Pop in for Ping Pong this summer

This summer our Piazza will be buzzing as table tennis takes over.   Officially launching at 6.30pm this Thursday 16 June, with a new exhibition celebrating the Victorian past time and special appearances from professional regional and national players, the basement level will be home to four full size tables all season.

An exhibition including a table tennis robot, images and table tennis paraphernalia will be on show with the robot on hand to put players through their paces.  On 16 June Simon Noutch, a top 30 England senior player, Chris Parker, senior county player and national coach and Sally Shutt ex senior International player and coach will be on hand showing the professional standard that can be achieved in the sport and the tables will be officially opened for the summer.

A collaboration with Ping! Leeds, the local example of the free nationwide ping pong festival and Table Tennis England, the Corn Exchange Ping Pong Parlour will be accessible daily throughout the summer, when the space is not being used for fairs and events. Young and old, seasoned pro or enthusiastic amateur, anyone can take a turn on these free-to-use tables and discover a passion for Whiff Whaff.

Other initiatives to encourage play include ‘Late night shop-ping!’ every Thursday evening when Leeds Corn Exchange will stay open until 9pm, offering the perfect opportunity for a post work trip to the Grade I listed building to combine playing, browsing the 100% independent shops and tea at one of the food and drink venues.  ‘Bat & Chat’ – a special time slot set aside for older players will be arranged through Ping! Leeds and there is potential for a local workplace league.