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Plenty of Pings! to do in Leicester

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PING pong is returning to Leicester’s streets, open spaces and summer events as part of a nationwide tour highlighting the game.

Leicester has been part of the national Ping! scheme since 2012, which encourages people of all ages to participate in the game.

Since then an estimated 250,000 participants in the city have picked up a bat and ball to take part in the sport at one of the free tables.

A number of these tables are once again taking pride of place at events across the city as part of this year's Ping! programme.

The Ping! roadshow will kick off at this year’s Riverside Festival (this weekend - June 4th and 5th) before criss-crossing around the city and taking centre stage at this year’s City Festival, in August.

There are also tables at Highcross, Jubilee Square, Magazine Square, local Parks and Cathedral Gardens.

In all, over 40 volunteers aged 17 to 81years old are assisting at Ping! events at more than 20 events across the city this summer.

Winners of the local Ping! Competitions will take part in the King of Ping! Finale at this year’s Get Active Festival  in the city centre along Humberstone Gate on Sunday 28 August, between 11am and 4pm.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “It’s great to see Ping! returning to the city for the fifth year running. 

“ I’m also delighted that Leicester has been at the forefront in attracting new audiences to Ping! which continues to attract such high levels of participation.

“It’s fun, free and keeps people on the move and very active.”

The Ping! project also has the support of local table tennis clubs, along with an extremely active table tennis steering group, developing the sport for grass roots players wanting to take part for recreation or to compete.

Tables will be in various locations across the city throughout August. For further details visit www.facebook.com/pingleicester or Twitter on Leicester TT and ping_tweets

Alternatively contact Leicester City Council sports regeneration officer Mehboob Bachoo on 0116 454 0590 or at mehboob.bachoo@leicester.gov.uk

Ping! is managed and delivered by Table Tennis England in partnership with local authorities and a wide range of creative and cultural organisations.

People in Leicester can also take part in Ping! sessions at the following:

  • Aylestone Leisure Centre
  • Braunstone Leisure Centre
  • Cossington Sports Centre
  • Fullhurst Community Centre
  • Knighton Park Table Tennis Club
  • Leicester Leys Leisure Centre
  • Spence Street Sports Centre
  • Waterfront Sports and Education Centre

Leicester also has table tennis clubs at Abbots Road, Knighton Park, Leicester Electricity Sports Club and the Leicester Table Tennis Development Group.