“How much does it cost?”

I’m at Oxford City Council’s Older People’s Day on 30th September, encouraging older people to take up table tennis. I know they’ll want to know that they can afford it.

For Cowley Table Tennis it’s great value at £2 an hour or £3 for two hours, tea and biscuits included. But it’s not only about money. Whether it’s table tennis or any other activity, if we want older people to be more active, we need to think about what other costs are involved. Read More →

What better place to play table tennis than in a church? In the summer, I spent long hours invigilating exams in Temple Cowley United Reformed Church, and couldn’t help thinking what a good venue it would be for table-tennis – with the added advantage that it’s three minutes walk from home. So here we are four months later with Cowley Table Tennis offering weekly morning sessions for over-50s and evening ones for all-comers.

The building is a church on Sundays and hired to various organisations in the week. The table-tennis has nothing to do with the church other than it being a wonderful venue for our five tables. Nothing, except in my own mind. Because I have to admit feeling a teeny bit sacrilegious when I first placed our box of nets, bats and balls on the communion table. Read More →