The former Grantham College and Charles Read Academy student will represent England in table tennis at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

An alumnus of Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen and Grantham College will represent England as part of the women’s table tennis team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.

Mollie Patterson, 19, a former Charles Read Academy (CRA) student and table tennis specialist, is studying sports science at the University of Nottingham on a sports scholarship, after earning triple honors in her extended degree Level 3 in Sport from Grantham College.

Mollie praised the outstanding support she received while studying at Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which she joined in year 10 as part of the unique Table Tennis Performance Center.

Mollie Patterson in action. Photo: Alan Man (57194174)

Mollie said: “From the moment I entered Charles Read Academy, I realized it was a place where I could fulfill my academic potential while following my table tennis aspirations.

“The academy went above and beyond to allow me to develop as an athlete. I had so many opportunities to represent school and confidence alongside my training, and they were so supportive when I had time out of school to train and participate in international competitions.

“My time at Charles Read has certainly helped me achieve one of my ultimate dreams, to represent my country at a major senior international competition. This year I achieved that by qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022”.

Mollie Patterson, pictured left, with table tennis specialists Charles Read Academy in the 2019 English Schools Final. (57422237)
Mollie Patterson, pictured left, with table tennis specialists Charles Read Academy in the 2019 English Schools Final. (57422237)

As an academic, Mollie benefited from more than 20 hours of training per week alongside her university studies.

The table tennis performance program has been running for six years and Mollie is the first current or former researcher to represent her country at a major international game.

The program is free for athletes and forms close partnerships with the Grantham College program to access the training, competition and training they need to succeed.

Sue Jones, Principal of the Charles Read Academy, said: “We are proud to learn that Mollie will be representing England in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games this summer. At ARC, we are passionate about supporting student talent and thrilled that all of Mollie’s hard work has helped her achieve her dream.

“It’s great to hear that Mollie feels the support she’s received from ARC has been integral to her success both in sport and in school, and we’ll be cheering for her this summer. »

“The table tennis program is an integral part of our academy, and I’m sure Mollie’s success will continue to inspire our current scholars and students to participate, work hard and love the sport.”

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