Castle Carrock . . . a beautiful Cumbrian village in the North Pennines

Table Tennis Club


Castle Carrock Table Tennis Club was launched in September 2011. We use the Watson Institute as a base. We’ve got three tables, one of which is brand new, thanks to financial support from the Talkin Educational Charity.

The club is open to all ages and all abilities and we currently have a good mixture of young people and adults playing. About a dozen people usually turn up.

We meet to have fun but we’re also trying to develop the skills that we already have in the group of players. We hold a singles tournament every year. In January 2014, Sam Laithwaite beat Tim Hayton 4-2 in a thrilling best of 7 game final and earned the privilege of holding one of world sport’s biggest trophies for the next 12 months.

Sam and TimOrange squash and biscuits are available as refreshments. The entrance fee every week is just £1. We play from 6.30pm until 8.00pm on Wednesday nights. Contact Tom Speight or call 01228 670054 for more information.


Ping Pong Rules

A match is the first person to win 3 of 5 games (or 4/7 or 5/9). For each game, the first player to reach 11 points wins that game, however a game must be won by at least a two point margin. A point is scored after each ball is put into play (not just when the server wins the point as in volleyball). The edges of the table are part of the legal table surface, but not the sides.

Each player serves two points in a row and then switches server. However, if a score of 10-10 is reached in any game, then each server serves only one point and then the server is switched. After each game, the players switch side of the table. In the final game (ie the 5th game), the players switch side again after either player reaches 5 points.

The ball must rest on an open hand palm. Then it must be tossed up at least 6 inches and struck so the ball first bounces on the server’s side and then the opponent’s side. If the serve is legal except that it touches the net, it is called a let serve. Let serves are not scored and are reserved.