Tuesday the 2nd of May saw 6 teams from 5 Workington Primary Schools take part in the first ever Schools Table Tennis competition for key stage 2 pupils.
With established lunch, after School and Family clubs running from St Joseph’s it was the turn of the younger children to get in on the act as teams of 4 players plus their member of staff took to the 4 full sized tables in St Joseph’s main School hall to compete against each other.
75 fantastic matches up to 11 points ensued with all 4 team members facing each other with their member of staff playing out the often vital 5th match of the fixture just to add a bit of tension to the event.
After all 6 teams had played each other the winners were St Patrick’s B team who just pipped Beckstone to the title.
St Joseph’s Sports Development Officer and event organiser David Wise praised the children and staff for their efforts; “As this is the first year and as many of the Schools were coming into today’s competition with very little experience I must admit I was a little worried that it wouldn’t go well but I couldn’t have been more wrong”!
“The quality was good, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and having staff members taking part as well just added to the enjoyment and it was good to see the children cheer them on”.
“We are really developing Table Tennis here at St Joseph’s, we have lots of students playing at lunchtimes and after School and taking this fantastic Sport into the Primary Schools is the obvious next step in trying to improve standards and enjoyment of the game”. “Everyone seems to play Table Tennis on holiday but at no other time of the year so I am keen on establishing a base here and seeing where it takes us”.
“Myself and Nik Smith who works for the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project are Coaching regularly and intend to offer a larger programme for the next School year and with it I am hopeful that the 2018 competition will have improved standards as well as more Schools and teams taking part.
If anyone would like information of Table Tennis at St Joseph’s please contact David on 07742547767.
1st Place St Patricks B 5 wins
2nd Place Beckstone 4 wins
3rd Place St Patricks A 3 wins
4th Place Our Lady & St Patricks 2 wins
5th Place St Marys 2 wins
6th Place St Gregorys 0 wins