I first played table tennis in a church youth club in a Cornish village when in my early teens but it was not until I was 15 and had left home to go and work in London that it became more serious. I lived in a youth hostel and there was a table in the basement with little room behind you and this is how I developed my style of play – standing close to the table and relying on reflexes! I played most evenings and weekends and played in the London Youth Hostels League. In time I was playing for two clubs – two leagues every week and turning out as a reserve in two other leagues, sometimes playing two matches a night.
It was during this time that I got into administration where I served on the committee of both my clubs and for two leagues. This all stopped when I got married and moved to Northampton in the early 1970s. I played briefly there but ceased playing altogether for about 12 years.
We moved to Suffolk in 1978 but it was not until 1986 that my wife saw a notice in the paper put there by Bert Robinson about the setting up of a new club at Centre 3, URC, Stowmarket and she pressed me into getting in touch! That was the start of the Stowmarket Club and my involvement that continues to this day. I have at various times held the following posts within the club, some of them at the same time – Chairman, Secretary, Development Officer, Treasurer, Webmaster and Coach. In addition, for 10 years I was Chairman and Tournament Organiser of the Stowmarket Table Tennis League. At the same time as holding these many posts I also played in the Stowmarket League and, later, the Bury St Edmunds’ League.
I have been fortunate to win the following awards:
- The Maurice Goldstein Merit Award by the ETTA for devoted services to table tennis.
- Dennis Barrett Award for Services to Suffolk Table Tennis
- ETTA Development Officer of the year for England 2001
Outside of the club I am the Suffolk Schools Table Tennis Organiser which chiefly involves the organising of County tournaments leading to National Finals. In this capacity I serve on the committee of Suffolk County Table Tennis Association as its Vice Chairman.
My current post in the club, in addition to being an occasional coach, is Club Treasurer and my responsibilities are:
- Keep up to date records of all club financial transactions
- Prepare a year end statement of accounts for audit and presentation at the club AGM
- Present interim financial information to committee meetings
- Establish procedures to ensure prompt receipt of all monies owing