Activities | Table Tennis

Table Tennis

We formed because we like playing table-tennis. There are 6 to 10 regulars of a pretty varied average standard. You'll always get a few games, competitive, if you want but most play because it's a good laugh. We don't take ourselves too seriously so everyone has fun and you don't need to feel embarrassed at sitting down between games.

All skill levels

There is coaching available if required although the basics are fairly easily understood. We can give advice on purchase of a bat but there are a few supplied by the centre to start you off with, Come along and give Table tennis a chance.

We have visited other U3A TT groups for competition.

Essential Information
Group Leader - Beryl Armstrong
Email -
When - Weekly - Friday 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Where - Dance studio in Lanark Lifestyles centre
Cost - Daily or Annual membership of Lanark Lifestyles
Requirements - Loose clothing and plimsolls or trainers.

History of Table Tennis

The game was invented in the late 1880s when game makers tried to emulate the popularity of lawn tennis by developing indoor versions of it.

Table Tennis has been known by a variety of different names over the years. These included Indoor Tennis, Gossima, Whiff-Waff and Ping Pong.

Benefits of Table Tennis

Playing table tennis is a great way to stimulate the brain and promote quick thinking while improving hand-eye coordination. Table tennis is a low-injury risk sport that keeps one fit and flexible, without putting severe stress on joints. Playing table tennis increases one's agility and flexibility, and most of all their reaction time.

Group Leader's Comments

"Our group is keen but not obsessive. We enjoy playing against each other in both singles and doubles games. I have found that the members develop cooperative friendship as well as seeing improvements in their games. If you want exercise combined with sociability, then this group is for you. "