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Table Tennis President delivers equipment to Old Harbour community

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The Jamaica Table Tennis Association donated one of these Stag International DX1000 boards to the Spring Village Development Foundation on Monday, September 9, 2013 as part of its development plan for the sport. Old Harbour, of which the community of Spring Village is a part of, is one of several towns earmarked by the JTTA to establish a Centre of Excellence. The Jamaica Table Tennis Association donated one of these Stag International DX1000 boards to the Spring Village Development Foundation on Monday, September 9, 2013 as part of its development plan for the sport. Old Harbour, of which the community of Spring Village is a part of, is one of several towns earmarked by the JTTA to establish a Centre of Excellence.

The Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) has given its clearest indication yet of its plan to establish a Centre of Excellence in the Old Harbour area.

Last week the sport’s local governing body delivered a brand new Stag International DX1000 board to the Spring Village Development Foundation (SVDF). The India-made equipment is valued at over US$1000 and is one of the sport’s most popular brands for international tournaments such as the Commonwealth Games.

The donation to the SVDF, a non-profit community-based organisation, was made possible after oldharbournews.com first made mention that Old Harbour is among several townships earmarked by the JTTA’s national development strategy, during an exclusive interview with its president Godfrey Lothian.

“When I first read the story that the table tennis association is targeting Old Harbour I immediately jumped at the opportunity, because sport has a role to play in what we are doing here at the Spring Village Development Foundation,” said SVDF Executive Director Randy Finnikin.

“So I contacted Mr Lothian, of course through oldharbournews.com and we were told that we could get a table and all we had to do is get a truck to collect it,” he added.

Both the JTTA and the SVDF had further dialogue described as “fruitful” with a view to develop the game in the St Catherine South West town.

“I am pleasantly surprised by the magnitude and impact Old Harbour News has created in such a short space of time,” the JTTA boss said of the recently established community-based online news portal.

“They (the SVDF) want to be a part of this new revolutionary development that the Jamaica Table Tennis Association is undertaking. And they will be assisting us in spreading the game in Old Harbour.”

Andrew Hancel, Founder of oldharbournews.com, said: “We are delighted to hear that it is through oldharbournews.com that a partnership between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Spring Village Development Foundation is now being created.

“This is exactly what we envisage for communities in Old Harbour and its environs. And what is being realised now is just one of several windows of opportunity that we will create for organisations and individuals in many years to come.”

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