It’s a hit! Ping! is back and bigger than ever, bringing outdoor fun and activity to public spaces across Plymouth and all over England.
Twenty-four towns and cities are welcoming table tennis tables this summer, providing free equipment and encouraging everyone to grab a bat and ball and get playing.
Ping! makes table tennis more accessible by taking the game into places people already spend time, to inspire them to lead more active, healthy and happy lives. It works, too. There were 1.8 million visits to Ping! tables in 2016, and 2017 promises to be another record-breaking year.
Ping! Plymouth will be taking place from 2 July to 27 August and bats and balls are bouncing into sites across the city, from parks and outdoor spaces to pubs and bars. It’s completely free to take part – all you have to do is find a willing opponent and get playing!
Ping! Plymouth is being delivered by Table Tennis England in partnership with our Sports Development Unit and is funded by Sport England. The aim is to get the nation active and enjoying playing ping pong, as well as build a community who want to continue playing table tennis long after the festival is over.
Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Ping! Plymouth was a big hit last summer and we’re really pleased to be bringing it back again this year. Table tennis can be enjoyed by everyone – young and old, expert and novice, able bodied and disabled – and this is a great way of encouraging people to be more physically active. If you’ve never played it’s easy to learn, so find a table near you and give it a go.”
While the Ping! festival only lasts for the summer months many of the tables will remain for the rest of the year, encouraging everyone to play on. Ping pong is fast becoming a big part of the social scene in many communities and workplaces.
Visit the Ping! Plymouth website and enter your postcode to find your nearest table.