A Middlesbrough table tennis centre is hoping this year’s Wish Sport tokens will serve them well.
Located at the old Beechwood Youth and Community Centre in Middlesbrough, Swerve Table Tennis Centre has been community-focused since it opened its doors in 2013.
With over 50 members and more than 70 non-members, the club welcomes people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the social sport in a dedicated training facility.
The club is open six days a week and is always looking for more volunteers to work alongside the main coaching staff to help run the club on a daily basis.
Paul Warters, of the club, said: “Table tennis training uses a vast amount of balls so to keep the standards good we continually need to purchase new balls.
“This year’s support would mean a great deal to all the players at the club by not only providing top training equipment but also the chance to possibly use some funds towards transport costs to competitions.”
Now in its fourth year, The Gazette’s Wish Sport campaign gives away thousands of pounds to not-for-profit sports groups across Teesside.
Funded by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Society, each registered group will be in with the chance of claiming a share of the £30,000 prize pot. The more tokens a group collects, the bigger its share.
Tokens will be printed in The Gazette every day from Monday, July 13 – but groups must register first.
Cathal Doocey of CPD Bodies, one of the businesses helping to fund Wish Sport as patrons of the Philanthropic Foundation, said: “We decided that the Philanthropic Foundation was for us when chairman, Andy Preston, told us about the charity and its work at a grass roots level.
“The Foundation doesn’t just help the big charities but the smaller community groups that don’t ordinarily get the sort of financial support they need. Wish Sport is a really good example of this.”
To register for Wish Sport, visit www.gazettelive.co.uk/wishsport before Friday, July 10.
To help Swerve Table Tennis Centre, send your tokens to: 8 The Crescent, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees, TS17 8BD.