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The National Lottery recently pitched young vs old in an epic Ping Pong Battle between the Greenhouse Sports youth team and the over 70’s VETTS (Veterans English Table Tennis Society).
As some of you will know, the money raised by The National Lottery goes to help a number of charities and organisations that help our communities and one such charity is Greenhouse Sports, a National Lottery funded London-based charity who are committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city.
15-year-old Nabilah, who is seen in the video above facing 83-year-old Geof, is one girl who has benefitted from this funding and has said the project has helped her grow in confidence: “Greenhouse has helped me gain in confidence. In fact, if it wasn’t for Greenhouse Sports I wouldn’t have been able to put my name forward and get selected to be Head Girl at my school. Greenhouse Sports has helped me build on myself and make me a better person.”
Nabilah’s opponent, Geof Bax, a Great-Grandfather from Watford and current Veterans Doubles World Champion, and Singles World Champion until a shock defeat in New Zealand last year. He also praised the project and talked about how the sport of table tennis really brings people of all ages together: “Making the film was great fun. I knew a few of the young people from tournaments we’ve played at. That’s the great thing about table tennis – it’s an intergenerational sport and it is the best sport for keeping your mind and body fit.”
In total, the National Lottery raises around £34 million a week that helps to fund projects like this all across the UK and helps to change people lives. Watch the video above to see how the Ping Pong battle went and for further information please visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.