RAMSBOTTOM Table Tennis Club are backing a new national initiative to promote the sport to those over the age of 50.

The new 'Bat and Chat' sessions are designed to increase participation in the sport for the older generation while promoting the fun side of the game.

The national drive by Table Tennis England has been taken on by the Ramsbottom club and sessions got under way last week.

They take place every Tuesday between 1pm and 2.30pm in the main hall at Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton Street, Bury and cost £4 per session.

Sessions are open to everyone to learn the skills of table tennis and more information is from head coach Mandy Holt on 07775 657240.