Town council joins forces with Table Tennis England to bring new scheme to Stratford
STRATFORD Town Council has teamed up with Table Tennis England to bring the sport to the very heart of the local community.
Ping! Stratford-upon-Avon has a strategy to see meaningful improvement in the health, wellbeing and quality of life for those living in the area.
Once the current restrictions are lifted, those who love table tennis – or just want to try new ways of being active – can access ping pong equipment at various locations across the town.
Although not currently in use, tables and accessories have been registered outdoors at Knights Lane, Hodgson’s Green, Shottery Fields, Alveston Manor Leisure Club, Stratford Town Football Club and the Recreation Ground.
Five new tables will also be installed at locations requested by residents during a survey completed last year.
Kevin Taylor, chairman of Stratford Table Tennis Club and of the town council, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Table Tennis England and to expand this national initiative around the town.
“Ping! provides yet more opportunities for people in Stratford to enjoy healthy activities for free.
“Through partnerships like this we are making sport more accessible to everyone, investing in the wellbeing of our residents and trying to address health inequalities across our communities.
"Just ten minutes of physical activity can improve our mood, and we know this has been a huge positive factor for many during the pandemic.
“Under the current national lockdown Ping! equipment is not available, but once restrictions are lifted I look forward to seeing people from all over the town making the most of these fantastic free facilities.”
Colin Eley, partnerships manager at Table Tennis England, said: “The flexible nature of the game means we can look forward to creating a wide range of different ways to play, whether competitively or socially, for people from all walks of life.
“Sharing the same passion, we’re excited to be working closely with Stratford Town Council to take ping pong to the people of Stratford.”