Throwing down the ping-pong gauntlet

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Saturday (November 8) sees the second annual Borders Table Tennis Challenge Cup take place at Kelso High School games hall.

There is a real excitement and buzz around the school and town as organisers look forward to welcoming young people from all over the Borders, Lothians and Edinburgh to this premier event.

Cheviot Youth is delighted to welcome back David Fairholm, former Scottish national table tennis coach, as tournament director.

This year the organisers are pleased to announce that they will be running another competition alongside the cup competition for all those entrants who are knocked out in the first round – the Borders Table Tennis Shield.

Neil Innes, Kelso High School Active Schools co-ordinator, is delighted that such an interest is being taken in the sport – this has its roots in table tennis school holiday sessions run by Neil and Border Sport and Leisure Trust.

Neil said: “Working in partnership with charities like Cheviot Youth enables us to offer so many more physical activities to our young people than if we had to do it all on our own.

“I very much welcome Cheviot Youth’s commitment to the health, well-being and increased levels of physical activity of young people in the Kelso area and beyond.”

This tournament is part of Cheviot Youth’s commitment to physical activity for young people under the age of 18 in the area and extends its establishment and support of the table tennis club at the high school on Tuesday afternoons.

David Harvey, chair of Cheviot Youth, said: “We are happy to support a range of physical activities throughout the Cheviot area. Table tennis is beginning to be established in this part of the Borders and 2015 will see us help develop and run projects and events around our three other chosen activities – basketball, dance and Tae Kwon Do.

“I wish the Borders Table Tennis Challenge Cup organisers the very best for a successful tournament.”

The event starts at 1pm with on-the-day registration happening from 12.15pm.

Entry costs £3. A special coaching master class, costing £2, is being held from 10am to noon in the games hall to help prepare for the afternoon cup matches.

Further information and registration forms are available before the day by emailing ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk.