Teams from North Tyneside and Sunderland battled through against 10 other teams, to win the latest School Games Table Tennis event.
The table tennis event took place on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at Sandhill View Academy in Sunderland. Biddick Academy from Sunderland took the champions position for the under 13 boys and St Thomas More from North Tyneside were victorious the under 16 boys champions.
Adam and Ollie from St Thomas More School said: “We enjoy the fun and competiveness about taking part in sport and we got involved with table tennis through our school team, which led to us signing up for a club outside of school. Sport gets us out of the classroom, it keeps us active and we enjoy competing with our friends from school as we all know each other.”
All of the schools taking part in the event had qualified to be there from previous rounds, against schools in their local area. The winners of this event will now go onto the regional final which will take place on the 14 and 15 January at Northfield School in Billingham.
Aidan from Sunderland school, Oxclose Community Academy said: “I enjoy most representing my school at the School Games competition as I feel proud about our great winning record in the past. I also like to improve my table tennis tactics when playing against competition.”
Claire Lee, School Games Coordinator from Tyne & Wear Sport, 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 helps to give more young people the opportunity to play competitive sport. The standard of table tennis here today has been incredibly high.”
The School Games programme provides children and young adults with the opportunity to learn new skills in a range of sports. The programme also values the importance of practical education as providing an opportunity outside of the classroom allows children and young adults to reach their full potential.
Ben and David from St Joseph’s School in South Tyneside said: “The School Games programme is a different way of learning and provides us with a practical element to our education. You can learn new skills with sport which you can carry with you after you leave school.”
The Games are being delivered by schools, Tyne & Wear Sport, national governing bodies of sports, school games organisers and other local partners. Support of the School Games also comes from a range of national partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust.
To find out more about the School Games please visit www.tynewearschoolgames.org