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National sport contest at school

posted 4 Dec 2017, 02:30 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 02:31 ]
A national sporting tournament is being held at Nightingale Academy.
Table tennis teams from 20 schools around the country are gathering in Edmonton for the National Cadet
League. Sponsored by Table Tennis England, the competition is running at the school on four Sundays between now and March, with the first one on held on November 26. The under-15s league is aimed at grass roots players looking to experience a competition early on in their career.
Nightingale has been working with London-based charity Greenhouse Sports for more than a year and benefits from an inhouse table tennis coach as a result. The charity targets schools in deprived areas to give coaching and mentoring with a focus on social, emotional, thinking and physical development.
Simon Hoang, who coaches table tennis as well as developing students’ life skills, is confident students he has been training at Nightingale will find themselves near the top of the England ranking after the tournament.
The school will enter 18 students in four teams to the contest. Mr Hoang, whose full-time teaching services are given to Nightingale free by the charity, said: “Students at Nightingale come in for team training before and after school and I give them mentoring and one to one coaching during lesson time and lunch breaks. They also attend training and competitions on the national circuit at weekends.
“We have students at Nightingale who are capable of winning one of the divisions in the tournament. They will set the standard for upcoming year groups and teams.”