U19 girls take the top hon­ours in school fi­nal

Teens win tro­phy at Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion event

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - by Sean Davies tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HARE­FIELD Academy took top hon­ours in the U19s girls cat­e­gory of the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion’s Lon­don School’s Ta­ble Ten­nis Team Fi­nals held at the Univer­sity of East Lon­don, Sports Dock.

In the fi­nal at the Univer­sity of East Lon­don, in Ne­wham, Hare­field Academy, with a team made up of Zahna Hall, Danielle Kelly, Aurora Par­tridge and Rachel Stone, beat Croy­don Royal Rus­sell School 7-1.

Zahna Hall, 17, said: “It feels good to know we’re the best U19 girls’ team in Lon­don. This is the first time in four years a Hare­field Academy girls’ team have got this far.

“I think it’s a re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion. It’s ex­cit­ing and some­thing to look for­ward to. We want to win, but it’s also about hav­ing fun.”

Sir Jack Petchey, re­cently knighted in the New Year’s Hon­ours, was there to per­son­ally con­grat­u­late all the com­peti­tors, as was Team GB dis­abil­ity ace Daniel Bullen.

More than 160 play­ers from schools across Lon­don gath­ered for the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Jack Petchey Schools’ Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships is a pres- ti­gious event which in­cludes team and in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tions all aimed at in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion and aware­ness of ta­ble ten­nis in schools in Lon­don.

The pro­ject also in­cludes the do­na­tion of in­door and out­door ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles, which also helps to in­crease in­ter­est in the sport.

As the pro­ject gets into its fifth year, 1,365 in­door and out­door ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles have been do­nated to schools in Lon­don and Es­sex and more than 21,000 play­ers have taken part in the com­pe­ti­tions.

Sara Sut­cliffe, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ta­ble Ten­nis Eng­land, said: “Thou­sands of young peo­ple have be­come more ac­tive, learned new skills and made new friends thanks to the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion’s sup­port of ta­ble ten­nis in Lon­don and Es­sex.

“The ta­ble do­na­tion scheme and the team and in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tions have taken the pro­file of the sport and the stan­dard of play to new heights. They have cre­ated a last­ing legacy and we look for­ward to thou­sands more young­sters ben­e­fit­ing from the pro­gramme in years to come.”

n ‘EX­CIT­ING TOUR­NA­MENT’: U19 Girls win­ners Hare­field Academy

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