On Saturday 9th November 2013, St Bede’s hosted the annual Lancashire Schools Table Tennis Championships. Catering for age groups from under 11 to under 19 it proved to be a busy day. Organised by PE teacher and table tennis coach, David Pilkington the event brought the cream of the county to Blackburn.  The busiest categories proved to be the Boys U16 and the Boys U13 and they also proved to be the most fiercely contested.

The St Bede’s U16 Boys team consisting of Gareth, Brennan, Jacob Briody, Harry Wallsworth and Greg Simms, were a force to be reckoned with powering their way to the finals with consecutive 8-0 wins over Sir John Thursby (Burnley) and Broughton College (Preston).

In the final they were pitted against Ribley St Thomas of Lancaster. The match went game for game up until the 3-3 stage and was finely poised for the deciding two legs. Harry Wallsworth of St Bede’s stepped up to the plate and secured a 3 game to 2 win over his Ripley rival making the score 4-3 in favour of the local side. Bede’s player Greg Simms then moved in to register an overwhelming 3-0 victory to secure the final and the championship for the boys of St Bede’s.

In the U13 boys competition final the St Bede’s team met an extremely in-form Garstang High. Try as they might, and they certainly did, they could not overcome the big hitting Garstang, eventually 6-2. The St Bede’s U13 team consists of Tome Horsefield, Cameron Kirby, Harry Rusworth and Reon Baggeley)

PE Teacher, Dave Pilkington said,

I was absolutely delighted with the effort and endeavour of the St Bede’s boys. From the very grass roots of the year 7 students who have only been playing since September through to the experienced Yr11 boys who are seasoned league and tournament players, making both final was a result in itself, winning the B16 was a welcomed bonus.  Securing the county Championship makes all the hard work and training seem worthwhile.

On top of this I am also proud to announce that I have been selected to coach the English School national team at the World Schools Championships in April 2014. This ISF event will be held in France and will see the best in the world come together in Clermont Ferrand to contest the championships. With the expected teams from China, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium and a host of other nations it should be a spectacular event. There will be lavish opening and closing ceremonies and cultural events staged to enhance the experience for players and coaches alike. I am doubly delighted that our local success at St Bede’s has come at come at the same time as my selection as coach for the forthcoming international.