Club batting for future success

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A grassroots sports club in Towcester has had a new lease of life after winning a £4,295 Community Grant.

The Towcester Table Tennis Club, based at the community centre in Islington Road, has been nurturing players young and old for at least 28 years.

Before being awarded the grant from from South Northants Council (SNC), the club had five tables, but only one was up to league standards and it was difficult to host games for the club’s four teams competing in all three divisions of the Towcester Table Tennis League.

The league draws in teams from across the district and beyond.

With four new tables, nets, court barriers, balls and a set of junior table tennis bats, club officials hope to attract the next generation of players.

Club spokesman Nick Howard said: “I am hoping to start a junior coaching session. If you are a young person, or know one that might be interested in taking up table tennis, please email me at nick_howard@me.com.

“Alternatively, any adults or kids looking to play for fun or in the league can come down every Friday at 7.30pm.Email me for more details.”

SNC Community Grants are mainly funded by the New Homes Bonus (NHB), a grant paid to local authorities by central government for every new home built in their area.

Applications for the next round of grants for more than £1,000 should be submitted before the end of May.

For more information, visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/grantscommunity