Sporting Schools program comes out Tops
Image: Tops’ Sporting Schools coach Dave Delpratt teaches ball skills to children at Moffatdale State School during the Tops program.
Sporting opportunities and access to coaching and facilities are often a struggle in rural communities – with Moffatdale no exception.
The Sporting Schools program has enabled students from this small rural community, approximately 250 kilometres north of Brisbane, to experience a wide range of sports from qualified coaches.
Thanks to the program, Moffatdale State School has been able to offer a range of sports – from table tennis, rugby league, tennis and soccer – to its 48 students.
The school’s business manager Caron Granger says the program has been a “real good news story for the region”.
“It has been a great success,” Granger says.
In Term 1 this year, the school participated in the Tops Table Tennis Program, engaging the services of international referee and umpire Dave Delpratt.
Delpratt, who made the three-hour trip from the Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Association to deliver the program in March, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to bring table tennis to the school.
The children were rapt with the coaching and the table tennis program, Granger says.
“Dave was fabulous with the children,” she says. “He is definitely a great ambassador for the sport.”
Whilst sporting equipment and coaching has been difficult challenge for the school, she says the program’s funding enabled Moffatdale to purchase a new table tennis table, racquets, balls and retractable nets.
With the Queensland Table Tennis Schools Championship tournament held in Bundaberg in mid-May, the Sporting Schools Tops Program has given students a taste for the sport and opened their eyes to future playing opportunities.
Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a TOPS Table Tennis Program at your school? Check out all the details on the Table Tennis Australia page.
Looking for a club in your area? https://www.tabletennis.org.au/sporting-schools-program/contact-us/