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Table tennis takes off as Sport England looks for fresh talent in FHS

TABLE tennis is proving a surprise hit with students at Fairfield High School.

We held our first championships in the sport late last year, with Manu Leach defeating Jamal Chamberlain Sinclair in the final and taking home a large gold-coloured trophy.

The contest took place at the Bristol Civil Service Table Tennis Club, one of the biggest clubs in the city, which is just five minutes away from the school.

FHS is currently applying for funding to have 6 new tables for the Sports Hall to run a table tennis club which will feed new players into the game.

Table Tennis Coach Daniel Ives, who runs the extra-curricular club at the school, said table tennis is a popular after-school activity which was brings students together.

“Students have shown dedication to improving their table tennis and have enjoyed taking part in tournaments. The sport has brought benefits in terms of increased respect for rules and raised self confidence among the students who take part,” she said.

Bristol & District Table Tennis League was formed in October 1902 and is recognised as the oldest table tennis league in the world. It is one of the largest local league in the country with more than 400 players playing in eight divisions.

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