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                                                  Introduction                  Games
                                                  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
                                                  in London
                                                  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.

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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
                                                                                                                                involved with.
    Nunhead                                 Contact: Eric Jenkins                     Contact: Sue Merican
Contact: Abdul Wuraola                      Tel: 0208 303 8312                        Tel: 01895 251 724
Tel: 07584 245 552                          E-mail:            E-mail:
                                            76. Kemnal TTC
                                                                                                       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         
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:              Contact: Jason Sugrue
                                                                                                                               85. The Book Club, Shoreditch
Tel: 07814 907 816                                       Tel: 07817 171 483
E-mail:                                                        E-mail:
                                            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:         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:
                                            St Michaels Church Hall                                                               Shoreditch High Street
73. South Croydon TT                        Abbey Wood Road, Abbey Wood, SE2 0BP                                     
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:                    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
E-mail: southcroydontabletennisclub@
                                            South West London                         E-mail:
                                                                                                                                   London Bridge
                                                                                                                               Tel: 020 7036 9915                                 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
                                                Raynes Park
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
    Tooting Bec
                                            E-mail:                                             Word Series of Pong
Contact: Tom Draper
                                                                                              Keep an eye on this new bunch organising
Tel: 0208 874 1575
                                                                                                                               ping pong nights in London over the
                                                                                                                               coming months:

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How to organise your                                                                                 Resources
own games

Knock out                                     You will need
                                                                                                     Where to buy                                               Jarvis Sports
                                                                                                                                                                Tel: 01553 811 391
tournament                                    Players
                                              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
divided into successive rounds in which                                                     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                             
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                                               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)              
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                                                  
                                              Numbers of players                                                                                      
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

 Knock out tournament format

     Player A
     Player A                Winner match 1

                                                                                                                                                                              s clubs
                             Winner match 2

                                                                                                                                             e te n n i
     Player C

                                                                                                                                      TA tabl
     Player D                                        Winner match 9

                                                                                                                               at E T
                                                     Winner match 10

     Player E


                                                                                                 Free se
     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
     Player J
                             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.
     Player L
                                                     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
     Player P

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