As well as being a fantastic physical work out, table tennis is a great mental exercise. You have to plan strategies and decide what spin to put on the ball, whilst trying to stay one step ahead of your opponent and react to the shots they are playing all at the same time. Decisions have to be made in split seconds. This serves to increase concentration levels, while improving short term memory and decision making ability.
This was explained by #OnTheMove Skolasport Coach Kevin Gatt who leads the table tennis sessions every Thursday at Kirkop Sports Complex. Table tennis is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small racket.
Top table tennis players are some of the greatest athletes in the world, yet it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. The programme aims to be fun and innovative for the young players.
#OnTheMove Skolasport, which organised by SportMalta and sponsored by Kellogg’s, offers a range of opportunities to increase the number of young people experiencing and playing quality sports at their various sports complexes across Malta. Table Tennis is just one of the many different sports sessions offered by the programme.
Besides Kirkop Sports Complex, #OnTheMove Skolasport sessions are available at Marsa Sports Complex, Tal-Qroqq Sports Complex, Cottonera Sports Complex, St Ignatius College Secondary School in Tal-Handaq, Maria Regina College in Mosta and St Clare College in Pembroke giving participants the opportunity to practice their favourite sport at a nearby locality.
Kellogg’s is sponsoring #OnTheMove Skolasport for the sixteenth consecutive year as part of its commitment to promote physical activities and the importance of a balanced diet among the Maltese community.
For further information about table tennis classes, or #OnTheMove SkolaSport programme, one can contact the Programmes Section at the SportMalta Head Office on tel. 2203 6000 or via e-mail: [email protected] or visit the SportMalta website: www.sportmalta.org.mt.