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17 May

Table Tennis, Timehops & Tickets

As part of the Yorkshire Social Club, the Foundation are making cricket at Headingley accessible for service users of senior action groups in Yorkshire.

The Foundation provided 47 people with tickets to watch Yorkshire Vikings play Leicestershire Foxes in the Royal London One Day Cup. Many of the attendees had never had the opportunity to watch a cricket match at Headingley whilst others were keen cricket fans. One attendee is the oldest active umpire in the Airedale & Wharfedale League!

To increase social opportunities, the Foundation opened the classroom in the East Stand to launch their new Loop in the Community programme, which sees the Foundation offer Table Tennis as part of their Yorkshire Social Club. This proved to be a very popular addition and will be incorporated into other groups the Foundation co-ordinate such as Lads Lunch and Catch Up Club.

There are great health benefits to table tennis as outlined by Dr Miriam Stoppard in her most recent blog who states table tennis is the perfect activity for keeping well because not only does it keep your body fit, it keeps your brain fit. Due to the nature of the game and the need for hand-eye-co-ordination, it does wonders for brain cells and can even help prevent dementia.

For those who did not feel up to participating in the table tennis, Sporting Memories activities and memorabilia were out to spark memories and provoke conversation between attendees and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation staff.

“Sporting facilities have changed so much since I was playing. Both teams had to share a bucket of water to wash with afterwards. It got better though. Eventually we got a bucket per team!”. Yorkshire Social Club Attendee.

The Yorkshire Social Club was launched in early 2016 with the aim being for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to reduce health inequalities in senior residents across Yorkshire, through the implementation of several programmes. The Social Club session before this game was in attendance by 38 people.

“It was great to see such a mix of new and familiar faces attend the session before the cricket match. The table tennis was very popular and it was great to see so many smiles in the room.” Beth Cook, Foundation Project Officer.

The Foundation have scheduled two more fixtures during the season where they will run similar events; Monday 26th June and Tuesday 5th September. If you would like to get involved, please contact beth.cook@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com or if you would like further information on the Foundations Table Tennis programme, Loop in the Community, click here.

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