Table tennis joy

Owton Manor Primary school Table Tennis team members Corey baker, Abbie Blackwood, Brooke Butcher, Ewan Jones, Finley Simpson, Sonny Jones and Rhiannon Tingle
Owton Manor Primary school Table Tennis team members Corey baker, Abbie Blackwood, Brooke Butcher, Ewan Jones, Finley Simpson, Sonny Jones and Rhiannon Tingle
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PRIMARY school pupils proved a class above on their way to winning a table tennis competition in the town.

The talented youngsters at Owton Manor Primary School got the chance to take part in sessions during break times.

The kids then jumped at the chance to take part in a competition against other schools in their cluster, held at Manor College of Technology.

And practice made perfect for the youngsters as the Year 3 and 4 boys and Year 5 and 6 girls both won their respective tournaments.

Tracey Ward, PE coordinator at the school, said: “Our teams were absolutely brilliant, they’ve done the school proud.

“The children had the choice to take part in the table tennis sessions during their break times and improve their skills. We had a great response with that and we then chose the teams to take part in the cluster competition.

“We didn’t really know how we were going to do, we just told the kids to go and do their best like we always do. But they were absolutely fantastic, we’ve got some fantastic players and I’m sure they will continue to play in the future.”

The table tennis victory was the latest sporting boost for the school, in Eskdale Road.

As reported in the Mail, Owton Manor Primary School recently received the Youth Sports Trust Gold Quality Mark, recognition for schools who can demonstrate how PE and sport play a vital role in school life.

After receiving the award, the school will now get the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of the Youth Sports Trust’s national programmes and get access to the organisation’s professional development resources. The school was also celebrating after their basketball team went 21 games unbeaten, seeing off the challenge of schools throughout the area on their way to winning the Teesside-wide finals, which were held in Middlesbrough earlier this year.

Mrs Ward added: “We’re lucky to have some incredibly talented youngsters.”