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Table tennis event - get involved and help older people stay active

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Got an interest in Table Tennis? Whether you are a coach, a talented player or a novice or someone who would just like to lend a hand, then Hampshire County Council's over 65's table tennis event needs you.

As part of its programme of activities for older people, Hampshire County Council's Older People's Wellbeing Team is organising a table tennis event for the over 65s. The event will offer coaching sessions to improve skills and the opportunity to see top Hampshire players in action. Coaches and volunteers are being sought to help at the event.

Over the past year, the County Council has been participating in the National 'Ping Pong Care Campaign', by supporting events and screenings of the acclaimed and inspirational film about a group of older people who take up table tennis and compete in the Over 80s World Table Tennis Championships. The screenings have been held at community venues around the county and have led to many new clubs for older people springing up across Hampshire.

The annual Ping Pong Event will be held on Saturday 4 October at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh from 10.00am to 5.00pm and is open to anyone over the age of 65. There is no age limit for coaches and volunteers!

The day includes:

  • Ping pong coaching session

  • Watch a master class with top Hampshire players

  • FREE buffet lunch for those taking part

  • Singles competition for over 65s and over 75s (sign up on the day)

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "Table Tennis is an activity that anyone can take part in, and this event will help inspire more older people to have a go. Getting people involved in social and physical activities helps to address isolation and loneliness, as well as improving physical and emotional wellbeing - all of which help people to live independently. I hope we will see a good take up in terms of people able to help out at the event and those participating."

All participants receive a free t-shirt and the cost is just £1 for the whole day. If you are interested in participating, coaching or being a volunteer at the event, please contact Sophie Jevons in the first instance, Sophie.jevons@hants.gov.uk 01962 846605. Entries can also be made online.

Read more about the health benefits of table tennis and exercise classes for older people in the latest edition of Hampshire Now.

Notes to editors

1. The Ping Pong Care Campaign is a national health & wellbeing campaign that encourages and promotes active ageing. Challenging what it means to grow old, the Ping Pong Care Campaign engages the issues of ageing and benefits of active ageing by bringing the film, as motivational starter, and game to older person settings across the country.

The campaign is backed by the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities programme, enabling it to bring its active ageing message and resources to older person settings most in need for free. Hampshire County Council purchased several copies of the film and Ping Pong kits for screenings at a variety of venues around Hampshire, including community centres, residential homes and day services. www.pingpongfilm.co.uk

2. The membership of Hampshire's Ping Pong Campaign steering group includes Eastleigh Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Table Tennis England, Sport Hampshire, Brendon Care, Hampshire County Council, Waterside Table Tennis Club and the Chairman of REACT Games.

3. Hampshire County Council's Older People's Wellbeing Team supports the 84% of older people who are not intensively using health and social care services. The team does this through:

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