TABLE tennis star Hugh Cameron took on Scotland’s sports minister at a recent event in Easterhouse Phoenix Centre.

The youthful 98-year-old showed off his skills in a friendly against MSP Maree Todd, who was visiting the community centre to learn more about its successful range of activities which boost the mental and physical health of local people.

Richard McShane, centre director, said: “The Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport seemed really impressed and she enjoyed the game with Hugh – who loved all the fuss.

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“We met her at a recent chair yoga session at the Scottish Parliament and she was keen to learn more about how chair yoga is really benefiting people in Easterhouse and around the country, in terms of physical and mental health, and addressing social isolation and ageing.

“We were delighted to welcome the Minister to the centre.”

Hugh said: "I enjoyed the day, and would be happy to give the Minister table tennis lessons any time."

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YoGlasgow, which is based at the Phoenix Centre, took more than 50 people to the Scottish Parliament to showcase the benefits of chair yoga recently.

Ms Todd, Ivan McKee MSP and Colette Mason of Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland all spoke at the Edinburgh event, which aimed to raise the profile of community chair yoga across the country.

Ms Todd said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Pheonix Centre - it was wonderful to see the fantastic impact the centre is having on the physical, mental and social health of the people of Easterhouse.

“It was great to meet some of the people taking part in their programmes, especially Mr Cameron, who gave me a lesson on how to play table tennis.”