Sibley Inspires Girls in East

Sibley Inspires Girls in East

4th December 2012


Olympian Kelly Sibley made a guest appearance at the ETTA East Region girls training day on December 2nd. A massive turnout of thirty girls made the journey to St Neots table tennis club in Cambridgeshire to mix it with one of Britain’s finest. Girls from all over region were in attendance and there was county representation from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Essex! Regional coach Stephen Gertsen organised the day for the girls and was delighted with the effort and obviously the healthy number of females in attendance.

The day proved a huge success with Kelly doing demonstrations to the youngsters whilst explaining the importance of the key coaching points at the same time. Kelly also practiced with players throughout the day and supported the girls no matter of age or ability level.  The girls absolutely loved the day and were inspired by Kelly’s charisma, attitude, workrate and ability level.  A question and answer session took place at the end of the day with players searching for key ingredients that make a successful sports person. Kelly was open and honest in her answers which made the discussions free flowing and natural.

Mark Dare led the training and was ably assisted by Maria Ingles, Mark Jarvis and Hugo Brown. The East has a fantastic network of coaches at present and the ‘coaches corner’ initiative has played a vital role in this. Coaches such as Lyn Attridge, Janet Hobley, Maggie Gambril and Helen Arnold came as part of this programme for experience which again worked well. ETTA Chairman Alex Murdoch and Development Manager John Andrews also came along to show support for the day.

Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to more days in the future. For more details on coaching in the East please contact 

Author: via Luton Table Tennis League
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