Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC) is proud to partner with University of Alberta and St. Albert Public Schools to continue its participation in the Active For Life program. Active For Life is a national movement promoting physical literacy with the purpose of raising active and successful kids, ensuring they get the recommended amount of physical activity while having fun.
On April 28, 2014, the Saville Community Sports Centre hosted 40 elementary school students from the Ronald Harvey Elementary School as they engaged in athletic activities such as volleyball, core fitness and table tennis. These students were participating in a St. Albert School program called Recreation Athletic Academy, which is a year long program involving a wide range of athletic activities with the goal of keeping students active, getting them interested in trying new sports and developing leadership skills.
ETTC volunteers John Gunraj and Judy Ellefson, along with a volunteer from University of Alberta, set up tables, provided equipment and introduced the sport of table tennis to the 40 students. John and Judy explained rules of play, demonstrated proper paddle grip and discussed basic match strategy. Then students applied what they had just learned and engaged in a series of table tennis matches while testing their skills and having a blast.
This group marked the tenth time (over 300 students!) since November 2013 that ETTC has hosted a school group with the goal to do its part to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for children in the Edmonton region. According to ETTC President John Gunraj, the club got involved in this community outreach program in order to give back to the community in a meaningful way and promote the sport of table tennis to a new generation of players.
Photo Courtesy of Edmonton Table Tennis Club