Table tennis news

Sheffield league coaching secretary Phil Wright and development officer Rob Loxley have jointly engineered the staging of a UKCC level one coaching course at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, in collaboration with Table Tennis England. The extremely positive take-up has attracted eighteen candidates from Abbeydale, Hallam Grange, Rotherham Scorpions, Vulcan Redtooth and Wadsley Bridge as well as some out-of-towners! The course, which is spread over three months, commences on Sunday 24th September.

Phil Wright commented - "It’s encouraging to be hosting a coach’s course in Sheffield, to introduce the rudiments of table tennis instruction to volunteer candidate coaches. Our city has scores of experienced players; unfortunately only a few of these are passing on their amazing skills to newcomers”. Phil added - “It is a wonderful experience to watch the youngsters blossom. With guidance and encouragement from this latest crop of licensed coaches to call upon, the Grass Roots of our sport will flourish."

Phil and Fay Buchan will again organise the highly successful Sheffield junior league which commences on the 7th October at 9:00am at the Institute of Sport. The closing date for entries is Sunday 24th September.

Thirteen times league title winners and defending league and knockout cup champions Stocksbridge ‘A’ have announced their squad for the new campaign. Eight time Sheffield champion Stephen Horsfield will play alongside Jack Grant, Darren Lindley and Simon Pugh. Challenging for the title will be a largely unchanged Crookes ‘A’ line up headed by five time Sheffield champion Mark Short, Richard Lightowler, Steve Crosby and Pete Morgan jnr.

Following the summer break, the Vulcan coaching operation at the Rainbow Forge Primary Academy, Hackenthorpe, reopens on Saturday 9th September at 12.15, with an increased capacity of EIGHT tables. Resident coaches Alan Lowe and Cliff Glaves will welcome any unattached, under eighteen year olds to the ninety minute sessions. A free, introductory, no commitment, taster session is offered to interested parties who should contact Alan on 07986338870 or Cliff on 07531381620 for further details.

Rob Loxley – Press Officer – South Yorkshire County TTA