The Fred Perry Urban Cup, an initiative partnered by the Premier League, Fred Perry and the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA), gives 120,000 kids aged 11-14 across urban areas of the country the chance to try out table tennis for the first time this year. The Urban Cup Finals in London saw the top 100 kids representing every Premier League club battle it out for the 2011 title.
The two boys and two girls who were representing the Foundation, Robert Symes, Okan Altinok, Sophie Doyle and Hidayet Yelken, finished the day with an impressive 22 points. The Wigan Athletic team were the overall victors, narrowly beating Arsenal in the final, with Hull City taking third place.
In the boys division, Arsenal were victorious over runners-up Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. Portsmouth were triumphant in the girls division over second-placed Manchester City, with Norwich City’s young stars in third.
Liam Hope, Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator, said: “It was great for our young participants to have another opportunity to take part in a tournament. The project is all about getting kids into community hub clubs and regular competition opportunities. The Fred Perry Urban Cup is a great way to introduce our young people to the concept of competition and give them the desire to want to join clubs and access more opportunities.”
Darius Knight, GB table tennis star and Fred Perry Urban Cup ambassador, was on hand to support the finalists and inspire the next generation of table tennis stars.
Darius said: “There was some great table tennis talent at this year’s Fred Perry Urban Cup Finals. I definitely spotted some stars of the future and it is through initiatives like this we will see more and more youngsters taking up the sport. Congratulations to everyone taking part in today’s finals and well done to all of the kids.”