Why you should try…Table Tennis!

The Beatles, Boris Johnson and even Forrest Gump (yes we know he’s fictional) have shown their interest in table tennis. Isn’t it time you show an interest as well? Read why we think you should try table tennis!

What is Table Tennis?

The clue is in the name, it’s tennis, but played on a table! Dubbed as “high speed chess” this sport can be played either casually with friends or competitively in tournaments.


Play in a singles or doubles match and try to make the ball bounce on your opponent’s side of the table without them being able to return the ball to your side.

What do people that take part say?


“It’s really fun and social. It’s a great way to unwind halfway through your day of studying.” Ely Muya, 19, International Business Management


“I love winning. There’s a really good atmosphere here, it’s friendly. I’m new to University and coming along and playing table tennis was a great way for me to settle in and find more confidence in myself.” Ali, 18, Biomedical Science.

What do the experts say?

Not only is table tennis fun to play but it also exercises your brain! Research has shown that when you play table tennis you are exercising five different portions of your brain! It’s no wonder this sport has been given the title of the world’s best brain sport! Don’t worry though it won’t leave you mentally drained.

What our table tennis activator says


“It’s fun! Table tennis is a great social sport to take up forever (I joke). But seriously it’s easy to play, yet difficult to master. You’ll always have another challenge to look forward to, and another mountain to climb. You’ll meet plenty of people down at the Union. Play a competition once in a while and you’ll be able to compete and make friends with a whole bunch of fellow table tennis nerds like me!”

You can play Table Tennis by coming along to our Active Campus every Monday and Friday at the Union on our Manchester campus, between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

For more information about our Active Campus programme, visit our website.

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