Top class future and current table tennis stars from across Laois and beyond have spent the last two weeks receiving expert tuition in Castletown.
The community centre in the village hosted the first ever Laois Table Tennis Summer Camp, where up to 60 of the best players from around the county were put through their paces by top class coach and Irish national champion John Murphy. Special guest coach was Irish junior team manager and ITTA technical director John O’Donoghue, who said that he was really impressed with a number of young players present.
He also commented that a camp such as this gives them a great chance to improve their skills with the possibility that more local children will follow Amylou Hayes in playing for Ireland in the coming years.
Mountrath coach Jimmy Hayes, who also works with a number of clubs in the county, and who organised the camp, thought it was a great two weeks and that the players really enjoyed it, and we always keen throughout the event.
It was also great to see so many senior players and coaches come along on different days to help out. The general view expressed by all is that a table tennis centre of excellence in the county is a must in the near future in order to continue going from strength to strength with so many of the young players in the county.