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Dear <<First Name>>,
 

Especially in the digital age, media is a strong tool, which helps us to see variations over similarities as well as connections and parallels with one another than the stereotypical differences. It is a place to share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world and what’s happening in it.
 

So, why shouldn’t you make a use out of the media and include it for your World Table Tennis Day 2020 event?


Of course, we know that you have so many options to choose from regarding media choice, the channel and communication tools for your event. And the choice is not easier with knowing that media has the universal character to inform, inspire, encourage and support your target group as well as your organisation or mission for the planned event. As mentioned in previous newsletters, table tennis can raise the awareness to a variety of topics, e.g. ecological environment or the reduction of inequalities of women and media can contribute to increase it even more in your community.

Above this, table tennis can catalyse, build and strengthen stakeholder networks and partnerships involving and including the press on local, regional, national and international level. The presence of your WTTD 2020 event in the media can also provide effective networks for your future partners as well as future plans like project implementation.

Go ahead!
Register your own World Table Tennis Day event via the button below! ATTENTION: Every first registered event per country will receive a
surprise kit!

Ideas to make your WTTD 2020 event more popular and universal

First comes the event planning, second the celebration: Start with creating an event on Facebook and promote it by providing information about your event. Update it on a regular basis, invite your family, friends, teammates and colleagues and enable them to invite more people to make your event more popular and universal. Through this channel you can also ask for volunteers and other help.

One of the most important things you should have in mind for the celebration day of your event is to get people’s attention and ideally their involvement. Make your event an eyecatcher and have colourful decoration and (background) music playing. Additionally, offer different activities during the event. It is fun to play one game, but it is even more fun if your event programme is diversified – even if it’s just a mix of singles and doubles tournaments including rules like one doubles team has combine two genders, two generations, and so on. Let your imagination fly! In this way, the local press will be more interested in your event and will possibly increase your number of participants and follower rates on social media.

Furthermore, hire a professional photographer to have quality photos for social media and share it with us through the upcoming evaluation form. Also, think about filming your event. Naturally, not everybody has the budget to employ a professional photographer or camera operators. But your smartphone is not just a device in your pocket, it has not only a particular association with youth, but it can certainly be used to get unmatched popularity and a wide appeal.
And don’t forget to use our hashtags #WorldTableTennisDay, #TT4ALL and #6April when you’re celebrating the World Table Tennis Day!

TIP: Organise a team or committee, who is in charge of your event’s media environment! Provide clear functions, like who has to contact local press, who is writing and sending press releases regularly and who creates and oversees your social media channels. If you’re on your own, create a timeline when you have to do what in order to promote your event!

We are looking forward to seeing, reading and listening to what
YOU’re doing in your community!

Sample Case

If you’re still not so sure about the magnitude through the use and help of media: Let’s have a look at the WTTD 2019 event “Table Tennis Tonga way” in Nuku'alofa, Tonga! The organisers – Tonga Table Tennis Federation – have targeted the general public plus children and youth, elderlies, women and girls as well as people with a disability. Their event aim was the promotion of inclusion, destigmatise disability and launch the “Bounce it Back program”! Additionally, they held a private screening of the full-length documentary “Ofeina ´o Lesieli”, which is about a young table tennis player and her everyday life with down syndrome. With speeches, the film, a hip-hop performance by “Onion Squad” followed by different station games, e.g. tournaments in wheelchairs, they’ve attracted not only national press, but international press besides the ITTF and ITTF Oceania channels.

We’ll see what’s coming next – maybe your WTTD 2020 event?

To give you some ideas for activities and further information for your WTTD 2020 event, watch the video below and have a look in their Bounce it Back Manual.

What can you do now – without much effort?

  • Create a Facebook event and invite everyone you know.
  • Create another event invitation. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a simple flyer including the most relevant information:
        When? Where? What? Who?
  • If you need some inspiration, use our logopack for your invitations as well!
  • Print or paint some flyers to get attention. Ask in sport clubs, schools, restaurants, food stalls, malls etc. whether you can display your flyers there.
  • Share the invitation on your social media channels, including your Facebook event. If you’ve painted it, take a picture and upload it.
  • Send the invitation to your chosen press media via e-mail or post or hand it over to a journalist personally.
  • Provide press and media contacts with plenty of content before, during and after the event (Pictures, footage, articles, statements from participating people, etc.).
  • Use different social media channels to promote your event (depending on your region and target groups different channels might be more or less popular):
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Messenger
    • WhatsApp
    • Telegram
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • YouTube
    • Reddit
    • Tumblr
    • Sina Weibo
    • WeChat
    • LinkedIn
    • SnapChat
    • Tik Tok
    • ...
  • Use QR Codes on your local flyers and handouts to provide easy access to your online platforms via smartphone.

For more information about the WTTD go to our new website. The old one is still available in one of these 9 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.

In order to create your invitation or to print T-shirts, stickers and banners to your wishes and to promote the event, download the WTTD logopack in the language and formats you need!

If your language is not included, please send us your translation of …

  • World Table Tennis Day
  • April 6
  • Popular
  • Universal
  • Inclusive
  • Table Tennis for Everyone, Everywhere!

… and we will be happy to include it!
 

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Get involved and support our motto “Solidarity through Table Tennis” via a very appreciated donation.

The Team of the World Table Tennis Day wishes you a happy organising. Please feel free to contact us in case of questions, comments or remarks. We will be happy to read you: april6@foundation.ittf.com.
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