There’s nothing better than watching your opponent scramble around the table, desperately trying to reach a mean backhand you’ve just sent skimming over the net. Business against business through intense ping pong action – that’s what Battle of the Paddle is all about and it’s back this summer. We had a quick word with the guys behind Battle of the Paddle to find out more.
How would you describe Battle of the Paddle in a nutshell?
Battle of the Paddle is a platform for Bristol businesses to connect and engage with each other over a friendly game of table tennis. Our aim is to get employees out of the office at lunchtime or after work this summer to playing table tennis in a friendly and relaxed environment. Battle of the Paddle is open to all Bristol business professionals, of any skill level.
We’re urging Bristol businesses to get their employees involved in Battle of the Paddle, not only will it give them kudos but table tennis increases concentration and alertness, stimulates brain function and develops tactical thinking.* This is also a unique opportunity to battle a competitor company with a chance to get one over them in a different environment.
Where did the idea come from?
The idea for Battle of the Paddle came about when the companies we work for, Blackstar Solutions and PeopleGoal began sponsoring the Bristol City Council Ping table tennis table (outside the YHA). Frequenting the table most lunchtimes, it became clear we weren’t the only table tennis enthusiasts in the area. It seemed the perfect opportunity to engage with other businesses, away from the standard (sometimes rigid) networking events. And so the idea, Battle of the Paddle, was hatched.
When did Battle of the Paddle launch?
The inaugural tournament kicked off in November 2014, with more than 40 teams entered. Games were played at various locations around Bristol including offices, pubs, sports centres and even outdoors by those that were willing to brave the elements this winter. Teams competed in two pools with the top 8 teams going through to the knockout stages held at Vivo Sports Club. After a hotly contended knock out stage, teams were whittled down to two. In the final Clik Ltd (Biscuits and Pastry Squad) beat Home Leisure Direct (Up the Creek) to be crowned champions.
What’s the deal with the Summer Series?
For this series, matches will be played in one large pool, giving business teams the opportunity to battle with any other business. This will ensure each team plays a maximum number of games (for maximum fun), before the knockout stages and allows them to ‘call out’ a business they want to play against.
How can people get involved?
Teams can register via our website and use it to arrange a suitable time and place to play, making it flexible for teams to play their matches around work commitments. Businesses can enter any number of teams for the tournament with each team made up of two players.
The summer series will also be open to the public so even if you can’t rally the colleagues, round up a few mates and sign up – everyone’s welcome!
*backed by science
Get out of the office this summer and join the battle for table tennis glory – it’s not personal, it’s business. Register here for Battle of the Paddle battleofthepaddlebristol.com – entries close 12-June 2015!