Get FITT ((c) Females in Table Tennis) is an initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Table Tennis Association Inc (MPTTA). In 2019 MPTTA received an Active Club Grant from VicHealth together with funding from the This Girl Can - Victoria program run by the Victorian Government. These funds have been invaluable in enabling MPTTA to start the Get FITT program. One of the key aims of Get FITT is to encourage women and girls to participate in table tennis.
Please read the COVID-19 return to play information on the home page. Get FITT sessions are suspended.
MPTTA is inviting women and girls through its Get FITT program to try table tennis in a no judgment, fun, friendly environment. Play will resume after the lockdown as information comes to hand.
No experience required – beginners most welcome
This is FREE
Activities are free including coaching and use of a robot under supervision
All equipment supplied
Prior to COVID-19 the times were as below but due to COVID-19 restrictions all times have changed:
Fridays 10am-11am and 7pm-830pm during school terms [Note: Friday 10-11am Creche available within centre. Bookings essential through Belgravia Leisure 5975 0133.]
Saturdays 2-4pm; Sundays 2-4pm.
MPTTA table tennis stadium, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre, 350 Dunns Rd, Mornington
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or MPTTA stadium on 0498 003 788
Thanks to grants from VicHealth and This Girl Can - Victoria, MPTTA has been able to purchase a new table tennis table, 60 new bats and 400 balls for loan use by women and girls at the club stadium. In addition the club has been able to purchase 50 specially designed shirts for women and girls with the Get FITT and club logos. The shirts alone have been a wonderful inspiration and give female players a sense of belonging and identity.
Free Come and Try Get FITT days started on 11 October 2019 and continued, except for school holidays, until the COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020 and then again on 8 July 2020.
This program has been highly successful and has encouraged many new female players ranging in age from 10 years old to over 80 years old. It is truly inspiring to see such a great response. Coaches at MPTTA provided their time to help the new participants learn the basics. Each week there was an average total of about 20 participants. By mid December 2019, as a result of the Come and try days, six new female members joined the club (4 adult members and 2 juniors) which exceeded expectations. This augers well for a substantial and gradual boost in female numbers, thereby helping MPTTA move forward toward a better gender balance, and getting more women and girls fit and healthy.
The VicHealth grant monies were expended in the second half of 2019, so during 2020 and beyond MPTTA will fund continuation of the Get FITT program. This will involve a female (Get FITT) handicap tournament later in 2020 or in early 2021 and a planned female only competition as numbers increase. Female participants have been greatly appreciative of the get FITT program which is proudly supported by VicHealth and the This Girl Can - Victoria program.
MPTTA is proud to be a campaign supporter of the This Girl Can - Victoria campaign. This Girl Can - Victoria has kindly sponsored MPTTA's Get FITT program. This Girl Can is described in detail at www.thisgirlcan.com.au which contains resources and fun facts and inspiring stories of women and girls participating in sport.
- See the TGC posters on the MPTTA noticeboard.
The This Girl Can - Victoria campaign has enabled hundreds of thousands of women and girls to participate in sport and to have fun independent of ability and without being judged.