Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight 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.
In game play, the player serving the ball starts to the play. Points are scored in table tennis when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage. When doing so the hitter has a good chance of scoring if the spin is successful.
Table Tennis is a fun physical activity that is easy to play but difficult to master. There are no barriers to entry and anyone of any skill level can pick up a bat and immediately start having fun.
The game can be fast paced with bursts of activity. It does improve hand-eye co-ordination and it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. Its also a fantastic social game and a very safe activity.
Try Table Tennis
To find out where you can play table tennis, visit the English Table Tennis Association www.etta.co.uk where you will find a list of all the clubs as well as details on the professional side of this sport. You can also play table tennis at some of our Everyone Active run leisure centres. Simply ask your centre whether they provide this sport or whether they are linked to a local club.
This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.
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