Grantham’s Charles Read Academy crowned national table tennis champions
A team of four table tennis players from Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have been crowned the Under-16 Girls champions at the Butterfly School Team National Finals held in Hinckley, Leicestershire on Saturday.
Mollie Patterson, Darcie Proud, Danielle Kelly and Karrie Rogers, who are set to represent England at the International Sport Federation (ISF) World Schools’ Table Tennis Championships in Malta later this year, took the title after competing against the regional champions from across England.
The competition got off to a great start as the girls celebrated a 7-1 victory over Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and a 6-2 win against Dane Court Grammar School.
The team from Charles Read Academy went on to secure the coveted title after they sealed a 5-3 victory during their final match against Okehampton Community College.
Danielle Kelly said: “Going into the game, we were quite confident we could do it. Being picked for Malta put pressure on us to prove ourselves, but we worked well together as a team.”
Three of the four team members are currently scholars at Charles Read Academy’s Table Tennis Performance Centre, where each scholar can train with elite coaches for up to 25 hours a week during school time.
Robert Sloan, Principal at Charles Read Academy, said: “We are always so proud of our table tennis scholars’ sporting achievements. Securing a national title is a real testament to their hard work and commitment.
“We are looking forward to seeing the girls travel to Malta next month for the World Championships, where I have every confidence that they will really showcase their talents.”
Charles Read Academy’s Table Tennis Performance Centre, which works in partnership with the Grantham College Table Tennis Academy, is one of the many incredible sporting opportunities available to students as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme.
By providing an array of outstanding opportunities, the Trust supports athletes to develop their talents by encouraging them to compete at the highest level. Students across the Trust have participated at high profile sporting events in front of Olympic greats such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Rebecca Adlington, and have also benefitted from high-quality fixtures, sports tours in Europe, funded trips to major tournaments and sports bursaries and scholarships.
Shane Ward, Head of Sports Enrichment at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “The Table Tennis Performance Centre at Charles Read Academy provides the perfect opportunity for our students to achieve academic excellence, whilst encouraging them to develop their sporting talents.
“It is fantastic to see the Table Tennis Performance Centre going from strength to strength, and it is extremely rewarding to see our table tennis scholars celebrate their incredible achievements.”
For more information about the Charles Read Academy Table Tennis Performance Centre, please contact Shane Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.