Head of Pathway Development, Matt Stanforth, will leave Table Tennis England next month to take up a role with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Matt has held a variety of roles in the performance pathway at Table Tennis England, firstly as a volunteer from 1999 and then full-time from 2008.

Having managed the England youth set-up for several years, he became Head of England Performance and was Team Leader for England at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer, playing a key role supporting the athletes to deliver their best performances.

Matt will leave on 21 December to join the LTA as Padel Performance Manager.

Matt said: “I’ve had an amazing time working for the Association and it’s been great to see athletes coming through the age groups – in some cases all the way to the England senior team.

“After so many years involved in the pathway, it’s been a very difficult decision to leave, but I feel it’s the right time for a new challenge.

“I’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers who’ve helped make my time here so memorable and I wish all the England teams and players of all ages every success in the future.”

Adrian Christy, Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of everyone connected with Table Tennis England, I would like to thank Matt for his fantastic contribution to English table tennis over many years.

“He has a very exciting role to move into and I am sure he will be a great success – I wish him all the very best for his future career”.