Umpire Vincenzo Chiarella is setting his sights on the biggest competitions on the international circuit after successfully completing his Level 2 qualification at the recent Mark Bates Ltd U10-13 National Championships.

Vincenzo (pictured above, photo by Michael Loveder) was among a cohort who passed their written exam at the WTT Feeder Manchester in February and who have since been working through their practical assessments.

This was completed during the U10-13 Nationals at WV Active earlier this month and Vincenzo said: “I am deeply appreciative of the entire Table Tennis England team and the fellow umpires who have mentored and supported me throughout this journey. I am incredibly proud to be part of this amazing community.

“My commitment is to always do my best and continually improve, setting high standards and facing any challenges with seriousness and dedication.

“This achievement represents both the realisation of current goals and the inspiration for future ones. It serves as a testament to the power of planning, consistency, patience and dedication, showing that dreams can indeed come true. I hope to inspire others, including my nine-year-old daughter, with this message.

“Looking forward, I am now preparing myself for the next step: becoming an International Umpire. I aspire to be ready for the World Team Championships in London in 2026, and it is my desire to make Table Tennis England and my dearest supporters proud.”

Hear more from Vincenzo in the video below.

If you are interested in becoming an umpire, Level 1 Umpires courses are being held across the country in the coming months, including in Bristol, Cornwall, Blackpool, Ormesby, Worthing and Wolverhampton.