Where can I pick up table tennis in Singapore?


Where can I pick up table tennis in Singapore?

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By Averlynn Lim

Are you new to table tennis? As one of Singapore’s most popular sports, many community centres and recreational sports clubs have coaches that teach the game to both kids and adults.

The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) for instance holds weekly training sessions for aspiring table tennis pros at Sports Halls across Singapore.

There are courses not just for groups but for individuals as well.

1. Learn To Play: Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA)

The ‘Learn To Play’ course is specially catered for beginners. Across 10 sessions, beginners will pick up the fundamentals of the game, from STTA-designated coaches.

Lesson plan
1.   Introduction to Table Tennis
2.   How to Hold the Paddle
3.   Feel the Bounce
4.   Forehand Attack
5.   Backhand Block/Defence
6.   Brief History & Trends of Table Tennis
7.   Rules of the Game
8.   Basic Footwork
9.   Basic Service Skills
10. Evaluation Session

Class Ratio
6-8 students

Minimum age
5 years old

Course fee
$267.50 for 10 lessons (inclusive of GST)

Training schedule
Hougang - Training Hall at Blk 810 Hougang Central #02-216 – Fridays (7-9pm)
Pasir Ris – Pasir Ris Sports Hall – Wednesdays (7-9pm)
Clementi – Clementi Sports Hall – Thursdays (7-9pm)
Toa Payoh – STTA Hall – Tuesdays (730-930pm), Saturdays (430-630pm)

2. Continue to Play: STTA

Continue-To-Play' is a follow up course specially prepared for beginners who have completed the 'Learn-To-Play' program and wish to further improve and strengthen their basic techniques of the game.

Class Ratio
6 - 8 students

Minimum age
6 years old

Course fees
$267.50 for 10 lessons (inclusive of GST)

Training schedule     
Toa Payoh – Lee Kong Chian Table Tennis Training Hall – Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm

3. Finding a private coach

Singapore has plenty of private coaches willing to take students on both as part of group or individual sessions. There are two main ways to find a private coach: Online, coaches advertise their services on both forums and websites. An example would be on this website.

Alternatively, you can also head down to your local sports complex and approach a coach after his/her session to enquire about available lessons.

The best table tennis coaches – particularly for beginners – usually have a lesson plan and are able to explain the game’s concepts clearly and concisely. Good coaches are also patient and accommodating – able to personalize their training sessions for each individual student, even in a group.

Among the list of available table tennis coaches found online include ex-national team players, both from Singapore and China. Many have received accreditation from the Singapore Sports Council’s National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP), while some are also flexible in terms of time and location to suit your needs.

Of course, the most important thing about finding a table tennis coach is getting someone who you are comfortable with. The best way to find one this way is to ask friends or family members who may have taken training in the past and ask for a referral. Good luck on your search!

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