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School Sport: Warren pupil Baig serves up table tennis title

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 June 2018

Warren School's Maliha Baig celebrates her win with Table Tennis England's Sara Sutcliffe (pic Mark Lees)

Warren School's Maliha Baig celebrates her win with Table Tennis England's Sara Sutcliffe (pic Mark Lees)

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Warren School pupil Maliha Baig took top honours at the Jack Petchey London & Essex finals at Brunel University on Saturday.

The competition included 112 players from 45 schools across London and Essex in four age groups and 10-year-old Baig took the under-11 girls’ title.

Emily Cheung was beaten 11-2 11-2 11-2 in the final as Baig defended her title from 2017 and said: “I like this competition. It was strong and I had to play well. I like winning.”

Baig is ranked number one in her age category and plays at local clubs in Chadwell Heath.

The Jack Petchey Schools’ Table Tennis programme is aimed at increasing participation and awareness of the sport in schools and youth clubs in London and Essex.

It includes competition opportunities through the schools via team and individual championships, with progression to the grand finals.

The scheme also includes donation of indoor and outdoor tables and equipment, with 1,600 tables donated to 350 secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs in London and Essex.

Over 5,884 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.

Table Tennis England chief executive Sara Sutcliffe said: “We are in our eighth year of partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. It’s so good to see a record number of entries for this event this year and the number of girls playing increases year on year.

“This competition has become a major event in our calendar and it’s thanks to Sir Jack Petchey. This has made a tremendous difference to the number of schools that take part in table tennis in London and Essex.”

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