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GO Active Thame Table Tennis Club

What We Did

As part of the Ping Pong Care Campaign, we screened the movie "Never too old for Gold" in December 2013 at Thame Leisure Centre with ping pong tasters afterwards.

The Ping Pong Care Campaign is a national health & wellbeing campaign that encourages and promotes active ageing

We used this event and visited existing groups at Thame Leisure Centre to consult with 55+ users on what activities they would be interested in trying out.

Initial Tasters

5 taster sessions were chosen:

  • Pilates
  • Zumba Gold
  • Table Tennis
  • Circuits
  • Tai Chi

In total 50 adults were engaged through the initial taster program. Due to the popularity of Zumba Gold and Table Tennis two new classes were set up from the tasters, whilst participants from the Pilates and Tai Chi taster sessions were able to join the existing classes at the centre.

50+ Table Tennis Club

Following on from the first session and the screening of "Never too old, for gold" The GO Active Team and Thame Leisure Centre worked in partnership with LordWilliamsSchool to compromise on the dual use of the small sports hall at Thame Leisure Centre, to allow for the club to run. The partnership agreement also led to the dual use of Lord Williams 4 Table Tennis Tables.

The informal table tennis sessions regularly have 12 participants, mostly female 60+ players with no/ or little table tennis experience. The session has also catered for older adult participants with learning difficulties.

Since the start of these sessions, 3 new tables have been purchased for the use of the club with funding from GO Active and Generation Games. One of the participants are also looking at qualifying as a Table Tennis level 1 coach.