Festival of table tennis coming to the North West

Residents in Greater Manchester and Merseyside will soon be enjoying free ping pong, thanks to a new innovative project to introduce people to the sport.

The table tennis taster will run for eight weeks, and aims to help tenants get fit and have fun.

The programme has been made possible thanks to a partnership between Symphony Housing Group and Table Tennis England. The project will be rolled out to Symphony’s members; Contour Homes, Liverpool Housing Trust, Ribble Valley Homes and Hyndburn Homes.

The low impact sessions, which can improve hand eye co-ordination and flexibility, are open to all ages, and will take place in number of community centres and residential schemes across the North West throughout April and May.

As part of the project, more than 30 volunteers will become ‘activators’. They will get practical training on the rules and basic techniques so they can deliver the new sports scheme locally with confidence.

Anna Lorimer, Project Officer for Symphony Housing Group: “Working in partnership with Table Tennis England to deliver this project has given us a fantastic opportunity to bring a new activity to our residents, promoting movement, involvement & hopefully a fun pursuit that they will continue to enjoy long past the end of the project.”

Sara Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of Table Tennis England, said: “The beauty of table tennis is that literally anyone can play, competitively or just for fun. It’s a great way to be more active and it’s a great social sport, so I’m sure everyone who plays will not only feel the mental and physical benefits but also play with a smile on their faces.”