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Tensions were high yesterday evening as the LSESU Women and Men’s Table Tennis teams went up against the University of Surrey and the University of Kent respectively. For the Men, this game was to decide who would be promoted to the First League and thus, who would be named winner of the current league.
I arrived without knowing quite what to expect, but Men’s Table Tennis Club player Charlie Chow welcomed me and took me through the team’s history. A table tennis veteran with 14 years’ experience, Charlie has known other team members since primary school and play to the high level you would expect for a First team. Back in Hong Kong, our table tennis club members participate in national competitions.
In its individual focus, table tennis is different to other sports - team members explained that the outcome of the game is determined entirely by oneself. According to Charlie, the key to mastering the game is to “keep calm, react quickly and make intelligent decisions.” Strategy and coordination is essential to mastering the game. This was clear during the matches; each team would eye up the techniques of their opponent and respond accordingly. For example, acknowledging the strength of a serve from your opponent and repositioning yourself to return the ball - adjusting your technique to maintain the upper hand. Like many other sports, it requires a lot of thinking on your feet which adds to the pressure.
As the game progressed I became more and more intrigued. I was excited to see how the match would pan out and how our men’s team would fare. The fast pace was apparent from the start, the intensity of the game was visible from the various facial expressions and of course the quintessential tennis grunts caught my attention!
Charlie stressed that often the outcome is very unpredictable and it takes a lot of partner practice to reach a competitive skill level. Hence, the club train weekly on Mondays and Wednesday with fixture sessions on Wednesdays. Fridays are reserved for social sessions which are also a big part of the club. Alongside the intricacy of the sport itself, the club members enjoy the new friendships their sport brings them, and the bond they share as a team.
After a very intense round of games the scores came in at 10-7 to our Men’s team. Very close but a definite win - hurrah! This means the team have now been promoted to the First League. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday afternoon…
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Landlords are now required to check whether potential tenants have the right to rent in the UK. This legislation has only recently been introduced (1st February), so may not affect you until you’re next looking for a property. However, it is useful to know what documentation is required in advance.
Gov.uk has information about how these checks work - you can find a list of acceptable documents (including a passport, or a driving licence accompanied by a birth certificate) on their website. Only the originals will be accepted.
If you go through this process, here are a few are some things to bear in mind:
Thanks to the University of London Housing Services for this guidance.
This Valentines Day, we’re running a prize draw for all LSE students. One lucky person will win their own Valentine’s Day hamper! There are also 20 free cupcakes for the runners-up.
Anyone with an account on LoyalZoo can enter, by placing your name in the box in the First Floor Cafe, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
Don’t have a LoyalZoo account? It takes 2 minutes to sign up and it’s free - plus your collected points can be redeemed at any SU food outlet. Sign up by downloading the app.
The draw takes place on the 12th February. For more information, ask to speak to Tara Maguire at the First Floor Cafe, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
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