Table Tennis FUN LAB Launched
Right To Play and Fun Granted!
Where can you find a fun, safe and attractive place to try your mental and physical prowess on a game of table tennis? Incase you haven’t heard it – that place is now open! It’s the TT Fun Lab in Sportplatz “Neue Linie”, Leipzig - Germany.
The Fun Lab is situated in the intercultural and growing city of Leipzig that is home to the ITTF Foundation and to almost 600,000 residents and also plays host to tourists. Table tennis is a sport that is perfect for bringing people together, bettering our health and wellbeing, a tool for learning about fair play and yes, a game of much fun. It was these exact values that saw the ITTF Foundation setup the project with kind equipment support of Butterfly; to ease access to table tennis for everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, physical ability and residential status by providing a safe recreational atmosphere, food, fun and music.
The launch event kicked off at 3pm on Sunday 16th June with lots of family fun games that were a mix of both traditional and non-traditional games setup in different stations with different levels of skill, ranging from easy to advanced. 70 of the participating took home gifts from the Foundation and acknowledgement diplomas. Also, in attendance were the President of the Leipzig Table Tennis Federation, several clubs from Leipzig and stakeholders from organisations using tables tennis for social good.
The games took 3 hours with the highlight of many being playing against a robot and participating in the African dance workshop.
“I am happy to attend here together with some of the kids I am training in the asylum shelter we live in. It is a great atmosphere here, good to see so many different people playing together and having fun!” Emmanuel Nikeng, former ITK Student from Cameroon.
The TT Fun Lab is a project within the ITTF Foundation’s TT4ALL Program, which aims to make table tennis accessible to a broad public, including actively engaging disadvantaged and minority groups; making it Popular. Inclusive. Universal.
So, the next time you’re in Leipzig, and are in the mood for mixed art and culture workshops and a table tennis session you know where to go!
We would like to send special thanks to:
- Julia Rößner for painting workshop.
- Raul Ruiz Mateos for the logo painting.
- Wontanara for the African percussion and dancing workshop.
- All the volunteers.
- All the participants who showed again how fun and inclusive table tennis is.
- And Butterfly for the kind equipment support.