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England table tennis team will come to UCLan for Commonwealth Games preparation

10 July 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Squad will face Australia in last match before the competition

The England Commonwealth Games table tennis squad will play their final warm-up match in Preston at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) before heading north for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The team will take on Australia in their final match before the Games at UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre on Sunday 20 July at 2.00pm and members of the general public are invited to come along and cheer along the England team.

The Manager of UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, Martin Baines, commented: “UCLan is fast becoming a hub in Lancashire for table tennis competitions and we are once again looking forward to welcoming these athletes to Preston as they build up momentum for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

“It’s a great opportunity for local people to have a taste of the high standard of performance that will be on offer in Glasgow, right here on our doorstep.”

Womens Table Tennis

The women’s team comprises Joanna Drinkhall, Hannah Hicks, Kelly Sibley, Karina Le Fevre and Tin-Tin Ho.

Men's Table Tennis

The men’s squad comprises World No.55 Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Andrew Baggaley, Daniel Reed and Sam Walker.

"It’s a great opportunity for local people to have a taste of the high standard of performance that will be on offer in Glasgow, right here on our doorstep."

Paul Stimpson, senior communications officer for the England Table Tennis Association, commented: “This match is a key component of the England squad's preparation for the Commonwealth Games as the players sharpen their matchplay skills before heading to Glasgow. England versus Australia clashes always have some spice, whatever the sport, so this promises to be a great occasion at a great venue.”

UCLan is no stranger to international table tennis. It has already hosted two Junior National Competitions and acted as a pre-Olympic training facility for the Australian and American teams prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jim Clegg, from Preston Table Tennis Association, said: “We are delighted to be able to stage yet another international game here in Preston.

“Over the past few years, we have managed to lure the national team to the city almost annually, but it’s a real coup to get them here on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.

“I strongly urge people to come on down and support this event – I can guarantee the action will be absolutely top class.”

Entry to the event is £3 per person. For more information contact Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre on 01772 895400.