#1 Ping Pong is a fun and physical activity. Its easy to play, but difficult to master. There are so many variations of social ping pong, so you’ll always have more challenges to look forward to.
#2 There are no barriers to entry. The game transcends age, gender, social and ethnic differences.
#3 Anyone of any skill level can pick up a bat, and immediately have fun playing. You don’t really need any skill to enjoy yourself, but with every shot played you quickly become more confident.
#4 It can be fast-paced with bursts of activity and recovery. It benefits development of different muscle groups, but is easy on the body. You can play ping pong to your own capabilities and limitations and still have a good game.
#5 Playing improves hand-eye coordination and it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older people to refine tactics around the table.
#6 Ping pong is a fantastic social game. By playing, you’ll get to meet new people and make new friends.
#7 Playing socially may provide an entry into more structured or competitive table tennis. Table Tennis is the standardised global sport, governed by the ITTF. For more about Table Tennis in this country visit the ETTA website, and to read to up on the subtle differences between table tennis and ping pong click here
#8 It is quick to set up a game, requiring simple equipment and relatively small space to play. Variants of social and informal ping pong evolve in response to the spaces they’re played in. A small foldaway table is perfect for singles at home, while your local social ping pong venue or park table will have enough space for full-size games of round-the-table.
#9 It is a very safe activity. Compared to many sports, there are very few health and safety concerns.
#10 Ping pong can be played all year round, day or night – it is a non-seasonal game when played at one of the indoor social venues or bars. You can of course play outside when the weather allows. Find a table near you on this map, and add it to your ‘my places’ in your own google account.