A fitting tribute to Joe

TABLE TOPPERS . . . members of the new Joe Wilson Table Tennis Club.
TABLE TOPPERS . . . members of the new Joe Wilson Table Tennis Club.
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A NEW tennis club has been set up in memory of a Newarthill teenager who died last year.

Taylor High School pupil Joe Wilson died in December, five days after a sudden collapse, aged just 17.

And because among his interests he was a keen table tennis player, his father Alan has decided to set up the new club at his old school.

The Joe Wilson Table Tennis Club will meet on Monday nights, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and there was a great turnout at the opening night last week.

Alan said he hoped that the club would attract players, of any standard, from all across North Lanarkshire.

He said: “Table tennis is a great sport that you can enjoy no matter what age or ability you have. Joe was a very keen player. He played for Glasgow South Table Tennis club and won the West of Scotland Junior League Division 3 best player award.

“The league have named a trophy after him, for the most improved player in the league, and Glasgow South table tennis club have also named a trophy after him.

“The club will be supported by a UK-accredited coach and we welcome everyone from novices and complete beginners to more accomplished players. Age range is 11 to 85.

“And thanks to our association with the Healthy Happy Humans organisation, it is absolutely free. So whether you only play ping pong on holiday or at school, or haven’t played since the youth club, or have been inspired by the Olympics, come along on Monday night – all you need is yourself and a pair of trainers.”

For more details contact Alan on 07786 260522.