Table tennis skills – Batting

Set up some kitchen rolls or upside-down cups to act as a net, and grab a paddle for this simple, inclusive table tennis game for beginners, which is designed to be played with two people in your own space.

This is video two of a series of six.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sports activity that promotes fitness and wellbeing, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch while supporting independent choice and learning new skills.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Before you get started, make sure you have a clear space around you, a chair nearby, a glass of water and set yourself up with a table, the kitchen rolls or upside-down plastic tumblers, ping pong balls and a pair of bats.

Step 2

Set the kitchen rolls or plastic tumblers up in the centre of the table where the net would be, and leave a gap in the middle. Practise rolling the ball back and forth across the table, through the gaps, using the bats. Follow along with the video.

Step 3

Tilt the bat upwards slightly and use it to lift the ball over the ‘net’.

Step 4

Count how many hits you can get in a single volley before the ball falls off the table.

This activity was created by Shaun from Inclusive Ping Pong