Table Tennis champ serves up master classes for DRET primaries

National Table Tennis champion, Hannah Hicks, has been visiting academies across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) to inspire pupils to try the sport for themselves.

Ranked number four in the country, Hannah delivered master classes to three primary academies in Hull including Endike Academy, Ainthorpe Primary School and Wold Academy. She also spent a day in Grimsby visiting Edward Heneage Primary and the Trust’s most recent addition, Fairfield Academy.

As well as coaching the pupils, Hannah delivered motivational assemblies and showed pupils the 1948 and 2012 Olympic torches.

Mr Davy, Deputy Headteacher at Ainthorpe Primary School, said: “What a great day for sport. Our Foundation Stage were involved, I think each and every child left feeling really inspired.”

Leah Charlesworth, Headteacher at Wold Academy, added: “It has been a fantastic day, the children have really enjoyed it.”

Hannah, who represented England in the Commonwealth Games last summer, has worked with a number of academies across the Trust this year and regularly attends some of DRET's major sporting events such as the Summer and Winter Cups.

Alex Green, Sports Enrichment Co-ordinator at DRET, said: “The schools have absolutely loved their time with Hannah.

“As a Trust we try and invite as many sports professionals into academies as we can to create role models and raise aspirations. I hope all the children enjoyed training with a national champion and I can’t wait to organise the next event.”

All the Northern DRET primary academies will be competing in the Primary Cup North at the end of March.