Table tennis siblings in national finals

BROTHER and sister Jak and Megan Kane will be using all their professionalism and determination when they represent Nottinghamshire in a major schools table tennis championship at the weekend.

As current County Champions, the Academy students have both qualified to represent Notts in the Butterfly Schools Individual Table Tennis Championship Finals to be held in Wolverhampton on Saturday (29th April).

Megan will compete in the U16 girls’ category, while Jak – who recently came runner up in the Notts Junior Table Tennis League – will take part in the U19 event.

Run by the English Schools Table Tennis Association (ESTTA), the Championship is the largest one-day table tennis event in England with more than 350 players representing 50 counties.

Jak and Megan, both 14, are two of triplets who, along with brother Josh, all play table tennis at Carlton le Willows’ state of the art table tennis centre.

Megan and Jak Kane

National Campaign Champions at Carlton le Willows

TWO Year 9 students  have shown great professionalism after being selected to represent the East Midlands as ‘Campaign Champions’ – roles which will see them lobbying parliament as part a campaign to improve global education.

Geography students Ella Henry and Ella Foster are two of only four students selected from Nottinghamshire (and just 22 across the UK) to become Campaign Champions for the international Send my Friend to School Campaign.

Now the 14-year-olds will join fellow champions from across Britain, some from as far afield as the Isle of Wight and Orkney, to call on world leaders to ensure that every child across the world gets a quality education.

The girls have already taken part in a two-day residential training course to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to lobby their local communities and also at a national level and aim to work with students at the Academy and infeeder primary schools to create a powerful message to send to government.

Said Ella Henry: “We are so excited about this opportunity to make a difference – big or small, and fight for something that is a global problem which affects 263 million children. Children’s education may not be daily headline news in Britain, but it is a global problem that needs global attention.”

Ella and Ella community champions