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Table Tennis is a social game, popular worldwide, that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Over time it has been known by many different terms ranging from Gossima to Wiff-Waff and the more common term Ping Pong.
The reference to Wiff-Waff came to the fore when Boris Johnson made his speech during the handover of the Olympic flag in Beijing:
"Virtually every single one of our international sports were invented or codified by the British. And I say this respectfully to our Chinese hosts, who have excelled so magnificently at Ping-pong. Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner; we looked at it and saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff. And I say to the Chinese, and to the world, that Ping-pong is coming home!"
Whether the surge in popularity of ping pong tables is down to Boris, or whether the sport has simply continued it's rapid growth, is not particularly important. What is important is making sure you select the correct table tennis table for you and your family, colleagues, or fellow players.
We stock specialist tables to be played inside or outside, click on the links for more information:
Also we offer a wide range of table tennis buying guides, table tennis tricks and skill sheets, table tennis rules and how to maintain your table tennis table fact sheets in our resources section part of the site. These are completely free to download and use at your leisure.
Whatever you are looking for we should have covered, if you have any queries at all just give us a call on 0800 622 6464 and one of our friendly expert advisors will be able to help you.
We specialise in only the very best table tennis manufacturers, these being Butterfly, Cornilleau, Andro and Adidas. These table tennis manufacturers offer what we believe to be the very best in manufacturing and quality available in the UK today.
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We range indoor table tennis tables, outdoor table tennis tables styled as static table tennis tables and foldaway table tennis tables. The foldaway or rollaway table tennis tables are proving very popular as they offer superb gameplay along with the ease of being stored away when they aren't being used.
All of the table tennis tables to buy on our website come with a selection of free accessories so you have everything you need to set the table up and get playing as soon as it arrives. All of our table tennis accessories are of a high quality to match the quality of the table tennis table purchased.
Fitting a table tennis table in your home can be pretty tricky given the size of the table itself, being 9ft x 5ft in size. Once you then take account of the amount of playing space required, which should be at least 3ft at each end of the table, you will find that you need a room that is 15ft long, and ideally 11ft in width.
Having this amount of extra space is not all that common, however we find a growing number of customers are buying table tennis tops, which simply sit on top of their dining table or pool table. This provides a simple and cost effective solution to get the family playing a game indoors, without needing to build an extension to accommodate the table.
Garages also prove a popular location for a table tennis table, although it is important to choose an outdoor table, as the lower temperatures and increased humidity can cause a normal indoor table to deteriorate, and the playing surface to become uneven or warped.
If you have any questions about anything we sell please give us a call on 0800 622 6464 and one of our friendly expert advisors will be happy to help you.
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