The ITTF High Performance & Development is pleased to announce GV Hennebont Tennis de Table as host of the 2022 ITTF World Hopes Week & Challenge, from January 8 to 14, 2023.
Located in the city of Hennebont in western France, the Hennebont Ping Center is an international center for training, education and competition. The complex of 3,500 m2 dedicated to table tennis hosts an Academy, training camps and international events. This modern and modular infrastructure is managed by the French professional club GV Hennebont Tennis de Table, which is not only the number 3 in Europe, but has also developed 20 years of expertise in the respective mentioned activities.
The Hopes Program is the ITTF’s talent identification program that unites players and coaches from around the world. It is a core pillar of ITTF’s High Performance & Development trajectories, focusing on the global reach and overall growth of table tennis.
“The Hopes is one of our most popular global programs with a unique trajectory from talent scouting through different selection processes to talent development; we could say that it is a path to excellence in which more than 300 girls and boys from all corners of the world participate annually in all phases of the Hopes pyramid since its inception 13 years ago. We are delighted that this year’s edition, held in January 2023, will take the caravan to France, more specifically to Hennebont, and we are sure that just like the state-of-the-art facilities of the new venue that the local club has recently inaugurated , the conditions for the 40 young talented players and their entourage will be at the highest possible level.” Polona CEHOVIN, ITTF HPD Director
Following a continental qualification process, up to 40 players (20 girls, 20 boys) and their coaches will meet in Hennebont (FRA) for an intensive week of table tennis training, educational sessions and the final Hopes Challenge tournament.
“We are truly honored to have been selected to host the iconic ITTF talent identification event. The ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge 2022 will be the first international event to be hosted at the Hennebont Ping Center, which is why we will do everything we can to deliver the best edition ever to demonstrate the potential of this unique infrastructure. We look forward to welcoming the 40 most promising girls and boys from around the world in a few months.” Bruno ABRAHAM, chairman of GV Hennebont TT
For the first time, sustainability has been a criterion in the bidding process, underscoring the ITTF’s commitment to embracing sustainability efforts in its operations. Hennebont impressed with their commitment to reducing gas emissions by using local produce in catered meals, phasing out the use of single-use plastic bottles for training and showing a commitment to a sustainable legacy for the sport by working closely with the local high school, including student participation programs in their bid.