Table Tennis England is partnering with Parkinson’s UK to support clubs and groups to welcome people living with the condition into the sport – and is hosting a webinar to provide more information. 

The very nature of table tennis allows for fully inclusive participation, a view shared by Parkinson’s UK who are on a mission to change attitudes and improve the quality of life for people affected by the condition.

Growing research shows that regular physical activity can help manage symptoms of Parkinson’s, but there are particular benefits associated with participation in table tennis.

Reasoning behind this extends to the idea that table tennis is not only aerobic, but requires fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, balance and stimulates various parts of the brain. 

To launch the partnership, Parkinson’s UK and Table Tennis England are inviting community clubs and groups to join a webinar which will expand on these ideas and outline more about Parkinson’s why it is important for people with the condition to be active.

Our ultimate aim is to help clubs and other venues be more inclusive for people with Parkinson’s and to help club coaches and volunteers feel confident to support this inclusion.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday July 5 at 7pm. To book please click here

Colin Eley, Partnerships Manager at Table Tennis England said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Parkinson’s UK as it further demonstrates our commitment to grow and retain participation among those living with a disability and/or long-term health condition.”

Anna Castiaux, Physical Activity Project Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Around 121,000 people in England live with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s and with over 40 symptoms it affects everyone differently.

2But we also know that being active can help a person live well with the condition helping both their motor and non-motor symptoms.

“That’s why it’s so important that we develop opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to be active in a way that is both fun and suitable for them. By working with partners like Table Tennis England, we hope to grow awareness of

In 2021 Table Tennis England worked with Parkinson’s TT (England + Wales) to raise the profile of the sport among People with Parkinson’s and create new opportunities, which included supporting the UK first UK PingPongParkinson National Tournament, held at St Neots TTC in August 2021.   

Click here to read more on our journey to support people with Parkinson’s here.

For information, advice and support about Parkinson’s, visit the Parkinson’s UK website or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.