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Table Tennis Course Attracts Young Talent

Newcastle United Foundation’s Table Tennis summer course has attracted the cream of young table tennis enthusiasts from across the region.

Sessions have been run through Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) as an extension of the weekly satellite clubs that have taken place at local schools. 

Dave Godbold, a qualified table tennis coach, who delivers the term time PL4S weekly sessions, crosses over to deliver the summer holiday camp to allow for consistency in delivery.  The aim of the sessions are to encourage participants to make the transition from weekly satellite clubs to the nominated table tennis hub club, which is Cramlington Table Tennis Club, subsequently enhancing the clubs’ junior section.

The first two hours of the session are focused on skills development and coaching with the participants competing in a mini festival in the afternoon.  The weekly sessions, which are aimed at youngsters aged 13 plus, have taken place every Wednesday during the school holidays, from 10.00am-2.00pm.

Dave Godbold said: “The summer sessions allows the players to meet, play and compete in a friendly fun environment.   It’s been a great opportunity to make new friends and discuss opportunities that would allow them to join leagues or play in local events. 

“The sessions have included lots of fun games but also slightly more in depth training session.  The participants have played each other in a series of tournaments giving them the experience to take the next step on the pathway, whether than be playing competitively, or for fun.”

Lisa Bell, Senior Project Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, added: “Through PL4S Newcastle United Foundation promotes engagement with lots of sports, not just football. It’s great to see how popular our table tennis sessions have been.  We really hope that we start to see a real increase in young people getting involved with our hub club in Cramlington as a result of the pathway we’ve put in place.”

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