Newcastle University Table Tennis

The Table Tennis club has five teams competing in the BUCS league structure and continually attracts some of the best table tennis players from around the country. 


The teams train throughout the week and have access to a mix group and individual sessions from our talented coaching team. Social sessions are also held throughout the week with players of all standards invited to attend. The club is always seeking to find new talent or develop good players to further strengthen the squad. 


The club compete in at least two competitions/events outside of the BUCS structure per year in the form of national Grand Prix and local County events. Players also have the opportunity to join local teams in the Northumbria League.


The training is delivered excellently from our new set-up of three time County Champion and former national player Graeme Barella and experienced development coach Bernie Morris. Players are encouraged to get in touch with the club and to attend trials during freshers week.

The University's Centre for Physical Recreation and Sports combines various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The main centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.


A £30 million redevelopment and extension is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2019, featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs, spin studio and second strength and conditioning room. 


Graeme Barella

Having represented England at junior level Graeme still plays at a high level competing in Division 1 of the British League and is currently ranked in the top 50 in England at senior level. Also a three time County Champion he has bags of playing experience to pass on to our students and can be a high-level hitting partner for the better players. To add to this Graeme studied himself at Newcastle so knows exactly how to balance a great education with high performance sport and is a Level 2 accredited coach with years of experience

Bernie Morris

Graeme's coach as younger player Bernie has helped develop some of the best young players in the North-East for over 20 years. Bernie works across the region in a number of roles as a Level 2 accredited coach and still competes himself in the local Premier Division. Any students looking to develop their games can tap into Bernie's wealth of experience and undisputed understanding of the game.

Ross Drummond

Ross is a UKSCA accredited coach, has completed a MSc in Strength & Conditioning and has over 5 years of experience. Ross leads the strength and conditioning support program for the table-tennis teams. Outside of the University he has worked in various roles, notably for the RFUW as North Divisional S&C coach, and in professional sport coaching Sunderland Ladies FC (Development and 1st team squads). He is currently the lead multi-sport S&C coach for the English Institute of Sport, North-East region.



Pre-season Training - From 10th Sep, weekdays

Individual Coaching - Monday evenings

Group Coaching - Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons

BUCS Fixtures - Wednesday afternoons and some weekends

Local Individual Competitions - Various weekends

Strength and Conditioning - Various week days depending on term

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