Charles Read Academy Table Tennis Success
This academic year really has been fantastic so far for our table tennis playing students. As I write this update, we’re on the brink of what we hope could be another national title for the academy at U16 boys’ level, which would follow on from our two previous national titles at U16 girls level.
Our English schools team campaign started in November, when we beat Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham 8-0 in the County Final. This saw us progress through to the Zone Finals where we beat some very strong schools including former national champions Bedford Modern School:
In February we continued our journey in the competition by playing in the Regional Finals. On this occasion we came up against Carlton le Willows of Nottingham defeating them 6-2 to progress through to the National finals, which will be played at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton on April 3rd 2022. At this event the team will be up against St Marys College, Hull, Torquay Academy and Wallington County Grammar school, London. Our team for this campaign has been Adam, Joseph, Vel , Jack and Ben.
Alongside the team campaign we also have two students competing in the English school’s individual competition on the same weekend. Adam will play in the U16s, while Vel will take part in the U13s. Both boys have been selected to represent Charles Read Academy and Lincolnshire.
CRA brothers achieve National and International success
Following on from Adam's successful U15 England selection for the European Youth Championships in Croatia back in July 2021, he was once again selected by England to this time represent them at U17 level at the World Table Tennis Contender event in Villa Real Portugal. This was Adam’s first world level event and he put in a strong show making it through all the way to the round of 64 before losing to Koh Junhao from Singapore.
Closer to home, Adam’s younger brother Joseph was having success on home soil in the Table Tennis England National U15 Cup. This competition features the top 10 ranked players in the country at U15 level and is a strong match play event. Joseph was ranked 6th going into the event, but managed to finish 4th, which was a brilliant achievement.
The principal of Charles Read Academy (Mrs Jones) said “We’re very proud of our table tennis squad at Charles Read Academy and their continued success, they train many hours alongside working hard at their academics with us, and deserve the success and recognition they have gained this academic year”.
Everyone at Charles Read Academy and the David Ross Education Trust would like to wish our table tennis players the very best of luck on April 2nd and 3rd 2022