Next weekend sees one of Table Tennis England most prestigious events coming to Derby for the first time as the new Derby Arena hosts the Junior British League. Seventy-two teams will battle it out on 36 tables over the first of two weekends with teams from all corners of the UK playing in teams of three players competing in 8 Boys divisions and four divisions for girls.
The event will feature most of the top ranked UK’s Under 18 players as they battle it out for the honours and will feature 5 teams from the Derbyshire’s top club – Draycott & Long Eaton TT Club.
Draycott have a proud tradition in this event having won a number of divisions over the years including 2x winners of the Girls Premier Division in 2006 and 2007 when led by Derby’s top table tennis star Emma Vickers.
Draycott have a Boys team in Div.1 led by Notts No. 1 Junior – Naphat Bonyaprapa ranked No.29 in England at Junior level along with Yorkshire’s Addi Duhan (ranked 30).
The boys 2nd team recently qualified to play in Division 4 and features an all Draycott line up of Derbyshire No.3 Jack Finney, Joe Abbott (Leics No. 1) and England No.1 Under 11 Poww Boonyaprapa (Notts) who are all products of the Draycott Club’s coaching programme led by Head Coach - Phil Vickers.
Phil said “This is great opportunity for many of our Club’s top Junior players to gain valuable experience in a tough team competition and compete against the UK’s top players”
In the Girls Section Draycott Club members – Amy Humphreys, Lauren Evans, Aimee Evans, Lucie Hancock, Molly Hancock will all be playing in this prestigious event in three teams.
Amy, a former National Schools Under 16 runner-up and Nationally ranked No. 10 at Under 18 will team up with England No. 4 - Kate Cheer (Sy), Gauri Duhan (Y) England No.6 and Surrey’s Isabelle Joubeily in the Premier Division looking to improve on 4th place from last season. Draycott’s other teams are in Division 1 and Division 2 and will be looking to put in a strong challenge.
Spectators are welcome to come and watch the fierce action over next weekend at the Derby Arena but I would aim for the Saturday to avoid clashing with Derby County’s home match with Wolves on Sunday afternoon where parking restrictions are in place.
Draycott & Long Eaton TT Club