Weald Table Tennis Club

New Venue since Tue 8th Aug 2017
(See Club and Timetable pages)

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The Club

Club venue at The Claremont Senior School Sports Hall, Bodiam

Weald Table Tennis Club warmly welcomes players of all abilities and all ages by providing a friendly environment to enjoy your Table Tennis.

Whether you're a beginner, recreational player, competitive player or even a national player - we can improve your Table Tennis. Our sessions vary in class ability so we can focus on your development. All coaching and practice is run by fully qualified and insured DBS-checked coaches who are supported by technically strong player-coaches. Our coaches always strive to ensure that you get the maximum out of each and every session.

Weald Table Tennis Club is here to help you develop your Table Tennis. Please do contact us if you have a query or want to join us. We will do our utmost to help you.

table tennis balls on floor

Weald TTC was established in 2001 evolving from Benenden TTC which was established in 1994 by Diccon Gray with help from Jeremy Harrington. Regularly assisted by Martin Chinn and John Standing, Ken Muhr has run coaching at Weald TTC for over 15 years. In that time, we have attracted a huge number of juniors from the local schools and surrounding area, as well as senior players both local and from further afield to take advantage of the quality sessions the Club has offered. Among them grew some excellent players, such as Lewis Gray, Yolanda King, Lisa Standen, Daniel Lawrence, Luke Savill, Jack and Josh Bennett, James Smith and Helshan Weerasinghe. Many of these players have progressed to reach international standard. In 2006, the club venue became the the South East Performance Centre and this continues to successfully develop the potential of the top South East young players.

boy playing table tennis
man playing table tennis

Weald TTC have a team of young players in the National Junior or Cadet League and we are also affiliated to the Kent County Table Tennis Association. We will enter teams in local leagues where there is sufficient interest.

As a Table Tennis England Premier Club, we expect all players, guardians and coaches to comply with their codes of conduct:

Club Honours

Ashford & District League

Premier Division Champions 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2002/2003 and 2003/4

Tunbridge Wells & District League

Hospitals Cup Winners 2002/2003

Byng Hall Super League

Champions 2014/2015

Member Representative Honours

Yolanda King

National Junior Girls Singles Champion
Current England Senior Player
Former England Junior Player
Several National School Competition Titles

Lewis Gray

National Boys Singles Champion (U10, U12 and U14)
National Junior Boys Doubles Champion
British Junior Boys Singles Champion
Former England Junior Player

Coaching

Beginners
Basic Strokes
Footwork
Technique
beginners playing table tennis
Intermediates
Match Practice
Stroke Efficiency
Power and Pace
intermediates playing table tennis
Junior Advanced
Juniors Only
National Standard
High-performance coaching
advanced table tennis
Private
One-to-one coaching
Rapid improvement
Prices available on request
private coaching

Player Development Promises

All Ages
all ages
All Abilities
all abilities
All Together
all together

Coaches

Ken Muhr

Head Coach
ken muhr

Ken has been coaching Table Tennis for 45 years and has been coaching at Weald since 2000. He is an ETTA Level 4 coach and has coached England internationals such as Yolanda King, Helshan Weerasinghe and Daniel Lawrence. He has been a regional coach, is a member of the National Coaching Committee and is the TTE regional coaching chairman as well as being a member TTE National Coaching Focus Group. A former top junior player, he enjoys working with players of all standards. When not playing Table Tennis, he enjoys listening to jazz music. Ken can be contacted on contactwealdttc@gmail.com.

Martin Chinn

Senior Coach
martin chinn

Martin Chinn is an ETTA Level 2 coach and has been coaching since 2002. Martin began playing at age 33 and always found it difficult to get advice to help him improve which motivated him to become a coach himself. For approximately 20 years, he successfully combined Table Tennis and long-distance running. Martin can be contacted on contactwealdttc@gmail.com.

John Burleton

Guest Coach
john burleton

John is an ETTA Level 3 Coach and has been coaching for over 40 years. He has been a personal coach for some top players such as Helshan Weersinghe and Yolanda King (National Champions) and Lewis Gray (Top 15 England Senior). John has been a Table Tennis tutor for 10 years and is himself a former Top 20 England Ranked player. He is a 4 time county champion for both Kent and Buckinghamshire. He is available for individual and group coaching by appointment. John can be contacted on contactwealdttc@gmail.com.

Welfare Officer

Role of a Welfare Officer
  • Safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults
  • Provide expertise in First Aid and on other medical issues
  • Guide the club, players and parents on disability issues

first aid box
Jeremy Harrington
jeremy harrington

Venue

  • Large hall with good lighting
  • 12 Tables with surrounds
  • Rebound boards
  • Loads of plastic and celluloid balls
  • Spinning wheel
  • Robots
  • Tees
hall photo 1
hall photo 2

Membership

We encourage everyone to become a member so we can better provide for local table tennis.

Benefits
Reduced session fees
Play in competitions
Vote at AGM
Membership Fees
Concession* - £20
Senior - £30
Family** - £20 per person
* Must be under 18 and in full time education, unemployed or on low income.
** All members must live at the same address.

Players are welcome to join our club at any time of the year.
Membership runs for 12 calendar months commencing on receipt of fee.

To join or renew membership of Weald Table Tennis Club, please send a completed Membership Form to contactwealdttc@gmail.com or hand to a coach during a session.

Timetable

Year Round Activity Sessions

Tuesdays
(from 8th August)
Tuesdays
(from 5th September)
Wednesdays
(from 6th September)
Session Developers and Intermediates Intermediates Developers and SE Performance
Time 7pm - 10pm 7pm - 10pm 8pm - 10pm
Coaching Group & Private* Group & Private* Group
Members Only? No No Developers No
Access Open to all Open to above developers SE Performance by Invitation
Members Fee £5 £5 £5
Non-Members Fee £9 (£5 first visit) £9 (£5 first visit) £9 (£5 first visit)

We encourage everyone to become a member so we can better provide for local table tennis.

* Private coaching by arrangement with guest coach.

Private coaching (including multi-ball) by arrangement with club coach for any time (including weekends).
To arrange a private session or for further information, please contact contactwealdttc@gmail.com.

News

Find Us

Location
Claremont Senior School
Bodiam
East Sussex
TN32 5UJ

From Hawkhurst turn left at Curlew P.H crossroads into Elms Road, just after a mile turn left into Claremont Senior School entrance (care please as road bends just prior to this entrance), proceed down track to car parking and proceed to the adjacent sports hall. Exit the car park into Bodiam Road. Turn right to return back on road to Hawkhurst. Please note - this is strictly one way in and one way out for vehicles.

FAQs

How much does it cost?
The first session for every new player is free. We can supply all the equipment required although we do recommend that regular players purchase their own bat at some point.
What should I wear?
Non-slip and non-marking trainers. Shorts, skirt or loose trousers. T-Shirt (not white or orange please!).
What should I bring?
A bat if you have one but don't worry if you don't - we'll have one you can borrow for free. A drinks bottle and a towel come in handy too!
Can I watch?
Of course. We have chairs available for spectators but we encourage you to join in!
Can I help?
Yes! We're always looking for new helpers. Please contact us.
What session should I attend?
We recommend that every new player attends the beginner's session on a Monday evening at least once. If you wish to attend a different session, please speak to a coach or contact us.
Is there parking?
Yes. There is always ample free parking available right outside the hall.
Am I required to supervise my child?
Not at all. All our coaches have received extensive First Aid and Safeguarding Children training. However, we do expect good behaviour from all our players and encourage parents to join in!