Bishop Auckland Table tennis club have teamed up with Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership, Gaunless Gateway and believe housing to provide 100 ‘home ping pong packs’ for families in Bishop Auckland and wider area.
“I’m delighted the BASH AAP could support this project. Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club do some excellent work in our community and this project will be of great value to children, young people and families in what has been a very difficult time for everyone” – Andrew Walker AAP
The packs are designed make table tennis available in all homes, using roll nets which can turn any flat service into a table tennis table, such as kitchen or dining table. The packs also include two bats and 12 balls allowing families the opportunity to play table tennis in the safety of their own homes, hosting their own championships or master their skills with some skill challenge cards which the club have produced.
“The whole point of the packs is to share what we love as a club about table tennis with the whole community. To give families who aren’t able to access their usual sports and activities the chance to give this a go at home and stay active.” Matt Porter – Chair at Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club
Lee Brownson, Chair of the Gaunless Gateway Big Local said; "We are delighted to be able to contribute towards this great project which is going to have such a positive impact for many families. This project helps to meet our local priorities from improving the health and wellbeing of our local residents to providing activities for children and young people. These home packs will help families across the Gaunless Gateway area to keep active and have lots of fun especially during these unprecedented times."
Funding Officer from believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “While we’re all spending so much more time at home, it’s important for our physical and mental health to stay occupied. These ping packs are a great idea and we were really pleased to support them.
“This might be one of the more unusual responses to the coronavirus pandemic we’ve funded, but it reinforces our work to support communities during these difficult times.
The packs are being distributed across community partners to ensure these packs go out to those will find them useful the most. If your interested in a pack then get in touch with the table tennis club who will have some to distribute directly, but numbers are limited.