Table tennis school programmes nurture young talent
It’s been a stellar month for the Greenhouse Sports table tennis school programmes with some top competition performances and results, plus a new association with Table Tennis England as Greenhouse Sports becomes one of their new Talent Development Centres!
Last weekend, Capital City Academy’s Sarah Menghistab took home an Under 16s Girls Bronze medal in the English Schools Table Tennis Association Butterfly Schools’ Individual National Championship Finals, beating England No3 cadet Sophie Barlow in the quarter-finals. “I was really nervous when I heard I was playing Sophie, but I just played. I was really happy to win a medal. I’ve been playing table tennis with Greenhouse for three years now and I will probably focus on this event next year,” said Sarah.
Over Easter, Burlington Danes Academy school programme had a very popular table tennis camp followed by exciting trips to qualifying competitions for the National Finals, to be held in Doncaster in June. Greenhouse Sports coaches took participants for a number of age categories, including the U14 Boys and Girls National Final qualifying competition, where Cacherel Mirjah played magnificently to claim a place in June’s final. Eastbury School’s Vraj Pathak also put in a great performance, finishing as runner-up at the London Youth Jack Petchey Table Tennis Championship.
Congratulations to all the players who took part in the competitions!
These fantastic results from the Greenhouse Sports table tennis school programmes come shortly after an exciting announcement that Table Tennis England has chosen Greenhouse Sports as one of their seven Talent Development Centres nationwide. The partnership with Table Tennis England will enable extra coaching and support for the best young prospects and create a pathway for them to join the England Youth Squad and hopefully continue on to the top of the world game.
Greenhouse Sports currently has 13 schools which feed into four hubs at The Bushey Academy, Capital City Academy in Willesden, Ernest Bevin College in Tooting and Raines Foundation School in Bethnal Green.