Ping Pong Camden

Ping Pong Camden

Free table tennis sessions available to everyone, people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities to interact together, have fun&keep fit.

We did it!

On 21st Oct 2017 we successfully raised £1,060 with 3 supporters in 42 days

Ping Pong Camden Club is a not for profit community group working within the borough of Camden, bringing sport and table tennis to the community.

 Free table tennis sessions are available to everyone, people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities can join the sessions. Families are encouraged to interact together, have fun, socialise and keep fit in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

While the young people are still in school the session will begin with the older people and then the young people will join the session with them all playing ping pong together and then the young people will finish the session.

Whether you are new to table tennis, returning to an old hobby, or simply want to get active, socialise and have fun, Ping Pong Camden Club is the place to be.

The club is based in the Basil Jellicoe Community Hall which has various table tennis opportunities, training sessions and fun games, suitable for all abilities. Put your skills to the test and give it a go.

The club opens each Wednesday and Friday, with sessions for  older people (2pm) and young people (3.30pm). Weekly sessions are completely free, with no need to book, simply drop by.

A true sport for all Table Tennis is great for all ages and genders, those who are fit and no so fit, able-bodied and those with disabilities and special education needs. In fact, anyone can play Table Tennis.

It is easy to set up, relatively inexpensive and a healthy and safe activity, combining concentration of the mind with co-ordination of the body and it’s great fun!

Offering table tennis activities for everyone and for free, can bring together people from all ages, different backgrounds and those who may be from hard to reach backgrounds. It is a safe environment where families can play together, sharing their time doing a brilliant activity that will keep them fit, encourages concentration and having fun at the same time.

In our open free sessions we have carefully planned and organised the sessions to enable time for adults and young people to develop team-working skills, working together, playing together and builds self-confidence by putting their skills to the test.

The sessions will run at the Basil Jellicoe Hall, free of charge. The club currently has all the necessary facilities and equipment needed: tables, bats, nets and balls to facilitate a wide variety of games and drills. There is however space within Basil Jellicoe Hall to add an additional table which would allow us to increase participation and this is something that a successful crowdfunding application bid would allow for, as having a professional coach guiding and leading the sessions, also new equipment need it to run the project. Looking forward the Ping Pong Camden Club hopes to create networks with local schools in the area with a vision to start after-school clubs for young people in the area.

A professional qualified table tennis coach will be available to guide and encourage participants into the game, giving some coaching advice and managing the sessions.

Benefits of table tennis

  • Playing improves hand-eye coordination and it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older people to refine tactics.
  • Develops mental acuity. The speed, spin and placement of the ball are crucial in table tennis, and practiced players are highly skilled in both creating and solving puzzles involving these three attributes.
  • Improves reflexes. Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of the sport, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. The game is distinguished by bursts of exertion and recovery, leading to fast-twitch muscle development.
  • It’s easy on the joints. Have you had knee surgery, back problems, tired of twisting your ankles? Try table tennis. It’s a great way to improve your leg, arm and core strength without overtaxing your joints.
  • Burns calories. A 150-pound person can burn 272 calories by playing table tennis for an hour. Considering the fact that the sport is entertaining and addictive, it can be a fun and easy way to burn calories.
  • Offers a social outlet. Whether you play in the community center or at home with friends, table tennis offers a great way to bond with other people while you lose weight. Because young and old people can play the game, it can help improve communication and build relationships, irrespective of age. Playing at home with siblings or parents can bring family members closer and enable them to spend more quality time with each other.
  • Keeps your brain sharp. Alzheimer’s Weekly reports a clear increase in motor skills and cognitive awareness from playing table tennis, after a series of preliminary clinical studies in Japan found that table tennis markedly increases the flow of blood to the brain, and could possibly even prevent dementia.
  • Improves coordination. Following the ping pong ball as it moves quickly toward you, and following its trajectory as your opponent hits it helps improve hand-eye coordination.
  • Improves balance. Staying balanced and being able to quickly change direction are key to being successful in a ping pong rally. This is especially important for the elderly.
  • Stimulates various different parts of the brain. By anticipating an opponent’s shot, a player uses the prefrontal cortex for strategic planning. The aerobic exercise from the physical activity of the game stimulates the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing us to form and retain long-term facts and events.


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