Bat & Chat
Table tennis sessions for the over 50s.
Bat & Chat is an organised social table tennis session targeting individuals who are over 50.
The sessions provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy table tennis in a friendly and relaxed environment.
These sessions are a perfect way to return to table tennis, following the pandemic, and can help tackle the recent increase in social isolation and physical inactivity. They will involve a combination of free play, fun and competitive games whilst incorporating a break for socialising.
There will be an activator or coach present to help facilitate and cater for any particular needs.
All of the venues being used to run Bat & Chat will follow our Covid-19 guidelines, to ensure they are being delivered in the safest possible way.
Prior to the pandemic, the Chelmsford League had seen success in players being fed into the league as a result of Bat & Chat. Paul Bullock, a 73-year-old retired teacher from Basildon, started attending the group, which meets on Tuesday mornings at Chelmsford Leisure Centre, early this year, and has now ‘graduated’ to two league teams.
One league to also launch the programme is Castleford and Pontefract. The league started a Bat & Chat session to address the steady decline of members in recent years, and after anecdotal evidence revealed existing squash club members would enjoy a different racket activity. The session was advertised through a flyer and the local press.
Take a look at our good practice guide on customer experience which forms a key part of our objective to improve the experience of all those playing our game.
Order Bat & Chat
Bat and Chat can be ordered by filling in the simple form below.
After completing our request form and confirming you meet some basic criteria for delivering the programme, you will receive a number of digital resources that you can use to promote your sessions as well as keep of track of those participants regularly attending.
We will also add your session to our table tennis finder website tool, and you will become part of a wider network of clubs and leagues delivering the Bat & Chat programme.