Everton in the Community supported the launch of a table tennis initiative in Liverpool recently.
The Blues are backing Ping - a national table tennis scheme designed to encourage people to get active in the run up to the Olympic Games, with 40 tables positioned across the city.
Everton’s official charity will offer expert coaches and volunteers to help deliver the initiative and get people playing in Liverpool.
Bats and balls will be supplied and a programme of events including master-classes, competitions and free activities will be delivered in locations across Liverpool including Liverpool One, John Lennon Airport and Greenbank Sports Academy.
Coaches from Everton’s Olympic themed programme, Premier League 4 Sport, were in Williamson Square on Friday 29 June for the launch event.
Changy the Elephant was also in attendance challenging some young people from Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College in Walton to a game of Ping-Pong – all to create some Olympic fever in Liverpool.
For the past three years in the build-up to London 2012, Everton in the Community has been working with local youngsters to provide sporting opportunities through its innovative Premier League 4 Sport programme.
As part of the Olympic legacy to encourage and inspire more people to be active and live healthier lifestyles, the programme offers coaching in the traditionally under-represented sports of judo, hockey, handball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis.
To date, the Blues have engaged with over 3,500 local young people across Liverpool and Knowsley and set up a table tennis club to enable young people to develop their skills and progress in the sport.
Ping runs until Thursday 26 July. For more information about the event and the different sites across Liverpool, visit pingliverpool.co.uk.
For more information about Everton in the Community’s Premier League 4 Sport programme, call 0151 530 5253.