Free frantic fun with Ping! in the city

Brace your bats... The free table tennis scheme, 'Ping!', is set to return to Chelmsford for the fourth year running.

Chelmsford is one of just a handful of regions which have been selected to be part of Ping! This national initiative sees 18 free-to-use table tennis tables installed at popular locations around the city. Bats and balls have been provided at each one, enabling people to just turn up and play.

Funded by Sport England and run in partnership with Table Tennis England, the purpose of Ping! is to get as many people as possible playing Table Tennis, bringing about a sense of community and helping them to connect to the city and its green spaces.

Tables have now been installed and will be in place throughout the summer holidays, with many in the city centre.

Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, said, "The tables are there for everybody to use and enjoy for free. To join the fun, all people have to do is simply pick up a bat and ball from the side of the table and get playing - it's as easy as that!"

The initiative will run until September 2018, after which many tables will be loaned to community groups over the winter period.

For more information on Ping! and how you can get involved, please visit, call 01245 606569 or email

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