TABLE tennis is fast becoming a key part of school sports activity throughout the Huddersfield district.
Thanks to the investment of dozens of tables in many schools, youngsters are now being given the opportunity to play the game – often for the first time.
The Huddersfield Table Tennis League is working closely with the Schools Sports Partnerships to capitalise on this upsurge in interest.
Regular coaching and practice sessions are held each Thursday at Newsome Sports College.
And coach David Wood has been impressed with how quickly many of the youngsters are developing a real talent for the sport.
The League have sent five potential coaches on a course to allow it to support local schools in their regular table tennis sessions.
A major initiative will see the league hold an open day at Newsome today Saturday (April 18).
Anyone interested in trying table tennis for the first time – those who played many years ago but have lost touch or those who have tried it at school or youth club and want to learn more – can come along and see how they can get involved in the sport.
Open day co-ordinator Roger Morley said: “We hope to have something for everyone.
“Attractions will comprise competitions, coaching and a series of fun events, including ‘beat the robot’ and exhibitions by top players.
“I have already been contacted by people asking if they can bring the whole family along.
“This is precisely what the day is all about.
“We welcome all ages.”
The following day the league will hold its closed championships, with the finals due to be held from around 6pm.
All are welcome to go along and support those taking part.