Glow-in-the-dark ping pong comes to Oxford!

Published: Monday, 25th July 2016

Oxford’s annual table tennis festival is set to take a step into the dark this summer – by introducing glow-in-the-dark ping pong sessions to the city!

The GlowPing! event – the first of its kind in the city – will take place at Wahoo and The Glee Club, Hythe Bridge Street, on Tuesday 26 July.

Junior sessions (up to 16 year olds) will take place between 4pm and 6pm; while senior sessions (16 and over) will take place between 7pm and 9pm.

GlowPing! is completely free of charge, including the glow-in-the-dark face paint, wrist bands and ping pong equipment. All you need to do is wear black or dark clothing to make the most of the UV effects.

The event is part of the annual Ping! festival, a Sports England-funded festival that is hosted by Oxford City Council and Fusion Leisure to encourage more people to take part in table tennis.

Ping! has seen 14 outdoor ping pong tables install across Oxford, including in many of the city’s parks, and seven indoor tables installed at Wahoo and The Glee Club. Free bats and balls are available at the tables.

Table tennis is the perfect sport for all of the family; with an average hourly calorie burn of 272, along with an improvement in mental acuity and hand eye coordination there are physical as well as social benefits to the game.

The City Council has invested heavily to improve sports facilities in the city, including installing £316,000 of outdoor fitness equipment across Oxford’s parks; the £4.7m Rose Hill Community Centre, which includes a gym and health facility; and the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre.

Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 38,000 people took part in activities and programmes run by the City Council’s Sports Development team, including Oxford Health Walks, beginner jogging groups, Zumba, Tai Chi and table tennis.

In February Oxford was named as the fittest city in the UK, after a survey of 2,000 adults by Adapt Nutrition found 74 per cent of those asked in the city worked out at least once a week.

February also saw the latest Sport England Active People Survey (APS) results released, which found that more people in Oxford are now taking part in sport at least once a week.

When the survey was first carried out in 2005/06, only 38.3 per cent of Oxford residents (16+) were participating in sport at least once a week, but the newly-released 2014/15 survey shows that 46.1 per cent of residents (14+) are now participating in sport at least once a week.

By comparison, just 36.9 per cent of residents (14+) in the South East, and 35.5 per cent across England, took part in sport at least once a week in 2014/15.

For more information about the Ping! festival, please visit the Ping! Oxford website or Ping! Oxford on Facebook.