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Celebrating World Table Tennis Day!

To celebrate World Table Tennis Day 2024, Para Table Tennis star Jack Hunter-Spivey joined people supported by Community Integrated Care for an exclusive online experience.

We welcomed people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK to meet the Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist on our free accessible events website – – to enjoy a unique blend of table tennis themed accessible exercises and motivational conversations.

Jack – a Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games Bronze medallist – shared insights into his journey through the sport through a fun Q&A with participants. From how he first got involved at a local youth centre, to one day representing his nation on the biggest stages as part of Team GB, Jack’s top tips on how people can get involved in the sport were welcomed by all.

To continue their World Table Tennis Day celebrations, Community Integrated Care’s specialist Sports Inclusion Team delivered a series of ‘Table Tennis Parties’ across their services, giving people who access care and support the chance to enjoy Table Tennis through their pioneering table tennis in social care programme, Care To Play.

Colleagues and people supported by Community Integrated Care hold up participation certificates for World Table Tennis Day 2024.

This free programme developed in partnership with Table Tennis England teaches people in social care the fundamental skills to play and enjoy table tennis, sharing ways that the sport can be adapted for all.

Speaking after the experience, Jack Hunter-Spivey said, “This whole experience and connecting back with Community Integrated Care and the people they support truly brightened my day. I was so happy to see people getting involved in the sport I love, that has given me so much joy.

To share my passion with others is a privilege, and I’m glad that through the brilliant What To Do website, I’m able to connect with people and inspire them to pick up a racket. Seeing the videos of people playing just after the experience was so special to see!”

Colleagues and people supported by Community Itnegrated Care celebrate World Table Tennis Day, posing for a photo.

Lewis Webster, Sports Inclusion Communications Manager at Community Integrated Care, said, “Table Tennis is an amazing, accessible, and adaptive sport that promotes fun and happiness with physical activity – which is why we created this fantastic opportunity to connect people in social care with the sport, and a world-class athlete in Jack. Our ‘Care To Play’ report shares profound examples of how this sport has positively impacts people’s lives, so we’re proud to continue our efforts in connecting people in social care to Table Tennis knowing the incredible benefits it brings. We’d like to thank our partners Table Tennis England who continue to explore the potential health and social impact of their sport in social care.”

Community Integrated Care was proudly awarded the Inclusion Award at the 2021 Pride of Table Tennis Awards, for supporting almost 200 care services to access table tennis starter packs during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, helping to keep people physically and mentally stimulated during lockdown.

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