Table Tennis England and Stroke Association are developing their partnership to raise awareness of the benefits of the game to groups in the Stroke Group Network.
After a successful pilot providing Instant Ping Pong packs to Stroke support groups in the east of England, we now plan to extend the offer out to Stroke support groups nationally, in a bid to introduce even more people to playing an accessible and inclusive sport. Groups across the Stroke Association network are encouraged to access packs with their members and are encouraged to find places to play locally.
Being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health, especially after a stroke. We know that moving more can be a massive boost to recovery, confidence and wellbeing. It can also help you stay healthy after a stroke. Table Tennis encourages people to move more, and allows people to practise fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and balance.
Sophia Costa, Group Networks Officer at Stroke Association, said: “Stroke Association has over 70 groups in the network providing various types of sport and exercise activities for their members. I have been told first hand by group leads the difference physical activity can make for anyone who takes part as it can so often lead to improved health and confidence, as well as rush of endorphins!”
Table tennis is a fun, inclusive activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, genders and abilities. The game can be adapted in many ways to make it more accessible, and Table Tennis England has a host of resources and game ideas to support.
Colin Eley, Partnerships Manager at Table Tennis England, said: “Partnering with the Stroke Association demonstrates our commitment to grow participation in table tennis among those living with long-term health conditions and disabilities. With the many benefits associated to playing, we hope to inspire stroke support groups to introduce and enjoy the game.”
About stroke and the Stroke Association
- There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK every year.
- There are 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK
- Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the UK
The Stroke Association is a charity working across the UK to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. From local support services and groups, to online information and support, anyone affected by stroke can visit stroke.org.uk or call our dedicated Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out about support available locally.
Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our supporters. With more donations and support, we can help rebuild even more lives.
Stroke support groups
Groups offer support to stroke survivors, carers, family and friends. Built on friendships and fun, they are a safe and supportive space to try things again, to learn more about stroke and self-care and to build your confidence as you rebuild your life after stroke. Click here for more information.
Click here to find support in your area.