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Table Tennis Funding Awarded To Plympton Academy

From left to right: Andy Price, Director of Sport at Plympton Academy, Kevin Buddell, chairman joola Plymouth table tennis club, Year 9 pupil Leo Palmer, Year 9 Pupil Owen Seldon and Paul Whiting, Plymouth table tennis England talent development centre coach.
From left to right: Andy Price, Director of Sport at Plympton Academy, Kevin Buddell, chairman joola Plymouth table tennis club, Year 9 pupil Leo Palmer, Year 9 Pupil Owen Seldon and Paul Whiting, Plymouth table tennis England talent development centre co

Plympton Academy has been awarded over £10,000 to develop the popular sport of table tennis in the local area.

The small grants funding that has been awarded by Sport England will provide much needed investment for the sport. The grant will allow the school to purchase new table tennis tables, offer specialist coaching sessions to community groups, lead and accredit young leaders’ courses as well as an elite player pathway.

Andy Price, Director of Sport at Plympton Academy, who put together the bid explained, “This significant investment in table tennis is fantastic news for the school and community. It means we can ensure we are maintaining a high quality PE curriculum as well as providing pupils with opportunities to stay active, develop important social and coordination skills before, during and after school hours.”

The small grants award from Sport England was supported by other key partners including the Sports National Governing body ‘Table tennis England’ and Joola Plymouth table tennis club, which is the nationally recognised table tennis hub site based at Eggbuckland Community College.

Kevin Buddell, club chairman of Joola said, “We are very excited about this joint project being launched in the heart of Plympton that will offer a fully inclusive pathway into table tennis for all young people in the east of Plymouth.”

Players that show excellence in the sport will also benefit from the talent development centre based at Joola table tennis club.

Paul Whiting, Plymouth Table Tennis England talent development centre coach said, “This type of grassroots project has been run at other schools and has already uncovered a wealth of talent from the city and surrounding areas and I am now looking forward to working with the stars of the future from the Plympton area.”

Lisa Boorman, Principal of Plympton Academy said, “Everything we do at Plympton Academy we try to engage with the local community. This is another example of how our school, in the heart of Plympton, will be offering local people the chance to learn a new sport, be social and get fit, thanks to this funding. Maybe we will discover a future Olympic table tennis champion.”

The primary sessions aimed at young people under the age of 11 years old will run every Monday evening at Plympton Academy from 4-5pm starting on October 31st. To book or if you require any further information please contact club coach Ollie Buddell on 07595120887 or email joolaplymouth@aol.com