Title Slide to display while attendees arrive.

Welcomes and Introductions

Thanks for attending

My name is ____________, I’m the Volunteer Coordinator for [city name]

Ask for attendees’ names:

Basic Structure of Session: Quick presentation and questions before playing sociable games around the table

Outcomes from Workshop: You’ll know all about Ping! [city name], be clear about the ways you can play your part, become confident setting up games and interacting with the public.

More detail:

We're building a network of people who enjoy social table tennis and enjoy giving their time and energy to enable others to enjoy the game too. 

Today is an opportunity for you to find out more about social table tennis, and Ping! in particular. It's also a chance to learn about all the different ways you can play your part and we'll spend plenty of time playing some sociable games around the table. 


By the end of today's session you'll know all about Ping! [city name], where the tables are located, what events are taking place, be capable of setting up and running some simple social games and be a bit more confident speaking to the public at Ping! tables. 


Sound good to you? 


For the whole summer the Ping! Festival takes place. This starts with a launch party on 11th June and ends on 31st August

Between these dates, the tables have bats and balls available for the public to pick up and play for free. There is also a programme of organised events and competitions and a real buzz about the city / town.

There are a total of 21 towns, cities and boroughs delivering Ping! this summer. You will be part of a massive nationwide project that has already had global media coverage!

For the rest of the year the tables move to places where they will be used all year round as part of a growing social table tennis scene. 

The Ping! project is primarily delivered to get adults playing table tennis.

We believe every adult should make more time to play. 

Research shows making time to play everyday:

Keeps you functional when under stress

Refreshes your mind and body

Encourages teamwork

Increases energy and prevents burnout

Triggers creativity and innovation

Helps you see problems in new ways

Numerous health benefits

Develops hand eye coordination

Can help to manage weight etc…

Research shows table tennis to be brilliant at getting inactive people active

Sport England issue Ping! with government money to enable the fulfilment of these objectives and this summer we aim to get over 625,000 adults playing on the tables

Most people realise they need to be more active, or find more time to relax and play, but there are usually various things that prevent us from doing so. With Ping!, we have taken away all the barriers to participation and aim to make table tennis totally irresistible. We want to raise the profile of table tennis, reach people who didn’t know they wanted to be reached and to have some fun along the way. 


The Ping! Festival creates a real buzz each summer, and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people across the country. This is great. But unless people keep playing regularly, they won’t feel the benefits. That’s why we’re committed to building a more diverse social table tennis scene made up of smaller clusters of social table tennis activity.

The most successful clusters will comprise a variety of social table tennis opportunities in a small geographic area. We believe people are much more likely to play regularly if they have several places to choose from.

We believe the public are much more likely to play regularly if there is a variety of suitable sociable places to play in close proximity. That’s why we’re building clusters of local activity and linking these together to create a social table tennis scene.

These clusters are likely to include outdoor tables in parks, public squares and housing estates, indoor tables in shopping centres and markets, workplace tables, tables in cafes and bars, on university and college campuses, in sports clubhouses and in community venues.

This slide shows an example of a well-developed cluster in Bristol city centre . This area is approx. 1km across. As you can see, there are outdoor tables, cafes and bars, workplaces with tables and a workplace tournament called Battle of the Paddle.


1. Ping! is happening right here in [city name]

2. You've already shown an interest in getting involved

3. There are loads of ways to play your part – whether you have Table Tennis experience or not, whether you’ve got one hour or ten hours a week spare.

4. Playing your part gives you the perfect excuse to play table tennis all day everyday this summer.

5. One of the most sociable and enjoyable volunteer opportunities.

6. You can be part of a great nationwide project. 


I keep talking about social table tennis, but what does that mean?

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the sport of table tennis? You may have seen it on television or even been to watch at the Olympic Games?

Social table tennis is the more flexible cousin to the competitive sport. For social table tennis players and projects, the emphasis is on having fun rather than winning at all costs or joining a pathway towards elite competition… 


This is what competitive table tennis looks like. You may have seen this at the Olympics.

Traditionally table tennis is played in dedicated spaces or sports halls away from other activities and distractions…


Social table tennis on the other hand, is often played in public places where other activities are going on.

Consequently, the social game thrives in places people already enjoy spending time. The rules may be adapted to suit the space and/or the people playing, and the game may look and feel very different depending on where it’s being played.

Here’s an example of social table tennis in a bar. 

And here’s an example from Ping! 

And another from a Ping! event during London 2012.

How can you play your part in Ping!?

Here’s some roles Ping! volunteers have done before / we’re looking for…

The Ping! All Rounder:

Help out at events  

Spend time at Ping! tables, talking to people

Checking on tables, bats and ball, overseeing events, setting up for big events etc

Taking photographs & videos on mobiles and sharing via Ping! social media channels

Monitoring tables and events; distributing flyers, counting participants

Table Activators: 

Spend time at Ping! tables, talking to people, getting games going and keeping the mood high

Teach people how to play new social games

Setting up and running simple competitions and round-the-table games

Encouraging everyone to play, including less confident members of the public

Ping! Coach

Deliver coaching at School of Ping! and key Ping! events

Offer some friendly tips and advice to people playing on the Ping! tables

Sign-posting participants towards places to play more social table tennis nearby


That’s enough sitting down. Let’s play ping pong!

[ If you have a ping pong table at your workshop, now’s the time to run through some games around the table ]

We'll start with some basics. If you already know all this, then you can help me out and talk others through these games and ideas...

Let's start with singles: 

- How many people do you need for a game of singles? 

- Do you all know how to hold the bat?

- What are the most basic rules? 

- How to serve? 

- How to return and get a rally going

- How to win a point

- How many serves each

- Keeping score

- Keeping track of next server

*Remember, the aim of the session is to teach people some volunteer skills, as well as enable them to have fun playing. We tend to run through some basic rules for each game, and then ask the questions above as some short games unfold*

Next up is doubles:

- What are the main things to know for doubles?

- How many people do you need for a game of doubles?

- Which side do you serve from? (always right to left)

- Should you and your partner take alternate shots ?- When should you and your own doubles partner swap places? - Does the scoring differ from singles?

*Like with singles, allow some time for games to flow. You may wish to set up the first one or two, and then ask some questions to test the volunteers grasp of doubles*

What about games for more people?


Round-the-World / Beat the Champ

5 Alive Team Game 



*Our favourite is Round-the-Table because it gets loads of people playing at once, is a good leveller and attracts people who wouldn’t normally play. Depending how much time you have left, try to show off several different games. Refer to IPP Cards or Loop Pioneer Packs if you’re struggling for some inspiration*


Ping! takes place in public spaces.

Volunteering often involves playing and / or interacting with the public.

Some of you may be happy and confident doing this already, and others may be a little less sure.

Either way this short section of the workshop will focus on different ways of speaking to the public.

We call this ‘Table Manners’

- Introducing yourself

- Calmly being in control and taking a lead where needed

- Getting games going and keeping score

- Mixing teams up and inviting other people to play

- Spotting some common problems and using your humour and calmness to resolve.

[You could set up some example scenarios with the people at the session, and ask your volunteers what they’d do in these situations]

1. Two good players are playing on the only table, and two new players have turned up wanting to play. How do you make sure everyone is enjoying themselves?

2. Two people are hogging the table and there are loads of people stood around waiting to play. What do you do?

3. Someone keeps on smashing it in round-the-table and ruining the fun for beginners. What do you to keep everyone happy?

Ping! Online

Ping! has a great online presence.

Every city has it’s own webpage which includes events, locations and more.

Ping! is also on Facebook and Twitter. 


Ping! on Facebook

Ping! on Twitter = @ping_tweets


Join the Ping! community and use these platforms

to talk about your ping pong summer.  

What’s in it for you?

Why play your part?

Ping! quite simply couldn’t happen without the community of players, helpers and community pioneers. In return for your time and energy you can expect to..

Receive a big thank you from us

Enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you’ve helped to make thousands of people’s summer special

Get an official Ping! T-shirt to keep forever, or until you grow out of it

Receive invitations to the Ping! Launch party and finale event

Get a pair of bats and balls and the chance to win some special prizes

New skills and experience that could add value to your CV and help you develop confidence interacting with and leading groups of people.

What next?

Decide what tasks or roles you’re most interested in, and tell the Ping! Volunteer Coordinator

Sign up for the events, locations that you’re most interested in being involved in,

Speak to the Volunteer Coordinator and Ping! staff so you get to know them, and they get to know who you are,

Share the opportunity with friends. Ping! volunteering is much more fun when there’s two of you (or more)

Get out of the building and play ping pong.

Sing London

Ping! was created by Sing London – the non profit participatory arts organisation whose projects include London’s Street Pianos Project and Talking Rubbish bins.

Table Tennis England

Ping! is delivered by Table Tennis England - the governing body of table tennis in England.

Sport England

Ping! is funded by Sport England, as part of its work to increase the number of people regularly participating in sport. 

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