TABLE TENNIS: Grantham building society branch raises funds for rising star Harrison

Adam Harrison enjoys a workout with "Robin Hood".
Adam Harrison enjoys a workout with "Robin Hood".
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Staff at the Grantham branch of Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray kicked off their fundraising for Grantham sporting hero Adam Harrison by taking part in last weekend’s family fun day at Wyndham Park.

Staff from the branch were joined by SportsAid table tennis star Adam, as well as “Robin Hood and Maid Marian” to promote their ‘spot-the-ball’ competition and get a few lessons on the game.

Eighteen-year-old Adam has recently returned from Italy where he was representing England at international level. He has been sponsored by the branch since March when they handed over a cheque for £750, which they hope to boost to £1,000 by fundraising.

Building society branch manager Liam Harrison said: “Thanks to everyone that came along and supported us. We had a great day with Adam, Robin and Marian, and were secretly quite relieved when Adam beat Robin at table tennis.

“We have raised just over £100 for Adam but still have a little way to go to reach our target.”

Adam commented on what the funding will mean for him: “I am delighted to have my hard work recognised by receiving funding from SportsAid and Nottingham Building Society.

“This funding will allow me to go on a summer training camp and will help to cover some of the rising costs for equipment and accommodation.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing to work alongside the team in trying to raise the profile of my sport.”

Adam is currently ranked fourth in the UK and this season won his first national title in the Junior Boys’ doubles competition, and claimed bronze in the singles. His ultimate aim is to get selected for England as a senior.

SportsAid chief executive Tim Lawler said that the biggest obstacle to an athlete’s progress in their sport is funding: “We’re delighted to be working with the Grantham team to help local athletes like Adam realise their potential.”