Ping Brum returns to Birmingham

By on 27/06/2012 in Cllr Bedser, News

Ping pong power is coming to Birmingham this summer with the return of the hugely popular Ping Brum initiative.

From 6 July, 64 ping pong tables will spring up across the city's landmarks, squares, estates and even shopping centres.

Participation is free and the tables will be in place for four weeks at locations ranging from Victoria Square, Heartlands Hospital, St Paul's Square, Aston Park to the Ghamkol Sharif Mosque.

Last year over 60,000 people across the city took part in Ping Brum and Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, is confident the tables will again be a huge hit.

He said: “We're determined to increase sports participation throughout the city and we know from our successful Be active scheme that table tennis appeals to people of every age and background.

“Ping Brum is a fun event and once people get over their initial surprise at seeing the tables in some unusual settings, they quickly start to enjoy themselves.”

Backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Ping Brum is produced in association with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham LGBT, Saheli Womens Group, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and Birmingham PCT who have organised events and selected locations for the tables.

Sport England Chair Richard Lewis added “Ping! has proved one of our most successful sports participation projects, attracting over 150,000 participants to date. Moreover, our research shows that once people start playing they don't want to stop. ”

In addition to the free tables, there will be a programme of 'Random Acts of Ping Pong.', ranging from Ping Pong taster sessions to 'Mini work based competitions and coaching sessions.'

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Notes to editors

For event information and table locations will be posted on www.pingbrum.co.uk and www.birmingham.gov.uk

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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