UPDATE (Wed 18 July) - Due to a health and safety issue at the site, the Ping Pong Parlour will not be opening on 18 July as previously stated. It will open once repairs have been carried out at the shop unit and we will update you with details here.
VISITORS TO The Grafton shopping centre will be able to take a break and enjoy a fun game of table tennis this summer, after a new Ping Pong Parlour opens its doors to the public.
Cambridge City Council has teamed up with The Grafton and the sport’s governing body, Table Tennis England, for this initiative.
The Ping Pong Parlour will be open soon during normal shopping hours in one of the shopping centre’s vacant shop units, and will feature up to six free-to-use table tennis tables plus bats, balls and all the advice visitors need to enjoy a game.
The new parlour will expand the number of locations around the city where people can play table tennis for free. As part of the long-running Ping! programme, the council and Table Tennis England have placed more than 40 tables in green spaces and community centres around Cambridge, to encourage informal, fun and free opportunities to play.
Ping Pong Parlours have already opened in several other shopping centres nationwide. They form part of Table Tennis England’s vision to inspire people to get active and lead happier, healthier lifestyles by introducing table tennis into the places they already spend time in their everyday lives.
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “The council is pleased to be supporting the new Ping Pong Parlour at The Grafton shopping centre as it gives anyone a chance to take a break and enjoy themselves doing something which is fun and healthy.
“The summer months are a great time for people to get more active – whether playing on one of the table tennis tables dotted around Cambridge, or trying one of the many activities available in the city.
“For more ideas about how to get more exercise this summer I would encourage people to take a look at the activities – many of which are free – featured on our website at www.cambridge.gov.uk/sport.”