Cowley Table Tennis has two or three sessions per week: an All-comers social table tennis session on Wednesday evenings 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm (under 16s accompanied by an adult), and an Over-55s social table tennis session on Thursday mornings 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. No need to book, just turn up! We also have practice and/or coaching on two or three Tuesday evenings each month – our Table Tennis Sessions page has all the details.
1. Name change to “Over-55s”
Thursday mornings will be for Over-55s rather than Over-50s from now on, to bring us into line with other similar sessions in the area. BUT this applies only to new players. Current players aged 50-54 can carry on, no questions asked!
2. Extended hours 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
From this week, we’ll open for 3 hours on Thursday mornings, but limit players to no more than 2 hours. New/less experienced players are encouraged to start 9.30/10 a.m. and more experienced/league-standard players to start 10.30/11 am.
This should offer a more comfortable space for beginners to join and for experienced players to play challenging matches, while keeping opportunities for everyone to play each other at both singles and doubles. And socialise over tea and biscuits of course – from 10.30 on!
There’ll be lots of table tennis activity at Oxford’s Ping Pong Parlour for when you can’t be at Cowley Table Tennis. Details confirmed so are:
The Ping Pong Parlour is at Wahoo, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW between 19th June and 14th August
Sundays 12 – 7 pm
Tuesdays 3 pm – 10 pm
Thursdays 12 pm – 7 pm
7 tables available for free drop-in play
Food & Drink available
9th August Pubs/ Clubs Challenge 7 – 9 pm
Teams of 2 – 4 people
Over 18’s only
Doubles play in pools, then semi-finals, finals
Or simply drop in during opening hours to play and encourage visitors to the Parlour to get involved
We’re delighted to announce that qualified Level 1 Table Tennis coach Joanna Mellon will be running coaching sessions on 4 Tuesday evenings this summer. Details are below.
More advanced players should wait for the Level 2 coaching we have planned for August. Again, contact Joanna to register an interest or find out more.
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)
Update: Watch Gavin Rumgay take on Cowley Table Tennis’s Robo Pong in the That’s Oxford TV report on the event
If you’re in Oxford on Wednesday 6th April be sure to drop in to the Town Hall between 11.00 am – 15.00 pm to celebrate World Table Tennis Day. There’ll be free table tennis and the chance to meet international TT legend Gavin Rumgay.
This event at the historic Oxford Town Hall is sponsored by Oxford City Council in conjunction with Unison, Fusion, Oxford & District Table Tennis Association and Table Tennis England. It’s part of the City Council‘s promotion of health and wellbeing among staff and the community in general.
There will be 6/7 full-size table-tennis tables available for members of staff and the public generally to come along and play free of charge (equipment provided), regardless of whether you are elite standard or a beginner, young or old, male or female, or have disabilities.
There will also be exhibition games, coaching, competitions and Robo-Pong, the Cowley Table Tennis robot.
Star attraction will be Gavin Rumgay, British international table tennis player and World Ping Pong Star. Precise times for his exhibition(s) to be confirmed, but he will be present for the whole session.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We’re looking for a maximum of 12 teams of two players to take part in a trial run of Paddle-Ox, a two-a-side mini league, during February and March. Two Divisions of up to six teams each. Division A for good league-standard players and Division B for social players.
Interested? Act quickly! You have until February 5th to register your team. Find out more here.