Time for table tennis

Students at Broomfield School enjoy the new donated tables with Katherine Millen, head of PE, and club coach Basil Cunningham
Students at Broomfield School enjoy the new donated tables with Katherine Millen, head of PE, and club coach Basil Cunningham

School in Palmers Green goes mad for ping pong

Playing table tennis has become the most popular activity at Broomfield School since the arrival of four outdoor table tennis tables donated by Jack Petchey and Table Tennis England.

The sport has inspired the school’s 600 students and the tables are in regular use both as part of the curriculum and during break times and after school. The new tables were delivered following a successful application to the Jack Petchey Table Tennis programme, in partnership with Table Tennis England, which offers donated tables and equipment to schools.

Katherine Millen, head of PE at Broomfield School, said: “These tables are a great success and we are pleased table tennis is proving so popular with our students. As table tennis has become more well liked, we have noticed the behaviour of some of our students has improved along with their wellbeing and desire in their education attainment.

“All the tables are being well used and we now offer table tennis at lunchtimes and as an extra-curricular activity. Our pupils with disabilities are also fans and we plan to run competitions.”

Such is the enthusiasm for the game that club coach Basil Cunningham trained a team to play in the North London round of a table tennis schools competition – and they got through to the final.

Sir Jack Petchey, the 93-year-old founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, said: “As a young man I loved playing table tennis. It kept me fit and active and looking back I can see how it also developed my self-discipline and confidence.

“It’s great to know so many young people take part in the sport. This programme is close to my heart.”