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Top North East table tennis coaches to visit Middleton Grange

Hartlepool shoppers are getting the chance to learn what it takes to be a table tennis champ this Friday when Hartlepool Table Tennis Academy visits Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Kicking off at 11am on Friday 31 August, the North East’s top table tennis coaches will be visiting the centre’s very own ping pong parlour to run free coaching sessions and demonstrations for those keen to improve their skills. There will also be the chance to take part in a table tennis tournament, where visitors can put their paddle prowess to the test.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are very excited to be able to have the opportunity to run such an exciting event with Hartlepool Table Tennis Academy especially as we will be welcoming some of the best coaches for the sport to the centre. Our free ping pong parlour has been a massive hit this summer with many young people enjoying the free facility and really getting to grips with the sport.

“It has played a big part in our ongoing ‘Healthy Hart’ marketing initiative, which focuses on the benefits of leading a balanced lifestyle. We ultimately want to inspire our shoppers to become more engaged with living healthier and this event has definitely been a great success in encouraging people to get more active.”

Keith Thomas, Chairman of Hartlepool Table Tennis Academy and Director and Board Member of Table Tennis England, added: “I am delighted that we can work with Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to provide a recreational facility for anyone who would like to have a go at this really fun sport. This type of outlet is opening throughout the country and forms part of our strategic development plan to encourage participation in table tennis.

“I hope that visitors to the ping pong parlour will look to develop their interest further by joining a local club and that the taster session we are delivering will whet people’s appetite for more.”

Table Tennis England will be running coaching sessions from 11am until 12pm on Friday 31 August in the unit located next to Galleries Café in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. For those keen to take part in the table tennis tournament, this will be kicking off at 12pm.