16 Oct 2021

Thanks to the generous donors worldwide and the ITTF Group, #TableTennisUnited Fund has supported over 100 initiatives globally since the beginning of the pandemic, and will continue to be the backbone of the table tennis community, for better and for worse.

by ITTF Foundation

North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club

Inspired by the FEMpowerment message for World Table Tennis Day 2021, Scotland based North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club (NATTC) has created unique training sessions targeted at women and girls on Sundays from 12:30 to 16:00.

Not only do the participants get to enjoy table tennis for free, but ambitious players also receive free coaching from Scottish junior international Holly McNamara and Jessica Hogg. On and off the table, both players have become role models for new players, serving as an inspiration for women and girls looking to find their own path.

“We are delighted to receive help from #TableTennisUnited. The equipment provided has proven to be invaluable since we restarted playing table tennis after the lockdown. Once again, the table tennis family has managed to help out within our community and put smiles on the faces of our players. We hope to be able to do the same in the future to help others as part of the global table tennis family.” Graeme Stevenson, North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club.

The free session has proven to be one of the hot topics in the community. All sessions are fully booked even during the extremely hot weather in summer.

Tahitian Table Tennis Federation

Staying close to the national associations and providing support when needed has always been one of the top priorities for the ITTF Foundation. Located in French Polynesia, the Tahitian Table Tennis Federation plays an essential role in promoting our favourite sport in the country, and the craze for it has seen no decline despite Covid-19.

Listening to the needs of the local table tennis community, the Tahitian Table Tennis Federation has set ambitious goals for 2022. They include having 1,000 clubs and leagues in all the archipelagos, providing 12 months compensation assistance for the new league coaches by June 2022.

“We cannot thank you enough for the equipment donation and the financial support. This is crucial for our plan to promote table tennis.” Alizé Belrose, Tahitian Table Tennis Federation.

Thanks to #TableTennisUnited Fund, the number of coaches has already doubled since August 2021, allowing the Federation to continue the programme to promote grassroots table tennis in Tahiti. As of the time of publish, first league coaches have already been sent to the archipelagos of the Leeward Islands to promote table tennis, and the local clubs have already received the rackets to continue training.

Read about how #TableTennisUnited Fund helps local clubs keep youngsters off the street.

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