Bury St Edmunds & District Table Tennis League – Have A Fling With Ping!
With the forthcoming table tennis season almost upon us once more, it’s a good time to encourage readers both young and old, and not forgetting the middle-aged couch potatoes among us, to come along and start playing.
‘Ping’ as table tennis is affectionately known by the new generation of this wonderful game, is an extremely accessible and, most importantly, a fun and rewarding indoor pastime to take up during the autumn and winter months, and it really doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
Recent results at top level at the Olympic Games & World Championships suggest the sport is in terrific shape - it is also universally accepted as an ideal activity for promoting both fitness and good health at any level.
League matches are played on midweek evenings at a number of venues across Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding villages – there is also coaching available at a number of clubs for beginners and coaching/practice sessions for improvers and more experienced players.
Some very good work has been done at any number of the main clubs in the Bury League, all of which enjoy the guidance of experienced Table Tennis England qualified coaches.
If you would like to get involved, full details of individual clubs/venues and their contact details are available on the Bury St Edmunds & District League website.
For example, one of the League’s most revered stalwarts Maurice Fearn, in charge of the Rougham club based at the village’s Sports Hall, is currently running coaching sessions for beginners aimed specifically at 7 to 10-year-olds. Maurice has nurtured the talents of any number of local juniors who have gone on to enjoy considerable success at county level and further afield.
After beginners have gained a solid grounding in the basic shots, and a good grasp of the rules, there is the option to play competitively in our 'feeder' division, which has grown considerably in popularity in recent years. It’s ideal not just for those who have just taken up the sport and are keen to step onto the second rung of the ping ladder, but also for those returning to the sport after a break, who might want to blow away any cobwebs before taking the plunge in one of our two main divisions.