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  • 18Nov

    Taking social ping pong to the next level: Art of Change Pongathon Challenge at London’s Hayward Gallery

    Taking social ping pong to the next level: Art of Change Pongathon Challenge at London’s Hayward Gallery

    The Art of Change Pongathon Challenge on 15 November is taking social interaction in sports and culture to the next level, celebrating Southbank Centre’s current exhibition of young Chinese art.

    Wang Jianwei’s ‘Surplus Value’, a dramatic ping pong table installation and part of the Hayward exhibition, has inspired Pongathon, the leading social ping pong organisation to come up with a very special challenge.

    A corrugated table, with deep lying ridges along its length, is a stunning work of art and asks for serious team player skills to keep the game going. The iron table is punctuated with flat surfaces of varying widths teasing the players into attempting a rally trying to avoid the ping pong balls getting entrenched deep inside the table’s ridges. Two players form a team to challenge the table and overcome its natural obstacles.

    Hayward Gallery and Pongathon will join forces with the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) and Sport England plus surprise Olympic and Paralympic guests from the world of professional table tennis to demonstrate the ‘Instant Ping! Pong Pack’. In addition, Pongathon will be hosting the ‘Pongbot Challenge’, a ping pong robot that takes on all-comers with prizes for the highest number of successful returns!

    Making its promotional debut alongside the Art Of Change Pongathon Challenge, the IPP Pack is the new product from the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) and funded by Sport England allows people to play on any surface at anytime bringing social table tennis into locations across the country from pubs, bars and clubs, to schools, sports halls and even the boardroom. Instant Ping! Pong Packs will be available from early 2013 - register your interest today at www.instantpingpong.co.uk.

    Sport England Director of Sport Phil Smith said:

    “Innovative ideas such as the instant ping pong pack are important in getting more people playing table tennis. Making sport more accessible, so it’s easier for people to play in their own time and soon becomes a part of their everyday life. Post London 2012 it’s vital that we continue to work to get more people playing sport.”

    Richard Yule, Chief Executive of ETTA said:

    “It’s fantastic for table tennis to be at the forefront of these initiatives to increase sustainable mass participation. It’s exciting to see the social side of table tennis developing rapidly, not just as its own entity, but also as part of a wider cultural change to involve activities that were not previously associated with sport.”

    For press requests please contact: Oliver Krug on: oliver.krug@southbankcentre.co.uk or 07852 842912.

    Listings details:

    Art of Change Pongathon Challenge

    Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
    15 November 2012 – 6pm -8pm  – FREE (limited availability, book online)
    Visitor information: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

    Notes to editors:

    Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

    Pongathon is the leading social ping pong events brand in the UK, engaging a new generation of socially active players. From product launches to team building, themed parties to experiential marketing campaigns, Pongathon creates innovative events in every type of conceivable setting and for every type of occasion. Pongathon is best described as a social playground of art, design, music and ping pong innovations, a ping pong party like no other, providing wall-to wall ping pong tables set against a backdrop of live visuals, DJ’s, creative themes, social tournament play, exhibition games and even ping pong robots that take on all-comers! Check out the Pongathon introduction here: http://vimeo.com/33160991

    For the latest Pongathon news, views and parties visit www.pongathon.com

    English Table Tennis Association is the National Governing Body of the Olympic Sport, table tennis, in England and actively promotes social ping pong through Ping!

    Sport England invested £30,000 into the development of instant ping pong pack. The organisation is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. We will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

    • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
    • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
    • Nurture and develop talent
    • Provide the right facilities in the right places
    • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
    • Ensure real opportunities for communities.

    For more information please contact the press office: Natasha Quinn on 0207 273 1889

    Instant Ping! Pong

    Instant Ping! Pong (IPP) is an all-in-one ping pong starter kit that can turn any table or flat surface instantly into a ping pong activity centre. IPP gives you a special roll net, bats and balls, and a pack of game ideas…everything you need to get started! From the dining room to picnic tables, cafes to work benches, and even office desks pushed up against a wall, just stretch your rollnet over any flat surface and hey presto you’ve created an instant ping pong table. Just add people and get playing!
    www.instantpingpong.co.uk

     

    Posted by ttfan @ 5:41 pm

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