A Brief history of the Club
Table Tennis had been declining in Bury St Edmunds for a number of years mainly due to the lack of premises, this led to an ageing Table Tennis population with very few youngsters coming into the game.
In November 1998 a committee was formed and in liason with the local authority, St Edmundsbury District Council, and The English Table Tennis Regional Development Officer, the club evolved. Premises were found and grants helped us obtain 4 tables. We held our first session on 4th February 1999 in what must have been the most grandiose table tennis hall in the country with old masters on the wall and lighting supplied by huge chandeliers. However it was soon evident that to accommodate the number of potential members we needed more space. We moved to a less palatial but more suitable site at The County Upper School at the end of February 1999. We then moved to Culford School and finally to our present premises at King Edward V1 School.
We were successful in obtaining further grants and now own 11 tables. The Club has continued to attract members and we now have a good mixture of juniors, league players and social players of all ages. New members are always welcome.
In November 2000 we were accepted on the English Table Tennis Association's Premier Club programme and in July 2001 the Club was runner up in the Eastern Region Premier Club of the year awards. In January 2002 we also started holding weekly sessions at Westley Middle School and these continued until 2013 when Peter Fordham retired as a coach.
Bury St Edmunds Table Tennis Club has been rewarded for its success since it was formed in 1998. It has been runner up in the Eastern Region in the ETTA Premier Club of the year competition and representatives went to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall to receive the award from Steen Hansen the English National Coach. The Club has also received awards from Lottery funds which have been used to enable the Club to carry out coaching at local schools, as well as to help with the training of potential coaches. It has also provided some new tables for use at King Edward School where coaching sessions are held on Thursday evenings.
The club continues to enter teams across all divisions in the Bury & District Table Tennis League, where there has also been an introduction of a two player division, which is ideal for introducing promising Juniors into senior competition.