Table Tennis in England is governed by the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA). However, the serious sport of table tennis is perceived by many as rather old-fashioned and exclusive. The sport at a competitive level has something of an image problem: league teams up and down the country are populated by paunchy middle-aged men in unnecessarily tight shorts, attracted to a game that can be played to a good standard even as one’s mobility is reduced by age and beer intake.
There are, however, an increasing number of informal groups, right across the country embracing table tennis’s more social cousin, ping pong. Different variations are flourishing, but there has been a particular explosion in the popularity of round-the-table ping pong.
The resurrection of the English Ping Pong Association after a 108 year hiatus has provided a democratic, informal network to champion and nurture the social and grass-roots versions of the game.