Ping Newcastle

A good way of giving people an introduction to the sport of table tennis is through the Ping Festival which will be launched in Newcastle on the 10th June between 11am-2pm. There will be 5 tables situated at both Grey Monument and Grainger Street and another 14 in other locations, such as parks, public squares, markets and shopping centres.

Anyone wishing to do so can have a try at ping pong. Bats and balls will be provided and there will be no charge for participants.

The event will be organised by Newcastle City Council who have enlisted Melissa Marshall as PING! Newcastle Activity Officer. She is looking to recruit a team of volunteers (must be aged 16+) to bring the programme to life and make Ping Pong irresistible to the Newcastle Public.

PingNewcastle volunteers will:

  • Play ping pong! (social players)
  • Encourage other people to play
  • Help set up and run events
  • Monitor tables
  • Chat to players to find stories and quotes
  • Capture some action on their camera phone
  • Check on tables
  • Talk about Ping!Newcastle and the social ping pong scene to anyone who’ll listen!


Anyone who can spare a few hours to look  after tables is requested to contact Melissa on 0191 278 3348 or who will be able to give more information. A Volunteer/Minders night is to be held on the evening of 6th June at Northumbria University.

Author: via Northumbria Table Tennis League
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