Published: 18 August 2022
A Teesside School table tennis club desperately in need of new equipment is delighted with the £500 donation from Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge.
PE teacher, Damian Sidgwick said: “Our bats were antiquated, and we spent a lot of time picking up the hundreds of balls that we use. It was wonderful to receive £500 from the Society, to buy more bats and balls, a ball-catching net, and a ball ‘picker-upper’.”
The club has had a lot of success over the years, with the boy and girl teams both reaching the last 16 for two consecutive years, pre-Covid. Katie Bates, one of their star pupils, became the number one under-11 girl player in England in 2015.
“For both our teams to be the fourth best in the country is absolutely brilliant, especially when you know they are competing against schools that have much better facilities,” said Mr Sidgwick.
Lisa Sidgwick, a senior branch manager with Darlington Building Society, supported the application by the school.
She said: “Darlington Building Society is a great supporter of local communities and good causes, so we were delighted to be able to use our 5% Pledge to help the school to buy some new equipment.
“It’s important to give young people as many opportunities as possible, and the Bankfields School table tennis club is showing how that helps them to have pride in their achievements and aspirations for the future.”
Darlington Building Society provides savings accounts and mortgages to people up and down the country. It is because of these borrowing and saving members that the Society is able to commit 5% of its annual profits to good causes in its heartland, through the 5% Pledge.
Find out more about our 5% Pledge here.