Aerobic Table Tennis and Pink Pong have teamed up to attempt to become Guinness World Record holders for most people controlling a table tennis ball on a table tennis bat for 10 seconds without dropping it. The current world record is 250 people.
It is part of a partnership between Pink Pong and Aerobic Table Tennis, who last year undertook a UK tour raising funds for cancer research. The tour was leading to this final event including an attempt on the world record.
The challenge was chosen to allow beginner players to join in, and Aerobic Table Tennis is inviting players from all clubs in the UK or around the world to attend.
The event will take place at Wigan Youth Zone – who have kindly offered their venue free of charge – in Wigan on October 24. The event will be a full day of table tennis activities including fun games and exhibition games. It runs from 10am to 5pm, with the world record attempt scheduled to start at 2pm.
All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.
Aerobic Table Tennis founder Steve Rowe said: “The actual activity is not that difficult, what is difficult is having more than 250 people in the same room at the same time taking part in the attempt. We are hoping to have between 300 and 400 people so we can smash the record.”
Dreamscope TV will film the whole event and the video will then be used by Guinness to confirm whether the record attempt has been successful. Dreamscope are also offering their services free of charge.
Also attending are Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Pink Pong ambassador and England No 1 female player Kelly Sibley and the mayor of Wigan.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust Head of Community Tom Flower said: “Table tennis has been part of our Premier League 4 Sport programme since it started in 2009, we have seen great results delivering table tennis to young people in Wigan with us working with more than 300 participants this year.
“With this in mind, using our profile to so support the table tennis world record attempt to raise money for Cancer Research Kids and Teens was something we jumped at.”
To register for the event. All you need to do is visit www.justgiving.com/AEROBICTABLETENNIS/ and make a donation as little as £2. Once you make a donation you will automatically be added to the participant list.
You can also donate by sending a text to 70070, and type ATTP99 followed by your amount – for example ATTP99£5