TABLE TENNIS FOR ALL AGES
Why do you feel that this project is important?:
The project is important for the west ward of Luton. In this area local residents have limited access to free sporting activities, especially there no provision for table tennis in the locality. This project will address the healthy exercise aspect; learn new skills – table tennis. The project is related to, building community development and widening involvement. Table tennis is a very sociable sport for all ages and for every and anyone. When a person comes to table tennis is not just about playing the sport. They meet and make friends.
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As the founding member of the Luton TTC, I was driven by a specific goal in mind: to establish the first table tennis training facility in Luton. This desire originated from observing the dire state of table tennis in Luton where training facilities for the sport were non-existent. As a result, the player base consisted of a clique of predominantly untrained Elders, who shunned the younger and new participants into partaking the sport.
My background as a professional table tennis coach has allowed me to establish Luton TTC with the initial aim of developing the next generation of highly skilled players via the investment in youth. So far, the club has transformed Lewsey Farm Learning Centre Trust into a thriving facility that enables players to not only enjoy table tennis, but to reach aspirations of higher competitive play. Key figures from the community and England’s table tennis scene have already noticed the ambition of the club and its potential for growth; their support and previous Your Say Your Way funding have provided the much-needed boost which was paramount to the club’s current success.
Due to the highly-vested interest from the community at large, the project has expanded to cater for not only the youth, but members from all backgrounds – irrespective of age, gender, disability, or otherwise.