Ping pong campaign for elderly takes centre stage this week

People working with older people are being invited to take up their table tennis bats at a sports benefits event in Leeds this week.

Anyone who works with older people is being encouraged to visit Armley Leisure Centre on the 3 July from 1-5pm to find out how they can gain the skills to deliver low impact table tennis activity as part of the Ping Pong Care Campaign 2013.

Hosted by the BRITDOC foundation in conjunction with Leeds City Council, the campaign is also aiming to screen the documentary film Ping Pong in community centres, sheltered housing, care homes and day centres cross the UK to inspire people to take part and be active in later life.

More details on how Ping Pong, which follows eight octogenarians who take part in the over 80s World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia, can be screened at various venues supporting the elderly across the city will also be provided. A special showing of the film will also be held at the event.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“Increasing the number of older people who are taking part in sport and exercise across the city remains one of our key priorities, which is why we are delighted to support such a great project as the Ping Pong Care Campaign.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:

“This event at Armley Leisure Centre is a fantastic way for people to find out more about how they can play their part in helping our elderly fit and active in our community centres, sheltered housing and care homes, and we hope there will be a great turnout.”

Notes to editors:

The event is free for those working within a 50-mile radius of Leeds. It is designed for anyone who works with older people, from community centre managers to care centre staff, health care professionals, nurses, sports development organisations and educational services.

Registration for the event will begin at 12.30pm, and can be undertaken on-line at: http://leedspingpong.eventbrite.co.uk

Finding from the BIG Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Award, will provide BRITDOC with the opportunity to take documentary film Ping Pong to some 2000 older person settings across the UK.


The BRITDOC Foundation is a not-for-profit created in partnership with Channel 4 Television in the UK to ensure a creative future for documentary filmmaking.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk