Cramlington Table Tennis Club to mark 21st anniversary

                                Preparing the hall for the Northumberland Tournament (Still before the storm)
Preparing the hall for the Northumberland Tournament (Still before the storm)

Cramlington Table Tennis Club is holding its AGM next week as it marks the 21st anniversary since its formation.

Prior to May 1995, the only real evidence of the sport being played in the town could be found in a team of four players competing as St Nicholas in the fourth division of the Northumbria Table Tennis League.

A tournament in action.

A tournament in action.

It was at that time that those players, Les Waters, Joe Swinburn, Peter Stafford and Alan Hedley, decided that a facility was needed to encourage new players and particularly younger people.

From this, Cramlington Table Tennis Club was formed and they set up home in the premises of the Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP).

On, August 1995, the official inaugural meeting was held when officials were appointed and a constitution adopted.
To recognise the anniversary, the club it is holding its AGM on Tuesday, August 23, at the Sporting Club Cramlington, at 7.30pm. All members, past and present, potential players and interested parties are invited to attend.
Club chairman Alan Hedley said: “From the moment of inauguration the club attracted new members.

“By May 1998 it had outgrown the CVYP and in the September it moved to Cramlington Learning Village, known as the high school, where it occupied the dining hall for a few years before moving to the school’s gym.
“In 2002 a new building, Sporting Club Cramlington, was built as a dual use sports facility for both school and community. In September the club moved its tables and equipment to the new facility and has remained there since then and now meets on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings commencing at 7pm.“
The club is a registered charity and membership is open to all classes from beginner to the more experienced, male and female, adults and children, able bodied and disabled, but efforts are concentrated on the young people in the community with coaching sessions being held on Friday evenings.
The club welcomes new members and anyone interested should call at one of the club nights on Monday, Thursday or Friday at the Sporting Club.