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FAMILIES in Downend and surrounding areas are being encouraged to sample the sport of table tennis with a series of taster sessions.

FAMILIES in Downend and surrounding areas are being encouraged to sample the sport of table tennis with a series of taster sessions.

The sessions are open to all ages and take place on Saturday mornings throughout April and May to promote the sport in and around South Gloucestershire.

They are being hosted by Pongwell Green Table Tennis Club which has been holding regular club nights at Longwell Green Community Centre, in Shellards Road, Longwell Green, for the last three years.

As well as casual play, the club also has three teams playing in the Bristol and District Table Tennis League, with two of the teams vying for the club’s first ever promotion.

The taster sessions are being organised by Bristol and District Table Tennis League and sponsored by Sport England in a bid to promote the sport and get more people of all ages playing the game.

Chairman of Pongwell Green, Pete Cann, said: “I took up the sport three years ago after last playing as a young boy. I had forgotten how much fun table tennis is and since joining Pongwell Green Table Tennis Club, my standard of play has rapidly improved. The great thing about table tennis is that all ages and all abilities can take part. Equipment will be provided and a qualified coach will be in attendance during the sessions. 

Saturday dates are April 5, 12 and 26 and May 3, 10 and 17. All sessions will run from 10am to noon. Cost is £2 per person or £5 for a family of three or four.

Following the taster sessions, adults who are keen to continue with the sport will be able to attend club nights on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings at Longwell Green Community Centre.

Young people who wish to continue playing can come along to youth sessions every Saturday morning, again at the community centre, from 10am to noon.

For further information on the sessions and any questions on the sport, please email natjtaylor@hotmail.co.uk