We are very lucky to support some fantastic clubs around the country and the enormous work and effort many of them put into Table Tennis is quite amazing! We are going to feature some of the clubs we know well over the coming season – so watch out for one near you!
Grantham College launched their Table Tennis Academy in 2002 and have built a reputation as one of the best training environments in the UK. Over the years the college has helped many players go on to win National and International medals at both Junior, U21 and Senior level.
Indeed when viewing the current men’s top 50 ranking list, nine players have studied full-time at Grantham College including Bribar’s own David Mcbeath (4) and Craig Bryant (11). Players have also been able to access the college from the local East Midlands area, including current England No 1 Junior Tom Jarvis who up until moving to Sweden this season has trained at the college five times a week for three years.
Recently, college players Emily Bolton, Callum Evans, Joshua Stacey and Matthew Leete all had great results at the 2017 English Nationals – there’s many more medals, trophies and titles to come in the future no doubt!
New partnership creates a ‘Hub of Table Tennis excellence’.
With the on-going success of the current 16+ programme at Grantham College, an exciting opportunity arose to develop the Academy further by joining forces with the David Ross Education Trust to develop a ‘Performance Centre’ for 11-16 year olds at the Charles Read Academy.
Launched in September 2016, the Charles Read Table Tennis Performance Centre, gives young aspiring 11 -16 year old players access to high quality training from college coaches whilst gaining a good Education.
College coaches, Gavin Evans and Natalie Green, provide up to 8 hours coaching per week in school time, a further 12 hours coaching a week in the college programme plus players have access to great training facilities and competitive opportunities.
Grantham College Table Tennis Academy then have further strong links with both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, where you will find former college students Adam Harrison, Yolanda King and Evangeline Collier studying.
Bribar are proud to support Grantham College TT Academy – we wish them well with their partnership with DRET/Charles Read Academy and to bringing through the next generation of Champions!
North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club was founded in 2003 and has been one of the sporting success stories within their local area. Over the 14 years NATTC have grown from a two table venue operating one night per week to a state of the art 16 table venue where they currently operate a wide range of classes 5 nights per week for all ages and abilities.
The membership has been growing year after year since NATTC was founded. One of the main priorities for their committee and coaches is to give as many local school children the chance to try out table tennis as possible. Currently they have over 150 people playing per week ranging from 7 year old’s who have just started the game to Senior Scottish Internationalists!
The Teams / Players
This is NATTC’s first season in the British Premier League, which was recently re-structured to a Home and Away format, giving each team the opportunity to stage Home matches. This has been fantastic in generating local support and giving club members and future stars the opportunity to see top class table tennis on their doorstep.
The 2nd British League team who are competing in Division 3 are currently sitting top of the table and are hoping to finish the season in top spot which will result in a well-deserved promotion to Division 2.
North Ayrshire TTC have just finished 2016 with four of their top U13 players qualifying to play at British Primary Schools Championships in Cardiff where Holly McNamara, Patric Hollywood, Jamie Johnson and Chad Duncan will represent Scotland!
With a great junior section at the club and alongside coaches and supportive parents, they are producing and working with some of the best junior players in the country. NATTC currently have players in Table Tennis Scotland Youth Squad, Development Squad and notably Ryan Henry who is working his way into Team GB Paralympic Pathway Squad.
Since 2003, NATTC have continued to be pro-active and are always looking for new ideas to promote our sport through schools, community centres and online via social media. As the club continues to grow, with more players than ever, they are working hard to continue their success!
NATTC’s highlights include winning Scottish National League Division 1 four years in a row (2012 – 2015), winning ‘Club of the Year’ at the SportScotland Scottish Sports Awards (2013) and Qualifying for ETTU Cup & hosting the group stages with top international teams from Belgium, France, Turkey & Romania competing at our club venue. More than 400 spectators packed out the venue across the weekend!
Chris Main, Coach and Player at NATTC ‘Table Tennis is no doubt a minority sport UK wide, however our club coaches and volunteers believe that it is a major sport within our area with NATTC being one of the most pro-active and respected clubs throughout the TT community and locally.’
‘At NATTC we will continue to offer more opportunities, such as our well attended Summer Camps, our annual national ranking competition The North Ayrshire Open and we are always striving to increase our attendance at British League and at Grand Prix events.’
‘Everyone at North Ayrshire TTC would like to say a huge thanks to Bribar TT, who have been supporting the club and our top nationally ranked players from Day 1.’
Established in 2011, Torbay Table Tennis Academy is a thriving club based in Torquay, South Devon. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the area is often compared with the French Riviera!
Kris and Jo Piwowar started the Academy with a Saturday session and on just five tables. However, with over 20 years of playing and coaching experience in Poland and the UK, the news of the quality coaching at the Academy soon spread… new members started to join and it was not long before the club was at near capacity.
These days, a large part of TTTA’s coaching work takes place in local schools and they run three after school clubs. They have also entered into partnerships with two Sports Colleges, this has allowed for a fast expansion of sessions into two new venues – today the club runs coaching sessions five days a week, in a number of locations and with fourteen tables available!
With all the additional activity and coaching, Kris and Jo are now helped by another UKCC Level 1 coach and five assistant coaches, three of which are currently undertaking the Level 1 coaching course. TTTA’s planning and hard work has paid off by achieving Table Tennis England Premier Club status in 2012, followed by a Star and Club Mark accreditation – all whilst the club expanded into a new venue…
Working with Torquay Academy they have added Table Tennis to the school curriculum (as a core subject to Years 7 and 8), giving the club the opportunity to feed these pupils into the club training sessions.
With the facilities and great atmosphere provided by the partners at Torquay Academy and Paignton Community and Sports Academy, this has greatly enhanced the experience of the membership at training sessions. This in turn has led to a rapid growth of new members and players locally who attend regularly to take advantage of the high quality of coaching available – once again TTTA are approaching the limits in space and tables – a nice problem to have!
A speciality of Kris and Jo is their work with cadets and juniors, where the coaches have created a performance and talent group for promising players to receive extra time with the coaches during each week.
TTTA’s coaches believe that an early start is very important, therefore they have opened a separate session for very young children from five years old – the mini Table Tennis club called Busy Bees! This group, is run two days a week with great enthusiasm/patience and potential has been spotted in several of the youngsters which, it is hoped, will lead to rapid progress through the club ranks and onto competing in the National Cadet and Junior Leagues.
The club also caters for Senior and Veteran players, with six teams competing in the local South Devon and Torbay Leagues – a long way from the beginning when the club was only able to enter one team!
TTTA’s further ambition is for the club to expand the sport to allow more people to enjoy Table Tennis for fitness, social interaction, and/or for just sheer enjoyment…
The TTTA is based in an area of deprivation, and to this end, the club makes a determined effort to help by offering a subsidised low cost way of getting into Table Tennis for local youngsters.
Jo and Kris, kindly commented on the partnership with Bribar ‘From the very earliest days of the club, a consistent and friendly ally has been the Table Tennis equipment distributor Bribar Table Tennis, who with great warmth and knowledge, have supported the club at every turn providing their brands, Joola and Tibhar to the club making our players very distinct in the area.’
‘The club acknowledges with gratitude their support and in particular the sponsorship of three of our youngest players, Jakub Piwowar, Herbie Sage and Daniel Barnett, as they work their way through National and Regional competitions.’
Swerve Table Tennis Club is quite a story!
Swerve was the vision of Club Chairman, Paul Warters, who wanted to create a Dedicated Table Tennis Training Facility with a Head Coach to lead the way!
To get things started Paul secured a facility with fantastic potential, the soon to be demolished largest youth club in Middlesbrough and with top coach Steve Brunskill on board (formerly head coach at Ormesby TTC) they set to work to create Swerve Table Tennis Club.
Swerve opened its doors in September 2013 and only three years later they are not only established but have captured the imagination of the local community and the wider Table Tennis world.
As a warm and welcoming club, it’s not surprising that their club numbers have rocketed but this is also down to the hard work they have put into starting and delivering satellite clubs in local schools and in setting up a Table Tennis Academy in close conjunction with Middlesbrough College.
As you would expect, Swerve TTC are a Premier Club and are looking to expand this with further work with disabled players. They currently have seven coaches delivering sessions and travelling with players for tournaments. Having enough trained volunteers is crucial in maintaining one of the clubs core aims of ‘offering unparalleled opportunities for the local community.’
The club currently delivers up to 22 hours of coaching at a very reasonable £15/25 per week and the sessions are always to a high standard. Swerve currently have twenty players nationally ranked with Lucy Gent holding the National U/10 title, Alec Ward ranked no 6 in the Junior Boys and Sophie Barlow ranked no 8 in the Junior Girls to name but a few…
What sets Swerve’s facilities apart is being able to offer two training halls, a one-to-one practice room, its own gym, fitness studio, physio room and changing facilities and that’s just the ground floor!
On the first floor you will find a casual social café seating area, with views over the training hall and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s also a club members social room complete with pool table, dart board and mini TT table!
Having recently gained a Table Tennis England grant the club were able to upgrade the main training hall lighting and this has made a big improvement to the playing conditions.
And if that wasn’t enough, Swerve can offer residential places for training camps with up to fourteen players and two coaches able to stay at the club. With three highly successful ‘sold out’ Summer training camps under their belts and with top coaches from Bulgaria and Malta attending plus our very own Paul Drinkhall lending his experience… it’s clear to see that the club is setting the training bar high!
Swerve has now built up a strong presence in the Junior British League with one boy’s team and two girl’s teams and in the Senior British league they have two teams currently sat at the top looking for promotion – watch this space.
Bribar are Swerve’s official club sponsors supplying Joola equipment and Club Chairman Paul says, ‘having the support from all the staff at Bribar has helped the club develop in the right ways, ranging from on-going technical support, to equipping the teams with clothing – it’s a winning combination and we are looking forward to continuing for the long term!’
Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club
Founded in 2012 Bishop Auckland Table Tennis club started life as a weekly 1-hour session in a small dance studio. The club now runs sessions every night of the week both in Bishop Auckland and all across south Durham. These sessions include Junior Beginners, Talent ID, Performance squads, Adult Coaching, Over 50’s sessions, social play, disability sessions and Alzheimer’s sessions. Along with working with several secondary and primary schools which feed into the coaching sessions.
The club is a Table Tennis England 4-star ability Premier Club and has club
mark status; the only one in the North East. The main home for the club is a newly refurbished hall at Bishop Barrington School, having just spent £30,000 turning our hall into a table tennis centre with 12 Tibhar tables and Taraflex flooring.
We pride ourselves on offering a welcoming and friendly environment, with table tennis for all ages and all abilities throughout the community. As part of the club’s community commitment, the club runs a volunteer training programme to help to provide training opportunities to members which has seen the clubs coaching team go from 1 coach to 17 coaches, 7 level 2 and 10 levels 1s. We have also run County Umpires training and an Aerobic Table Tennis Instructors course.
On top of the clubs coaching sessions, the club has players competing in National Tournaments, teams in Senior British League, Junior British League and National Junior and Cadet Leagues, and the local league. Furthermore, the club also runs 3 national 2-star tournaments a year and a disability Grand Prix, all of which provide a pathway for players to improve.
During school holidays we provide open training camps with our most recent Bishop Auckland Bribar Summer Camp benefitting from the skills of Craig Bryant, Stephen Gertsen and Mark Simpson, all providing coaching at the club for a week for the incredible cost of just £60 to the players.
One of the club’s core values is to support the wider community. We have undertaken a number of charity events over the years in aid of a number of charitable organisations. We’re proud to have adopted the Alzheimer’s Society as our charity of the year and will continue to support the charity with events as well as Pink Pong UK.
Over the years the club has seen its growth and development awarded: With the club winning South Durham Dales Junior sports club of the Year and County Durham Junior Club of the year along with Matt Porter winning Coach of the year in 2013. In 2014 club volunteer Carol Rodway won Table Tennis England Volunteer of the year, and Matt Porter won Coach of the year. In the same year the club was runner up in the Northern Echo Sports club of the year, losing out to Sunderland Ladies FC. This year the club was honoured with winning Table Tennis England National Club of the Year!
We’re proud to have support from Bribar Table Tennis and Tibhar, who we have been with since 2012. We couldn’t be happier with the Tibhar range of products, the quality is excellent, we’re now known for our striking green kit! The support from Bribar has been fantastic, the customer service is fantastic, we always know we get a straight answer no sales talk and their passion for Table Tennis and its development clearly shows though their support.
Cleeve Park Table Tennis Club is one of the fastest growing clubs in the South East! Based at Cleeve Park School in Sidcup, Kent, they are a thriving club with over 80 members of all ages and abilities.
A quick history
After Kemnal TTC closed in 2016 a number of club members, including Kent County players Phil Cox and Chris Bartram, looked to start a new club in an alternative venue. Having found an accommodating school and a hall with real potential for Table Tennis… things have taken off!
The Cleeve Park facility has the ingredients required for a modern Table Tennis facility – the playing conditions are excellent with 15 brand new TIBHAR tables, bright LED lighting, a quality wooden floor and during the summer of 2016 the hall was painted to Table Tennis England specifications.
Open for play
The club has open practice sessions three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and during the winter league season the club is also open on Tuesday nights.
Cleeve Park caters for beginner’s right through to International players and the focus of the club is on keen Table Tennis players that wish to improve as well as enjoy the company of like-minded players.
The club has experienced a very rapid growth in its junior coaching and development so much so that they have had to recruit more coaches to meet demand. The coaching team put a premium on young players showing enthusiasm to play the sport, to learn and improve and this year the club has entered three teams into the National Junior League.
Adult members can practice 3 or 4 nights a week at the club and players of a competitive nature can sign up to play in one of their many teams involved in all divisions of both the Bromley and North West Kent leagues.
Summer Training Camps
This summer Cleeve Park ran three successful training camps – with plenty of fun, coaching, training, and top tips! These camps have helped develop the young players and adults alike and given them a head start for the new season.
Cleeve Park will be hosting its first Junior Invitation Tournament on Sunday 15th October 2017, the format starts with groups of 5/6 players, moving on to another group, offering plenty of matches through-out the day. You can see the entry form here.
Chris Bartram, Committee member:
‘From the original meeting in the pub of whether the new club could work or even pay for itself it is now thriving and every night tables are full. There is a real buzz and real credit should go to all the committee, especially Tony Anand, as anyone running such a large club knows how much work is needed behind the scenes as well as front of house to make it a success.’
‘We’d also like to thank Bribar Table Tennis and TIBHAR for their support with the new club equipment – it has been a great help in creating the excellent facility we now have.’
|Joola||Tibhar||Table Tennis England|
|VETTS||Table Tennis PRSS
|Bishop Auckland TTC||Joola Morpeth TTC
||Joola Plymouth TTC|
|Grantham Academy||Cliffedale Chandlers TTC||North Ayrshire TTC|
|Swerve TTC||Blitz TTC||Torbay TT Academy|
|The Warriors TTC||Canterbury & District TTA||Weald TTC|
|Top Edge TT||Burton Uxbridge TTC||Knighton Park TTC|
|Cleeve Park TTC||Guernsey TTA||Ellenborough TTC|