Chairman's Message

I would like to take a moment to welcome you to Ackworth Table Tennis Club.

Our mission is to promote table tennis in the area, and to help our members achieve their Table Tennis ambitions and dreams.

We are very much committed to developing everyone with an interest in Table Tennis and run a number of coaching sessions to suit all age groups and abilities. This ranges from people that have never played before, to people that have ambitions to be the next England number one.

For our mature members we run ‘bat and chat’ sessions. For our junior members, we run regular coaching sessions that provides targeted training to help them develop from their current level to the next level, and ultimately to reach their full potential.

We are lucky to have a number of experienced coaches. On Friday evenings, we usually have one coach/experienced practice partner to three children. We believe this is probably one of the best ratios in the country.

We are also lucky to have a close relationship to Ackworth School, where junior members of the England Table Tennis team train. From time to time they also train with us and help to inspire our junior members.

Our growth over the first year has been fantastic. It fills me with pride to see a full sports hall on Friday evening, full of so many children enjoying the sport that we love.

We have recently entered our first team into the Pontefract league, which has helped to create an extra division and keep the sport alive in our local area. Our intention is to enter more teams in the future.

We also have entered teams into the National Junior League and the National Cadet League.

Our short to medium term ambition is to continue to expand our membership, by working with local schools and promoting Table Tennis within the area.

Our long-term ambition is to create a dedicated table tennis facility that is available for members to use on a 24 x 7 basis, with coaching sessions running every day of the week. We hope that with your help we can make this a reality.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, then please contact me to discuss.

Dan Simms
Ackworth Table Tennis Club