Table Tennis Anyone?

Extra Care Village residents add Table Tennis to their regular fitness regime, thanks to Tesco and a local community sport trust.

Support staff at Oakland Village, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire applied for their new table tennis table through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and South Derbyshire Village Games; an organisation working in partnership with South Derbyshire Sport to help communities develop through sport.

Taking part in any sport is a great way to keep fit, and for those less able bodied, table tennis can be the perfect workout; which is why a new table tennis table in their communal area was great news for the Oakland Village residents.

To celebrate the new table, Oakland village staff organised a launch event; inviting partners who were involved in funding the table, residents and the local community. Local Councillor, Pat Murray, gave a speech of thanks to all involved and attendees had the chance to play a few games on the new table.

Lee English, Village Games Co-ordinator said; This has been a great event, we would love to come back and offer the residents and staff at Oakland village some table tennis tasters sessions, and give them some guidance on table tennis rules and regulations.

One of the local residents has not played table tennis since the war and another said, “It’s a great social activity and I’m so excited to join in, I’m looking forward to playing regular table tennis matches in the future.”

Lucy Sayers, Support Worker with Trident Reach said, “On behalf of all staff and residents at Oakland Village I would like to thank all who were involved in providing us with our new table tennis table; that includes Tesco, South Derbyshire Park Life, South Derbyshire Village Games, South Derbyshire Sport and South Derbyshire Council. The new table brings exciting opportunities for our residents, to not only take part in a sport that keeps them agile, but also encourages residents to come together as a community. We may even get the opportunity to enter local table tennis tournaments in the future.”

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