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01 Oct 2012

Time To Say Goodbye

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It Goodbye

Frank Herbert said, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

If curiosity has stricken your mind to why I have begun this blog with a quote about endings, it is because After Dark Ping Pong are announcing our closing down of the site and it’s content.

It has been a truly eye opening experience for ADPP to be a part of a fast growing sport, especially during the best summers of sport of our time, The London 2012 Olympics. However, our time for this particular project is over, but for Table Tennis it is only the beginning.

A new club is opening in London called BOUNCE and the recent World Championships have just been in Liverpool Echo Arena.

To Note: Our site and all it’s content will remain until December.

On behalf of ADPP, Thank you to all our followers and readers for your support and passion for the game that we love. It has been much appreciated and we hope you keep the same enthusiasm the sport needs to continue growing.

Thank you so much for taking us in to your sport and accepting us as one of the leading blogs out there for social and professional sport. We have met some awesome people along the way and been to some incredible events that we wont forget, thanks for having us.

“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” (Ellen Goodman)

A final signing off from ADPP’s Founder and Head Editor,

Jojo Regan and Conor Haynes.


One of our favourites


08 Sep 2012

ADPP Interviews Ping England!

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After Dark Ping Pong’s Conor interviews Andy from Ping England, the organisation behind all those free table tennis tables that we have been using lately! Comment below if you have played on one of the public tables?

We bumped into Andy at one of the Pongathon events at Richmix in Shawditch, London. Click the image at the top to begin the video.

Click the Image and it will take you to the Ping! England website so you can find your closest table!!

Ping is a street table tennis festival/project that has been running for 3 years now, however there has been a big push in the run up to the Olympic games this summer.

The tables have been all over the UK in cities like London, Liverpool, Bristol, Northampton, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton. There is almost no city safe from Ping’s incredible scheme! They have even popped up in Airports and train stations!

There were 300-400 tables in total and almost every single one of them will be staying there FOREVER! Most the temporary locations were meant to end in June or July but have been extended to August and September because of how successful there have been.

The tables are staying because they have been donated to Community centres, charities, organisations and local bars. They will be in charge of the upkeep and will be where you can pick up the bats and balls to play.

18 Aug 2012

New Venue: Ping, Earls Court

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I will start off this review by apologising for it taking all day to get this up on the site…but I will be blaming that on Ping as ADPP stayed a lot longer than planned! We decided to go for the full experience and have dinner first and then ‘ponged’ after! Arriving at 9:30pm the place was already in full swing and we were lead through the club past the cool bar and beer barrelled tables!

I was spoilt for choice over the menu with a cool twist on some Italian classics. The club is renowned for their great pizza’s so I thought it would be rude to not go for one! And none of us were disappointed by the choices as the food was fantastic!


Now onto the more important part, the booze. I knew I would love the place when I asked for a beer and they brought me an Asahi super dry! My all time favourite and a beer you don’t see enough in London!

We booked ourselves a 30 minute slot on a table (the club has 3 so at busy times it is best to book!) for 11, and quickly finished up our pizza and took up our battle positions as the beer pong began!

I was not previously very clued up on the rules of beer pong but luckily I had a friend with me who is at university in the US, so taught us the ropes. (I am used to using a TT table for the more conventional use!) I also want to re-iterate that the tables are constantly being used and is 50-50 between people playing beer pong and actually playing ping pong.

We had a great night, and I will definitely be going back. Its local and one of the first club/pingpong venues to open in the area, with most of them over in east London. Get yourself down for a pizza and some pong and you could hang out there all night without a problem. A special mention to the friendly staff and in particular Nick who was great all night! To book yourself a table check out their Twitter here or facebook here. The club is really well priced and I was shocked at how cheap it was in the end! Get Ponging

Jojo
ADPP