Table Tennis is a sport for all ages and abilities
Whether you are looking for recreational activity with friends, or a club for competitive training and matches, there are plenty of opportunities to play table tennis across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
There are also opportunities to get involved through coaching, volunteering and officiating. The National Governing Body, Table Tennis England offers advice and information on how to get involved.
Other organisations that can provide information and support on the development of Table Tennis include
Instant Ping Pong
If you haven't experienced Instant Ping Pong - what are you waiting for? This ingenious idea has revolutionised Table Tennis - all you need is an Instant Ping Pong set and a table, anywhere at anytime. Find out more about how you can buy a set and the game on the Instant Ping Pong website.
Clubmark is Sport England's quality assurance scheme. Clubs are assessed and monitored to ensure their safety, commitment to development and the quality of their coaching. A list of Clubmark clubs in Hampshire is below, to find a club near you visit www.getactivehampshireiow.co.uk
- South Wonston Table Tennis Club
- New Milton Table Tennis Club
- Portsmouth Table Tennis Club
- Waterside Table Tennis Club
- Generation 2 Table Tennis Club
Aldershot & District
Andover & District
Basingstoke & District
Portsmouth & District
South East Hants
Isle of Wight
Coaching and Officiating
Table Tennis Association offers a range of courses and qualifications in coaching and officiating as well as volunteer and leadership opportunities. You can find a list of coaching courses on the Table Tennis England website There is also a UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) coaching course available.
Table Tennis England provides opportunities for young people and schools to get involved. There are several awards for those who want to get involved with table tennis:
TT Networker scheme is a young leaders award, the first step on coaching, officiating or administration ladder for young people
the Junior Umpire Award and the Young Officials Award offer young people the first step into officiating."
Other courses for table tennis development include:
This award is suitable for qualified or student teachers and provides and introduction to table tennis coaching through theory and practical based sessions.
Details: The award is assessed through an open book written short answer assessment.
Cost: £35 per teacher (Butterfly Skills Manual can be purchased at a reduced cost)
Duration: 6 hours
Extra Information: The aims of the course are to: enable teachers to organise safe, enjoyable and purposeful table tennis activities suitable for school activity, provide information on organising competitions for students, inform teachers about further opportunities for pupils to take part in table tennis within the community.
Introduction to Coaching
This award is suitable for parents, sixth formers, candidates for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, table tennis players, and those that work within the youth or leisure/sport industries. This is mainly a practical course and provides an introduction to table tennis coaching.
Details: The award is assessed through an open book written short answer assessment
Cost: £35 per candidate
Duration: 6 hours
Extra Information: The aims of the course are to: enable participants to organise safe, enjoyable, and purposeful table tennis activities, organise suitable competitive games for their players, inform participants about further opportunities in table tennis within the community.
Introduction to Table Tennis
This award is suitable for anyone wanting to learn about the sport of table tennis for the first time. This course is mainly practical with some theory which provides an introduction to starter table tennis skills.
Details: The award has no assessment
Cost: £20 per candidate
Duration: 3 hours
Extra Information: The aims of the course are to: enable participants to organise safe, enjoyable, and purposeful table tennis activities, inform participants about the basic skills required at the starter level, inform participants about further opportunities in table tennis within the community.
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