Team GB to host live sport as table tennis Euro qualifier set for Facebook Live

Team GB to host live sport as table tennis Euro qualifier set for Facebook Live

18 November 2016 / 09:08
Live sport will be available via Team GB’s digital channels for the very first time next week with England’s Table Tennis European Championship qualification match set to be streamed via Facebook Live.

The collaboration with Table Tennis England is a first for Team GB, showcasing live sport for free as England’s women take on Slovenia on Tuesday 22nd November. 

The match, being held at Medway Park, Gillingham, will start from 6pm with a stream available from Team GB’s Facebook page. 

London 2012 Olympian Kelly Sibley and Commonwealth Games medallist Tin-Tin Ho are set to feature as England’s women host their first home match of the qualifying campaign for next year’s European Championships in Luxembourg. 

Kelly Sibley at London 2012

Bill Sweeney, CEO of the British Olympic Association, said: “This is an incredibly exciting venture for Team GB and we’re delighted to be able to bring live sport to our digital channels for the first time and support one of our National Governing Bodies.

“We saw the success of our Facebook Live productions during Rio 2016 but offering live sport and hosting Table Tennis England’s qualification match allows our fans to follow our sports closer than ever with Team GB.”

Table Tennis England Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe said: “After the success of streaming our previous match through TheSPORTBible, we are delighted to achieve another first for British sport.

“We’re particularly pleased to promote women’s sport in this way, which is an important cause for both us and Team GB, and hope streams like this can inspire the next generation of girls.

“The Olympics showed just how much interest there is in sport across the board in this country and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront of a new type of live sports coverage.”