Dear <<First Name>>,
We are two months away from the 5th edition of the World Table Tennis Day. Have you already registered your event? 2018 was an incredible year breaking all records, but we want to invite you to reach new heights together in 2019. By reaching new heights, we do not talk only about numbers, but also leaving a meaningful message in every participant as the following:
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”
This was part of Nelson Mandela’s speech at the Inaugural Ceremony Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, held in Monaco in 2000.
Nelson Mandela was talking from experience as he used and advocate for the use of sport as a tool for social change during his presidency in the 90’s and left a legacy on his country and the rest of the world. One of the most famous examples of this has been portrayed in the 2009 movie “Invictus” or book “Playing the Enemy” which highlights how Nelson Mandela understood he could use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite his divided nation, by encouraging everyone to support the Springboks National team.
For World Table Tennis Day, we do not expect you to be the next Nelson Mandela. However, we wish to encourage you to use his story, as inspiration and take the time to consider what values you can transfer through your event.
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Let’s have a look at different ways values education and table tennis fit perfectly together.
Table tennis is usually seen as an individual sport, but it is a game that cannot be practiced alone. It does not matter if you are an amateur or professional player, you always need someone else to play with. Thereby, encouraging socialisation and interaction with others.
Moreover when children train in table tennis, they are motivated to learn and improve through fun. This offers a great opportunity not only to learn technical skills but also to transmit values, such as: cooperation, discipline, perseverance, responsability, fairness, respect and being a team player.
There are many examples of how to include values education in your World Table Table Day activity. In order to support you in this process, here are a few examples.
Teamwork (Trust and communication): Different abilities, making people play blindfolded with a guide and rolling the ball on the table (taking out the net) from one side to the next. Playing legs tied two persons together
Teamwork (Interdependence and communication): We vs. I - Group Challenges vs. individual challenges
Community challenge (Self esteem, identity, motivation): have one side of the table play with supporters that encourage and the other either no one or people who “boo” the player go on for 2 minutes and then discuss how this affected their game, self esteem and identity.
We hope this will inspire your creativity to encourage you make up your own game based on the values you wish to transmit.
By transmitting values, you are not only contributing to the participants personal relationships with their team, family, work or school, but also to their personal development as they become more rounded people and develop skills which can be positively replicated to their everyday ventures and local community.
Where to start and prepare a values promoting event?
Follow the next steps:
Read the World Table Tennis Day Tool Kit
Write your vision and define the values you wish to raise through your activity
Establish your team
Organize a first team meeting
Plan your activities around the values you wish to promote
Create your “To do List”
Create your timeline
Make your budget plan
List and contact your fund givers
List and contact possible partners
More details to prepare your event here