Hundreds attracted to Croydon table tennis festival

By - Tuesday 14th July, 2015

Croydon Council helped to install 16 public table tennis tables across Croydon last month, in order to encourage residents to get involved with the sport in time for National Table Tennis Day on 16th July.

Release begins: Around 450 people have taken part in the first week of a council-backed free table tennis festival.

On Monday 22nd June, Table Tennis England and Croydon Council installed 16 ping pong tables with equipment across the borough to encourage residents, workers and visitors to play impromptu matches as part of the nationwide Ping! festival.

The free tables are in locations ranging from shopping centres and parks to cafés and even at East Croydon station, and they will be in place until 21 August.

So far, Ping! volunteers who keep the tables stocked with bats and balls have reported an average of 16 matches per location since Tuesday, plus more than 200 participants on the first day.

As well as free play, Croydon’s Ping! Festival includes masterclasses and a weekly competition at The Platform on Thursdays from 12.30pm-1.30pm, plus a competition to mark National Table Tennis Day (16th July) at Centrale.

The tables will remain long after the Ping! festival is over; installed in parks and estates on a permanent basis or donated to organisations for the benefit of the community.

The festival is just one of a summer of council-backed leisure events in Croydon, from this month’s Pearl Izumi cycling races to July’s Ambition music festival.

Council leader Councillor Tony Newman said: “This table tennis festival is all about getting people active and having fun for free while enjoying being out and about in Croydon.

“This council is proud to do even more to boost Croydon as a leisure destination, and our residents can look forward to a great summer of even more free events like this one.”

Ping! Croydon locations include:

  • The Whitgift Centre
  • The Platform (Ruskin Square)
  • Matthews Yard
  • RISE Gallery (St George’s Walk)
  • Centrale shopping centre
  • Healthy Living Hub (Croydon central library)
  • Croydon Arena
  • The Queen’s Gardens

Organisers still have one table that needs a permanent home in a shop or community space; contact Barry Lloyd at Croydon Council on 0208 760 5592.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Council



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