Ping! Oxford returns this June and will see free table tennis play available at parks and venues across the city for eight weeks. This year for the first time there will also be a pop up Ping Pong Parlour.
The parlour will be hosted at Wahoo & The Glee Club in Hythe Bridge Street and will see seven tables available every Tuesday between 3pm and 10pm, and every Thursday and Sunday between 12pm and 7pm for eight weeks.
There will also be the normal free play available at the 14 community tables around the city and the roaming Ping! tables will make guest appearances at various events such as Rose Hill Mela (21 May), Common People Festival, South Park (28-29 May), Headington Festival (5 June) and Flofest (25 June)
The Ping! festival launches on Sunday 19th June with a Father’s Day themed event at the Ping Pong Parlour. As well as free play there will be coaching and exciting games and competitions for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
In preparation for this year’s festival volunteer Ping! Makers are being recruited to help gather monitoring and evaluation information for Table Tennis England, to re-stock tables with bats and balls and generally to help out at events.
Help is also needed at the parlour as well as at events around the city and in the various parks. People can donate as much or as little time as they can spare with training available for those who would like to pick up some table tennis tips!
Klair Price who was a Ping! Maker in 2013 and 2014 said: “…we had so much fun getting out and about in the community, encouraging people to have a go at Ping! We had whole families playing, individuals who had never picked up a bat before, groups of friends and even one young boy who shocked his mum by not only having a go, but then asking if he could ‘come back tomorrow’. She said he had never shown any interest in sport or physical activity before and was normally glued to a games console instead.
“My most memorable moment however was of a lady of 74, who stood with her walking stick, watching people playing on the table at Templars Square Shopping Centre. I went over to speak to her and she admitted that she would love to have a go, but thought she was too old and unsteady. I encouraged her to try and held her stick whilst she held the edge of the table. The look of delight on her face when she managed to return the ball each time was wonderful to see. She loved every minute of it and so did I.”
To volunteer and become a Ping! Maker with us this year please register before Friday 20 May at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PingMaker2016.
Please note that you must be over the age of 18 to volunteer with Ping! Oxford (though young people can help alongside a parent)
For more information regarding Ping! Oxford visit www.pingoxford.co.uk or contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 252728.