Talents on Parade as they net county glory

Northern Parade Junior School table tennis squad
Northern Parade Junior School table tennis squad
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Northern Parade Junior School (NPJS) starlets are reaping the rewards for dedication to their sport.

Impressive performances from their budding talents saw the school dominate the individual butterfly tournament for both Portsmouth and Hampshire.

They won both the girls’ and boys’ titles.

In the girls’ individuals, NPJS locked out all four semi-final places with Jasmine Williams, who is now an under-13 England ranked player, beating her team-mate Chloe Vince in the final and taking the title for the second year running.

Chloe’s sister, Beth, aged eight, secured third and Nabila Choudhury finished fourth.

The girls also won the Portsmouth and Hampshire butterfly team event.

That earned them a trip to London.

A second-placed finished there then booked their place in the regional finals at Bristol.

It’s been a great run of success for the squad as their hard work and dedication pays off.

The success has continued for NPJS.

Williams won the Hampshire individual butterfly title, securing her place at the nationals in Birmingham in April.

In the boys’ event, Sam Robertson also won the Portsmouth individual butterfly award, followed by the county crown.

He will join Williams in the national competition.

It will be an exciting event, with 350 children – aged under 13 – from all over the country lining up to do battle.

Williams and Robertson can be both confident as they look to continue their good results.

They have gained experience from playing against adult opposition in the Portsmouth League, where they feature for division five outfits NPJS Blue and NPJS Yellow.

The school hosts five 
teams in the league, including a team playing in the top tier.

Senior leadership team teacher Sarah Hilditch also plays for the team.

During the first half-term after Christmas, table tennis is part of the PE curriculum so every child in the school gets the chance to try the sport.

The next six weeks will be an exciting challenge for the four girls.

They take on the best under-11s in the country as they compete for the national titles and bid to continue their excellent recent form.