Social Sport session of the week: Table Tennis

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

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NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

Social table tennis sessions are a great way to meet new people and play a sport for fun! There are weekly sessions at both the City site and the Clifton campus, and sessions are open to all students. You don’t have to commit to attending every week or sign up in advance, just turn up on the day, and get involved!

Over 50 students have attended the Monday session held between 6 pm and 7 pm in the City Students' Union Sports Hall so far this term. Each session has four tables set up, with students rotating around throughout the evening to play games with different people. Its delivered by Joseph Bell, a local table tennis coach from Nottingham Sycamore Table Tennis Academy, who is on hand to give tips to students who want to improve their skills.

The Social Sport sessions are designed to provide opportunities for students to play on a casual basis, as well as allowing students to stay involved in the sport if they have been unsuccessful at trials. One participant said: "I wasn’t quite good enough for the team but wanted to continue playing."

There is also an emphasis on getting students back into a sport they have previously played. Another student who takes part said: "I really enjoyed playing at school. I stopped in first year but wanted to pick it up again — social sessions are the perfect place to do that."

The Clifton session takes place on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Lee Westwood Sports Centre and is led by coach Jason Ramage. "The session allows people with little or no table tennis background to come and have a go," Jason said.

The NTU Play for Fun project is supported by four Participation Sport Champions, who assist with the development, delivery and assessment of the project. These four students provide invaluable insight and new ideas to continually improve the project.

Earlier in the term, the champions set up two table tennis tables outside the City SU and new Pavilion building on Clifton campus to provide a more interactive approach to promotion and to allow students to come along and play for fun in between lectures. Look out for more mini sport challenges around campus in the coming weeks!

Why play table tennis? It’s fun and enjoyable, intuitive and engaging. Table tennis is a sociable sport and it’s never too late to start attending. New people come along to the sessions every week, just turn up and get involved! Sessions are just £2 or free for students with a NTU Sport membership or club affiliation.

We have 20 Play for Fun sessions running weekly in a variety of different sports. For more information on the Play for Fun timetable, please visit the NTU Sport website. Please also follow our Twitter page for regular updates.

Social Sport session of the week: Table Tennis

Published on 20 November 2015
  • Category: Sport

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