Are you ready to Ping?

Two men playing table tennis in the street

Ping! – the street ping-pong event – was launched at St Pancras International station in London yesterday. Boris Johnson promised to bring back whiff whaff – that’s ping pong or table tennis to you and I – and he has been true to his word.

Ping! is an innovative three year project that will provide new opportunities for the public to participate in social and competitive Table Tennis free of charge.

100 ping-pong tables will pop up at sites across London. So if you are bored with shopping play ping pong at Westfield Shopping Centre. Flight delayed? No problem play Ping Pong at Heathrow’s Terminal 3. Each ping-pong table features a varied programme of master-classes, competitions and free to join activities too.

Ping! has been created as a partnership between the English Table Tennis Association and Sing London, the participatory arts organisation that produced last year’s fun and successful Street Pianos Project.

Ping! Will be delivered to four more cities over the next two years, returning to London for 2012. Not only is it a great way to get people taking part in sport but it is yet another creative way to animate our cities. So like pop ups (see Amanda’s blog below) it captures the mood of the times – new, here now and on the move, so catch it catch it while you can.