Older people can ping pong their way to fitness

Students demonstrate the benefits of table tennis
Students demonstrate the benefits of table tennis

Older people are being encouraged to pick up a paddle and try their hand at ping pong.

A new campaign aimed at getting more of the town’s older generations to try table tennis was launched at Bexhill High earlier this week.

Led by Andrew Battley from the Ping Pong Care Campaign, the event was attended by a host of different groups, all of which are involved in providing care to older people.

The various health benefits were explained and the audience was treated to a screening of the critically-acclaimed film Ping Pong.

Students from Bexhill High volunteered to help out at the launch and pupils plan to take part in the project over the course of the year.

Also in attendance was Adrian Gaylon, sports development officer from Rother District Council – with the council hoping to include the project as part of a bid for lottery funding.

Guests were invited to try out special equipment through a number of exercises aimed at older people and free start-up packs are being sent to everyone who was at the launch.

More information call Adrian Gaylon on 01424 787583 or email adrian.gaylon@rother.gov.uk