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Table Tennis at home project helps keep families active

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An innovative table tennis at home project has been helping to bat away the cobwebs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The partnership between Sport Pembrokeshire and Table Tennis Wales sees On the Go table tennis sets delivered directly to families at home.

Matthew Porter, Development and Performance Coach for Table Tennis Wales, explained the versatility of the equipment which can be used on any table at home, indoors or outdoors.

The sets look to inspire and motivate families to get together and enjoy informal games or some friendly competition.

The sets also include resource cards with fun activity ideas.

Sets are to be distributed across the community, with a number of Haverfordwest High VC School pupils being the first to benefit.

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The roll-out of the equipment has been aided by generous sponsorship from Kirsty and Darren Dalton of DKAN Groundworks whose investment has been match funded by Table Tennis Wales.

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Sports Development Officer Rominy Colville, said: “It has been important to find new ways for people to take part in physical activity while they have had to spend a lot of time at home in the past year or so.

“These On the Go table tennis kits are perfect to set up and have a fun game at home. All you need is a table and you’re ready to play.

“We’re are so grateful for the sponsorship from DKAN Groundworks to help with the roll-out of these sets to enable more families to enjoy physical activity together.”

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Sport Pembrokeshire has had to come up with innovative ways to keep the County physically active over the last few months.

Street Games funding enabled more than 60 bags of multiskill equipment to be distributed to primary school pupils and their families in the Milford Haven and Haverfordwest areas.

And recent funding from Persimmon Homes will also enable bags of sports equipment to be distributed to children with sensory and physical impairments in the near future/upcoming weeks and months.

Lead image: Pictured with the On the Go table tennis sets are Lucy Vaughan, Haverfordwest High VC School, George Colville, Haverfordwest High VC School, Rominy Colville of Sport Pembrokeshire and Kirsty Dalton of DKAN Groundworks. (Image: Pembrokeshire Council)

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