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Table tennis - Strood
In the early 19th century, British army officers in India and
South Africa played a form of indoor tennis using cigar box lids as
paddles, rounded corks from wine bottles as balls, and a table with a row of books
serving as a net.
In the 1890s, alternate versions of the game emerged, including
flim-flam, pim-pam, pom-pom and whiff-whaff. Games manufacturer
John Jaques & Son introduced the game to the world in 1891
under the name gossima.
After a trip to the United States in 1900, Englishman James Gibb
returned with some lightweight hollow celluloid balls.
In 1901, John Jaques & Son renamed and trademarked the game
ping-pong, after the sound the ball made on the racquet and table.
They sold the trademarked name to Parker Brothers in the US.
When there was a revival of the game in the 1920s, table tennis
became the preferred name to avoid trademark disputes. The game is
governed by the International Table Tennis Federation (www.ittf.com/), founded in 1926.
Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988.
Strood Leisure Centre's table tennis tables are located in the
Book your table
tennis court online.
Table tennis prices
The non-member price includes two adult day admissions.
*Peak times are Monday to Friday: 6.30pm - 10pm
If you are a member of Echoes gym, you can use the court for
Paddles can be hired for £2.20 each.
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