North West Area

Martin Ireland
Area Manager (North West)
Contact Martin

Hi, and welcome to the North West Area Development page.

Welcome to the NW Area page covering; Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire. My name is Martin Ireland and I’m the TT England Area Manager for the North West helping clubs and leagues with the development of table tennis from TT Kids to Sport England Grant Applications.

I’ve played table tennis in a number of leagues in the North West, for Lancashire County and in British League over the years. I’m secretary of the Blackpool & District TT League, run weekly junior coaching sessions at Blackpool Sports Centre and try when I can to play in the Blackpool & Preston leagues. As a volunteer I’ve been organising local 2-4 star competitions for over 30 years, which has led to some marvelous experiences working on national and major international events.

On this page you will find many great examples of table tennis projects and activity taking place throughout the North West such as; new shorter league formats, social Bat & Chat sessions and TT Kidz activity. To find out how we can help your club, league or community group do the same, contact me at: martin.ireland m: 07971 186405.


North West Local Organising Group

Local Organising Groups (LOGs) are formed of volunteers from the table tennis community and external partners and organisations who work with us to bring table tennis alive locally. They are there to provide support and guidance to the Area Manager and take an action-led approach to helping deliver the Local Delivery Plan. Click here for more information on Local Organising Groups. To see the insight that has driven the Local Delivery Plan click here.

The members of the North West Local Organising Group are:

NameArea of knowledge or expertise
Mel Canham
Flixton TTC, Manchester (La)
Women & girls participation, coaching
Paul Hutchings
Liverpool & Dist. TTL (La)
Coaching & performance, social participation
Martin Ireland (Area Manager)
Blackpool & Dist. TTL (La)
Competitions, social participation, league play
Jan Johns
Crewe Central TTC (Ch)
Women & girls participation, club development
Peter Leahy (Chairman)
Natland & Oxenholme TTC (Cu)
Club development, social participation, coaching
Dan O’Connell
UCLan, Prestwich (La)
Coaching & performance
Tom Purcell
Liverpool & Dist. TTL (La)
Umpiring, league play, competitions
Nik Smith
Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (Cu)
TT Kidz, youth projects
Mike Sunderland
Kirkby Stephen TTC (Cu)
Club development, social participation, coaching
Karen Tonge OBE
Halton TTC (Ch)
Club development, officiating, para table tennis
Area Blog

North West – May 2024

Welcome to an update of table tennis activity within the North West. North West Local Organising Group (LOG) Members of the North West LOG Chaired… Continue reading

May 28, 2024 | Martin Ireland

North West – Apr 24

Welcome to an update of table tennis activity within the North West. If you would like to promote and share a table tennis activity or… Continue reading

April 14, 2024 | Martin Ireland
TT Kidz

North West – Feb 24

Welcome to an update of Table Tennis activity within the North West. If you would like to promote and share a table tennis activity or… Continue reading

January 25, 2024 | Martin Ireland

More editions from the NW area


North West Local Delivery Plan

Latest news from the North West Area
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Lower Holker Crowdfunding Campaign

Peter Leahy, Secretary of Natland & Oxenholme Table Tennis Club in Cumbria and Chairman of the NW Local Organising Group is leading the charge to set up a new Table Tennis Club at Lower Holker Village Hall, Grange Over Sands in Cumbria. Here’s how you could support their Crowdfunding Campaign.

July 21, 2024 | Martin Ireland
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North West Area Digest

Table Tennis England have recently launched Area Pages and Digests aimed at improving communication with clubs, leagues, coaches and partners in each area. To keep up to date on items for the North West register below.

July 5, 2024 | Martin Ireland
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North West Events Calendar

Details and links to all competitions, courses and events taking place in the North West.

July 5, 2024 | Martin Ireland

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