Table Tennis Association
Olympic sport since 1988 and the worlds biggest racket sport, is played
by around 2 million people in Britain and 300 million people worldwide. 186 countries
are affiliated to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The sport
is included for the first time in The 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
The sport had its origins as a parlour game in England from the 1880s, and
following the ping pong craze of the turn of the century, revived in England in
the early 1920s with the Table Tennis Association forming in 1922 and an
English (ETTA) prefix being added in 1927. The ITTF was formed in
1926, in which year the first world championships were held in London.
a basic level table tennis is easy to set up, space efficient (4 tables can fit
into a badminton hall), versatile (can be played almost anywhere, and on modified
tables if necessary), non-weather dependent (except when played outdoors!), and
equipment (tables, nets, bats and balls) is relatively inexpensive. Normal sporting/PE
kit (preferably dark coloured) and light soled sports shoes or trainers are appropriate.
However, at a higher level there are specific requirements regarding size of hall,
lighting, flooring etc. according to the level of competition, and better players
demand higher quality equipment and clothing.
Photo - Jan-Ove Waldner by Dutch photographer Henk Hommes
to learn at a basic level, table tennis is a Sport for all and a Sport
for life anyone can play and continue to play. It is an enjoyable,
safe, healthy sport (drug free), particularly good for developing alertness and
co-ordination. The physical, mental and skill demands are much greater at a higher
Table tennis can be played in singles and doubles, and although
games have traditionally been up to 21 points, games up to
11 are now table tennis law and replacing up to 21. Normally
local league teams have 3 or 4 members, but 2-a-side leagues
are becoming more popular. Polybat has been adapted from table
tennis for severely physically disabled.
For further information contact: English Table Tennis Association
Ltd (ETTA), Queensbury House (3rd Floor), Havelock Road, Hastings,
East Sussex TN34 1HF. Tel. 01424 722525 Fax. 01424 422103.
English Table Tennis Association
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