Outdoor table tennis for social spaces

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Outdoor Table Tennis is a compelling, healthy and safe activity suitable for everyone. It is attractive because it’s easy to play, great fun and getting out in the fresh air is essential for the health and well-being of the young and old in the community.

We would like assistance to purchase six table tennis tables which would be situated on the school grounds for students to use during their social times at break and lunch, these will also be accessible outside of the school day for members of the public to use. Young people learn so much in the playground; how to get along, negotiate, make and follow each other’s rules, establish friendship groups and talk to one another.  At Tewkesbury School there are a lot of under-utilised outdoor spaces, which, with the provision of table tennis tables would enhance the activities for both students and the community.

We have no timescales for the project but if successful would like the tables in place for the start of the new school year in September.

Every school has budget constraints. Tewkesbury School has set up this project with an aim to ensure that businesses and other stakeholder groups are aware of the ways they can get involved and support the school, the young people of Tewkesbury and the community as a whole. This project would fit nicely into our vision of “Building a vibrant heart of the school social community” project and any businesses that kindly support us will be gratefully acknowledged.

Thanks to the Tewkesbury Borough Community Partnership, Safer Neighbourhood Grant outdoor table tennis is Tewkesbury School's latest attraction

Life at Tewkesbury School has become a little more fun, at least for children into playing outdoor table tennis.

Four tables have been bought by the school as it bids to keep pupils happy.

Two have been installed at the Ashchurch Road site and the other two will be added during the summer holidays.

A school spokeswoman said:

"They've been very popular so far and some of the teachers have been playing against the students too. This is part of our school projects to improve outdoor social spaces for students. They can collect table tennis bats and balls, free of charge, to use during their free time before and after school and at break and lunchtime. Members of the public will also be able to use them out of school hours when on site, through our sports centre."

The school received a £1,200 grant for the tables from Tewkesbury Borough Council. It also used £920 raised from its Christmas fair to buy the equipment.

The borough council's lead member for communities, Councillor Kay Berry, said: "I'm very pleased that we were able to allocate £1,200 of the Police and Crime Commissioner's fund to support a great project that will give young people something to do and somewhere to go in the evenings.

"The tables will be available for young people all over the borough to use, giving them a safe place to spend their evenings, socialising and competing with friends."

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