Ping Pong Stops Violence In London

By |2014-10-22T18:55:57+00:00February 7th, 2013|Community|Comments Off on Ping Pong Stops Violence In London

Ping pong stops violence, It’s official. I remember being in London during the 2011 riots and being genuinely concerned for my life. I had seen businesses trashed nearby and could see the smoke rising from Hackney from my living room window. The arrival of a ping pong table at a Tottenham youth club has prevented another summer of urban riots, it has emerged. The table is thought to mark the transition from the area’s youth being bored and being inspired. Youth worker Donna Sheridan said: “We’d tried everything: a bar serving Fanta, First Aid classes, even a community theatre play about chlamydia. Nothing seemed to engage them and I felt we were headed inexorably towards another summer of violence, at least soon as the weather improved. Then the table tennis table arrived. Suddenly crews from other post codes with a longstanding history of ‘beef’ were coming over, bringing their own bats in little zip-up cases.” Local teenager Norman Steele said: “When I’m playing ping pong, it’s like I forget about all my problems. I’m in another place, like a ping-pong planet. Round here, young people feel like they’ve been abandoned by the rest of society, a problem I addressed in my own small way last year by stealing 200 AA batteries from Rymans then setting fire to it. But now I’ve stopped listening to grime and my role models are ping pong players like China’s Liqin Wang and the German Timo Boll.”

male table tennis player photo

via The Daily Mash
image: The Daily Mash

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