Gloucester Table Tennis Club, based at the Waterwells Sports Centre, has been hosting sessions for more mature players since October, and the club has now provided funding to enable sessions to go ahead in the New Year.
Gary Tyndall, spokesman for the club, said: “Sport England provided the initial funding and the GTTC felt that, as the sessions were growing in popularity, we wanted to help get the over-50s initiative established, to help the local community.”
Coach Nick Davidson from Cheltenham, explained: “The idea behind the sessions is to encourage anyone aged 50 or over to get a bit more active, while trying a game they might enjoy. The beauty of table tennis is that people can play at any level, so the players range from complete beginners to people who played years ago and want to get back into the sport.”
He added: “The Cheltenham sessions have proved very popular so it was decided to try them out in Gloucester.”
The Cheltenham sessions run at the YMCA Sports Centre in Arle Road on Mondays from 10am to 12 noon, while play takes place in Gloucester, at the Robin Greaves Sports Hall on the Waterwells estate, on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon. The sessions are part of the national strategy run by Table Tennis England to get more people of all ages and abilities playing the sport.
Nick adds: “I run the sessions and, as a qualified coach, I’m there to help people develop their play if that’s what they want to do. It’s a social event and players are encouraged to move around the tables, playing everyone else, but there is also the opportunity for coaching if anyone wants that.”
New players are always welcome: ring Nick on 07798 558545 for more details.
by Jane Leigh