Kids enjoy table tennis fun at Redland Bay State School

SPORTING FUN: Children at Redland Bay State School enjoy games of table tennis as part of the Tops program.

SPORTING FUN: Children at Redland Bay State School enjoy games of table tennis as part of the Tops program.

THE sound of ping-pong balls ricocheting from bats, walls and floors can now be heard at Redland Bay State School.

Sessions of indoor table tennis are enjoyed by more than 100 students as an alternative to playing sports outside in the heat.

It is all part of the ‘Tops’ program, delivered through federal sporting schools funding.

The aim is to give children a taste of the game and to inspire them to sign-up to a nearby table tennis club, which will help them stay active.

The tables, nets, racquets and balls are set-up in the school’s hall and can also be used by the youngsters during lunch breaks.

Brisbane Table Tennis Association coach Jim James said the Tops program had been well-received at Redland Bay State School.

“Being able to utilise the school hall and have access to plenty of quality equipment has made this program very popular with students and teachers,” he said.

“The support of the school administration has been a big factor in the success of this.”

Schools registered with the sporting schools program are able to select from more than 30 nationally endorsed sports.

Teachers looking to conduct a Tops table tennis program at their school should contact state development officer Greg Fox on 0409 769 883.

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