Ping pong power is coming to Birmingham this summer with the return of the hugely popular Ping! Brum initiative. From 6 July, 64 ping pong tables will spring up across the city’s landmarks, squares, estates and even shopping centres.
Participation is free and the tables will be in place for four weeks at locations ranging from Victoria Square, Heartlands Hospital, St Paul’s Square, Aston Park to the Ghamkol Sharif Mosque.
Last year over 60,000 people across the city took part in Ping! Brum and it is envisaged that the tables will again be a huge hit between 6th July and 1st August 2012.
Table tennis appeals to people of every age and background and the Ping! Brum festival is a fun event.
Backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Ping! Brum is produced in association with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham LGBT, Saheli Womens Group, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, English Table Tennis Association and Birmingham Public Health who have organised events and selected locations for the tables.
In addition to the free tables, there will be a programme of ‘Random Acts of Ping Pong.’, ranging from Ping Pong taster sessions to ‘Mini work based competitions and coaching sessions.’
Ping! Brum launch will be held on 6th July at 11.15am with a photocall with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Kathleen Lines, Aston Villa Football Club and West Bromwich Albion Football Club Mascots. There will be opportunities to play table tennis with support from the English Table Tennis Association until 2pm.