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Bow schoolgirls thrilled after charity donates table tennis tables

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2018

Schoolgirls from Central Foundation Girls School enjoy their new table tennis equipment. Pic: STEPHEN POVER

Schoolgirls from Central Foundation Girls School enjoy their new table tennis equipment. Pic: STEPHEN POVER

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A Bow school has hailed two table tennis tables a “roaring success” after they were donated by a sports charity.

The equipment was donated by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Pic: STEPHEN POVERThe equipment was donated by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Pic: STEPHEN POVER

About 80 pupils from the Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow Road are taking up their bats every school day to play at break and lunchtimes thanks to the donation from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

School community manager Matt Walsh said: “These tables are a roaring success. We are so pleased table tennis is proving so popular.

“The social benefits are really rewarding.”

The equipment arrived after the school’s bid proved a success. And demand is high with girls queuing up to play at the school with 1,500 students.

The school aims to enter an inter-schools table tennis league set up between the borough’s schools.

So far 1,600 tables have been donated to 350 schools around the country after the Foundation teamed up with governing body Table Tennis England to promote the sport.

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