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Foundation PL4S Table Tennis Participants Reach Birmingham Final

On Saturday, the Young People’s Lighthouse Centre in Birmingham welcomed young table tennis prospects representing their clubs as part of the Premier League 4 Sport project.

Young people aged between 14-18 years from 16 different clubs attended the event, the aim of the day was for young people to have fun, compete, meet some of the top table tennis players this country has produced and get some coaching tips on how they can improve and enjoy the sport even more!

England Leopards star Kelly Sibley, fresh from competing at the World Team Championships, and 11-time national champion Desmond Douglas dropped in to pass on advice to the youngsters.

All participants enjoyed wearing the Premier League club kit of their heroes and all players left with a goody bag full of Premier League and Table Tennis England goodies to remember the day.

Newcastle sailed through the group stages and reached the semi-finals where they played Wigan Athletic, in a tense game Newcastle were victorious and reached the final where they faced Blackburn Rovers.

In a gripping final both teams played some fantastic Table Tennis, the final score was 2-2 with Blackburn lifting the trophy on points scored.

Oliver Thompson (St Thomas More Academy), Anna Sowerby (St Mary’s High School), Jessica Waugh (Ashington High School) and Israel Shodeinde (John Spence Community High School) represented Newcastle United Foundation.

Lisa Bell Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator said “It was a fantastic day for everyone who took part, the standard of Table Tennis was very high with some fantastic players on show. We’re incredibly roud of our team, wh orepresented us briallintly.  The event yet again proved how successful the PL4S project has been with so many talented youngsters playing Table Tennis across the country.”

Jessica Waugh, who represented the Foundation, said “It was an honour to wear the black and white shirt and represent Newcastle United Foundation in Table Tennis. I really enjoyed the whole experience and think we did excellent to finish runners up. Hopefully next year we can go one better and win the tournament”

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