The new Knighton Park Table Tennis Club venue was graced for the first time with a big event in the form of the Phil Reid Memorial Trophy recently.

The new premises in Knighton Fields Road East remembered a man who was the very essence of the sport’s County Association in Leicester for most of the post war decades of the twentieth century.

50 players entered this handicap competition which was, perhaps, fittingly won by the host club’s Karen Smith who was the highest rated player as usual and who had been trying to win this event every year since her parents, John and Jose Rogers, began to sponsor it.

Competitors were split into ten all-play-all groups with the group winners progressing to the two final groups to produce the finalists.  Karen won one while another Knighton Park player, Jack Mooney a promising junior, took the other.

In the final Smith gave her young opponent a ten shot start up to the old fashioned 21 points and was never in any trouble in winning 21-13, 21-17.  Organiser, Andy Wright, was well pleased with the new facilities that give plenty of room for both players and spectators alike.