Milo TT project targets growth
Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) president, Godfrey Lothian, says the Milo table tennis tables in schools project is moving ahead of schedule and promises every primary and preparatory school will have a table tennis board at their disposal in the next six years.
The Milo-sponsored programme, in association with the Guatemalan company, Record, has been ongoing for the last two years and is responsible for the distribution of more than 35 table tennis boards in two years.
"The table tennis project was established in the last three years. The aim and objectives are to assist primary, prep and high schools with tables so the sport of table tennis can be expanded across Jamaica," he said.
He noted that prior to the deal with Milo they also had an agreement with an Indian Company, STAG, to distribute tables locally.
"We were giving out boards before but it wasn't as a project. So we got Milo and they agreed to assist us with this project. Last year, they gave us 10 boards and this year 15, so Milo has distributed 25 boards. We also got 10 (tables) last year from Record, a Guatemalan company. So that made it 35 boards to schools in two years," he said..
"STAG international, a company from India, is another company we have a deal with, so we have given out more than 200 boards since 2013," he pointed out.
The tables were made available for the 2018 Milo Primary and Preparatory School's Table Tennis Competition, which will commence this month.
Lothian added that they are also aiming to supply all primary and prep schools in Portmore with boards, and that they are ahead of their projected target for the islandwide project.
"When you look at the expansion of the sport in Jamaica, we have given seven table tennis boards to schools in Portmore and we want to supply all schools in Portmore over the next seven years. There are about 13 primary and prep schools in Portmore and we want to give all of them a board," he said.
"So it (the project) is spreading. We are giving tables to different parishes as we are looking how we can expand the programme throughout Jamaica and we are moving faster than expected. We have about 800 primary schools and 200 prep schools in Jamaica and the aim over the next five to six years is to have tables in all of these schools."