Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

Expert advice and interesting facts

Interesting facts about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

  • In 1921 the Table Tennis Association was founded in Britain and in 1926 the first World Championships were held.
  • Table Tennis has been an Olympic Sport since 1988.
  • Table tennis balls are not hollow - they are pressurised with gas.
  • With the advent of new racquet technology the speed of the game significantly increased resulting in changes being made to reverse this in 2000. The ball size was increased slightly, the point system was changed and players were no longer allowed to hide the ball prior to their serve. The aim of these changes was to make the sport more audience –friendly and make it easier to watch on TV.
  • During the 1936 World Championships in Prague there was a point that lasted over an hour with more than 12,000 shots! It is believed the referee had to be replaced because he got a neck injury.
  • Table Tennis was banned in the Soviet Union from 1930 - 1950 because the authorities believed the sport was harmful to people's eyes!
  • Britain's last great tennis player, Fred Perry, won the World Table Tennis Championships in 1929.
  • World class table tennis players can hit a ball at over 100 miles per hour!

How to pick a table tennis club for your child about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

What are the important points to consider when choosing a table tennis club for your child to join?

  • Do you need to buy a table tennis bat? If so – which one? Perhaps your child could borrow a bat? What does your child need to wear?
  • Can you pay per session or is it necessary to commit to a term or course?

National associations & clubs about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

The International Table Tennis Federation is the governing body for all international table tennis associations. It’s role includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. 

The English Table Tennis Association.

Table Tennis Scotland.

The Table Tennis Association of Wales.

The Irish Table Tennis Association. 

Qualifications & exams about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

Qualifications of tutors/coaches etc

A table tennis coach should hold a UKCC qualification or equivalent.

UKCC/1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Table Tennis qualifies the coach to plan and deliver basic table tennis coaching activities, normally under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach.

UKCC/1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Table Tennis builds on the planning and evaluation skills learnt at Level 1, and involves a more advanced level of technical knowledge.

Learning from the activity about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

  • Agility
  • Coordination
  • Stamina
  • Reflexes
  • Focus
  • Discipline

Table Tennis is a skillful, fun and sociable sport. There are hundreds of venues to play across the country with many clubs entering local league competitions. The benefits for a child are numerous. Good sportsmanship and team spirit are essential as are concentration and quick reflexes.

Famous people about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

Forrest….Forrest Gump. This film depicts the life of Forrest, who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the USA. Forrest was particularly talented at running, American football and table tennis! During his time in the U.S Army he was sent to play table tennis in China.

          "Somebody said World Peace was in our hands but all I did was play Ping Pong!"

Austrian, Richard Bergman (1919 - 1970) was regarded as the best defensive player in history; Bergman won 7 World Championships during his professional career.

Jiang Jialiang (born March 3, 1964) - World Champion of two consecutive competitions, Jialiang is known for his extremely effective service return.

Danish, Angelica Rozeanu (1921- 2006) won her first World Championship in 1950 and went on to win it six times in succession. She also won twelve silver and five bronze medals at the World Championships.

Chinese, Cao Yanhua (born December 1, 1962) - A seven times female world champion, Yanhua lost only one match during four International Table Tennis Championships.

YouTube about Children Table Tennis facts and ideas

Table Tennis – Basic Skills for Kids. Strangely hypnotic! 

A 6 year old Girl Playing Table Tennis. Amazing!

A record breaking 60 second rally by a 12 year old table tennis player and her partner.

Jamie can’t walk yet – but he is fab at table tennis!!! 

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