In 2012 "Ping" is appeared in 8 cities. It ran from the 29th June to the
29th July with 450 table tennis tables distributed across the most visible
spaces including squares, landmarks, offices, train stations, community
locations and even airports. All tables were available for free impromptu
use, alongside a varied programme of master classes, competitions and
round the clock activity.
We carefully advised the organizers on the right tables to use in order to
meet the event's unique needs. Over several months, we liaised with
Colette Hiller, Creative Director of Ping, and introduced them to
Cornilleau UK who helped them to see their plans through to fruition.
This fantastic event was designed to promote table tennis to the crowds,
completely free of charge. During the event anyone walking was encouraged
to pick up a bat and play, and at the end of the project, the tables were
donated to schools, youth centres and community centres, with an ongoing
programme in place to encourage continued practice.
Jennie Price, Sport England's chief executive, said:
“Sport England’s job is to make sure everyone has the chance to play a
sport that interests them, and sometimes that means taking the sport to
the people, rather than the people to the sport. Table tennis has a very
wide appeal, and I hope thousands of people will take advantage of these
outdoor tables and will enjoy playing.”
Ping 2012 provided:
- Master Class Coaching Sessions
- Fancy Dress Fun
- King Ping
- Ping to the Swing
- Ping Picnic
Equipment will be provided with each table, with bats bearing the
request to: “Please put me back”. Local custodians such as shop keepers
will look after the equipment. Ping! is being delivered through a unique
partnership between Sing London, a participatory arts organization and
the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA).