PING-PONG will not get so much as the price of a bat towards the next Olympics but west London is determined to prove how massive a mistake it was to cut funds.
Bayswater’s world-ranked Tin-Tin Ho is on course for Rio 2016, and there were plenty at the Jack Petchey Foundation Championships ready to endorse the idea that table tennis is the next big thing.
There may be few green spaces for team games in our patch, but how much room do you need for a green table measuring not much more than the one you eat off?
Feasting at the groundbreaking competition devoted to finding more players, west London served up seven finalists from an entry of 49 schools nationwide.
What they are putting in the school dinners at Fox Primary needs to be patented.
In the form of Kidi Martin Paulo the Notting Hill school won the U11 competition, and classmate Lucia Shakespear won the U11 plate as well.
The U16 plate went to Daniel Nwafor at Burlington Danes School in White City, and Gwendelyn Buloson from City of Westminster School was victorious in the U19 female plate final at the University of East Anglia.
The Jack Petchey Foundation also celebrated a fresh funding package of £177,000 which provides 200 JPF-branded table tennis tables, training and equipment to a further 50 schools across London, with almost 5,000 youngsters benefiting directly from the scheme in its third year – a massive increase of 57 per cent from 2012.
Results: Jack Petchey Foundation Championship finals: U11 Boys: Kidi Martin Paulo (Fox Primary School) bt Kai Ghazi Timms (St Mary Magdalene Academy) 3-1 (3-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-8); U11 Girls Plate: Lucia Shakespear (Fox Primary School) bt Emily Brownhill (Fircroft School) 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-7); U13 Girls Plate: Rosie Wakefield-Lynch (Parliament Hill School) bt Demi Chante-Reid (Burlington Danes) 3-0 (11-8 11-5, 11-6); U16 Boys Plate: Daniel Nwafor (Burlington Danes) bt Aaron Baksh (Shirley High School) 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6); U19 Boys Plate: Nico Anderson (Uxbridge College) bt Mustapha Tanner-Cagali (City of Westminster) 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-8); U19 Girls: Jessica Monis (St Francis Xavier) bt Jillian Allen (City of Westminster) 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-7); U19 Girls Plate: Gwendelyn Buloson (City of Westminster) bt Eleni Kailou (Harefield Academy) 3-1 (11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4).