Hayling Community Centre’s Table Tennis Club is the first to be awarded funding from the new Havant Borough Council Community Grant Scheme.
The popular group who applied for the grant via their local ward Councillor have been awarded £200 for the purchase of a new table tennis table, to replace their damaged one.
Following the council’s Ping Pong campaign back in 2014 the club formed using only one table. Since then they have had to fundraise to purchase five more tables to meet popular demand.
The new Community Grant Scheme allocates funding of up to £1,000 to each councillor who can then award grants to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations who make a difference within their own wards.
Councillor Andrew Lenaghan, from Hayling West ward said “We are delighted this scheme has been introduced, as it is often the smaller requests for funding that get overlooked. I am delighted to be able to support the table tennis club with the first of my grants”.
The grant scheme aims to ensure that communities can fund what is specifically important in their area.
For information about community grants or to find out who your local councillor is visit www.havant.gov.uk