One of Matakana’s longest serving sports and recreation clubs could fold if it can’t attract more members.
The Matakana Table Tennis Club, which meets in the Matakana Hall on Tuesday evenings, formed at the end of World War II in 1945.
However, in recent years, numbers have dwindled, with only about eight regulars last year.
Club member George Anderson puts the decline down to the number of options young people have with sport now and a change in lifestyle with the use of more electronic devices.
He has also seen a decline in participation in the table tennis sessions he runs at Mahurangi College.
He plans to formalise the sessions this year by working with a group of dedicated players and has the support of the school’s physical education staff.
George has also tried to organise coaching sessions for Matakana, Warkworth and Snells Beach primary school students, but struggled to get people on board.
He offers free coaching at the Matakana Hall every Tuesday, from 7.30pm onwards.