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Never Too Late For Your Kids to Learn Table Tennis

A player asked me:

Dear coach, should I let my child play table tennis? What are the benefits?

Well. I want to say “table tennis is one of the best sport in the World”. Not because I’m a table tennis coach. But ping pong is really really beneficial for young kids! Let them learn to become a great player, a great person! Here I explain to you the true story. Great benefits of playing ping pong for your kids. Playing ping pong has proved to be beneficial at work! But how about the effect of ping pong on kids’ education?

Ping pong is great for kids

One of my friends asked, “Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well, I have a confession to make; I don’t pay for my kids to play ping pong. Personally, I couldn’t care less about what sport they do.

So, if I am not paying for ping pong what am I paying for?

  • I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.
  • I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are “too tired” to go to their training but they go anyway.
  • I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.
  • I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.
  • I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good teammates gracious in defeat and humble in success.
Let's your kids training table tennis as soon as possible
Let’s your kids’ training table tennis as soon as possible

It’s never too late

  • I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still, they go back week after week giving it their best shot.
  • I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.
  • I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves but other riders, officials, and coaches.
How can ping pong improve mental health
How can ping-pong improve mental health (by KeepInTheLoop)
  • I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.
  • I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long-term goals.
  • I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
  • I pay so that my kids can be out on the track instead of in front of a screen.

I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.

From what I have seen so far I think playing ping pong as a sport is a great investment!

Benefits of playing ping pong are immense for the kids development
The benefits of playing ping pong are immense for the kid’s development

Special thanks to GT Table Tennis, and Trevlyn Mayo Palframan. So it’s up to you, let your kids play any sport. Any table tennis is one of the sports that your children can play from 7 years old to more than 77 years old.

Amazing junior level in China

In China, players tend to learn to play table tennis very soon.

In China, players learn to play table tennis at a very young age
In China, players learn to play table tennis at a very young age

This is the National Youth and Junior Youth Trials. The two teenagers played really beautifully in this game.

In China, the young players focus on the solid foundation of table tennis. When they grow up, they will have power. And their shots will become more dangerous.

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Table tennis coach in France since 2012, founder of pingsunday.com (the best online coaching program for table tennis players). Born in Vietnam in 1983, Ph.D. in Université Pierre Marie Curie. Read more about him.

4 thoughts on “Never Too Late For Your Kids to Learn Table Tennis”

  1. I took up TT at the age of 42 y/o with the objective to be fit again ( no prior training before ). I stopped doing vigorous sport / exercise ( unrelated to TT ) 10 years ago because of parenthood.

    I am happy to see my body muscle is developing again. Less fat, more muscle!

  2. I have to admit I did not have any idea of tt when my son started to show interest in playing tabletennis.
    5 years on , not only my son still plays , he inspired his younger sister as well ,and she is so sure that tt is her love for life ,without a doubt it has had a huge tatally positive effect on her as she now is at 11 already starting into her 4th year of tt…even my youngest kid eventually started to love it and from my side I see only positives apart from the many hours this activity soaks up in our family life.


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