Out of the blue the Wisbech and District Table Tennis Association’s long-standing dream of having a base to promote the sport in the area has finally materialised.
W&DTTA received an offer from the Wisbech Boxing Club to join them in new premises at Pinnacle House, Nene Parade, Wisbech, PE13 3BY, and literally within days a team of dedicated players worked tirelessly over 10 days to install a divider in the hall ready for the forthcoming season which will start on Monday.
Now approaching its 66th year, the Association has been restricted in the past by teams playing from their individual clubs which has provided little opportunity for all round expansion of the game. The new centre will offer wider coaching and development for players of all ages.
It is hoped to attract newcomers to the game as well. Teams that are due to play from the Centre this season, come from March, Wisbech and Lynn Leagues, offering a wide range of competition at all levels. There will be regular competitions as well league matches and it is hoped that there will be a new Summer League in 2015.
The area accommodates three tables for league games which take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. On Thursdays two additional tables will be available for practice ‘knock’ nights which will be extended as fits the demand. The Centre is available to us for seven days a week throughout the year.
The Association is holding a joint open day with Wisbech Boxing Club starting at noon on Saturday and would welcome visitors who wish to view the facilities. The table tennis section will be opened by the league’s Brian Hill who is a player from the Centre and a senior English International who this year won silver in the World Veteran Championships held in New Zealand.
Brian, now approaching 70, reached the England Number 1 spot at all age levels and is thought to be the only one to have done so.
During the afternoon Association members will be displaying their skills on the tables and there will be an opportunity for visitors to take part.
Full details can be found on the website wisbechtta.org
The new facilities made available at Pinnacle House should benefit the community and hopefully will attract more people to take up an interest in sport and to generally keep fit.