On Wednesday 19th May TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard began a seven week program at Hutt Intermediate school working with a group of keen girls. Andrew commented” Given the difficulties we have experienced getting more girls into regular training I’m especially delighted to be working with this group of girls, I’d like to thank both Mrs Paula Willis-Love and Mrs Catherine Sawyer for their support and organisation of this initiative.”
Many Wellington Table Tennis players will remember the name Simon Edmonds, the former nationally ranked player and winner of numerous NZL titles while representing Hutt Valley is now the Principal of Gracefield School. TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard has been carrying out coaching visits to Gracefield school on Friday mornings. The program will run for seven consecutive weeks with five classes each day learning the basics of table tennis and being encouraged to go the next step and join a club.
On Wednesday 12th May TTW Coach( and former student at the school )Andrew Hubbard together with former pro Catherine Zhou performed a demonstration at Hutt Intermediate. The visit was organised by Mrs Paula Willis-Love and Mrs Catherine Sawyer, both who are keen to see the sport grow at the school . The school have three good quality Butterfly tables permanently set up in the school where students are able to play before school, at breaks and after school.
The demonstration attracted a large number of students and as well as the opportunity to try and return Catherine’s service the students were given information about where to go and play in clubs in the Hutt Valley.
Andrew will be returning weekly to carry out coaching sessions with both the boys and the girls.
As part of the KiwiSport initiatives, Table Tennis Wellington , as part of a project have been granted some funding support to promote/grow/introduce Table Tennis into Secondary Schools of the region.
Table Tennis Wellington believe the huge interest shown in the yearly one off College Championships is an indicator that a weekly competition for High School students has the potential to develop into a competition attracting hundreds of participants.
Table Tennis Wellington coach Andrew Hubbard has been charged with driving this programme which will be piloted this term in Hutt Valley Schools and expanding to Wellington & possibly Western Bays Schools in term 3.
Essentially there are 3 programme components: School Demonstrations, Coaching for students provided at the competition venues and schools and competition commencing Wednesday 26 May [4.00-6.00] at the Empire table tennis Club and running for 6 consecutive week. This promo, coaching , competition program format will be replicated in Wellington in Term 3 based at the Wellington Table Tennis Stadium commencing 10 August – 14 September.
Played at the Waterloo school hall on Wednesday 28th April the annual competion for the central zone primary schools was attended by Wellesley College, Eastern Hutt school, Muratai, Waterloo and Saint’s Peter and Paul school. Association stalwarts Alan Costley and Bruce Northover were on hand to make sure all ran smoothly.
TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard was on hand and carried out a demonstration along with former Chinese professional Catherine Zhao which was very well received by students and teachers alike.