I’m delighted to report that we secured the £50,000 award for our plan to establish TT in schools, community centres, and sheltered housing across East Lothian.
Now the hard work continues to purchase and install some 60 tables and associated equipment and to develop the volunteer coaches to run the sessions and to pass on the appropriate coaching skills to school and other staff to sustain the programme. We will also encourage local “satellite” clubs to start in North Berwick, Dunbar and Tranent; one has already started with our support in Musselburgh.
From the beginnings a few years ago with an advert in The Courier seeking interest in starting a TT club in Haddington, we have gone from strength to strength, with now well over a hundred members. We run weekly sessions for over-50s and for folk with physical and learning difficulties in the Corn Exchange in Haddington, a venue which we as also very pleased to see is due for major council investment to enhance its facilities and maintainability. Our club nights continue at the Corn Exchange on Monday and Thursday evenings and anyone interested in trying – or even resurrecting – their TT skills are very welcome to just pop in.
To round off our year of great success we have also done well in only our second year of competing in the Edinburgh & Lothians Table Tennis Leagues. Our first team are Division two champions and will play in Division one next season. Our second team came third in division three and we have a good chance of winning promotion to division two next season, which is our target. Our third and fourth teams – featuring our up-and-coming junior players (and a couple of “more experienced” ones, too) finished in the middle of division four.
A huge thanks to all those who voted to help us secure this award!
Chairman Haddington TT Club