Can I play now at the MFTTA stadium?
Sadly no due to lockdown. When the COVID-19 restrictions ease sufficiently the stadium will re-open subject to strict conditions. Re-opening and restrictions/conditions of COVID-19 safe operation will be advertised on this website’s home page www.mftta.org.au and on our Facebook page.
When can I usually play table tennis at MFTTA?
MFTTA stadium is nominally open 6 days a week. Mornings and evenings are the best times. Ring our MFTTA Stadium Manager on 0498 003 788 or email email@example.com for details.
How much does it cost?
Court hire is low cost and equipment can be loaned. There are various membership categories (which is annual and includes registration/insurance with Table Tennis Victoria) ranging from public come and try, social, competition, junior, senior, concession, junior Spinneroos. Low yearly membership fees depend on membership category. See www.revolutionise.com.au/morningtonpentta/registration/ for current details.
What is MFTTA Inc?
MFTTA is the second largest table tennis club in Victoria with over 1000 participants each week at its world class stadium. See www.mftta.org.au(this website “Home Page and “About”) and https://www.facebook.com/MorningtonPeninsulaTableTennisAssociation/
To contact MFTTA please ring 0498 003 788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where is MFTTA’s stadium?
The stadium is within the Civic Reserve Recreation Centre at 350 Dunns Rd, Mornington VIC 3931
Can I play socially, just for fun?
Yes. Social play is nominally Mon to Thurs 930am-1130am and there is an active group called “Keenagers”.
Can I play in competition?
Yes. All standards are catered for. Competition is graded and occurs during evenings. It includes handicap, Pennant and round robin formats. One must join and be registered to play competitively (registration includes insurance). There are many tournaments annually.
What coaching is available?
Individual coaching is available. Group training programs run most days and during school terms. See under “Coaching” on this website for info. All standards are welcome. Group training is low cost and there are 5 sessions per week. Get FITT for women and girls (see below) has 3 sessions per week. Friday Juniors has 2 low cost sessions each Friday during school terms. We have a Community In-house coaching team of 5 women and 3 men, plus an elite/high performance coach and club ambassador: Olympian Heming Hu.
What programs are there for diverse communities? There are many programs highlighting the MFTTA culture of inclusivity e.g. All Abilities (includes para and people with physical and/or intellectual disability), Get FITT, Juniors, Senior citizens Keenagers. New programs are rapidly eveolving for LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, refugees/asylum seekers. All people are most welcome.
How old do I have to be to play?
Any age is fine. We have players from 4 years old to Keenagers in their 90s. They all have fun! We have even had 1 and 2 year olds running around with bats and balls!
Can families come along to play table tennis?
Yes – families of all standards from beginners to advanced are most welcome. They play anytime during opening hours subject to court availability and often play on weekday evenings, especially Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Can I borrow or hire equipment such as a bat and ball?
How do I join MFTTA and how much does it cost?
You can join online at www.revolutionise.com.au/morningtonpentta/registration/ or you can ring 0498 003 788 to discuss options, or email email@example.com. There are various categories of membership (which is annual and includes registration with Table Tennis Victoria and insurance) ranging from public come and try, social, competition, junior, senior, concession, junior Spinneroos. Low yearly membership fees depend on membership category. See www.revolutionise.com.au/morningtonpentta/registration/ for details.
What does MFTTA do?
MFTTA is a community organization run by volunteers (and one part-funded Centre Manager) for the community. It encourages all people regardless of age, gender, ability, standard and origin to come along and have fun. MFTTA runs social play, competitions, tournaments and events such as the Para Games, and the ITTF Oceania Olympic qualification tournament which saw Australia qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. MFTTA has won grants from many quarters including the Victorian Government and Table Tennis Australia and is highly regarded for its Fit and Fun All Abilities program and the Get FITT (Females in Table Tennis) initiative sponsored by VicHealth and the This Girl Can – Victoria program. See “About” tab and Home Page.
MFTTA growth and catchment area – Regional Hub
MFTTA serves the entire Mornington Peninsula and associated Frankston areas with a population of about 500,000. As a result MFTTA is planning a stadium extension to cater for increased community demand. It is now implementing its plan to be a Regional Hub with smaller clubs affiliated to serve the broad community need.
MFTTA PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
What training and coaching is there for Juniors and Seniors at MFTTA?
MFTTA has a Community In-house Coaching team of 8 accredited people (5 women, three men) plus Olympian Heming Hu in the role of elite coach for advanced or high performance players, and as the club ambassador. MFTTA runs multiple training sessions each week for all juniors and seniors. There is also a Juniors Friday evening program each week during school term. Qualified and experienced coaches help players develop a love of the game, their ability, and attainment of their potential as human beings. See under “Coaching” tab for details.
What social play is available for older citizens?“Keenagers” is the active large group of older players, generally over 50 yrs of age who play socially Mon to Thurs mornings. Numbers are large with around 200 people each month. Activities include fun social doubles play and time to socialize over a cuppa. There is lots of healthy exercise and laughter in an environment free of judgment and marked by fun. See under “Social” tab.
Can women and girls play in a safe welcoming environment?
Yes. Get FITT (Females in Table Tennis) is the MFTTA program for women and girls. Three one hour sessions are run each week by qualified coaches. First three sessions are free and all equipment is provided. The program is designed to encourage women and girls to have fun and participate in an environment free of judgment, including total beginners and those of any age. It is sponsored by VicHealth and the Victorian Govt This Girl Can campaign. See under “FITT” tab.
What programs are available for Juniors?
(1) Spinneroos is an entry level program for 5 to 12 year olds run each school term. It involves eight weeks of fun and learning, and a kit bag for each child with their own Spinneroos equipment, bat and shirt with their name on it. Children learn all the basic skills necessary to enjoy a great game of table tennis; it’s fun and exercise in a safe environment. MFTTA runs Spinneroos each school term – Regular Spinneroos (mixed) and Girls Only Spinneroos. See https://www.spinneroos.com.au/ for info and to register now.
(2) Friday Juniors runs each Friday during school terms at 430-530pm and 6-730pm – it is ideal for beginners and those wanting some fun, coaching and maybe some matches. It is a natural development pathway after Spinneroos. (3) Many Juniors go on to play in nightly competition. See under “Juniors” tab.
Can non able bodied people with different abilities play?
Yes. MFTTA runs an All Abilities program and Fit and Fun days. “All Abilities” is a term that refers to people whose physical, cognitive, behavioural and other capabilities may be different. MFTTA welcomes these people so that they have opportunities to have fun and to grow. MFTTA runs sessions every week for All Abilities players including Fit and Fun days. MFTTA has won awards for its “All Abilities” program; it has tables especially designed for wheelchair players and those with impaired vision. See “All Abilities” tab. Add an answer to this item.
What is table tennis?
Table tennis (also known as “ping pong”) is a game played by two to four people on a table, using bats (actually technically “rackets”) that are used to hit a small celluloid ball over a net which divides a table into two halves. It has some similarities with tennis. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and over a million Australians have a ping pong table in their garage or near their outdoor barbeque setting. It is exceptionally good for overall development, mental and physical well-being and is huge for people with disability.
What is the difference between ping pong and table tennis?
Ping pong is an older name for table tennis – a registered trademark in 1900. Table tennis is an Olympic sport, the highest participation sport in the world (source: olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/paralympics/sports/table-tennis/)
What is para table tennis?
It’s table tennis for people with disability. It is very popular. Para table tennis is the third largest Paralympic sport in terms of athlete numbers and is practiced in more than 100 countries. The rules are set by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and are basically the same as for able bodied players. In addition there are tables with underside supports that cater for wheelchairs and there are special tables for vision impaired people. See the stunning Paralympics matches and replays via 7plus and also info is at the official website olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/paralympics/ For everything you always wanted to know about para table tennis go to www.paralympic.org.au and www.sports.org.au/para-table-tennis
How old is table tennis?
Table tennis has its true origins in Royal Tennis played in the 12th century. In the mid to late 19th century outdoor court tennis was adapted to tables. In India British military officers in the 1860s and 1870s used books as a net on a table, and rounded corks from bottles as balls. Around 1880 in England the game started in earnest and popularity exploded. Upper class English people played the game after dinner under various names including Gossima, Whiff Whaff and the name Ping Pong was trademarked in 1900. Early balls were rubber or cork covered in material but in 1900 hollow celluloid balls were introduced. Paddles were used from the outset however in the 1950s rubber over a layer of sponge was introduced to the “paddles” or “rackets” which dramatically improved spin and speed. Europe lead the world until in the 1950s Asia came to prominence, especially Japan and then China. Table tennis started in the Olympic Games in 1988 and in the Commonwealth Games in 2002. It is now a super fast exciting game which helps in overall fitness and in cognitive development for people of all ages. See Wikipedia and also www.ittf.com/history/documents/historyoftabletennis Add an answer to this item.