Living Sport in partnership with Archway Table Tennis Club, Table Tennis England, Peterborough City Council and Viridor have supported the Ping! Peterborough project to get local people playing on new Table Tennis Tables at Central Park, Braybrook, Bretton Recreation Ground, Nene Valley Community Centre and Westwood Community Hub and support existing provision of Connect Park and Itter Park.
Ping Peterborough was launched at Central Park in June 2019 by the Mayor of Peterborough, with support from both Archway Table Tennis Club and Whittlesey Table Tennis Club; and has proved a success since its inception as local people can access these free to play tables on their doorstep from dawn until dusk. There are bats and balls to borrow for free at every table.
The project takes table tennis out of traditional venues such as sports centres, and places them outside in local community spaces making it visible, accessible, very sociable and enticing; encouraging those that didn’t know they wanted to play and those currently inactive.
Across the summer holidays, Archway Table Tennis Club held 25 informal, weekly sessions in the local parks which saw a total of 131 participants engaged in the project, with Central Park and Nene Valley Community Centre the most visited locations.
This year saw a celebration of ten years of Ping since its inception in 2010, highlighting thousands of tables in public and community spaces across the UK for people to play.
Living Sport will work with Peterborough partners to expand the number of recreational and social playing opportunities throughout the forthcoming year.
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