactions! The sport is played for fund and competitively across the world. There are opportunities to play in clubs, sports venues and youth centres across the country.

Table tennis is suitable for every age and fitness level, and it's easy to find a place to play - with tables everywhere from parks to leisure centres, bars and shopping centres. You can even play at home - all you need is a ball, bats and a table.

Benefits

One of the main benefits of playing table tennis is that it is non-contact. It is also one of the few competitive sports that requires players to move at speed without straining the muscles or joints through stretching or using heavy equipment. For people returning from injury or the elderly, table tennis tennis can be the perfect sport to sustain fitness levels. The action of having to hit a fast-moving ball with a bat several times a second means table tennis also improves reflexes, eye-to-hand coordination, mental alertness and speed of movement.

Costs

Table tennis is a cheap and accessible sport played. Table tennis equipment, such as bats and ping-pong balls, can be relatively inexpensive to buy, with some leisure centres and clubs also offering a rental service. Hourly rates for hiring a court often begin at approximately £5 per session, although membership deals can create a lower cost per game.

Equipment

Table tennis bats and ping-pong balls

Facts

  • Egyptian table tennis fanatic Ibrahim Hamato lost both arms in an accident when he was 10, but he carried on playing by improvising with his mouth.
  • The first World Championships were held in London in 1926, but it did not become an Olympic sport until 1988 in Seoul.

Find Table Tennis Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Table Tennis England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
help@tabletennisengland.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01908 208860

Stokewood Leisure Centre

The Quest-accredited Stokewood Leisure Centre is our community centre in the Winton/Charminster area of Bournemouth. It includes a pool, sauna and over 60 weekly fitness classes, a spin studio and gym.

Branksome Centre

The Branksome Centre is a vibrant community hub located in north-east Poole.
It hosts a wide range of arts, crafts, sports, learning and social activities for all ages. The Centre also has its own Community Coffee Shop, which is open 9.00am-3.30pm Monday

St. Osmund's Community Sports Centre

Sports Community centre, with facilities to cater for tennis and cricket outdoors, a 4 court sports hall + 5 a-side football, dance studio and studio hall

Special Olympics Bournemouth & District

We provide sports training and competition for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

Milbore St Andrew Sports Club

The Sports Club provides sporting, wellbeing and recreational facilities for the community including Football (U14s, U18’s Gents and now a SW Premier League Ladies team); Table tennis, Yoga, Tia Chi, Kickboxing and Fitness (including the occasional er

Dorset Table Tennis Centre

Dorset Table Tennis Centre is a Premier Community Club which offers table tennis activities to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in the local area. Coaching and a pay and play opportunity are available 6 days a week.

Ferndown Leisure Centre

A leisure centre catering for all ages and abilities

Weymouth & District Table Tennis League

Run a local league and cup competition and practice sessions for players of all ages and abilities. Enters individuals/teams into Table Tennis England competitions. Close links to schools in the district running school time visits and after school clubs.

BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

COPD

COPD

A regular class for those who have COPD, helping to keep you fit and live your life

Otago

Otago

Falls Prevention class

Dave Beverley

01202 896941

http://www.dorsettta.org.uk

Dorset Table Tennis Centre

07720286036

http://www.dorsettabletenniscentre.com