A Longridge primary school is all set for table tennis, thanks to top funding

Longridge St Wilfrid's table tennis players
Longridge St Wilfrid's table tennis players

A Longridge primary school is celebrating after receiving funding towards new table tennis equipment.

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School recently took receipt of two full-sized World Cup standard indoor tables, complete with nets and posts, as well as 16 bats and 50 balls, thanks to funding from Table Tennis England.

The school met the criteria for the funding as it already had a popular table tennis club, even though it only had access to one table tennis table at that time.

The club, which previously made use of dining tables, gym benches and other platforms to play games, was delighted to be able to open the popular club up to more keen players.

Since returning to school in September, the club has gone from strength to strength, and the children are making rapid progress.

Teacher Mrs Hindley, who runs the club, said: “Table tennis is a great way to promote hand-eye co-ordination and fitness.

“The new tables mean that we now have three full-size tables to practise on, and I can see a huge difference in the speed that the children are picking up the skills needed to play the game.”

Louie Barnes, eight, who regularly attends the club said: “I really enjoy table tennis because it makes my muscles stronger and I get to compete in matches. I love the new tables.”

As well as the weekly club, the tables are available to support curriculum PE and for the breakfast and after-school clubs at St Wilfrid’s to use.