A Table Tennis bat manufactured by the sports brand Sondico. The bat is made up of different parts:

Blade – this is flat to strike the ball
Rubber – rubber covers a layer of foam on the blade. This can be smooth or pimpled depending on the game being played and the amount of spin or speed needed to hit the ball
Handle – this extends from the blade, is mainly made of wood but can be flat or rounded

The International Table Tennis Federation state that 85% of the table tennis bat must be made of a natural wood. The rubbers also need to be approved by the ITTF. From the rating on the outside of this box it is confirmed that this table tennis bat meets those standards.

Table Tennis is a competitive sport played all around the world. It was originally called Ping-Pong in 20th Century England. This game is similar in layout to lawn tennis with a net separating an opponent at either end of a flat table. The object of the game is to hit the light table tennis ball made of plastic over the net bouncing on the opponent’s side without them being able to return the ball back to you.

The manufacturers of this bat was founded by Mr Sondi in India over half a century ago before relocating to Manchester. Sondico are most famous for manufacturing shin pads and goalkeepers’ gloves. Sondico still produce sports equipment and clothing for top sports people as well as to the general public.

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Date 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Material(s) WoodRubber
Item number MBPO354

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  • Have you ever played Table Tennis?
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  • Did you ever belong to any sporting clubs?

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I think that Table Tennis was probably my most favourite sport at school. This was probably because it was the only sport I was ever any good at! – Memory Box Volunteer

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