Junior coaching and tournament held at Kirkby Stephen on 8th March

A Junior tournament and coaching workshop was run for 25 students at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Gym on Sunday 8th March - the last of the season. 


An early close to an exciting Junior Season  

The Kendal & District Table Tennis League organised a Junior Table Tennis Coaching workshop and tournament, hosted by Kirkby Stephen Table Tennis Club at the Kirkby Grammar School Gym. 

The day attracted 25 junior players from as far a field as Whitehaven to Bishop Auckland, with three lead coaches delivering the event.  Grateful thanks to Mike Sunderland and Brian Allison - KS TT Club - and Nik Smith from Whitehaven Youth Project. 

The mixed ability players were grouped into experience squads - A,B,C - and the focus for the morning was skills sessions to develop serves, forehand attack and topspin backhand, where all the juniors showed great determination to learn new techniques and improve their strokes/shots. 

By the afternoon the players were all keen to start the competition and after some group rearranging the tournament began.  The standard of play was excellent and outstanding examples of sportsmanship were shown by all players. 

The support of the parents and coaches was invaluable, (as they drank tea and coffee) and watched from the side lines, watching the juniors referee and score all their tournament matches - each match being made up of three games against other players within their group. 

The results were as below, with medals and trophies presented at the end of the day. 

A Group:

Winner:       Joe McQuirk - Whitehaven Youth Project (WHYP)

Runner up:  Matt Charlton - WHYP

3rd:             Kai Danby - Bishop A TTC

Man/Woman of the match:  Toby Clarke - Kirkby S TTC 

B Group

Winner:        Zak Allison - Kirkby S Primary TTC

Runner up:  Charlie Aisbitt - Bishop Auckland TTC

3rd:              Ed O'Hara - Milnthorpe TTC

Man/Woman of the match:  Eathan Cullnean - WHYP 

C Group

Winner:       SOPHIA Cattan - Kirkby S TTC

Runner up:  Owen Barratt - WHYP

3rd:              Oliver Constantine - Kirkby S Junior TTC

Man/Woman of the match:  Max Allison - Kirkby S Junior TTC


Picture 1 = the A group with senior players

A Group


Picture 2 = groups B & C

Groups B and C


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