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With interest shown by many schools within the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury Network, support from Cheltenham Table Tennis Club and a great host site such as the new All Saints Academy, a Butterfly Schools’ Table Tennis League was set up.

The league ran over 3 weeks after school on 21st November, 28th November and 5th December. Teams were made up of 6 students, mixed boys and girls in KS3 from the following schools; All Saints’ , Balcarras, Cleeve, Tewkesbury and Bournside.  

The event was set up as part of The School Games, developing competitive opportunities for all young people. Many of the teams were created as a Change 4 Life Club or recreational activity within school. The aim was to increase competition, provide opportunity for those who do not normally participate in school sport and develop the link between school and club. Students played 15 games each in total, and when they weren't playing they had to umpire- a lot of them had not done this role before but did a great job.

There was great sportsmanship all around; competitors talking to each other, explaining rules, advising on technique and encouragement within and between teams- it was great to see!

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The Champions of the Butterfly Table Tennis League were Cheltenham Bournside School.