AN initiative which has introduced table tennis to thousands in Halton's schools has received an appropriate sum from the National Lottery.
An Awards for All grant of £7,000 has gone to the Halton League for its community coaching scheme.
Chairman Karen Tonge said: 'We have been very successful over the last two years in providing table tennis bat and ball skills to primary schools in Halton plus leadership and coaching courses for secondary schools.
'In the last year, 2,525 pupils from 24 primary schools and five secondary schools were part of the programme.
'This funding will enable us to reach out to more schools in Halton.'
Bookings are now being taken for the autumn term and more information is available on the Halton Table Tennis website.
Tonge added: 'Due to the high numbers joining the Halton TT Club at Halton Stadium, we have started Saturday-morning sessions to provide the link, especially between the primary schools and the club so children are not overwhelmed with older players.
'There are more than 20 attending on a regular basis when there are no other events on at the club.
'Parents are now getting involved as helpers on club nights while older young people are assisting for Duke of Edinburgh's Award or Millennium Volunteers.'
Halton's Stephanie Bear received her 100-hour volunteering certificate from Mayor of Halton, Mike Hodgkinson on Saturday when the borough's regional centre for table tennis hosted Clubs for Young People's national championships.