NEWLY formed Leigh St George’s Table Tennis Club players put aside their bats and enjoyed a game of rugby at the weekend.

But they watched the Leigh Centurions v Hunslet match at Leigh Sports Village from the comfort of a corporate box provided by Centurions' sponsors North Leigh Park Group Limited.

But from next Thursday (Feb 21) weekly social table tennis sessions for over 50s, between 1pm and 3pm at the Lancastrian Squash Club.

Leigh St George's aims to put the town back on the table tennis map after a gap of almost 20 years. In the 1970s the sport was popular in the town but interest declined in the 1990s.

The table tennis club's rugby visit was part of North Leigh Park Group Limited’s Matchday Experience Package to reward community groups and charities operating in the Leigh area.

For the remainder of the 2013 Co-op Championship Season, North Leigh Park Group Limited will be working with Leigh Centurions to offer local accredited organisations a unique offer for young members through their new ‘One and Nine Club’ promotion.

Amateur and disability sports clubs, scouts or guides, can apply for the significantly reduced matchday admission rate of £15 per one adult and nine junior spectators.

Leigh St George's chairman Chris Garfin said: “We had a great time at the game and would like to thank North Leigh Park Group. It was great to enjoy the facilities at LSV and we will definitely be signing up for the ‘One and Nine Club’ when we have more junior members on board.”

Charles Billson, Chairman of North Leigh Park Group Limited, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be offering our Matchday Experience Package to the community, after so much positive feedback last season."

To register for the ‘One and Nine Club’, and be in the running for a Matchday Experience Package, send the details of your accredited organisation to