Hopes that cash will help club grow

Neal Lea - St Andrews Table Tennis Club
Neal Lea - St Andrews Table Tennis Club

St Andrews table tennis club has been awarded over £2300 in lottery funding.

The money for has been provided by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All Scotland and will go towards helping the club develop its coaching programme for youths and adult beginners or returners and also to replace essential equipment.

Awards for All Scotland decided that the club’s application successfully met the outcomes of ‘People and communities are healthier’ and ‘People have better chances in life’.

Club Chairman, Neil Lea, said: “The club has several qualified coaches and provides a safe environment in which youngsters can learn the basics of table tennis in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

“We would love to see more youngsters progressing to play competitively in the leagues.

“We are also finding that table tennis is increasingly popular with the older generations and it’s never too late to take up the sport.

“Several of our more ‘mature’ members will testify to the benefits to their health from playing table tennis.”

The club has several vacancies in its youth session and would love to hear from parents about any youngsters that would like to join in.

The youngsters meet on Mondays from 5.15p.m. to 6.30p.m. in Victory Memorial Hall, St Andrews from the start of September.

A new session, led by former Scotland internationalist, Elaine Forbes, will also be established from mid-October on Tuesday evenings, targeted specifically at adult beginners and returners.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK.

For more information please contact the club through its website at www.standrewstt.wordpress.com or phone (for youngsters) Howard Lee, on 01334 828694 or (for adults) Elaine Forbes on 07790 924698.