Monday 11 July 2010 – Media Release

Canary Wharf serves up free table tennis, including some of the sport’s most famous names, on 23-29 July.

Former British number one Desmond Douglas will be amongst those encouraging the public to have a free go on the table tennis tables specially placed in Jubilee Place mall as part of the Ping! event.

Ping! sees around 100 table tennis tables pop up around London’s iconic landmarks this summer, coinciding with two years to go until the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is part of the Sing! London participatory arts project and aims to have over 1 million people playing more sport in the UK by 2012.

Desmond Douglas said: “Table tennis is a great sport, whether you’re playing socially or competitively. We want to get Londoners excited about table tennis, and sport in general, in the lead up to the London 2012 games. We think there will be plenty of people making room in their lunch breaks or weekend shopping trip to have a go.”

East London has a proud tradition in table tennis, which is the world’s second largest participation sport. Tower Hamlets’ Morpeth School has produced several national school champions in recent years. Local pupil Ashley Facey-Thompson, a finalist in last year’s Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year awards, is on track to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic games.

Four players from the Morpeth team will be on hand between 3pm – 5pm on each of the days to give the public table tennis tips and encouragement.

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Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London, which includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space in London; more than any other company. Canary Wharf is home to some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands. The Canary Wharf Estate’s working population is approximately 93,000 people, up from 27,000 in 2000.

As of 31 December 2009 the Canary Wharf Group investment portfolio of 8 million sq ft was 96.2% let. The weighted average unexpired lease length was 15.8 years. Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. The opening of new office buildings by KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010 will also bring thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.

CWG was named one of the Sunday Times Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009