Had-Fab Limited of Macmerry and Haddington Table Tennis Club are pleased to announce a 3-year sponsorship programme to expand and develop table tennis across East Lothian.
Had-Fab Ltd make steel and aluminium structures for a wide variety of businesses across the whole of the UK and Ireland, including Rail, Telecommunication, Construction, Renewable and Power Transmission and Distribution sectors.
Had-Fab owner Simon Harrison founded the company in 1993 with 4 people and since then the company has grown from strength to strength, building on the principles of quality and customer service, into now one of Scotland’s leading Steel and Aluminium fabricators. Over 120 people now work at the factory on the Macmerry Industrial estate undertaking a wide variety of roles from designers and detailers to fabricators, machine operators and welders.
Simon Harrison said “without the support of the local community and the professionalism and dedication of our predominantly East Lothian work force, we could not have become as successful as we are. This sponsorship opportunity with Table Tennis East Lothian is very exciting and enables us to give something back into the East Lothian community as a means of saying thank you for the support over the last 23 years. In addition, it also enables us to reach out to local schools and colleges with the aim of raising awareness of the opportunities for local employment within engineering, including apprenticeships and graduate placements.”
Table Tennis East Lothian is a programme in schools and community centres across East Lothian to provide equipment and coaching to enable people of all ages to participate and enjoy the sport.
Haddington Table Tennis Club is currently the centre of the programme, with 90 members aged from 7 to 87, playing on Mondays and Thursday evenings at the Haddington Corn Exchange. They are already supporting clubs – both during and after school – in over 20 schools across East Lothian. Recently day-time sessions have been started for over-50s and for adults with special needs. The club has 12 qualified coaches who run these sessions to give participants both the basic and increasingly more advanced skills in playing a most enjoyable game that is recognised to develop and maintain a healthy mind and body.
Club Chairman, Roger Thomas, welcomed Had-Fab’s sponsorship. “This partnership brings together one of East Lothian’s fastest growing employers and the recently awarded Best Emerging Sports Club in East Lothian. The result will be to strengthen our programme in schools and to enable us to start up and nurture table tennis clubs in other communities in the county. One immediate benefit will be sponsorship for the Had-Fab East Lothian Open Table Tennis tournament to be held in the Haddington Corn Exchange on 28th January.”