Newcastle University Table Tennis
Newcastle University's table tennis club is starting to show the progress it's been making with promotions, premiership status and a cup victory in BUCS during the 19/20 season. This combined with a local league title, thriving social scene make it a great time to join up!
The teams train throughout the week and have access to group and individual sessions from our talented coaching team. Table tennis at the pinnacle of higher education is now on offer for the men's squad with promotion of it's 1st team into the BUCS premiership after the 18/19 season. Further promotions for the men's 2nd and ladies 1st team followed in the 19/20 season, testament to the positive steps the club are making.
The club also competes in competitions/events outside of the BUCS structure per year in the form of national grand prix/local county events. A team in the local Northumbria table tennis premier league is another chance for students to take on the region's best players. A coached, social session every week for non-competitive and beginner players rounds up a holistic offering.
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 if they'd like to be a part of the club.
Having represented England at junior level the club's head coach Graeme Barella 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
Ross Drummond 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.
Graeme's coach as younger player, Bernie Morris 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.
Up to date fixtures, results and tables for the club's BUCS teams can be found at https://www.bucs.org.uk/fixtures-and-results.html
Up to date fixtures, results and tables for the club's local league team can be found at https://www.tabletennis365.com/Northumbria
The university has various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The University Sports Centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players practice, play home matches, access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.
A £30 million redevelopment and is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2019. The new extension has already been built featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs and spin studio.