Talented young table tennis team make final

Skegness Grammar School's under 13s team, pictured from left, Nathan Raistrick, Jack Bradley, Tom Jarvis, Del Oswald and Declan Hawkins.
Skegness Grammar School's under 13s team, pictured from left, Nathan Raistrick, Jack Bradley, Tom Jarvis, Del Oswald and Declan Hawkins.

A talented team of young table tennis players will be battling it out against schools from across the country after making it to the final of a prestigious national competition.

Skegness Grammar School’s under 13s team will be heading to Leicester’s Hinckley Leisure Centre on March 23 to play in the Butterfly National School Team Championship finals after beating off stiff competition in the regional heats.

Head of PE, Amanda Black, said: “The boys have achieved a huge amount in a short period of time thanks to their personal dedication to the sport.

“They have been in school training at 7am with their coach Hong Peebles and have come on leaps and bounds in a very short time.”

One of the players, Tom Jarvis, has been awarded a new scholarship, instigated by the David Ross Education Trust to support talented athletes at its academies and will soon be heading off to train abroad with the England Team.

“His enthusiasm for the sport has cajoled the interest of Del, Jack, Nathan and Declan, who themselves are becoming high profile players within the sport,” Amanda added.

The boys will be playing against teams from the length and breadth of the country.

It is the first time Skegness Grammar School has made it to the national finals of the competition.

Victory at Grantham Table Tennis Centre on Sunday, February 24, secured the team’s route to the finals in the regional heats of the competition.