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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

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 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.”