Table tennis players from Croydon and Wallington took top honours at the annual Jack Petchey regional Singles competition.

In partnership with Table Tennis England, the competition bought together 128 players from 16 schools from Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton.

The event was hosted by Croydon’s Whitgift School on February 9.

Boys and Girls, from the 16 schools competed in four age groups under 11, 13, 16 and 19 with all events run as a round robin competition.

The Under 13 Boys event was won by Mikaeel Toosy, from the Whitgift School who beat Adam Palmer, 12, from Sutton Gammar School 11:9, 11:7 and 11:8.

Mikaeel, ranked 20th in his age range, said: “The standard was high and I love the thrill when you win. I’ve won this before so really looking forward to the final to win again.”

The girls Under 13 event was won by Yuvathi Kumar, 12, from Wallington High School for Girls who beat Lucy Adams, 12, from Tiffin Girls School, Kingston, 3:0 in the final.

Yuvathi said: “I played well and I won this last year and I want to get to the final again.”

Yuvathi has played in India and is ranked 25th in the country in her age range.

Xin Yi Lim, 16 from Wallington High School for Girls won the Girls Under 16 event beating Aashmi Shah, 15 from Old Palace School Croydon.

She won 3:1 in the final.

Xin said: “I love table tennis because it’s different from other racket sports. This is my first time in this competition and I did well to win. I can’t wait for the final.”

All were playing for a chance to compete in the Jack Petchey London Singles Finals being held on June 9 at Brunel University.

The Jack Petchey Table Tennis programme includes competition opportunities through the Schools via Team and Individual Championships, with progression to the grand finals.

The scheme also includes donation of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables and equipment. So far 1,600 tables have been donated to 350 Secondary Schools, Colleges and Youth Clubs in London and Essex.

Gemma Dunbar, Head of Project Grants at the Jack Petchey Foundation said: “Table tennis is exciting, engaging and fast paced. When we started in 2010 we had no idea so many young people would take part. Congratulations to everyone and you are all champions!”

Greg Yarnall, Head of Development and Volunteering at Table Tennis England said: “We thank the Jack Petchey Foundation for encouraging more young people to take up table tennis. We are very grateful for their continuing support for this programme which is a wonderful testimony for this partnership.”