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Women’s Table Tennis gets a boost locally

Horsham Table Tennis Club is looking to actively recruit more female players in response to a national shortage of female players entering the sport.
Local females of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to come along and try out the sport, with an offer of six free sessions and a free table tennis bat, thanks to funding from Sport England and West Grinstead based company UK Table Tennis.
The programme will run at the club’s main home, Greenway Academy in Horsham, on Fridays from 5.30pm to 7.00pm – starting on 22 March, and will run under the leadership of experienced professional and Table Tennis England licenced coach Amila Thilakarathna, supported by his wife Nadini.
Amila is well renowned in local table tennis circles and has strong credentials in the sport having represented Sri Lanka in the junior world championships, been his country’s No 2 at Under 21 level, senior doubles ranked No 1 and a member of the senior men’s team that entered the South Asian Games. Nadini has also competed at world junior championship levels, holding a similar Under 21’s ranking and winning a bronze medal at the junior South Asian Games.
Drills, matchplay, robot use and sparring will all be drawn upon to give players a wide perspective on how improvement can be supported. However, there will also be focus on keeping the sessions fun and socially orientated, as well as technically progressive for all levels and motivations.
Minimum age for women to attend is 14 years and sign up is simple – just notify Ian.ford@horsham.gov.uk . For any queries, please contact Ian on his email or call 07764 146338. Alternatively, for more information, go to: https://www.hdsd.org.uk/Inclusive-Activities/community-table-tennis-programmes
Commenting on the programme Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “Table tennis is a very inclusive sport and it would be great to recruit more female players to boost participation in our District.
“I would encourage as many of you as possible to come along to the free sessions on offer and give the sport a try. There has never been a better time for women to take up table tennis in our area.”

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