The EPPA is a loose, democratic and not-for-profit collective of ping pong enthusiasts. The idea of reforming an English Ping Pong Association after more than 100 years first came to the organisers of London round-the-table club The Young Offenders Institute. The idea was first discussed publicly at the Berlin Pongress of 2010. The re-born EPPA has been ushered into the world by the folks from The YOI and Untitled Space/Hit and Run.
The EPPA is here to connect ping pong players with each other and with the places they can play, and to encourage them to explore ever more creative things to do with bats, balls, tables and imaginations.
We welcome any initiatives that take the game to challenging new locations and broaden its appeal. Temporary, nomadic and community-driven projects elevate ping-pong on cultural, sociological and architectural agendas too. Central to everything is a sense of fun – by engaging people, the act of play simplifies complex situations, reveals otherwise hidden characteristics and aspirations of those playing, and provides delight in the uncertainty.
The EPPA support and promote projects, pioneers and interventions that share this simple ideology. Such projects may involve ping pong directly or indirectly, exploring positive interactions with physical space, the role of play and laughter in unlocking public space, breaking through social barriers, raising aspirations and empowering communities to act more decisively in support of their own needs.
The EPPA supports efforts to safeguard the legacy of projects, small, large, temporary or long-term, by championing lasting connections with communities and working with motivated local individuals and groups. Where it is appropriate, the EPPA will look to take a more active role, as advisors or in participation – especially if the project gives us an excuse to play some ping pong ourselves….
The EPPA doesn’t stand opposed to the ETTA – players who discover the game as ‘ping pong’ may well want to practice table tennis in a more structured and competitive form alongside, or eventually instead of, ping pong. We think there’s plenty of room for both.
Core objectives of the new EPPA:
1. Increase the number of people playing ping pong
2. Work to develop a stronger positive image for the game
3. Support an inclusive game, and engage new players and fans, especially the young, vulnerable and under-privileged
4. Develop a network that supports and connects the efforts of otherwise isolated groups and individuals