Top 10 Ways to Establish Ping Pong in Your Community

#1 The Ping! Public Fund

The Ping! Public Fund closed to entrants on April 23 2012, however the initiate is part of the Ping! England initiative that will see hundreds of tables appearing on streets in cities across the country. Visit the Ping! website to find your nearest table.


#2 Borrow a Table via the English Ping Pong Association

The EPPA owns five table tennis tables and plenty of bats and balls. Practicalities allowing, we’re keen to lend them short term to anyone who needs equipment for an event, and long term to bars/offices or community groups that will make good use of them.

If our own tables are all tied up, we’re also happy to put all you people seeking a table in touch with owners of tables and help you arrange a suitable loan.

We’d also love to hear from you if you’re the owner of a table, and would be happy to loan it out to benefit the wider community from time to time…

Email us on



#3 Spacehive – Crowdfunding



Crowdfunding websites, such as Spacehive provide a platform to promote and fundraise for neighbourhood improvement projects. Spacehive is set up to help communities transform their local public spaces…
Create your project here or learn how it works and how to pledge money to live projects here.


What’s so good about it?
Everyone cares about their local area. We’d all like to make improvements. But with councils out of cash, we need a new way of getting things done. The great thing about Spacehive is that anyone can put forward project ideas and anyone can fund them. Suddenly BMX tracks can get built for £30 per rider, wetlands revitalised for £50 per twitcher, or drab high streets made welcoming for £1,000 per local trader.


So its all about money?
Not at all. Because projects have to reach out to the community for support, the things that get built are much more likely to be valued by people. It’s a process that binds people together and gives them a stronger sense of ownership over their area.


We’re really excited about these new ways of funding little projects. Rather than spend time and energy trying to get funding through traditional routes, ask a load of local, and not-so-local people to all pledge a little – and see your project come to life! Get in touch for more information, we’re good friends with them.


Or visit their site direct


#4 Unltd Funding Level 1

Level 1 Awards are aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea which will change society for the better, and want help getting it off the ground. The money is to help with the running costs of the project. At Level 1 you can apply for an award of between £500 and £5,000, (with an average award size of £2,000).

These awards are for people who:

– Have an idea which will benefit their community
– Have thought about how they will run their project
– Have some evidence that there is a need for their project
– Will learn a new skill from carrying out their project

Above all, UnLtd wants to support people who have the vision, drive, passion and commitment to develop their project and whilst doing it, will have the opportunity to increase their skills and vision. The award can be used for the things you need to start or develop your project: materials, equipment, renting rooms for meetings and so on.

You can read more, check to see if your project is eligible and download an application form here on the Unltd website…


#5 Sport England – Small Grants Scheme

The Sport England Small Grants Scheme opened in April 1st 2009 and has been set up to support local community sports projects. The scheme supports projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

The grant scheme is available to any bona fide not-for-profit club or association, statutory body or educational establishment. The fund will not fund individuals or organisations established to make a profit.

The Small Grants scheme guidelines are as follows:

– Awards are for amounts from £300-10,000
– The total project cost should not exceed £50,000
– Projects must be deliverable within 12 months and provide a monitoring report within 13 months of the date of the offer letter
– Projects must seek to increase participation in sport, sustain participation in sport or provide opportunities to excel at a chosen sport
– Sporting outcomes must be the main focus of the project
– Projects must be focused only on sports currently recognised by Sport England and delivered to beneficiaries based in England

Organisations can submit an application online via the Sport England Investment Centre and a decision will be made within 6 weeks.

Considering applying?

If so, your project/organisation should:
– be eligible and have suitable governance arrangements to manage the grant
– meet the aims of the Small Grants Programme
– have clear aims and objectives, and stand a good chance of achieving those aims
– the project should represent good value for money
– the application must present clear evidence of the need for the project

The EPPA are also aware of Sport England’s commitment to reducing the 14+ drop-off rate, and so – projects aimed at increasing the number of 14 – 25 year olds playing regular sport will be viewed favourably.
For further information and to apply go to:


#6 Join Street Games

StreetGames is a sports charity that changes lives and communities. They do it by supporting a network of projects which give sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Doorstep sport is StreetGames’ delivery method, whereby they bring sport close to the home in disadvantaged communities at the right time, for the right price, to the right place and in the right style.

The aim of each StreetGames project, accredited by StreetMark, is to be sustainable and become part of the fabric of the community. This leads to stronger and safer communities, a championing of social action and volunteering, as well as improved health and wellbeing.

StreetGames is proud that it gives young people exactly what they’re seeking – the chance to enjoy sport, give back to their communities and aspire to greater things. The enthusiasm that this breeds leads to an increase in sports participation and a recognition of the enjoyment that can be gained from taking part in sport.

When a sports project joins StreetGames it becomes part of a network of over 120 projects across England, Wales and Scotland that all share the same aim – to bring sport to young people regardless of their background.

The StreetGames network and branding gives a project the ability to promote itself as part of a London 2012 Inspire marked programme and a Sport England National Partner organisation. The project will also benefit from their nationwide network of expertise and contacts. Being a StreetGames project also grants access to their programmes – Us GirlsThe Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers, the StreetGames Training Academy and StreetGames – Legacy Leaders – which enhance the project for its young people.

Being part of an award-winning national movement can also enhance a project’s case in grant and fundraising applications.

StreetGames always welcomes applications to join its network. Community sport projects that successfully apply to join StreetGames receive our seal of approval – StreetMark.

If you run a sports project that works with young people in areas of deprivation and would like to find out more information about joining StreetGames, please contact the StreetGames regional manager in your area. They will discuss eligibility, answer any questions and talk you through the StreetMark process. 


#7 Sportivate

Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery programme that gives 14-25 year olds access to six-week courses in a range of sports including judo, golf, table tennis, wakeboarding, athletics, and parkour or free running.

The programme is aimed at those who are not currently choosing to take part in sport in their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time, and will support them to continue playing sport in their community after the six weeks is up. During the six weeks a participant may work toward an event or personal challenge.

Sportivate is fully inclusive and targets participants across this group, including young people who have a disability, males and females and people from people BME groups.

Get Involved:
Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships (CSPs), working with local clubs and providers. To find out more about Sportivate in your area click this link.




#8 Demonstrate the Demand for Ping Pong locally


If you and a bunch of friends are frustrated by the lack of ping pong opportunities near you, why not use the local political (yes, we said politics) system to campaign for a table to be built in your local park?


Photo courtesy of Holloway Life


That’s exactly what eleven year old Ezra Glasstone did in 2009. The young ping ponger was desperate to see a table installed in nearby Wray Crescent open space in north London. So, he collected a petition of 170 names, which he then took to Islington Town Hall. Thanks to this one individual’s determination, some support from his friends, and eventually backing from local councillors, the table is now successfully installed. Look – you can see it on this map for yourself.


If this process all sounds a little too daunting, it may be more effective to take your proposal to friends of local park groups, or tenant resident associations to help you build up the support necessary to lobby your local authority.


The English Ping Pong Association will be more than happy to provide references for well-considered proposals, supply information to support your case, and even help to compile the case itself, if you ask nicely. Email us at


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#9 Untitled Space’s Hit & Run – Urban Ping Pong

If you’d like Untitled Space to drop their mobile ping pong table into a space in your neighbourhood, run some games of round-the-table and rally interest amongst other residents in the community, you can email us on As the summer months approach, Untitled Space and the EPPA are looking forward to an exciting few months of guerilla-style ping pong, with Hit & Run being a part of this.

Untitled Space want these nomadic events to lead to a long-lasting, self-organising local ping pong culture, so we want you to tell us where the appetite for ping pong already exists. From there, Hit & Run will try to expand support for the game, and forge links with possible funding sources, such as recently featured on our own blog roll – SpacehiveUnltd or Sport England.

For more information on Hit & Run you can contact Untitled Space directly by emailing


#10 Test Popularity With a Temporary Table First


Ever wondered what would happen if a ping pong table landed in your local park? Create your own, temporary ping pong table and find out… (the EPPA will be publishing ideas and inspiration for home-made tables on a budget soon. Keep checking the blog)


Once in place, your table’s mysterious appearance will create a sense of drama against the routine of every other day. Seeing you and friends playing there will encourage other people to get involved too, make sure you talk to them, and really help everyone to understand what a social and recreational asset a permanent table could be for the whole community.


Putting up some posters, spreading the word by talking to prominent members of the community are good ways of promoting your project. Once the DIY table is in action you’ll need to find an effective way of gathering names and contact details for everyone who’s interested. These will be needed when building a case for funding, helping to develop and promote the project – and to spread the word when your permanent table is installed!


Read the other 10 Ways to Establish Ping Pong in Your Community (above) to learn about possible ways of funding the project.


Or get in touch via for more information and to talk about ping pong in your community in more detail…

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