No need to wait during PE lessons for Goodmayes pupils thanks to ping-pong tables donation
Pupils at a Goodmayes secondary school can be more active thanks to the donation of two ping-pong tables.
Mayfield School in Pedley Road, Goodmayes, was the lucky recipient of the tables thanks to a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and the England Table Tennis Association.
Pupils will no longer have to wait for a turn on tables during PE lessons, according to the school’s games organiser, Ally Tansley.
She said: “We can use all our tables to teach a whole PE class at once.
“It also allows more students to play at break and lunchtime.
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“If they show potential they can receive teaching and guidance towards a local club.
“We also run fun competitions at lunchtimes and after school.”
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The tables, two of 35 given to London schools, were funded by the Foundation, set up by businessman Jack Petchey and based in Clements Lane, Ilford, and a Sport England Sportsmatch grant.
Mr Petchey, 87, said: “I’ve been a fan of table tennis since my own youth.
“It’s a fantastic sport for young people to play and I hope that the partnership will go from strength to strength.”
The tables were presented to the school on July 6.