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.

“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.