Corby’s newest table tennis club says it will try to tackle the town’s obesity problem when it opens later this year.
Corby Smash TTC, in Marconi Courtyard, hopes to open in late November after planning permission was granted for a 10-year lease.
There are still some planning issues to solve before work begins on converting the site into a sports centre, but general manager Tony West is hopeful it will be completed soon.
He said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve got the permission as it had to go to a review, but this centre will increase sports participation in the area.
“Corby has an obesity problem but we’re trying to improve this and there will be a social benefit as well.
“We hope to produce local home-grown talent and work with both schools and Corby Town TTC to see a real progression.”
The centre has received a £100,000 investment from former England number one and double Commonwealth Games medallist Colin Wilson, who will coach at the club.
Part of the floor will be made up of flooring used in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Mr West feels that Corby needs a centre like this.
He added: “Corby is a nominated growth area and the population is on the rise.
“We hope to have space for 14 tables for training and about eight tables for match space and tournaments.
“We’re committed to improving the town and feel like this suits it.”