THE Suva Table Tennis Association is looking at increasing its player base in the country.
As a result they introduced a beginner's clinic two months ago, which is held every Monday and Friday afternoons.
Association official Christopher Lal said they had seen the number of children attending the clinics increase every week.
"We started off with less than 10 children and now we have more than 20," he said.
"The children are from various primary schools in Suva and the response so far has been positive."
He said they are concentrating on equipping the younger generation with as much skills and knowledge possible so that they become good players when they grow up.
"Table tennis is considered a minor sport in the country and we have introduced this clinic to generate interest among the younger generation.
"We want to introduce the sport to these young ones at grassroots level so that they continue playing and become better by the time they become adult so they become national champions."
Lal says they organise a competition every two weeks for the children to show what they have learnt during the clinics.
"When we feel they are ready for more competition, we will organise bigger competitions.
"For now, we are calling on more girls to come forward and learn the sport.
"We understand they are young and shy but coming to clinics will help boost their confidence."
Meanwhile, the Suva and Fiji Open Table Tennis Championship is expected to be played in December.