In partnership with Table Tennis Scotland (TTS), East Kilbride Table Tennis Club (EKTTC) will open the first Pop In & Play table tennis venue in the region in late March or early April 2023.
Located in Centre West, East Kilbride, the venue will be supervised by local volunteers to offer shopping centre customers the chance to pick up a bat and play for free between 11am and 1pm Monday to Friday. If the demand is there and we can attract a sufficient number of volunteers, there are plans to expand the offering to cover more hours and days.
EKTTC are also in conversation with several community-based organisations to understand how the facility can be used to offer sessions and events tailored to meet the needs of the people served by those groups.
“This is the culmination of over 4 years work and focus, which was severely impacted by the pandemic, and we are delighted to have got this over the line”, said Brendan Faulds, Chair & Coach at East Kilbride Table Tennis Club. He continued, “The club has been an active part of the East Kilbride sporting landscape for over 45 years, nurturing junior players and producing some top Scottish talent during that period. This venue gives us the opportunity to support the community in a much broader sense as well as encouraging people to return to the sport or to take it up for the first time. We want to thank East Kilbride Shopping Centre for their support in helping us achieve this milestone and to Sporting Memories Scotland who are helping us shape our offering for them and for other community groups, to help them use the venue to achieve their aims and maximise their benefit from it”.
EKTTC will announce the official opening date in the next couple of weeks.
If anyone would like to support the initiative as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact us