If you don’t believe London 2012 has left a lasting legacy, all you need to do is get an Olympian to stand in front of an assembly hall of primary school children and watch their faces light up.
Milton Keynes’ table tennis ace Andrew Baggaley did just that at Great Linford Primary School on Friday, putting on a demonstration for the youngsters to encourage them into the sport.
Along with brother Stephen and sister Esther, both professional table tennis coaches, the Baggaley family showed the on-lookers the types of shot they could learn to play, the disciplines involved with in playing the game, and most importantly, the enjoyment players can glean from the playing table tennis.
His visit was to help promote Great Linford Primary’s new after-school table tennis club, which will begin in the new year. After the success of a similar scheme at Greenleys, head teacher Tara Lovelock has moved to introduce a similar club at the school, hopefully opening to the public and fellow table tennis enthusiasts.
“We’re trying to promote table tennis and get people playing the sport,” said Andrew.
“It’s really important for children to play, and take part in sport and table tennis is ideal for that.”