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, the English Table Tennis Association offers advice and information on how to get involved.
Other organisations that can provide information and support on the development of Table Tennis include
- International Table Tennis Federation
- Veteran's English Table Tennis Society
- English Schools Table Tennis Association
Return to Table Tennis
Return to Table Tennis is part of the ‘Return to Sport’ scheme and aims to encourage more people to get involved in table tennis, regardless of previous experience. Courses are run at centres across the county from time to time – check out the events pages to see if there are any upcoming courses near you.
Come and Play Sessions
Come and Play Sessions are pay and play sessions - so there's no need to book a course - just turn up and play!
The following Clubs hold Open Club nights for anyone to just turn up and play.
- Aldershot & District Table Tennis League
- Andover & District Table Tennis League
- Generation II Table Tennis Club
- Kings Table Tennis Club
- Portsmouth Table Tennis Club
- Southampton West Table Tennis Club
- Waterside Table Tennis Club
- IOW Table Tennis Association
The English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) offers a range of courses and qualifications in coaching and officiating as well as volunteer and leadership opportunities. For further information on any of the courses please contact Nico Caltabiano .
English Table Tennis Association 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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