Mark Table Tennis Day with a game or two in Milton Keynes

Have a go at table tennis
Have a go at table tennis

Pick up your bat and celebrate Table Tennis Day on Thursday.

Table Tennis England has provided funding for the Ping! project which has been organised by Milton Keynes Council Sports Development team and Make a Difference.

The project has provided tables to play on for free with bats and balls provided at locations such as Station Square, the Hub, the centre:mk, intu Milton Keynes, Olney Recreation ground, Great Linford Local Centre, The Buszy, Willen Lake and the Lakes Estate, to name a few.

Events are also being organised at Caldecotte Lake by the Parks Trust, Ping! and picnic at St Andrews Church with special guest Andrew Baggaley, and an evening of Ping! at the Slug and Lettuce in the Theatre District.

Stuart White from Make a Difference said: “I think people forget how much they enjoy ping pong and it’s great to see the reaction when people pick up a bat for the first time in a while.

“Table Tennis Day is great fun and there are now many opportunities to keep playing in Milton Keynes this summer with Ping!”

Entering into year two, the free national street table tennis festival has over 25 ping pong tables springing up across Milton Keynes. The tables are here until August 30.

Cllr Liz Gifford, councillor for community services, said: “Last year the Ping table tennis tables were a hugely popular addition in Milton Keynes. Just seeing them dotted around and about, and seeing people grabbing a quick game or two and having fun brought a smile to my face – what a great idea!”

More information on table locations and events can be found at www.pingmiltonkeynes.co.uk, on Twitter @ping_mk and facebook.com/pingmiltonkeynes.