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4 Batty about ping pong? 18 How to run a knock out tournament
5 Why play? 18 Set up a round robin game
6 How to play ping pong
8 Locations map
Where to play 19
Free: your first table tennis club visit
10 Outdoor tables
11 Indoor tables
13 Table tennis clubs
17 Social ping pong
A brief history
of ping pong
Ping pong originated from an after-
dinner parlour game played in the
1800s amongst the upper-classes in
England. A row of books was placed
along the centre of a table as a net, balls
were made from champagne corks and
hit from one end of the table to the
other using paddles made from the
2 lids of cigar boxes.
Batty about ping pong? Why play?
With the help of Ping! this year you might Ping! is the creation of Sing London Ping pong is good for you. It’s the second 3. Ping pong is not seasonal you
have dusted off your bat, sharpened – the participatory arts organisation most popular sport in the world, so just can play it all year round, day or night.
up your topspin and have worked up an which delivered last summer’s Street what does it have to offer you? It also doesn’t take up a huge amount
appetite to play more ping pong. To help Piano’s project with artist Luke Jerram. of space, so you can always play at
1. Ping pong is good for your health –
you to play on, we’ve put together this Ping! is delivered in partnership with home on a fold away table – or even by
it’s great for working up a sweat and
little booklet for you to find out where the English Table Tennis Association putting out a net over your kitchen table.
getting the heart rate up. With ball speeds
you can go and play – whether it’s a (ETTA) and funded with Sport England’s
reaching up to 100mph, it can be one of 4. There are players out there waiting
friendly knock-about in the park, a social Lottery funding.
the fastest sports around. There’s a lot of to meet you for a knock about in clubs,
game at night or joining your local club –
Lead Partners stamina, strength, and agility needed leagues and nights out. Here are some
it’s all here for you to enjoy.
to maintain training but it’s also gentle opening gambits to start the ball rollling:
because it’s non-contact – so no need to ‘Anyone for a game of ping pong?’
worry about those bashes and bruises. or ‘Want to see my scissor chop?’
More about Ping! Lead Sponsor 2010
From 22nd July to 22nd August 2010 100
ping pong tables were installed across
London’s landmarks – in squares, parks,
pubs, train stations and even airports! They
were there for all Londoners to play on for
free. The project will move from city to city
in England over the next couple of years
before returning to London for the What is the
Olympic Games in 2012. difference between ping
pong and table tennis?
There’s no difference in the game.
The difference in the name boils down
to trade marks registered with different
companies at the turn of the century.
The name ‘table tennis’ was trade
marked by John Jacques and Son in
England but the rights to the name
‘Ping Pong’ were trademarked by
the Parker brothers in the USA.
South London South East London West London Area Social Ping Pong
70. Dulwich TTC 75. Belvedere Community Centre TTC 80. Hillingdon TTC
Fancy something a bit more social?
Harris Girls Academy Belvedere Community Centre, Mitchell Botwell Green Sports & Leisure Centre
A beer and a match after work?
Fusion Sports Centre, Close, Lower Belvedere, Kent, DA17 6AA East Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2HW
There’s lots of stuff going on to get
Homestall Road, SE22 0NR Belvedere Hayes & Harrington
Nunhead Contact: Eric Jenkins Contact: Sue Merican
Contact: Abdul Wuraola Tel: 0208 303 8312 Tel: 01895 251 724
Tel: 07584 245 552 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
76. Kemnal TTC
www.httc.co.uk Central London
Kemnal Technology College, Sports Hall, 81. DHS Greenhouse Progress TTC 84. The Young Offenders’ Institute (YOI)
71. Ernest Bevin Sports College Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5AA Southall Sports Centre www.theyoi.co.uk
Beechcroft Road, Tooting, SW17 7DF St Mary Cray Beaconsfield Road, Southall, YOI has run ‘Beer, Music, Ping Pong’
Tooting Bec Contact: Len Pilfold Middlesex, UB1 1DP since 2007. They run regular monthly
Earlsfield Tel: 0208 850 3910 / 07790 171 803 Southall nights in Brick Lane and Camden.
Contact: Mark Smith E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Jason Sugrue
85. The Book Club, Shoreditch
Tel: 07814 907 816 www.kemnalttc.co.uk Tel: 07817 171 483
E-mail: email@example.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
77. VCD TTC A relaxed bar cafe in the centre
VCD Athletic Club of Shoreditch. They run a King Pong
72. Rosehill TTC Old Road, Crayford Kent, DA1 4DN 82. Moberly TTC Tournament – every Tuesday night.
Rosehill Community Association Crayford Moberly Sports & Ed Centre It’s a £1 to enter to win £30 bar.
The Pavilion, Rosehill Recreation Ground, Contact: John Marsh Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4AH
86. Concrete, Shoreditch
Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3HH Tel: 013 2243 6250 Kensal Rise / Kensal Green
Lower Ground Floor, Tea Building
Sutton Common E-mail: email@example.com Contact: Sherwin Remata
56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Contact: Mike Kercher Tel: 07545 581 624
78. Youngs TTC Tel: 020 7729 1888
Tel: 020 8644 3408 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Michaels Church Hall Shoreditch High Street
73. South Croydon TT Abbey Wood Road, Abbey Wood, SE2 0BP www.concretespace.co.uk/
Development Centre Abbey Wood (London) 83. The Twickenham Brunswick C.Y.P events/youth-club-3
Development Centre Contact: John Watson Claredon Crescent, Twining Avenue, Concrete run a regular night called
Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Tel: 020 8311 6414 Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5LN Youth Club to head old back to the old
Croydon, Surrey, CR9 5BX E-mail: email@example.com Fulwell school, filled with 80’s music, bats, balls.
South Croydon Contact: Dave Paulowski
87. T47@ London Bridge
Contact: Robin Faulkner Tel: 020 8894 0207 / 020 8894 2571
47 St Thomas Street London SE1 3QX
Tel: 01883 627 951
South West London E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 7036 9915
yahoo.co.uk 79. Graham Spicer TTC
15 Dukes Avenue, New Malden,
74. York Gardens TTC table-tennis
Surrey, KT3 4HL
Fircroft Primary School 5 indoor table tennis tables available
Fircroft Road, Tooting, to hire (£3 per 30 mins) as well as a variety
Contact: Paul Abraham
Wandsworth, SW17 7PP of events from casual tournaments.
Tel: 020 8879 1945 / 07706 058 979
E-mail: email@example.com Word Series of Pong
Contact: Tom Draper
www.grahamspicerttc.com Keep an eye on this new bunch organising
Tel: 0208 874 1575
ping pong nights in London over the
coming months: www.wsopong.com
How to organise your Resources
Knock out You will need
Where to buy Jarvis Sports
Tel: 01553 811 391 www.jarvissports.co.uk
4 minimum but an even number
equipment Tees Sport
It is a single elimination tournament of players (up to 16 or 32) Sports Direct Tel: 08004 584 141 www.teessport.com
divided into successive rounds in which www.sportsdirect.co.uk/JJB Sports/
Time required (approx.) TTLinks
players play in a one off match to
16 = 1 hour, 32 = 2 hours Decathalon Tel: 01329 236 418
determine a winner. A game between
two players is won when one player has Bill Thornton
won the best of five games, each game Specialist Retailers www.thorntonstabletennis.co.uk/
will be the first to 11 points. Round Robin Bribar TableTennis
After a match is won the winner will The round robin format is a great one for Tel: 01227 860348
progress to the next round. Most groups and guarantees that you’ll play www.bribartt.co.uk/ Other useful websites
competitors will be eliminated after several matches, win or lose.
UK Table Tennis Ltd Ping!
relatively few matches.
How to play (Cornilleau TT authorised importer) www.pingengland.com
Referee: Ideally a third person should All play all, 11 up, one set or best of 3 Tel: 08452 600 780
English Table Tennis Association
be used to keep score. Match results must www.uktabletennis.co.uk
Numbers of players www.etta.co.uk
be submitted after the match has been
3, 4, 5, or 6 players per group
played to the tournament organiser.
For more ideas and score and draw sheets
please go to www.pinglondon.com
Knock out tournament format
Player A Winner match 1
Winner match 2
e te n n i
Player D Winner match 9
at E T
Winner match 10
Player F Winner match 3
Player G Winner match 4
Player H Winner match 13
Player I Winner match 14 Why not try out your local table tennis club? We’ve made it easier for you by making
Winner match 5 your first session free in participating venues (those listed in this booklet) – just cut out
Player K Winner match 6
this voucher and present at your local club.
Winner match 11 Valid until 30th November 2010
Player M Winner match 12
Player N Winner match 7
Player O Winner match 8 To club manager, please keep this voucher to one side until 30th November 2010