Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) under the leadership of Mawuko Afadzinu has been doing everything within its reach to lift the fortune of the sport in the former Gold Coast nation.

However, the push received a major boost on Friday May 18 when over schools pupils took part in a one-day clinic held at the Sekondi Youth Centre in Ghana.

According to the Media Officer of GTTA, Nathaniel Kwesi Somuah, the pupils were taken through the basics of table tennis.

“More than 100 school kids have been taken through the basic skills and drills in table tennis such as bouncing, multi-ball feeding, rallies, warm up, stretching, warm down, racket gripping and also the benefits of playing table tennis. This took place at the Sekondi Youth Centre on Friday 18th May.

Students were selected from six schools within Sekondi Township in the western region of Ghana namely; Wesley Methodist, Old Hospital, Rev. Griffeon, St. Andrews Anglican Complex, Apramdo, and A.M.E Zion Junior High School. These students were accompanied by their teachers Daniel Nunani, Emmanuel Kwarah, Benjamin Mensah, Samuel K. Afful, Anthony Mensah, Margaret Kotoku, Augustus OsaeJoseph Sackey, Romeo Carl Ansah, and NiiKotei Ashie,” Somuah said.

With plans to replicate such programme in other regions in Ghana, the clinic was staged under the auspices of GTTA, National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to the organizer of the clinic, Ishmael Abraham Armah, unearthing talent coupled with popularizing the sport were the aims behind the initiative.

“Increasing the base number of table tennis players in the country and unearthing talents in the basic schools are the priorities of Western Region Table Tennis Association (WRTTA). Early projects of this kind have received donations from Sarah Hanfou and Ping San Frontiers. These include “increasing girls’ participation in table tennis in both Junior and senior high schools in Sekondi and Takoradi Township,” said Ishmael Abraham Armah.

He added: “I organized the“MiksiTable Tennis Clinic”towhip up the interest of the game and impact the basics skills of table tennis into the school-going child.The project seeks to have players from the region to compete in all the divisions in the national level. In order to get these goals achieved, we appeal to all and sundryto make effort in equipping our association with table tennis boards, rackets, robot, balls, footwear and jerseys to motivate the target group and facilitate their interest in this noble sport.”

Ishmael Abraham Armah however, called for more support to take the clinic to every nook and corner in Ghana. “Again the association seeks to extend their activities to cover other part of the region and will therefore call on all stakeholders and parties to supports their activities,” he added.

The one-day exercise was sponsored by Miksi Choco Limited and Jason Onyameh of Divine Travel & Tour Limited., while dignitaries from NSA as well as representatives from Ghana Veterans’ Association graced the event.