Table Tennis

Top 5 Benefits for Education

13/08/2020

  • It’s fun and anyone can play

    Age, gender or physical abilities do not matter. It really is a sport for anyone.

  • The perfect indoor sport

    An excellent indoor sport for encouraging physical activity as a curricular and extracurricular option all year round.

  • Great extracurricular activity

    Table Tennis can easily be played at lunchtimes and after school, widening the opportunities for students to become active,  whilst having fun.

  • A low-risk sport

    Table Tennis is proven to be one of the safest sports in education and beyond, with minimal accidents/injuries even when playing doubles.

  • An excellent competitive game

    There are many competitions across the UK run by some of the nation’s biggest NGB’s.

Find out more about our Table Tennis range

What makes a good Table Tennis setup?

1. Know your ball

Table Tennis balls become firmer the higher the star rating, giving them more speed, agility, and better performance.

  • 1 Star

    Affordable and great for beginners / primary school players.

  • 2 Star

    Training ball, perfect for secondary education.

  • 3 Star

    Excellent competition / advance play ball.

2. Know your bat

The Blade

Thinner blade (5 ply) = Great for all-round play (50 / 70).

Thicker blade (7-9 ply) = Great for faster, offensive play and provides extra strength. Material = Plastic handles can be cost-saving and weatherproof, but don’t provide the quality needed to play at training or advanced level.

The Sponge

Thinner sponge = Gives players more control but less speed.
Thicker sponge = More speed but less control.

The Pimples

Pimples out = Gives players more control, but less spin.
Pimples in = Generate more spin, but less control.

3. Know your table

The Depth

The thicker the table, the more bounce, allowing faster and livelier play. Thinner table surfaces, up to 20 mm, are adequate for a casual game but will not suffice for a higher level of performance, competitions and beyond. If a good level of training is required, a surface depth of 22-30 mm is recommended.

The Environment

The first thing to consider when selecting a table will be the space you have and where you would like your students to play. Will the game be played indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both? If you plan on playing indoors with the odd day in the sun, you will not necessarily need to purchase a weather-resistant, outdoor specific, table.

The ITTF Regulations for room space state that you are required a minimum of 5 ft at each end of the table where your players will be, plus 3 ft on both sides equalling 19×11 sq ft of clear space.

The Space Saver

Many table tennis tables will fold up. If transportability is essential, you will need to look for a table that can be folded away easily, is small in size, wheelable and potentially splits into two. A rollaway style table folds in two halves and is mounted on wheels for quick and easy portability; ideal for school use when managing diverse timetables.

The Dimensions

The International Table Tennis Federation recommends a full sized table Full size: 152.5cm (W) x 274cm (L) x 76cm (H) as seen above.

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