Harrogate youngster embarks on England table tennis adventure

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Harrogate youngster Ruby Chan has been named in the England Youth Squad for the second season in succession.

The 11-year-old table tennis player, a pupil at Western Primary School, is in the development group, consisting of 17 players.

The squad is completed by a 14-strong performance group.

Table Tennis England announced the squad following an application process and a series of assessments over the summer.

During the 2015-16 season, the players will all attend monthly sessions at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall as well as having regular contact and support from the national coaching staff on an individual or smaller group basis in between sessions.

Table Tennis England’s head of coaching and performance, Simon Mills, said: “We have expanded the squad this year from 28 to 31 youngsters this season and will be supporting them as much as possible to give them a chance to succeed on the international stage.

“We are excited to see how these young players develop.”

The players have signed an agreement which sets out their commitments to the programme, including training, fitness and behaviour criteria.