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Six nations table tennis comes to Preston

25 February 2013

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UCLan to host the Junior and Cadet 6 Nations table tennis tournament 

The Junior and Cadet 6 Nations table tennis competition returns to England this year with the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre in Preston as the host venue.

After being held in the Isle of Man in 2012, the top youngsters from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Jersey and the Isle of Man will descend on UCLan from 8-10 March.

Last year England emerged victorious in six of their eight disciplines across both the individual and team events and, with more high quality play expected, the hosts hope to experience similar success in Preston.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the six table tennis teams to the STFSC who will train and compete at our first-class facility. It's a fantastic opportunity to boost table tennis interest in Lancashire and I’m glad that UCLan can play a part in it."

The Manager of UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC), Martin Baines, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming the six table tennis teams to the STFSC who will train and compete at our first-class facility.  It is a fantastic opportunity to boost table tennis interest in Lancashire and I’m glad that UCLan can play a part in this.
 
“UCLan has already welcomed international table tennis teams to STFSC when the USA and Australian table tennis teams used the centre as a pre-Olympic training base in 2012.  They were delighted with the quality of our facility and we are pleased to once again invite the sport’s top athletes to Preston.”

The event reinvigorates the rivalry between the home nations and gives young aspiring internationals the chance to test themselves against higher quality opposition.

“Preston has a long tradition of holding high profile events. I remember many years ago playing international matches there, the atmosphere was electric.”

English Head Performance Coach, Nick Jarvis, noted the importance of these challenges in a young player’s career. He said: “There is always great rivalry in home internationals in any sport. Table tennis is no exception, passions will be strong and emotions high. Our players will relish the chance to compete against opposition and give it their best shot.

“The Home 6 Nations replicates what happens when they play competitions throughout the world. This experience is invaluable.”

A former international himself, Jarvis recalled his own experiences as a player in Lancashire. He explained: “Preston has a long tradition of holding high profile events. I remember many years ago playing international matches there, the atmosphere was electric.”