Exeter Business Games is a series of weekly events held at different venues across the City of Exeter during the months of May and June. The games get local businesses networking in a series of fun events across the city whilst raising money for local charities. 2016 saw 8 events across the city, which were open to all business-es. Each of the 8 events enabled teams to socialise with fellow workmates and to network with other businesses.
In the last five years the games have grown in popularity now attracting around 25 businesses a year to take part. In 2015 the Games raised over £10k for local charities.
Get Active Exeter, is a new city-wide campaign funded by Sport England to get busy adults more active. From very early on, Ping! was seen by the campaign as an ideal way to get busy working adults more active during the day.
Ping! at the Games 2016
Ten tables lay waiting for a record 25 teams at Exeter City Football Club during the second week of May for the hotly awaited Ping! challenge, the second of eight events at the Exeter Business Games. Each of the 25 teams that entered brought 4 players, 1 of which was female. With over 100 people playing table tennis at the Ping! tournament, the atmosphere was electric.
The success of the Ping! tournament year on year lies with the strong partnership behind it. Organised by Big Wave Media, Active Devon and Exeter City FC with the support of local table tennis clubs, Exeter and District Table Tennis League and Table Tennis England, the event mixes competition, fun and a chance to learn new skills.
After two hours of good natured competition, the eventual winners for 2016 were the Met Office in a closely fought final against Crowdcube Ltd.
Throughout the Ping! Exeter project there has been high demand for competitive play between workplaces and social groups. Many local businesses have brought a ‘Loop’ package to host a table tennis table at their workplace. Active Devon have now launched the ‘Exeter Ping Challenge’ which is an informal local ping pong tournament between businesses and groups that are keen to enter a team challenge. Teams can request matches against other like minded organisations online, through a website and arrange fixtures to be played on a nearby Ping table.
Visit www.exeterpingchallenge.co.uk for further information.
“You don’t need to be competitive to enjoy it” Tom from Bush & Co Chartered Accountants
“I feel more involved playing and trying out different sports” Adriano from Nexus
“We try not to be too serious. My partner and I are getting fit for the summer”
- Over 100,000 people have picked up a bat in Exeter to play Ping!
- Ping! Exeter has been going for 3 years with more tables added every year in public spaces across the city
- Exeter was one of the first cities to host Ping!
- Table tennis is the most popular racquet sport in the world