Laleham Gap is fast getting a reputation for excellence at table tennis. Having had a Paralympian in during 2017 and then an England Olympic star in last month this month, it was obvious they would go big for National Table tennis Day.
In fact, they run theirs over a few days! As part of National Table Tennis Day, the staff agreed to take on the pupils – for school ping pong bragging rights. So game were the staff that they took on the pupils in both Primary and Secondary.
“It is a real credit to the staff that so many of them are prepared to give up their lunch time to take on the pupils. Thanks to their generosity we played a record 118 matches! That was 67 in secondary and 51 in Primary.”
“As reigning champions it perhaps wasn’t a shock that the Primary pupils beat the staff again – but 36:15 was a bit of a thrashing. However in Secondary staff had won last year. Whilst pupils have been attending the club all year and were well prepared I think the staff may have been a bit complacent. The staff also have been coming to my after school staff club all year. But they didn’t send in their ‘big guns.’ And they paid the price – losing by a whopping 46:21!”
With the pupils certain to continue to improve under Mr Ursell’s tutelage staff are going to have to be in full training if they are to have any hope of reversing the result next year!
As with all the PE at Laleham Gap encouraging effort and enjoyment was at the heart of the table tennis activities this year. Other games that put the fun into the sport were ‘Beat The Teacher’ (although no-one did this year, with the rate of improvement Mr Ursell will need to keep practising to maintain this in future years); Knock Over the Bats; Hit the target and Noughts and Crosses.