Boys bat-tle it out for table tennis titles

pupils went head to head in the Tyne & Wear School Games Table Tennis Boys Finals.
pupils went head to head in the Tyne & Wear School Games Table Tennis Boys Finals.
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Young sports stars battled it out at a region-wide tennis tables final on Wearside.

At Sandhill View School, pupils went head to head in the Tyne & Wear School Games Table Tennis Boys Finals.

U16s Boys winners at the Sainsbury's School Games Table Tennis finals were Oxclose Community Academy.

U16s Boys winners at the Sainsbury's School Games Table Tennis finals were Oxclose Community Academy.

Students from each authority have competed against fellow pupils since September to qualify for the event.

The best from each area battled to win gold at the final, with Biddick Academy and Oxlose Community School both taking part.

Chris Blake, chairman of the Imagine Table Tennis Club, said: “The enthusiasm of each and every player was infectious and a delight to see.

“It was particular pleasing to see such a high standard of play. I have already spoken to some of the teachers about providing pathways for these players to our club for further development, and ultimately to encourage competitive play.”

After an intense afternoon of play, pupils from Oxclose took home gold in the Under 16s finals with the runners-up position going to last year’s victors, St Thomas More from Blaydon.

Equally as hard fought was the Under 13s competition with a great win for Newcastle High School for Boys with Biddick Academy in Washington narrowly missing out on gold.

Claire Lee, School Games co-ordinator, said: “We are committed to getting more people more active more often and want young people to get involved in sport, as well as develop a sporting habit for life.

“The School Games is at the heart of the Government’s plans to create a lasting sporting legacy from the London 2012 Games, and gives every pupil from every school to take part in competitive sport including meaningful opportunities for disabled pupils.”

Support for the games also comes from national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.

For more information about the games, go to www.tynewearschoolgames.org.