New Table Tennis Academy Launches @ The Old Library!

What a great night at the Youth Club on Friday for the Launch of the Old Library Table Tennis Academy.  Over 18 of our youth club members turned up to see Darius Knight the team GB International table tennis star.

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The atmosphere was electric.  Our members were keen to take on Darius and show off their table tennis skills but first Darius and Lina, who will be running the 40 week Table Tennis Academy at The Old Library, wanted to meet and chat with young people and let them know what the Academy was all  about.  Darius gave an inspirational speech, which meant our young people were raring to go and couldn’t wait to take on the great man himself.

 

All the young people got to play a game of table tennis with Darius and each of them fought valiantly but none of them managed to defeat Darius (although we’re quite sure by the end of the tournament there will be some real contenders who can take on the challenge.).

Darius and team
Darius, Lina (new coach) and Trainees pose for a quick photo!

 

The event was amazing and a great start to the Table Tennis Academy.  Watch this space for the next rising table tennis star right Outta of West Norwood.

 

City Pitch

Meeting Levi Roots
It was awesome meeting Levi Roots!

Wow what a night we had at City Hall.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with City Pitch, it gives young Londoners the opportunity to pitch their community project ideas in a dragon dens style event. This would enable us to secure some funding for our truly inspirational 50/50 Project, an idea put together by our Youth Management Team.  The idea being,  an upskilling project where any funding secured will be split 50/50 between the boys Bike Maintenance project and the girls, Beauty Therapy project.

11 of us started out on this project, however, due to over commitments on the night it was left down to 5 of us, (shock, horror!) to deliver the pitch! It was hard work learning new lines on the train to City Hall but I gotta say, we were fairly confident that we could do this.

The PitchIf you’ve ever been to City Hall, you will know that security is tight and we had to go through airport style security before we could actually get into City Hall, time was running out and we were cutting it fine. As soon as we got past security we were over the moon and so excited to meet with Levi Roots who was comparing the evening events.    He was great and soon put us at ease, sharing stories from his time on Dragons Den and giving us his secret tips and advice (which sorry can’t tell you it’s a secret).

We did it!! Congratulations to all the other winners too!

The cheque
£1000!

It was show time, remember we had minimal rehearsal time plus the nerves we’re kicking in, we started off really shaky for the 1st minute or two, but then we found our stride and we gave a confident presentation of the 50/50 project.  We got a large applause at the end (I think they liked the idea!)

After what seemed hours, when in fact was only a few minutes, the judges returned and we waited anxiously to hear the results.

Get in there! They loved our pitch and as a result we secured £1000 to deliver our 50/50 Project.

IMG_20150924_202908Well done to all of those that took part in what was a great evening.