On the 29th September 2018, the Civil Service Club in Filton , Bristol hosted the 1st Open Up tournament which was an original idea from Joseph Sheppard, one of Bristol’s finest Junior players. The event raised just under £1000 for the Young Minds charity!
Why Open Up & Young Minds
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.
With over 40 players of all ages and abilities – the event was fully booked within 36 hours with players from as far away as Grantham and Reading. Players abilities ranged from England Junior internationals to ex professional players from Germany and Poland. The support from the local community was truly humbling and inspiring
Will Bayley MBE -former student at WISE in Filton who won the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics and Paul Drinkhall – Gold medallist from the Commonwealth games Gold Coast gave heart-warming video messages of support for the event
The tournament was to support CAMHS (Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services) and to raise awareness in Mental Health issues in Sport with all proceeds going to the Young Minds Charity.
The event sponsors were Mensis Accountants and TableTennisDaily and the day raised just under £1000. Thanks for the incredible donations by everyone on the day including Alpha Communications and Redwick Business Solutions. It wasn’t about winning the medals on the day but a fun non-pressurized environment to enjoy a competitive game of table tennis. Awards were handed out to Jaycob Price, best sportsmanship, most hardworking went to Jake Tucker and best focus and determination went to Will Avery.
Onto the events:
The consolation was won by Julie Byrne as Ronan Elder settled for a runner up spot.
The final of the main event and the award ceremony has reached over 15000 views on the TableTennisDaily Facebook page with the Gold medal going to Liam McTiernan from Reading who beat current England Junior International, Louis Price, aged 14 from Filton as runner up. A great final and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better tournament in 2019.
Bristol based coach Dan Ives expressed: “This was such a fantastic event and a pleasure to be part of it. There were a lot of smiles on the day with everyone showing great sportsmanship and coming together for a great cause. The finals were truly spectacular, and I cannot wait for the second edition next year.”
Joe Sheppard commented: “ It’s great to see a lot of support throughout the local community to help raise awareness and money for such an amazing cause.”