Support from ITTF Foundation
The ITTF Foundation has been set up specifically to promote humanitarian projects around the globe, creating positive social change and solidarity through table tennis. Events such as World Table Tennis Day and the first ever ITTF World Parkinson;s Table Tennis Championships have been organised by the Foundation and are growing year on year. They have focused mainly on projects involving women, refugees, and people with disabilities.
New for 2020, and in response to the COVID-19, comes TABLE TENNIS UNITED. Those involved in table tennis affected by the pandemic, can apply to the scheme for support. Support can be in the form of financial, equipment or knowledge that is deemed helpful to the applicant. Club member, Graeme Stevenson, learned of the project through the ITTF website and suggested that our club, North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club apply for funding.
We set about collating information on how the pandemic had affected our club. The cancellation of the North Ayrshire Open and several other planned activities significantly reduced our income over this recent period. We applied to the ITTF TABLE TENNIS UNITED Fund for support and a few weeks later we were delighted to be offered some $3,500 worth of equipment for the club. This donation in kind will without doubt help the club continue now with many activities, including kids pre and after school clubs, and also a planned promotion of women and girls in table tennis. Whilst we are aware the pandemic will still cause some disruption to our future plans we are very grateful to ITTF Foundation and their partners for the support we have been given.