British Para Table Tennis Sheffield Para Open & Training Camp 3rd/4th Feb 2018

Based on our new popular format introduced early last year which includes a training camp run by Shaun Marples our Pathway and Development Manager and tournament run by our resident organiser and referee Dave Cochrane we have the Sheffield Para Open this weekend.

We are lucky to hold this event in the prestigious English Institute of Sport which is where our performance squad and coaching team are based full time.

The venue also boasts amazing facilities used by numerous international athletes including world champion boxer Anthony Joshua.

For this weekend we have another good entry of 40 athletes of all standards including a few new members.

Some of our amazing performance squad have entered including :

World number 7 in class 5 Jack Hunter-SpiveyHUNTER SPIVEY Jack 397






World number 15 in class 4 Megan ShackletonMegan Shackleton Belgium 2017 2






World number 6 in class 8 Ross WilsonWILSON Ross William 353






World number 13 in class 8 Aaron McKibbinAaron McKibbin action 1






World number 19 in class 8 Billy Shilton
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World number 12 in class 9 Ashley Facey

World number 6 in class 10 Kim Daybell

Kim & Ash with Mat after winning SF







We also have many pathway and development squad athletes looking to get good experience from the performance squad athletes who’ll be going all out to challenge them such as Dan Bullen in class 5, Lucie Bouron in class 3, Cellan Hall in class 5, Fliss Pickard and Connor McAdam in class 6, Ryan Henry in class 8, Dylan Tynan in class 9 and Shae Thakker with Jack Stockdale in class 10.

Lucie Bouron Belgium 2017

Jack Stockdale BPTT Nationals

HENRY Ryan GBR_MG_1255 Czech Open





We look forward to seeing the athletes working hard on Saturday at the training camp and putting their skills into practice at the tournament !!!

Para ace Craig Allen shortlisted for sports award

ALLEN Craig Mark Lignano Junior Open

British Para table tennis player Craig Allen has been shortlisted as Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

It comes at the end of a 12-month period in which he has achieved a number of accolades, including a gold medal at the Romanian Para Open (Under-23) in March and silver at the Spanish Para Open (Under-23) in June.

In the UK he won silver in Class 9 at the British Para Table Tennis National Championships, along with bronze in the doubles (Classes 6-10).

There was also a double gold at the Draycott Para Table Tennis Championships – in Class 9/10 and in the Men’s Standing Band A Open (Class 6-10).

At a local level, he was presented with the Meritorious Award by Bromsgrove and Redditch Table Tennis Association for his commitment to table tennis. He won the Men’s Doubles in the league’s championships, alongside Russell Duncan.

A part-time member of Grantham Table Tennis Academy, Craig has also recently passed his Level 2 table tennis coaching award, as well as graduating from the University of Bedfordshire with a Foundation degree in Sports Coaching, and has passed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.

The ceremony is on Thursday and Craig is one of three on the shortlist.

Tribute to two Welsh Paralympians

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the deaths of Jim Munkley MBE – Honorary Life Member of BPTT and former Paralympian –and Claire Robertson – also a former Paralympian player for GB .   We offer our condolences to Christine and Scott respectively.

Jim was one of the pioneers of disability sport in Wales, in 1980 he decided to concentrate on table tennis which became a huge part of his life for the next 37 years. He was a five-time Paralympian, competed in three World Championships and multiple European Championships. After nearly 40 years competing, in 2008 Jim retired and began his very successful coaching career. He has influenced many of our current and recent members of  our World Class Performance Para Squad who have been based in Wales..

Claire was also a GB Paralympic table tennis player who made her debut at the 2008 Beijing Games and was married to Scott Robertson who played in four consecutive Paralympic Games before retiring after London 2012. They will be sadly missed by all who knew them

Karen Tonge MBE   Chairman

October 2017

Martin Perry – Playing my part Video

Please find link below to a video from Sport Scotland for one of our Performance Squad athletes Martin Perry class 6.

Martin is based at Drumchapel Table Tennis Club in Glasgow and has embraced table tennis since he started playing – He’s worked very hard to move up the ranks both nationally and internationally.

Martin Perry

Martin is the current Class 6 British Champion and joined the main GB Performance squad early in 2017, he’s still making great progress internationally currently ranked 20 and moving steadily higher.



Information for Members of British Para Table Tennis






Information for Members of British Para Table Tennis (BPTT)

I wanted you all to be the first within our sport to know about the next changes the Board has agreed to going forward. We had tremendous coverage on Channel 4 at the Rio Paralympics and our players gave outstanding performances along with the coaches and support staff. Since returning from Rio our athletes took part in Manchester, London and Welsh Parades, others visited Buckingham Palace, appeared on numerous TV programmes and community engagements, followed by Will Bayley and Rob Davies both receiving the MBE thus raising the profile of Table Tennis Paralympians.

I feel we are at present we are in a good place We have now approved the new BPTT logo and it will appear on the new team kit in September 2017. It is attached with information on how it is to be used.

BPTT Logo Guidelines

We have nearly completed the arrangements for the production of a new web site and new email addresses for staff working on the World Class Performance Programme will also follow shortly. Alongside this agreements are all now in place for Tokyo 2020 with the Elite Squad now in training. Watch this space……

Yours in sport

Karen Tonge MBE


British Para Table Tennis


British Para Table Tennis Non Executive Directors – 2 Vacancies



British Para Table Tennis ( BPTT) is the National Governing Body for elite Para Table Tennis as recognised by UK Sport which funds its World Class Programme.  3 medals -including 2 gold   by  Will Bayley MBE  and Rob Davies MBE  – were achieved at the Rio 2016 Paralympic  Games ranking Great Britain as 4th equal in the medals table for Para Table Tennis and now  we look  forward  to Tokyo  2020 and onwards to 2024. BPTT runs a domestic competitions programme  for its members  as well as competing  internationally; it works with the Home Nations Table Tennis Associations  and  National  Disability  Sports Organisations to influence and develop para table tennis within the UK and internationally. It has committed to the Code for Sports Governance.

BPTT is a company limited by guarantee as well as a registered  charity.  Following a change in Articles, it wishes to appoint 2 further Non- Executive  Directors either from the membership or as independents.

The Board wishes to appoint Directors who as individuals have the experience, interest, knowledge and  skills to complement and improve the skills set already in place through the 5 current Board members led by the Chairman -Mrs Karen Tonge MBE.

Expertise in Commercial , Marketing and  Income Generation as well as Finance and Legal would be particularly advantageous  as would be an  understanding of  High Performance Sport.

All Board  Directors should bring their experience from employment and/or voluntary activity to benefit BPTT and the ability to listen carefully, analyse clearly,question constructively and behave  collectively and with integrity  would  be important assets. They will need to understand and  appreciate the interests of all stakeholders.

The Board is immediately responsible for Strategy, Finance , Governance as well as Performance and Representation; it has overall scrutiny  of all BPTT activities including its sub -committees.  Experience and understanding of these aspects will be helpful.

Board Directors  would be

–     volunteers who are paid appropriate travel and subsistence expenses.

  • appointed for a 4 year term with eligibility for a further  4 year term .
  • expected to attend weekday Board meetings which  are currently held in Sheffield where the Performance team is based
  • able and willing to  commit  5 days  pa  for Board meetings, AGM and national events plus extra  time as needed for any  other activity or representation on behalf of BPTT.

If you would welcome the opportunity to work with BPTT and in para sport, please forward a brief CV and personal statement  to   Mike  Smith    Company Secretary  BPTT  preferably by email  to   or to 207 Glenfield Road Leicester LE3 6DL  . He would be happy to deal with any informal enquiries.

     Closing date  for applications               Sunday        May 7   2017 

    Interviews will be held in Sheffield on Wednesday May 31 2017

BPTT welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age

Will Bayley MBE on BBC Question of Sport 22nd March 2017

qoswillTonight our very own Will Bayley MBE who won the class 7 Gold Medal at the Rio Paralympics last year will appear on BBC Question of Sport.



Will joins the infamous team captain Phil Tufnell (Tuffers) who is a favorite on the show plus Clinton Morrison a former professional footballer for Mickleover Sports.

Tune in tonight (Wednesday 22nd March 2017) on BBC1 at 23:15 for fun and games with the sports professionals hosted by Sue Barker.


Talent Recruitment Day Saturday 26th November 2016 EIS Sheffield

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British Para Table Tennis is actively searching for new talented athletes to become part of our Pathway Programme as we look to expand our talent pool for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and beyond.  Over the next 18 months, British Para Table Tennis will be running a number or Talent Recruitment Days across Great Britain.

To get involved, please read the brochure by clicking the link below.

Does your disability fit within International classification set by the International Table Tennis Federation?


If you have any questions please contact Shaun Marples whose information is in the brochure.

Shae to shine in national TV spotlight !!!

Up-and-coming para player Shae Thakker (class 10) will showcase his talents on a primetime TV show on Saturday night.

The 13-year-old, who recently won team gold and individual silver at the UK School Games, will appear on Go For It at 7pm on ITV.

The show, hosted by Stephen Mulhern, features people with impressive skills and talents performing challenges against the clock.

The nature of Shae’s challenge remains a mystery until the show airs, but the Denham player said filming the programme a few weeks ago was “an amazing experience that I will never forget”.

He added:shaethakker

“During the filming my heart was pounding I was excited and nervous facing the audience

“I was grateful for the opportunity to show my skill to everyone, I enjoyed every bit of the experience from filming the VT at home, having my own greenroom at the studios and meeting the whole cast of the production.

“I’m extremely excited being on TV.”

Don’t forget to tune in from 7pm to 8pm on ITV this Saturday to watch Shae in action.