What’s it all about?

Table tennis is a sport where two or four players hit a ball with paddles back and forth to each other on a table which is divided with a net.

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 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, hand-eye coordination, mental alertness and speed of movement.

Get involved

Table tennis is a cheap and accessible sport to play. 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.

To find your local club please visit the Table Tennis England website.