Leicester’s Ping! event is returning for a third year, following the cities £10,000 grant to keep its passion for table tennis going. The Sport England funding will mean even more table tennis tables will be coming to Leicester as the city’s Ping! event commences.
This weekend, to coincide with the official opening of Cathedral Gardens, Ping! tables will be in placed around the city for people to try out their table tennis skills. Volunteers will be organising fun games and activities throughout the day, so members of the public can simply turn up and play for free.
Assistant city mayor responsible for sport, leisure and culture, Councillor Piara Singh Clair stated “I’m delighted that Ping! is returning to the city for a third year and I’m sure that Leicester people will once again embrace the simple game of Ping-Pong. It’s so much fun and a great pastime for people of all ages and abilities.”
Many table tennis tables will move around the city as part of the Ping! III roadshow, which is set to visit a series of key locations and festivals over the summer. There are already 40 permanent tables already located at parks, leisure centres and on city centre streets.
The Ping! III roadshow will be at Thurnby Lodge Carnival on Saturday 12 July and at Highcross shopping centre on Saturdays 17 and 26 July. The finale will be at the City Festival on Sunday 24 August.
Also the Ping! III event this year will be supporting the launch of the new King Richard III Visitor Centre. Some Ping-Pong tables will be placed along the route of the city centre’s King Richard III walking trail. Some of the tables will feature facts about Richard III’s story that players did not know.