A community sports club which is run by parents and volunteers has received the backing of its local councillor.
Rougham Table Tennis Club caters for people as young as seven through to villagers into their 80s. Club members play at Rougham Sports Hall every Wednesday evening from September through to April and have competed in competitions around the country.
But the club, which has been running now for 23 years, was in need of some new equipment to enable its members to continue competing. Now councillor Sara Mildmay-White who represents the Rougham Ward on St Edmundsbury Borough Council, has donated £200 from her locality budget towards new Table Tennis bats for the club.
That in turn will allow the club to donate its old table tennis bats, balls and nets to The Doxa Project charity in Thurston which aims to help educate children in Nakuru, Kenya and help them out of poverty.
Councillor Mildmay-White said: “I’m delighted to support the ongoing work of this community based sports club which is run by local parents and volunteers. The club caters for all ages and brings the community of Rougham together to compete in and enjoy this popular and accessible sport. It is brilliant news that the old table tennis bats, balls and nets can all be put to good use through the work of the Doxa Project and I will follow their work with keen interest.”
Maurice Fearn, who runs the table tennis club said: “Over the 23 years, the club has grown to become part of the community. Table tennis is a great sport which is easy to get into. We run an under 18s group and an 18 to 80 plus group and we are very grateful to councillor Mildmay-White for her support. We are also thrilled to be able to help out the work of the Doxa Project who will be putting the equipment to good use, helping provide a facility for poverty stricken communities in a part of Kenya.”
Daphne Holmes, trustee of the Doxa Project said: “Nakuru is Kenya’s third largest city. We will be taking the equipment out to Kenya in the autumn when we will be working to provide new community facilities including a new activity area for the people there.”
For more information on the table tennis club visit https://www.tabletennis365.com/Rougham
For more information on the Doxa Project visit http://www.thedoxaproject.org/