National Recognition for BMS Table Tennis Player

Year 8 student, Ben Dunkley, has been named as part of the England Hopes squad for the 2019-20 season by Table Tennis England.

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13th November 2019 — Year 8 student, Ben Dunkley, has been named as part of the England Hopes squad for the 2019-20 season by Table Tennis England. Selected as one of just 31 players from across the country, Ben will attend a combination of training days and residential camps over the coming year.

The England Hopes squad is the first level of the England Performance Pathway which aims to support young athletes with the capability to reach at least the top 20 in Europe by the time they are 18. This recognition came after a hugely successful season, which saw his U13 national ranking improve from 61 to 12, making him the most successful Bedford player in his age category for a long time.

His dedication to the sport involves more than ten hours playing per week, competing for the Revolution Table Tennis Club as well as BMS. Ben enjoyed great success in the Bedford League last season as part of the Revolution E team which won the Smith Cup and he recently won the U13 section at the St Neots tournament.

Ben recently attended his first residential camp with the England Hopes squad in Nottingham and commented: “I really enjoyed the experience and came home as keen as ever to compete as much as possible. I’m really grateful for the support of BMS and my coach Mr Harper.”

About Bedford Modern School

Buzzing with energy and enthusiasm, BMS is an outstanding independent day school for girls and boys aged 7 to 18. Combining a 250-year-old tradition with a modern outlook, Bedford Modern School provides the perfect environment for children to learn and grow to become mature, compassionate and assured young men and women. The happy, supportive atmosphere allows students to realise their full potential and girls and boys thrive from sharing different perspectives and approaches to learning.

The School sits on a 45-acre wooded site with commanding views of the Bedfordshire countryside. The extensive facilities are excellent: a separate Junior School, dedicated Sixth Form and a new purpose-built, multi-million pound Science Centre with faculties clustered throughout the School. Impressive sports facilities include a fully equipped gym and indoor sports hall, a boathouse on the banks of the nearby River Great Ouse, a number of rugby, football and cricket pitches and a swimming pool on site.

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