Search

Elderly and disabled encouraged to stay fit by playing ping pong

13:09 16 April 2014

Sir Robin Wales joins residents at the launch of Ping Pong Newham

Sir Robin Wales joins residents at the launch of Ping Pong Newham

Archant

The sound of a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth could soon be heard in care homes and health centres across the borough.

Ping Pong Newham has been launched as part of a national campaign to encourage older and disabled people to stay active.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, was joined by councillors and residents at the launch event at Little Ilford Youth Zone.

More than half of the 120 older and disabled people signed up, while 10 community groups registered interest in setting up ping pong and received a free starter pack.

Sir Robin said: “It is important that we keep our older and disabled people active and connected. “Playing the game can help with mobility issues by improving your balance.

“Even learning how to hold the bat steady can really improve people’s confidence. It’s never too late to start.

“Anyone can play and it’s a great way keep body and mind healthy, stay fit and make new friends.”

The campaign is run by Newham Council and the BRITDOC Foundation and comes off the back of a film about eight competitors in the over-80s World Table Tennis Championships.

For more information about Ping Pong Newham call 020 3373 8323 or email zakir.adam@newham.gov.uk

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Newham working partnership staff with their gifts for the toy appeal

Staff at Newham Partnership Working have rallied together in support of the borough’s underprivileged youngsters.

London
Yesterday, 08:00
Hoskins Close residents won a victory on mould in their homes

Tenants and residents celebrated a victory against mould by baking “mouldy” gingerbread house biscuits for the council.

Fri, 15:45
Representatives from What You Do Matters with the shoeboxes

Supporters of What You Do Matters have helped the organisation smash their Toy Appeal target by collecting 339 shoeboxes full of gifts.

Fri, 11:40
Young patients at the Royal London Hospital receive their gifts. From left:  Rhyanne Gasper, 14, from Newham, Naeem Agbongbon, 8, from Ockenden, Essex, Eron Ufuah, 9, from Canning Town, and Harshika Partheepan, 4 months, from Newbury Park, with volunteers from the Kindness Offensive Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Children being treated in hospital over Christmas received hundreds of gifts in a surprise visit by well-wishers.

Royal London Hospital

Most read news

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition