Blitz Table Tennis are a well-established local club, benefitting from professional coaches and standards that range from beginner to England representation. We are being supported by Table Tennis England in our initiative to provide Table Tennis facilities on a “Bat and Chat” basis, for people locally and over 50.
We hope that these sessions will be fun and informal, with an opportunity for some time off the table during each session, to have a drink and talk among fellow players. These will be social sessions and not too serious, but may have a range of standards mix together, from complete beginner to local league players.
Our aims with this initiative are to generally raise awareness of the fitness and mental health benefits of table tennis and to promote the social aspects and increased well-being benefits the game can bring.
Table tennis has been shown to be an excellent sport to play later in life, some of the key reasons are below:
- It is a sport that you can play socially and competitively until late in life (up to 90+ years of age).
- It’s a great sport to be able to play but also chat and share humour during the match (players are only five metres away from each other at either end).
- The sport has shown to have great health benefits with strong evidence to show playing table tennis helps to reduce the risk and slow down the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
More specifically we hope that the Bat and Chat sessions will lead to increased membership generally and participation in our table tennis club and assist with the Club’s sustainability longer term.
The Bat and Chat sessions are new to our club and we intend to use the Gainsborough Academy facilities on a Thursday evening for the session, as it is our Club’s social night. The club is open from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and will cost £3.00 per participant for each session. The tables and bats and balls, etc, will be freely available and all we ask is that any players wear suitable shoes, such as training shoes.
We are hoping to have at least 10 people at each of the sessions but can cope with 50 or more! The sessions will begin on Thursdays as soon as we have an expression of interest.
For further information, please contact Blitz Club Chairman, Steve Fox on 07920 041925, who will be happy to help with any enquiries.