Bounce Table Tennis Club in Holborn Circus will be staging a TT Extravaganza on Sunday October 20, featuring Table Tennis legend Desmond Douglas MBE, former TT star Skylet Andrews and twelve year old genius Tin Tin Ho, a great female prospect. This Bounce event is fifth in a series of showcases staged this year by Roots of Sport Partnership Project, funded by Heritage Lottery and managed by the Institute of Black
Culture, Media and Sport.

The event targets diverse public support including children. Gillespie Primary School (TT Club) in Islington has played a big role in its planning. Their input has ensured that the programme is family friendly. Children and young people will be treated to free coaching sessions by Roots of Sports Partner John Kessie, an English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) Level2 and UKCC2 (UK Coaching Certificate) coach, and Sanket Shah also an ETTA level 3 and UKCC 2 qualified coach.

Douglas will demonstrate his legendary skills. A video of his winning performances will be shown and some of his trophies will be exhibited; along with memorabilia from Bounce’s impressive cabinet, as well as from Gerald Gurney, Britain’s foremost TT memorabilia collector. Bounce was launched late in 2012 as Europe’s first Social Ping Pong Club’, taking inspiration from the explosion of stylish table tennis social venues in the United States and the huge resurgence of interest in the game within the UK. Its main space houses 17 ping pong tables, including the official London 2012 Olympic Final and the World Championship Final table; with the opulent Private ‘Jaques’
Room containing three bespoke designed tables, UV ping pong and an integrated karaoke system. Bounce has already established itself as one of London’s most iconic and most talked about venues, and has hosted games for Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow & Kevin Spacey.

The sport of Table Tennis took centre stage at a recent Seminar held at the Mildmay Community Centre in Islington.  The event bought together local young people aged 13-19 years old to hear about ‘Inspiring Youth Leadership through Sport.”

The seminar commemorated the legendary Desmond Douglas, former British Table Tennis Champion, and the significant contribution he has made to the sport.

Hosted by the Roots of Sport Project, the event was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund; English Table Tennis Association and Arsenal in the Community.  The great man talked about How Table Tennis Can Change Your Life which was followed by mini tournaments and workshops on table tennis technology with John Giles, English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) Coach. 

A master class on the Power of the Mind in Sport was held with ETTA Coach John Kessie. John is one of the few coaches in the UK who learnt coaching techniques from the Chinese.  He has pioneered Table Tennis development in the local community and is now a Roots of Sport TT pioneer.  

He said “When Roots of Sports Founder Claudine Boothe asked me to design a project I chose Desmond Douglas, he is my hero!  No one has done what he did in the game in the last four decades including winning the English Championship for nine consecutive years!  Telling people about his story is important and so is heritage and history.” 

Roots of Sport, based in Hackney, is a partnership of the Institute of Black Culture, Media and Sport, a social enterprise organisation set up to strengthen and

preserve the presence of African peoples and their descendants living and working in Britain.

Table Tennis legend Desmond Douglas arrived in the UK from Jamaica aged five, with his family.  He came through the ranks winning English and European Junior titles as well as claiming Commonwealth Games Men’s and Mixed doubles to add to his English Champion titles during his stellar career.  He is still highly respected and admired by contemporaries who played with or against him.

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