Gamestec donates pool table to Hackney youth centre


Gamestec, a leading player in the UK gaming and amusement machines sector, has donated a pool table to a community group for children and young adults in London’s East End.

The pool table has been donated to the Shoreditch Adventure Playground, an inner city space dedicated to children’s play where skilled playworkers are on hand to encourage children to take part in the widest range of play opportunities and experiences. Activities include climbing and digging to building dens, cooking, painting and, now, playing pool.

The Shoreditch Adventure Playground is part of the Learning Trust which delivers educational services to adult learners and more than 27,000 pupils in more than 70 schools, nurseries, and playcentres in the London Borough of Hackney.

Stefan Podonlanski, product manager at Gamestec, said: “We were contacted by Shoreditch Adventure Playground to see whether we could help out. The group didn’t have any budget to purchase a table and I felt we had to get involved and help.

“This seemed to be a request where we could make a real impact to improve the quality of the facilities available and affect the lives of the beneficiaries of the group.”

Lisa Parker, Deputy Playworker at the Shoreditch Adventure Playground, said: ”We cater for children from six to 15 years old  and it’s been interesting to see them playing on the pool table together. It’s an activity that really gets the young people involved in playing as part of a group activity – setting up the table and agreeing the rules between them.

“It’s also been heartening to see the older children helping the younger ones improve their game.”

Stefan Podonlanski added: “Our industry is all about offering entertainment and bring and smile to people. Being able to offer support like this and promote pool as a sport is fantastic for Gamestec.”


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