An outdoor ping pong table has been placed in the playground of Whitby Park .
Outdoor table tennis is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and residents in Ellesmere Port can now join in the popular activity, thanks to the council’s programme of investment in the town centre.
Users only have to bring their own bats and ping pong balls to enjoy the fast-paced game and the all-weather table is ready to play all year round.
The table has gained the support of the Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League, with general secretary Veronica Nicholas and coach Aaron Beech visiting and offering a free coaching session to youngsters in the park.
Councillor Brian Jones, local member for Whitby, said: “With the fantastic weather we’ve had this summer it’s really important that our young people can get out and keep active by getting involved in new things.
“We’ve already seen a number of people making use of the table over the summer and I hope that as more and more people become aware of it that number rises.”
And for those who enjoy the ping pong experience and want to progress to table tennis there is now a great opportunity to do just that.
The Chester & Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League has made a successful bid to provide a table tennis centre at Stanney Oaks Leisure Centre which will now open on September 5.
Providing coaching for all ages, levels and abilities on nine tables from 7-10pm every Thursday, the session will be run by head coach Aaron Beech, with all coaches being English Table Tennis Association-approved.
Local table tennis coach Aaron Beech, along with his team, last year won the national knock out cup, beating every league in the country.
General secretary of Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League Veronica Nicholas said: “It’s with great pleasure that we open our centre to offer a new, fast-paced and exciting sport to Ellesmere Port residents and would encourage as many people as possible to come and try something new.”
“The sessions will cater for all ages and abilities and will also provide a great opportunity to keep active and meet new people - everyone can play table tennis to a level which brings them pleasure.
“We hope to create a centre of excellence and once the centre is up and running we have plans to go into schools and encourage more young people to get involved in the sport.”