Chelmsford schoolboys celebrate table tennis success

King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford is celebrating after the table tennis team won the qualifying tournament for the Jack Petchey Schools Team Championships.

More than 110 players took part in the tournament at BATTS Table Tennis Club in Harlow, competing in boys’ and girls’ competitions at under-11, under-13 and under-16 age groups.

And the KEGS squad of Harry Chives, Kishan Prakash, Jamie Elliot, Hritik Kapoor and Charlie Martin won the under-16 boys’ section, defeating Thorpe Hall School from Southend in the final.

Hritik said: “It was good to build the team. We were all playing with each other, helping each other and motivating each other, so it was good.”

KEGS will now go through to the finals of the Jack Petchey Schools Team Championships on Saturday January 8, where they will face the teams which qualified from five London regions to decide the overall champions.

The Jack Petchey Schools Table Tennis Championships is a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and Table Tennis England to get more young people playing the sport at school for fun and also to compete. It comprises individual and team competitions which are open to boys and girls in full-time education in London and Essex.

The partnership also includes the donation of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables to schools and youth clubs in London and Essex.

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Mick Ferris

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