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Table Tennis showcases connectedness

 Students getting involved with their Table Tennis program

Image caption: Students getting involved with their Table Tennis program

Five Table Tennis clubs across capital cities in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA are taking part in Table Tennis Australia’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) program through Sporting Schools, initiated from a research study.

Thirteen schools are involved in the project which will see NSO endorsed coaches deliver the Tops Table Tennis program, along with quality training and equipment to those CALD schools.

Table Tennis Australia spokesperson, Tiffany Angliss said children connect through sport regardless of their background.

“This Table Tennis CALD program, like all the other Sporting Schools programs, is giving students not only an opportunity to sample a different sport, but to play together and ultimately work together, in a fun and exciting environment. It’s these skills through Table Tennis that develop children’s sense of teamwork and physical health, all at the same time.

“It’s also great to see the support of local clubs not only in their delivery of the Sporting Schools Program, but in their commitment to provide a pathway into their clubs to ensure kids can keep playing sport.

“The CALD project finishes in an end of term tournament in which participating local schools get to compete against each other. But the best outcome is that we’re seeing a lot of kids keen to do Table Tennis at their local club so they’re taking their love of this sport  beyond the schoolyard,” Tiffany said.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Table Tennis program at your school? Check out all the details on the Table Tennis Australia page.