This year’s Pride of Table Tennis Awards are now open! Over the next month, we will be looking back at previous winners and sharing the incredible contributions our volunteers, clubs, leagues, organisations, and schools make to table tennis up and down the country.

Do you know a young volunteer (male or female) who has made a significant impact in your table tennis journey over the last 12 months? If so, why not nominate them for a Pride of Table Tennis Award this Year.

Perhaps you know a young female volunteer like Holly Williams who has made a difference to table tennis in the last 12 months?

Holly won the 2021 Young Female Volunteer category for volunteering her time at Swerve Table Tennis Club by helping at the beginner sessions. Through Holly’s involvement, she enabled girls to become more confident at the sessions and was also incredibly important for members with disabilities who developed their games through her support. Holly’s can-do attitude enabled female participation to steadily grow by creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. 

Holly said: “I’m extremely happy to have won the Young Female Volunteer of the Year, it came as a great surprise. Coaching beginner sessions has allowed me to build a real sense of achievement and there nothing better than seeing the young children enjoying themselves and having fun, as that is what sports all about.”

Holly Williams receives her award from Mark Bates Managing Director of Mark Bates Ltd) and Table Tennis England President Jill Parker MBE at the Centenary Gala Dinner

Or perhaps you know a young volunteer like Joseph Race who picked up the Young Male Volunteer of the Year award in March this year.

Joseph was nominated for creating a great atmosphere at Barnsley Table Tennis Club which resulted in 30-40 new young players joining through his training sessions, work in the community and administrative tasks. Joseph was also inspiring the next generation to take up coaching roles and promoting table tennis in the area by showcasing his commitment to the sport. This has injected new life into the club through Joseph’s tireless efforts, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Joseph said: “What a great evening it was at the Table Tennis England Centenary Gala, celebrating the past 100 years of table tennis in England and looking forward to a great future.

“I am entirely grateful to everyone at Barnsley TTC, for trusting me to take the club forward as Club Leader and chair of trustees. I would also like to thank Table Tennis England for an outstanding evening of celebration. The best is yet to come in English table tennis.”

Joseph Race (centre) with the other finalists in the Young Male Volunteer of the Year award

The Young Male/Female Volunteer of the Year Award recognises a person under 25 years of age for their dedication, commitment, or impact in/on table tennis on a voluntary basis over the past 12 months. This may take place at a club, local community, league, county, schools county, regional or national level and includes those young people involved in coaching and/or officiating.

If you know an inspirational Young Volunteer who is worthy of a Pride of Table Tennis award, now is the time to nominate them! Each person nominated will receive a certificate and be put forward to the regional awards.

Nominations close at 11:59pm on Sunday 20 November 2022.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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