Munster Open 28/29 January – interviews
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Beechhill Table Tennis Club win the inclusion award with Cork Sports Partnership
Beechhill competed against some truly inspirational clubs in Cork, which are doing great work for special needs inclusion within their sport. Beechhill were shortlisted down to three clubs to become the outright winner! Watch the video below to see how the club helps to foster the full potential of special needs players.
Stories from Lockdown!
you mightn’t think Table Tennis would work well on video calls, would you? Well it does work surprisingly well!
Leeside Table Tennis club in conjunction with Beechhill, has been running regular tabletennis Zooms for a while now.
Table tennis is such a technical sport that shadow play is really useful for developing good technique especially when you are shadowing great players like Silke!
There is always a great turn out! Participants would be well advised to have water at hand and to turn off the heating, as the exercises can get fairly hot and sweaty!
Bat and ball skills against a wall, off the floor or on a desk pushed against the wall are all tested in the video session.
Beechhill had been a bit lazy taking a break, but finally got up off the couch.
Beechhill emphasizes the social and fun aspects of the video meet, starting off with some non table tennis games, doing a warm up dance to “Dance Monkey” and finishing with a table tennis related quiz. they have their “Kelly’s Kitchen Challenge” where participants show their kitchen table converted to a table tennis table. They have included such shaped tables as, circular and oval!
The Beechhill Zoom is truly a team effort, with Pronsias hosting, Eoin keeping a watchful eye on security, Philip coming up with inspirational ideas on how to use boards and other homemade devices to practise with at home and myself coaching. The participants are encouraged to come up with their own quiz questions for the following week. To model warm ups, shadow plays or bat and ball skills to be as active as possible in the Zoom not just physically but mentally too!
Seeing other club members, shadow play, footwork, bat and ball skills will all help to keep skills sharp and motivation up, to continue with the sport when we come back to “live play”
Fair play to the Munster clubs! (Margie)
Team Ireland and some of their coaches at the 2020 Paralympics in Malmo Sweden
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