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Centrepoint Youth Table Tennis Club receives £2,000 grant from Hertfordshire Constabulary
A central Watford table tennis club received a £2,000 grant from Hertfordshire Constabulary to maintain its work keeping young people out of trouble.
The Centrepoint Youth Table Tennis Club was visited by the county’s police and crime commissioner, David Lloyd, last Friday so he could see the work for himself.
David Abraham, a founder of the club, which is based in Centrepoint Community Centre, in Raphael Drive, said: "David Lloyd's presence was calm and reassuring, and he was impressed by the enthusiastic players and eager volunteers. The children are aged between 8-12 and 12-17 years old, and two of them challenged David Lloyd to a match."
The grant comes as Mr Abraham is to hand the reins over to Sian Canvin and Mark Smith to run the club.
It has also secured the services of ex-England player John McShane, who also coached the Paralympic and Olympic players.
Following the visit, Mr Lloyd commented: "I was really impressed at the skill and enthusiasm of the young players and the support provided to the club by many willing local volunteers. The players were more than a match for me, although I was glad to have the chance to try my hand at a short game.
"The club is a great example of a scheme where local people gather to provide young people with opportunities for participation in sporting activities, ultimately working together to keep their community safer. This is exactly the type of scheme that my Community Fund aims to support and we will shortly be opening up opportunities for further bids across the county."
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