“I am full of admiration for Peter’s gift in creating fun and joy in people’s lives playing improvised table tennis. He is a dedicated person who unselfishly spends time giving people less fortunate a positive attitude and purpose in life.

His mother Kathy Best was a leading English international and his father Alan Thompson was one of England’s leading coaches to his wife and Brian Kennedy (both Leeds born) and to Alan Hydes.

Peter is clearly following in his father’s footsteps by showing a special gift of bringing out the very best in people he tutors.”

Alan Hydes England International and winner of 4 Commonwealth Gold Medals.

“Pingpong4u has worked with us at JU:MP for the last 5 years, delivering high quality activities to people across Bradford from all ages and backgrounds.

Head coach Peter believes Table Tennis is the greatest game in the world and we are now totally on board with that idea.“

Kammy Siddique, Community Engagement Manager. JUMP, Bradford.

“Peter from Pingpong4u has been visiting Moor Time holiday club during the summer holidays for the last 3 years.  Peter always ensures the sessions are adapted to the needs of young people with additional needs, so everyone is able to join in.  Peter brings fun & laughter to all the sessions, bringing young people and staff together to provide a great sociable event.“

Jane Connop, Moor Time Project Manager, Ilkley.

“PingPong4u has had an fantastic impact on students at Allerton High School this year. The inclusive programme can introduce new performers to the sport whilst also making current performers make outstanding progress. Students have thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s sessions.“

George Ross, Head of P.E. Allerton High School, Leeds.

“An exceptional after school table tennis class for kids of all ages, skill levels and abilities with a teacher who adeptly tailors activities to each participant. The kids love the engaging sessions which foster team work, skill development and new friendships.“

Kirsty Ward, Education and Families Manager, Kirkstall Valley Development Trust, Leeds.  

“Pete’s sessions with the children are brilliant! I am always amazed watching his skill in getting a child playing confidently in a matter of minutes. Such a genuinely lovely person to work with too.“

Alicia, parent, Windhill Community Centre, Shipley, Bradford.

“I love it, Ping Pong Pete is really great.“

“I like playing with my friends, I am getting much better at Ping Pong.“

“It is a pleasure to watch the atmosphere Pete creates. Both staff and students play together. Pete makes the games accessible for all.“

“I didn’t even know how to hold the bat when I started, now I am more confident I can even play with my friends”
“Pete is the best ever!”

“Pete is great at motivating the learners to get involved and never gives up on anyone.”

Young adults with Learning difficulties from Beeston Campus, Leeds City

“Keeps residents occupied, helps with their memory as well as interacting. It’s a social activity that most enjoy.”

Krzystof, Local Care Home Manager, Harehills, Leeds.

Participants would recommend table tennis as an activity for various reasons including: exercise, socialising and mental health benefits.

“Gets people to join in, engage with everybody and is something anybody can do.”

Sheena, St. Vincent’s (York Road), Leeds.

“In the 13 years I have been an activity coordinator I have not seen so many residents so eager to “have a go.”

Pauline, Activities Coordinator, Burley Hall, Ilkley.

“One of the best activities we’ve done. People participate who usually don’t.”

Linda, Community Centre Belle Isle.

“I love it. It gives you a real lift and is a very good workout.”

Local pensioner, Horsforth, Leeds.

“We have a laugh but I enjoy learning about the technical aspects as well.”

Participant, OPAL, Cookridge, Leeds.

“Table tennis can be a great way to connect with new people. Even though I don’t usually talk to many people at the youth sessions, I became friends with a new member after playing table tennis with them. I
also interact with other newcomers during the game. For example, I met a guy named Manuel and got to
know other beginners through table tennis. Sometimes, I’ll ask people I don’t know if they want to play with me. This way, I get to meet different individuals and have conversations with them. It’s a great way to connect with new members and even organize some friendly competitions.“

“Playing ping pong makes me happy and helps me improve. I get excited
when I play and feel good when I do well. I’ve become much better at it and can outplay my opponents.
It’s boosted my confidence and I feel like I have special abilities when I play. While losing can be
disappointing, winning feels great. Playing table tennis is a fun way for me to de-stress from school and it’s more enjoyable than worrying about getting good grades. Ping pong has brought me happiness and confidence, and it’s a competitive and entertaining activity that I truly enjoy.“

Young players at CATCH, Harehills, Leeds.

“Pete brings energy and joy to the campus with every session he delivers. Students really enjoy competing with each other and showcasing the skills developed throughout their time with Pete.“

Richard Jones, Head of Foundation Studies, Leeds City College, Joseph Priestley Campus.

“Ping Pong is so much fun, every session Peter teaches me new tips and skills.“

‘R’ 8 yrs old refugee.

“Peter made table tennis accessible to everyone, regardless age or abilities. Perter has great skills in communicating with all and great understanding to different cultures. In every session children and adults enjoy the session and also get challanged to get better….Thank you Peter.“

Sawsan, Leader of DAMASQ, Leeds.