Filton boy makes national table tennis team

Published on: 22 Nov 2017

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THIRTEEN-year-old Louis Price, from Filton, has been named as one of four Under 15s in the England table tennis squad for the 2017-2018 season.

The players were selected following the annual assessments held this summer and will participate in regular training camps as well as working on individual training and fitness programmes as well as receiving personal input from national coaches between camps.

This will not only give them the opportunity to train together but also to train abroad, have access to specialist Strength & Conditioning on camp, and have an international competition schedule to support their needs.

National Youth coach Matt Stanforth said: "The selections for this year's England youth squad have been more difficult than ever. We continue to raise the standards of what is expected from the players in order to give them the best possibility of reaching their potential in the future."

Louis has also been selected as one of two players to represent England at the forthcoming Home Nations International with other top players from around the UK and Ireland. The event kicks off early in November in Guernsey with team and singles events.

It has been a meteoric rise for the youngster, who started playing just over four years ago when the fields were too frozen to play football.

He also plays league table tennis for Cardiff in the Senior British Premier League, comprising of players from around Europe as well as signing for Sochaux in the National League in France.

Dan Ives, Louis' coach, said: "This has been the culmination for lots of hard training work in Bristol and abroad and to be part of the England squad will only give him more quality training partners that he needs to progress.

"His move to Grantham will allow him to experience more intensive training - his Senior ranking of 88 (September 2017) as a 13-year-old shows he's going in the right direction."

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