About Tom

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I’m a professional table tennis coach based in Cambridge. I help players of all standards improve through 1-to-1 coaching, group coaching, training camps and online coaching.

I also have a popular YouTube channel with over 30 million views. On my website you can view all my video lessons and coaching articles for free. For more in-depth content and coaching advice, you can join Tom’s TT Academy.

My background

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 currently play for Cambridge-Parkside Table Tennis Club. My team won the First Division title in the Cambridge league in both 2019 and 2020.

In addition to the Cambridge league, I also participate in veterans tournaments throughout the UK (and around the world). I also represent Cambridgeshire in the UK veterans county championships.

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.

Since 2011, I have worked with hundreds of players, helping them develop new skills, improve their match-play, win more points, progress to higher divisions and achieve an advanced standard of play.

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.

Coaching

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 also organise group coaching days and multi-day training camps, which are great opportunities to get lots of coaching alongside like-minded players.

Tom’s TT Academy

I also have an online academy – Tom’s TT Academy – where I provide coaching to players all around the world. In my online academy you get access to exclusive coaching content, including a training drill library, in-depth courses and a coaching clinic. I post new content regularly on all aspects of table tennis.

Video lessons

I have 100+ video lessons which you can watch for free on my website. The videos cover all aspects of table tennis and include tips from myself and many other top coaches. You can also subscribe to my  popular YouTube channel, where I post video lessons, my training progress, competitions and more.

Coaching articles

I have 200+ articles about table tennis – everything from training tips to match tactics, equipment guides to opinion pieces. 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.

Newsletter

Sign up to my FREE monthly newsletter and I’ll send you table tennis videos and articles to help you improve and win more points.

Social media

You can follow me on social media on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and WhatsApp. I provide links to my latest content, plus short clips of various table tennis action – drills, misses, great points, tips and more.