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Anyone Can Play Table Tennis!
Table tennis is one of the most adaptable and inclusive sports there is for people with all kinds of disabilities.
People with any impairment can play table tennis, however high performance table tennis currently does not have specific classifications for visual and hearing impairments, at the moment.
Get active through table tennis wherever you are:
- Public Tables - You can find table tennis tables in unexpected places on the streets of towns and cities all over England; to join in the fun, simply head for a table and play…it’s absolutely free! Pop your postcode into the Table finder map from Table Tennis England.
- Ping Pong Parlours - Ping Pong Parlours are ‘pop-up’ spaces (usually empty shop units), filled with table tennis tables to provide a fun, accessible venue to play ping pong for free.
- Clubs & Competitive Opportunities - We work with Table Tennis clubs & leagues across the country to ensure they provide an inclusive and welcoming environment. Table Tennis England also provide guidance to clubs on how to create inclusive sessions for people who may require additional support. Club/Table Finder
Inclusive Table Tennis
Whether you want to play competitively or just for fun Table Tennis is the game for you! But don’t take our word for it – let members of the Para GB squad inspire YOU to get involved:
Find out more: Inclusive Table Tennis (Table Tennis England)
“The Table Tennis England PremierClub programme aims to create a National network of clubs who are committed to improving player and volunteer experience, sharing best practice and increasing participation in table tennis. PremierClubs are given an enhanced level of support by Table Tennis England and commit to operating in line with Table Tennis England safeguarding and equality policies.”
Polybat is a popular form of adapting table tennis for those with severe motor function problems, or those who are deafblind. For all other impairments, there are small adaptations you can make! You can play table tennis with bigger, colored balls, players can sit against wheelchair players, some players can tape the bat to their hand to assist grip. The rule changes are minimal, with one slight serving change for wheelchair play.
To find a table tennis club, an outdoor table tennis table or to enter a table tennis competition please visit the Table Tennis England website here.
British Para Table Tennis is the governing body for para table tennis in Britain. "We develop the sport in close co-operation with the NGBs of Table Tennis in the Home Nations. Table tennis was included in the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and is now estimated to have over 40 million competitive players and millions of recreational players. We now have a good track record in Para Table Tennis events."