Academy table tennis teams qualify for regionals

ACADEMY table tennis players are once again on a winning streak after qualifying to take part in the regional finals of a national school table tennis competition.

As current County Champions, Carlton le Willows’ table tennis teams were invited to take part in the English School Table Tennis Association’s National School Teams Championship where boys on the U13 and U16 teams both qualified for the regionals in March.

For the U16 team – Max Stevens, Jak Kane, Lorik Deliu and Ben Robertson – this was the second time in the tournament and this year they beat both the winners and runners up from last year.

The U16s will join the U13 team – Max Pateman, Issac Gibbs, Oliver Wilson and Josh Smith – at the regionals in Blackburn. If successful, the teams will progress to the tournament’s national finals.

U16 boys are through to regional fnals

U16 boys are through to regional fnals

Olympian tries out table tennis centre

ENGLAND number 1 and double Olympian table tennis player Paul Drinkhall gave Academy and primary school students a glimpse into life as a professional sportsman during a training session in Carlton le Willows table tennis centre.

World Championship medallist Paul, who is currently ranked 40 in the table tennis world rankings, was taking part in a mid-week training session with GB national team coach Alan Cooke at the purpose built centre.

Some of the Academy’s own table tennis players got the chance to sit and watch the training session, which Paul was undertaking ahead of the table tennis National Championships to be held in Nottingham in March.

And pupils from Burton Joyce, Willow Farm and St Peter’s Primary Schools, who were invited down to watch the champion in action, showed great enthusiasm and gratitude when they got the chance to hit a few balls with the elite sportsman.

Academy students watch England number one Paul Drinkhall train with GB national coach Alan Cooke

Academy students watch England number one Paul Drinkhall train with GB national coach Alan Cooke

Willow Farm and Burton Joyce Primary School pupils enjoy taking part

Willow Farm and Burton Joyce Primary School pupils enjoy taking part

 

Kind hearted musicians stage fundraising concert

TALENTED singers and musicians took to the stage to show their support for those caught up in the crisis in Aleppo and elsewhere in the world with a charity concert.

Students showed kindness and professionalism when staging the Children of Aleppo concert in December – raising a staggering £600.75 shared between the British Red Cross (towards their Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal) and Save the Children.

During the evening the audience heard from a host of talent with students performing solo or joining forces to perform in groups.

Carlton le Willows choir were among many talented acts on the night

Carlton le Willows choir were among many talented acts on the night