School Sport: NewVic serve up title
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 December 2015
Students shine at table-tennis event
Hot-shot table tennis players from NewVic College took top honours in the under-19 boys’ category in the East London Regional final of the Jack Petchey Foundation London Schools Team competition at Morpeth School, Tower Hamlets.
The competition bought together 130 players and 16 teams from schools from Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.
And the successful NewVic team included 18-year-olds Said Abdillahi, Shahan Shah, Baseer Ishanzadeh and Olajide Akala.
Akala said: “I started playing table tennis because it’s fun and you can see real improvement with training and practice.
“It’s an extremely competitive sport, but you can play a fun game against almost anyone.
“We all enjoyed the competition. The other teams were very sporting and all good players with different skills so we had to adjust our tactics throughout.”
They played a team from Newham College of Further Education in the final, winning a close contest 5-3.
*The Jack Petchey Schools’ Table Tennis Championships is a prestigious event which includes team and individual competitions all aimed at increasing participation and awareness of table tennis in schools in London.
Winners of the regional competitions progress to the Jack Petchey London School’s Team finals being held on January 30 at UEL SportsDock.
The project also includes the donation of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables which is also helping to increase interest in the sport.
As the project moves into its fifth year, so far 1,365 indoor and outdoor table tennis tables have been donated to schools in London and Essex and over 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 benefitting from the programme in years to come.”
Jack Petchey CBE, the 90-year-old founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, is passionate about giving young people freedom and opportunity.
He said: “I’ve been a fan of table tennis since my own youth. It’s a fantastic sport and I am delighted to see this partnership develop with more young people from London and Essex taking part.”
For further information about the scheme visit londonschoolstabletennis.co.uk.