Future Table Tennis stars wow pupils at Rockingham Primary School

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

An exciting new project between Rockingham Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust , and Corby Smash Table Tennis Club had its official launch with  an action-packed afternoon of table tennis.

The project encourages children to try a new sport that they may not have had a chance to try before. The launch of the project included a table tennis demonstration from fellow David Ross Education Trust table tennis scholars, from Charles Read Academy based in Corby Glen in Lincolnshire.

Charles Read Academy operates a centre of excellence for table tennis in partnership with Grantham College Table Tennis Academy and is home to some of the finest young table tennis players in the country.

Rockingham pupils had also an opportunity to see professionals playing the sport, including reigning U13 National Champion and England U15 international – Connor Green. Also showing off his table tennis skills to the children was team GB para player Dylan Tynan. Dylan regularly trains alongside Strictly Come Dancing contestant – Will Bayley. Dylan has aspirations of one day emulating Will’s success of winning a Paralympic gold medal.

There was also time for some friendly rivalry, when Prithvi Menon, Year 3 Rockingham pupil and Corby Smash Table Tennis Club member, stepped forward to play against his coach, Henry Arthur.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent allowing children to have a try at the sport through several table tennis lessons run by coach Henry and the scholars from Charles Read Academy. There was also then the opportunity for children and parents to come and try the sport at the end of the schools day.

Tracey Hudson, Headteacher of Rockingham Primary School, said  “The afternoon has been fantastic for the pupils to be inspired to not only take up table tennis, but also sport in general. We understand the importance of extra-curricular activities and the role they play in developing the whole child. After meeting the clubs’ chairman Colin Wilson and listening to some of the great work they had already started in their old premises, I felt that this was a fantastic opportunity for all parties to give them a new home here in The Arc Theatre at Rockingham Primary School. I’m looking forward to seeing many of our children and parents giving the club a try over the coming months and enjoying the social and physical benefits that sport has to offer”.