Grantham’s Charles Read Academy set to represent England at International Table Table Championships

A team of four table tennis players from Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been selected to represent England in the prestigious 2018 International School Sport Federation (ISF) World School’s Table Tennis Championships.


Darcie Proud, Mollie Patterson, Danielle Kelly and Karrie Rogers will travel to Malta for the week-long tournament, which will be held between 8th and 14th April 2018, where they will compete against young table tennis players from 18 countries including China, France, Japan and Germany.


Three of the four team members that will compete at the championships are currently scholars at Charles Read’s Table Tennis Performance Centre, where each scholar can train for up to 25 hours a week both inside and outside of school time with elite coaches.


Robert Sloan, Principal at Charles Read Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud to host a number of extremely talented students at Charles Read Academy.


“Being invited to the World Championships and representing England is an incredible opportunity for our students.


“We are absolutely thrilled for the girls and I have no doubt that they will go far within the competition.”




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 talented athletes by encouraging them to excel at the highest of standards. 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, Sports Enrichment Manager at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “The Trust is committed to supporting many talented athletes who have the potential and ability to achieve the very highest levels they can.


“The Charles Read Table Tennis Performance Centre provides the perfect opportunity for our students to enhance their incredible sporting talents whilst continuing to excel academically.


“Qualifying to represent our country at an international tournament is phenomenal. We would like to wish the girls the very best of luck for next year’s competition.”


For more information about the Charles Read Academy Table Tennis Performance Centre, please contact Shane Ward at