About Tom

about-tomI am a Table Tennis England qualified coach (UKCC level 2) and work with players of all standards.

I was a late comer to table tennis. I played on and off during my youth, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties when I started playing regularly.

The seemingly simple challenge of hitting a small ball, with a small bat, over a small net soon turned into a lasting passion. The sport is not as simple as it looks!

To develop the movement, coordination and technique to return balls travelling up to 100 kilometres per hour can take a lifetime to master.

I played for many years in the Central London Table Tennis League for Finsbury Table Tennis Club, before setting up and representing Highbury Table Tennis club.

In 2013, I moved to Cambridge and now coach and play in the city and surrounding areas. I’m currently club chairmain and first team captain for Cambridge-Parkside Table Tennis Club, and the coaching secretary for the Cambridge & District Table Tennis League.

I started coaching part-time in 2011 and became a full-time coach in 2018. I am passionate about coaching table tennis. It’s my calling! I get huge satisfaction from sharing my skills, knowledge and experience and helping other players improve.

Over the years, I myself have received coaching from many top players and coaches including Richard Prause (Timo Boll’s former coach), Rade  Markovic, Desmond Douglas, Matthew Syed, Craig Bryant, Mark Mitchell, Ferenc Horvath and Eli Baraty.

I am sponsored by Bribar, one of the leading table tennis companies in the UK.


I offer 1-to-1 coaching to players of all standards – you may be a complete beginner wanting to learn the basics or an elite player preparing for a tournament. With my knowledge and experience of playing table tennis, I can help you achieve your goals. I am DBS (formally CRB) checked and first aid qualified.

Video lessons

You can watch my table tennis lessons (for free!) on my popular YouTube channel. I also have an online table tennis course for beginners, where I demonstrate the basics skills you need to play and improve at table tennis. Over 2300 people have signed up already.

Coaching articles

I write articles about table tennis – anything from training tips to match tactics, equipment guides to opinion pieces. Take a look at my blog page to see my latest posts. I also have a book, SPIN: Tips and tactics to win at table tennis, with loads of useful advice to help you improve your table tennis skills, win more points and win more matches.


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Connect with me

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