Children were smiling with delight when KidCare4U dropped off Table Tennis Wales On The Go Packs – and the two organisations are now planning to work together to introduce more children and parents to the game.
KidCare4U is a registered charity working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic families from low-income households residing in Newport.
Part of its work involves running a Saturday Kid’s Club for children aged between 5-16 years old, an important physical and mental well-being gathering which has operated online during Covid-19 restrictions.
It was during an online meeting that Table Tennis Wales met KidCare4U – which resulted in the charity receiving 20 table tennis On The Go Packs.
“I met Simon [Oyler, Table Tennis Wales Community Business Development Manager] at an online meeting arranged by Asa [Waite, StreetGames Doorstep Sports Advisor] and learnt about the table tennis home kits that were available,” says KidCare4U CEO and Trustee Rusna Begum.
“Simon was very helpful and agreed to give our charity ten packs for free and we topped that up by purchasing another ten packs. Simon was very kind and delivered the kits to KidCare4U himself.
“I was so surprised to see the quality of the kits and everything that came with it in the box – it really is top class.
“We arranged for KidCare4U staff and volunteers to deliver the kits to households with more than two children, and we were delighted to see the smiles on the children’s faces when the kits were delivered.
“Moving forward, Simon and I have discussed how we may introduce table tennis at our Saturday Kid’s Club – and, with the support from Table Tennis Wales, we also want to start getting the parents involved as well.”