News story published on 29 October 2013
YOUNGSTERS are set to become pros in table tennis after the opening of a new outdoor facility at Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Ortongate.
Thanks to the generosity of Cross Keys Homes’ Southern Area Panel, two outdoor table tennis tables together with bats and balls have been installed for both Ormiston Bushfield Academy to use as part of their curriculum and for families to enjoy using out of school hours.
The facility will be free to use and bats and balls can be borrowed from the Vivacity Centre nearby.
Cross Keys Homes’ Senior Neighbourhood Manager, Debbie Ross, said: “We are delighted to have developed this facility which we hope will provide local families with an exciting place to learn the sport of table tennis.
“Our resident-led Southern Area Panel was keen to allocate some of their budget this year to a designated youth project which would have a positive impact on young people and families and we hope this new facility will do just that.”
Cross Keys Homes’ Area Panel worked with local residents and staff from the school to come up with this idea following the excitement created by the Olympics last year.
Cross Keys Homes’ director of operations, Claire Higgins, added: “This is a great example of how partnership working can help to deliver excellent facilities in the local community designed for and by those who will be using them.
“Cross Keys Homes is proud to be delivering our community strategy, one strand of which is to address those gaps in provision that matter to younger people to help them feel positive about their neighbourhood.
“By doing this we believe that people will take pride in and enjoy their surroundings which can only bring about positive improvements.”
Ormiston Bushfield Academy’s Prinicpal, Eric Winstone, added: “We are proud of our sport facilities here at OBA, and these tables are a very welcomed addition.
“They will not only benefit students at the school, but also the wider community who will be able to use the tables throughout the year.”
Cross Keys Homes has four resident-led Areas Panels who drive forward neighbourhood improvements for the north, south, east and west of the city thanks to a cash investment of £400,000 each year from the housing association.