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SwansAid present funds to table tennis club

The Community Trust last night made the first cheque presentation to the winners of the previous round of SwansAid winners.

Presenting the cheque of £2,000 to Penlan Table Tennis Club was Helen Elton, the Assistant Head of Community for the Trust, accompanied by Club Ambassador Lee Trundle.

Winning the grant last April, the club have used the funds to purchase more table tennis tables, plus a state of the art ball delivery robot.

It is hoped that with the new equipment, participation in the club’s table tennis league will increase, as well as allowing the coaches to train the younger players to a higher standard using the robot.

“Our equipment is getting old and because we run sessions twice a week, they wear out,” said Roy Towell, one of the dedicated volunteers that organises the club.

“A couple of them were getting dangerous so we had to get new tables and the only way to get them was through a grant like this. Without SwansAid we wouldn’t have enough tables and the club would have deteriorated, but now we are attracting an elite group of youngsters.

“It’s helped massively because the Swansea Table Tennis League has been getting smaller and smaller and we are hoping that this will provide a good base for us to increase the numbers over the next couple of years,” he continued.

Helen Elton added, “I really enjoy going to visit the community projects that SwansAid funds and Penlan Table Tennis Club was no exception. It is run by volunteers who have a real passion for their sport and it was a delight to meet them and some of the children and young people who have benefitted from their £2,000 award.”

Penlan Table Tennis was one of six organisations that won grants of up to £2,000 but SwansAid also has a grant of £10,000 up for grabs with applications for the current round now open. Check your eligibility and apply for grants here.

As well as monetary funding, sports kits are also available and you can apply here.

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