This post was published on the 7th December 2009
Written by GCC User
Published in the student blog
Established in 1999 the Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.
The major focus of the foundation is its Achievement Award Scheme which see’s a single individual or group gain a small grant every month to spend on improving or developing their project as they wish. This often has to benefit a group of individuals.
The first Jack Petchey award of this academic year went to Sarah Offner, who was nominated by members of staff and students in the SU Lounge. Some of the statements that people wrote, complimented her for showing her love for the game of table tennis.
The development and growth of her game, spans from her introduction of table tennis at an Inter-College competition in June to this present day.
Sarah trains 2-3 times a week with other international players who represent England, Wales & Jamaica. She’s looking at competing in women’s under 21’s regional and possibly national competitions with the long term goal of attending the Olympics in 2012. Her new table tennis team Fusion TTC, is based in Downham.
Sarah had this to say, on the day of her helping the SU Lounge gain a new Table Tennis table “Its great to gain this award, first I was shocked when I was told that I had won. Then I was informed that I had money to spend, and was over whelmed. I knew right away what I wanted to spend the money on’.