TABLE TENNIS: League gets a timely boost - but still wants more players

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THE Spalding and District Table Tennis League has endured a difficult summer so far – but there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

A disappointing close season took a positive step forward last week, when the league just about broke even on one of its open sessions.

Since the end of the season in early May, attendances at the practice and taster evenings on Wednesday nights at the Castle Sports Complex have rarely broken double figures, let alone the break-even point of 14.

Committee members have put this down to a combination of holidays, school exams and the Euro 2012 football tournament.

With the loss of a number of players for next season, the league hoped their open sessions might attract interest – and ultimately bring new competitors.

Tables are available from 7pm-10pm for those who wish to try out the sport and there are always members on hand to provide advice.

One of the major draws for players is the Robo-Pong machine, which was donated to the league by the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

This is in regular use by members looking to improve their game, but can also be used by less experienced players to learn the game, while the more experienced can watch and advise.

For anyone attending, there is a small charge of £3 for the evening.

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