Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Park table tennis

Preston Park
In addition to Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens now has its own permanent table tennis table and more tables are planned for other city parks later in the year.

Visitors can borrow bats and balls from park attendants or bring their own equipment to play on the concrete tables. There is no charge to use the permanent tables or borrow the equipment.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Sports Development Team arranged for the tables to be set up in the parks. The tables were donated by the English Table Tennis Association.

Table tennis is gaining a keen following and the addition of these tables is set to boost ping pong playing in the city this Olympic summer (table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1998).

The new tables also provide a chance for people to test their skills in preparation for the city-wide event PING! taking place next month. PING! will see 36 standard ping pong tables set up around the city for six weeks from June 29 2012. The PING! project aims to see as many people as possible ping pong playing at locations including Jubilee Square, Churchill Square and the seafront.

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