Morgan, James and Power join in at Community Trust table tennis competition.
Craig Morgan, Reece James and Max Power downsized footballs for table tennis balls at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, as they joined in with Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Premier League 4 Sport table tennis players at a North West tournament.
The trio joined in with table tennis players from several North West football clubs, including Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, pairing up for games of doubles and all joining in with a round-the-table knock out competition.
The players also got to take on the table tennis robot, seeing how many balls they could hit in a minute, with club joker Power quick to work out how to turn up the speed of the balls for his team mates!
Reece said: “It was great coming down and joining in with the competition. I thought the three of us played quite well, although me and Max did struggle when we came up against a couple of the Latics players – they were really good!
“It’s always great to see the different work that goes on in the community and to join in with the kids that take part in projects like this.”
Premier League 4 Sport is a national programme that provides opportunities to play several different Olympic sports; Wigan Athletic Community Trust provide sessions in athletics, badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.
The tournament was organised to provide an opportunity for Premier League 4 Sport table tennis players from around the North West to test their skills.
One of the players at Tuesday’s tournament, Hannah Burrows, 15, got involved with table tennis through the programme and is now ranked 52nd in the country at Under 18 level.
Hannah said: “The competition was a really good way for everyone to practice against other players and to test our skills.
“It was great seeing the Wigan Athletic players join in, especially when we beat Max and Reece in a game!”
If you would like to find out more about the Premier League 4 Sport programme, contact Zac Taylor, project co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.