The club will use the grant to purchase new table tennis tables, bats and balls, which will be used by the children when undertaking training and games. The new equipment will benefit all 1,500 youngsters who attend schools across Drumchapel, including three special needs schools.
The table tennis club operates a range of classes and games outside of school hours, including breakfast clubs, lunchtime sessions and after-school and holiday sessions. It also provides opportunities for community participation for children, young adults and adults. The club has four members of staff and a group of 20 volunteers who help to deliver the schools programme.
Councillor Kath Ryall, who sits on Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund committee said: “Drumchapel Table Tennis Club is an integral part of the Drumchapel community and we are pleased to help with the purchase of this brand new equipment. The fact that more than 1,500 young people will benefit from this is absolutely fantastic, and we hope it will inspire and motivate others to get involved in the sport.”
Terry McLernon from Drumchapel Table Tennis Club said:
“This new equipment will help sustain the club and we are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund for its generous support. We know that giving young people the opportunity to get involved in sports like table tennis can boost their confidence, improve motivation and enhance their performance at school, as well as improving their overall fitness levels. We’re looking forward to receiving the new equipment just in time for the start of the new school term.”