Table tennis inroads into ‘Litsha

2017-03-30 06:02
Martin Jansen, the coordinator for Table Tennis club (right), coaches and learners during its launch at Isivivana Centre, last Wednesday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Martin Jansen, the coordinator for Table Tennis club (right), coaches and learners during its launch at Isivivana Centre, last Wednesday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Isivivana Table Tennis Club launch hopes to attract new players to this vibrant sporting, which seems to be disappearing fast in the townships.

The sport requires flexible muscles, an agile body and eyes and wit to match.

The launch was held at the centre which bears the same name as the club in Khayelitsha.

Club Cordinator Martin Jansen, said they were hoping that residents would take to the sport with great enthusiasm.

“We want to introduce the sport to Khayelitsha. I have noticed that the sport is available in other areas, but not in the townships.

It is a kind of sport that once you start playing, you will never stop. It is for pleasure and keeps you healthy. We are inviting anyone who has an interest to come and join us,”

Jansen plays for Liv-Ken club, which plays under the auspices of Western Province Table Tennis (WPTT).

He said they have already formed a partnership with Chuma Primary School in Town Two, and that over 10 learners are already a part of the team.

Coach Samkelo Notshe said the sport is good for everyone.

“Table Tennis teaches you discipline and respect. It is also good for keeping children away from the streets. They are going to be safe here instead of wondering around after school not having anything to do,” Notshe said.

Ayanda Camane, the school coach said his idea was to see learners practising in the school

“I am hoping to get equipment so that the learners could practise in the school. I am concerned about their safety as they will have to walk from school to the centre,” Camane said.

Sinoxolo Gqotso, Grade 6 leaner at Chuma, said she was looking forward to being a part of the club.

“I am excited. I want to be a well known champion for the sport in future. I jumped when they told us that there was a tennis club that was being formed. I signed for a ladies soccer team in January, but that team did not see the light of the day, Gqotso said.

Xhanti Mvane, another Grade 6 learner at the school, said he joined the team because he loves the sport.

“I fell in love with the sport when I watched it on television. I want to be an international player in future and go overseas.

I am told that it will also help me in school by keeping my mind sharp,” Mvane said.

The practises are going to be at Thusong Centre, which is not far from Isivivana Centre, Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 6pm.

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