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Brand new play equipment damaged beyond repair within hours of installation        

5:09 pm, Wednesday, 2nd August 2023 - 7 months ago

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New Teqball tables are being installed in several of the borough’s parks as part of an £800,000 investment in our play areas. Teqball is an up-and-coming sport played on a specially curved table that mixes football, volleyball and table tennis.

But within hours of installation of the tables, each costing £6500, one has been damaged beyond repair in Barrett’s Playground.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “This is absolutely mindless vandalism. The pictures show at least four holes have been made in the table, and a lump of concrete at the side, which corresponds to the size of the holes. We can only assume that someone has used the concrete to smash the table up. What a waste of resources, and such a shame for the local community.”

As a new activity, the Teqball tables are thought to be one of the first of its kind to be installed in public parks in our region.

Teqball is becoming increasingly popular thanks to videos of footballing royalty playing the sport circulating on social media, with famous players like Ronaldinho and David Beckham to name a few, posting videos of themselves playing Teqball in their gardens. Some of the most successful clubs in the world, such as Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City, have Teqball tables at their training grounds.

If anyone has any information about this please contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference 23000105776.

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