Batavia gets tennis table

Batavia School of Skills pupils welcome their new table tennis table. Picture: Supplied

Batavia School of Skills in Claremont has a new table tennis table thanks to
Harfield-based non-profit Uthando SA.

Founder of Uthando SA founder James Fernie says Batavia is the 19th school to benefit from their project, started in 2015, to set up permanent table tennis tables at schools.

“I like this particular project as tables are also functional art installations and provide some inspiration at the school grounds,” he said.

The permanent tennis tables are made out of cement, the base is designed by an engineer and the table tops are delivered by a truck with a crane.

Principal Selna Thiart said: “Pupils who feel marginalised can come together around this table to communicate and compete with one another in a safe and positive environment.”

The table is painted in rainbow colours and the words around the base reflect the school’s values.