Camden youngster serves up table tennis success

Corams Youth Club's Sheldon Campbell was third for Camden in the U16 & U19 girls competition at the

Corams Youth Club's Sheldon Campbell was third for Camden in the U16 & U19 girls competition at the London Youth Club Table Tennis Festival (pic Stephen Pover) - Credit: Stephen Pover Photography

A Camden youngster took top honours in the Youth Club Table Tennis Festival run by London Youth in partnership with Table Tennis England and the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The event attracted 48 players from youth organisations across London, in age ranges including U12, U14, U16 and U19 boys and girls, in a fun, friendly and informal competition particularly for those who have not had a chance to play in matches.

And in the combined U16/U19 girls' event Sheldon Campbell, 16, from Coram's Fields Youth Centre took third place for Camden.

Coram's Fields Youth Centre is based at Harmsworth Memorial Playground and is a children's charity that serves as a safe place to come and play.

As well as a seven-acre park and playground situated in Bloomsbury, it also has an after school and holiday programme and a sports programme for children up to 16 years.

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Around 40 young people turn up each evening to take advantage of the range of activities and Daniel Jourdan, Youth Programme Manager, said: "This is a good opportunity to take them out of their environment and meet others plus in smaller groups we get more one to one time.

"We like this competition because everyone can play, learn the game and get better."

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London Youth is a charity on a mission to improve the lives of young people in London with opportunities outside school for them to have fun with their friends, learn new skills and make a positive change in their communities.

The Jack Petchey Table Tennis programme includes competition opportunities through Schools via Team and Individual Championships, with progression to the grand finals. Over 6,000 students have played in competitions during the last year and over 40,000 school children have been directly impacted by the scheme since it started.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE, 94, is passionate about giving young people freedom and opportunity and said: "I loved playing table tennis as a young man. It kept me fit and active and developed my self-discipline and confidence.

"So many play the sport weekly thanks to this programme which is close to my heart."

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