Since lockdown was announced in March 2020 the reality for many families has been a lot more time at home and a lot less opportunity to be active. For the Oye family of Clifton, with five energetic children now at home with Mum & Dad, the last few months have been difficult to stay active!
Thankfully, they were approached by Clifton Community and Family Support Group, a fantastic organisation in Clifton supporting the local community, who were distributing a number of Table Tennis England Activity at Home kits in partnership with the Get Out Get Active Nottingham project.
“Get Out Get Active Nottingham has been working with Table Tennis England’s “Ping” project to distribute 300 Table Tennis Activity at Home kits across Nottingham City and having received theirs, the Oye family turned their kitchen table into a table tennis table and were soon challenging each other to tournaments!
Table Tennis was a breath of fresh air to the family as it was a fun, engaging activity that everyone could enjoy whether they’d tried it before or not. For Mum Agnes, it was a relief to have something that could entertain the kids, and get them moving more, in the safety of their own home, on the kitchen table, no less!
It wasn’t just the kids having fun either, even Mum, who has never tried table tennis before, had a go, making it a great way to bring some more family time into the home.
Table tennis allows people of all ages and abilities to move more, and smile more. The Partnership between Get Out Get Active Nottingham and Table Tennis England has been fantastic, providing an opportunity to engage families in physical activity in the comfort of their own homes, particularly during this challenging climate.|
We hope the story of the Oye family inspires others to pick up a bat and have a go!
Find us on Get Out Get Active Nottingham Facebook to see more tips on how to Stay Safe, Stay Active.
If you’d like to discover your love of Table Tennis like the Oye family you can find a table to play on by visiting the Ping Nottingham page: https://www.pingengland.co.uk/nottingham/