5 KEY BENEFITS TO TABLE TENNIS IN EDUCATION
The International School Sport Federation (ISF) clearly states that there are not many sports that match education as well as Table Tennis. If you are not currently providing Table Tennis in your school here are 5 benefits and great reasons to introduce the game to your students:
1. The perfect indoor sport An excellent indoor sport for encouraging physical activity as a curricular and extracurricular option all year round, especially on those rainy spring/summer days.
2. It’s fun and anyone can play! Age, gender or physical abilities do not matter. It really is a sport for anyone.
3. Great extracurricular activity It is advised that children should be active for at least 60 minutes per day. Table Tennis can easily be played at lunchtimes and after school, widening the opportunities for students to become active whilst having fun with friends.
4. A low-risk sport Table Tennis is proven to be one of the safest sports in education and beyond, with minimal accidents/injuries even when playing doubles.
5. An excellent competitive game A fantastic competitive sport for education. There are many competitions across the UK run by some of the nation’s biggest NGB’s such as Table Tennis England & Tennis for Britain, Table Tennis Scotland
WHAT MAKES A GOOD TABLE TENNIS SETUP?
Thinner blade (5 ply) = Great for all round play (50 / 70)
Thicker blade (7-9 ply) = Great for faster, offensive play and provides extra strength. Material = Plastic handles can be cost saving and weatherproof, but don’t provide the quality needed to play at training or advanced level.
Thinner sponge = Gives players more control but less speed
Thicker sponge = More speed but less control
Pimples out = Gives players more control, but less spin.
Pimples in = Generates more spin, but less control.
KNOW YOUR BAT
KNOW YOUR BALL
Table Tennis balls become firmer the higher the star rating, giving them more speed, agility and better performance.
Affordable and great for beginners / primary school players
Training ball, perfect for secondary education
Excellent competition / advance play ball
The first thing to consider when selecting a table will be the space you have and where you would like your students to play. Will the game be played indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both? If you plan on playing indoors with the odd day in the sun, you will not necessarily need to purchase a weather resistant, outdoor specific, table.
The ITTF Regulations for room space state that you are required a minimum of 5 ft at each end of the table where your players will be, plus 3 ft on both sides equalling 19x11 sq ft of clear space.
The Space Saver
Many table tennis tables will fold up. If transportability is essential, you will need to look for a table that can be folded away easily, is small in size, wheelable and potentially splits into two. A rollaway style table folds in two halves and is mounted on wheels for quick and easy portability; ideal for school use when managing diverse timetables.
The Butterfly Space Saver 22 Deluxe is a great space saving, tournament level for both indoor and outdoor: 7240264CX
The thicker the table, the more bounce, allowing faster and livelier play. Thinner table surfaces, up to 20 mm, are adequate for a casual game but will not suffice for a higher level of performance, competitions and beyond. If a good level of performance and training is required, a surface depth of 22-30 mm is recommended. The downside can be weight and transportability for the deeper, more heavy-duty tables.
The International Table Tennis Federation recommends a full sized table Full size: 152.5cm (W) x 274cm (L) x 76cm (H) as seen above.