George Stenner, a Young Ambassador for Table Tennis England, has received a local level Pride of Table Tennis award thanks to South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Community Table Tennis Club which nominated the youngster for his tremendous volunteering efforts.

George will now be entered into the National Pride of Table Tennis Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of March.

The Pride of Table Tennis Awards celebrates and honours the immense efforts of volunteers and people who have made incredible contributions to table tennis over the last 12 months.

George was presented with his award by the club’s female community coach Michele Reeves at one of the weekly coaching sessions that are held by the club.

George has delivered more than 50 hours of volunteering this season and has found helping others can be very rewarding.

I am delighted and honoured to win this award, I find volunteering easy and the fact that people have made an effort to nominate me is something that I will remember. I am just trying to help a little and make a difference to those that come along to the sessions to make them enjoyable.

George stenner

Being part of Table Tennis England’s Young Ambassador programme, George has a full mentor programme that helps him develop himself in the role, allowing him to help his coaching team and club, making the sessions easier to manage.

George is also studying sports coaching full time at SGS College and also plays in the local league, so the extra hours he commits leaves him very little spare time and he hopes to join the coaching team over the next year.

George is a fine example of what the Table Tennis England Young Ambassador Programme is all about. He has grown immensely as an individual, developing his self-efficacy, confidence, coaching skills and rapport with the club members, particularly with all the juniors. He has been enthusiastic, hard-working, dedicated and committed throughout his time on the YA programme, helping to make a difference at his club and to represent the young people. He has even been talent spotting for the next Young Ambassadors from SGS Bristol College to join the programme!

Andrea Holt, Club Support Officer and Lead for the Young Ambassador programme

Any Premier Club interested in signing up any of their 14-25-year-olds can sign them up by registering here.

At the end of March, Table Tennis England will announce the national Young Volunteer of the Year award winner, along with the national Volunteer of the Year award.