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Greenhouse table tennis star Sarah James becomes Head Girl

Last week, one of our partners, Eastbury Comprehensive School, hosted their awards evening. It was a prestigious and important event as one of our table tennis participants, Sarah James, became Head Girl. Sarah also received the PE Award as her proud coach Jason Clark looked on. Sarah demonstrated great leadership and courage as she, along with the Head Boy, took to the stage in front of 530 people to give a five minute introductory speech. Sarah spoke candidly about her predicted grades at GCSE (As and A*s) and her aspirations. Sarah’s delivery showed great confidence – which she said she gained from playing table tennis on the Greenhouse Sports programme – as well as the ability to communicate fluently and with sophistication. The staff present said she did an absolutely amazing job and that she executed perfectly.


The following day, Sarah and her fellow Greenhouse participant Syed Hussain took to the spotlight once again to perform a table tennis exhibition to new Year 7 pupils. This was the first time the pair had performed like this. “Everyone though they did wonderfully well,” said Coach Jason Clark. Sarah then gave a short presentation to the Year 7s explaining what Greenhouse Sports is about and what she has learned from table tennis. She outlined our STEP Framework of skills and highlighted how the skills she has gained have helped her not only when she’s playing, but also in school and out of school. Sarah also talked about how the programme has benefited everyone involved, including herself; it has allowed her to become independent, more forthcoming with her opinions and improved her social skills.

A huge well done to Sarah and the whole team at Eastbury Comprehensive School!

Have a look at our Eastbury programme in this video produced by OFSTED highlighting ‘Good practice in competitive school sport’.


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