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GAME ON Shirley Benford and John Churchill, front, with members. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124007-696)
GAME ON Shirley Benford and John Churchill, front, with members. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124007-696)

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SOME elderly people aren’t able to go out and get active.

But a team of men and woman keep up their fitness levels by playing table tennis at The Stacey Community Centre, in Walsall Road, Copnor, Portsmouth.

The Over-55s Table Tennis Club, which is made up of 21 members, meets every Monday from 1pm to 3pm. Everyone takes part in doubles and singles matches over three tables and there’s a break halfway through so people can enjoy some tea, coffee and biscuits.

Joyce Hutchings, 85, of Copnor, is the leader of the club, which has been running for about 15 years.

‘Though I don’t play as much any more, it makes for a really nice social occasion,’ she said.

‘It helps to keep everyone active.

‘We’ve got people of all abilities, though there are one or two who are slightly better.’

Joyce also plays short mat bowls at the centre each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm.

‘Some of the tennis club members have been coming for a good number of years and there are others who have only started recently,’ she said. ‘It’s a good way of making friends.’

To become a member, contact the centre on (023) 9261 7890