How do you bridge a 70-year age-gap between two generations? Well…Using the power of ping Pong, of course.
Just in time for Christmas, The National Lottery share this rather jolly and inspiring video featuring, the young players from the Greenhouse Sports, a London-based charity funded by The National Lottery coming face to face with the over 70s players from VETTS (Veterans English Table Tennis Society).
Star of the film is Geof Bax, an 83 year old Great-Grandfather from Watford. Geof first picked up a paddle when he was working as an apprentice sheet metal worker, aged 16.
He played his first league match in March 1949 and, 66 years on, he is the current Veterans Doubles World Champion, and was Singles World Champion until a shock defeat in New Zealand last year. Geof reveals: “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.”
Geof’s opponent, 15 year old Nabilah, is a member of Greenhouse Sports, a National Lottery funded London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city to realise their full potential.
She said: “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.”
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