Table Tennis England is planning additional Club and Volunteer Conferences around the country over the next year after two pilot conferences this season were a big success.

The second conference took place on February 26 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. A total of 12 organisations were represented on the day, and delegates took part in a series of workshops and networking sessions.

The first conference was held back in December at Durham County Cricket Club. Over the course of the two events, 46 individuals representing 28 organisations have taken the chance to get involved.

Table Tennis England has received some great feedback following the conferences including the following statement from Carlisle Table Tennis Club:

“I think my attendance at the Club Conference in Durham was a crucial factor in giving me that final push to get things up and running, and just knowing that there were other people in the same position was very reassuring.

“Making face-to-face contact with the key ‘players’ within Table Tennis England also helped and this also gave me the confidence going forward knowing that there was a degree of back-up should this be required.

“We still have a long way to go but it’s pretty clear that there’s enough interest in the Carlisle area for a vibrant club.”

Claire Brockwell, Clubs Officer at Table Tennis England added:

“The Club and Volunteer Conferences are a great opportunity to bring local volunteers together, share best practices and network with both Table Tennis England staff and other clubs. We have received some really great feedback from the Conferences and I am excited to see this opportunity extended across the country over the next 12 months.”

Locations for the next Club and Volunteer Conferences will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the Table Tennis England website and the Clubs Newsletter for more information.