Coaching Section:

Table Tennis is on of the most popular sports in the World with over 300 Million playing in over 225 countries making it the most played racket sport in the World. It is a sport where you can compete in a number of age groups either at Club, County, Regional or National Level and table tennis has National, European and World Championships and is also an established Olympic Sport.

The Draycott & Long Eaton Table Tennis Club prides itself in providing for the absolute beginner through to those players who aspire to play at National Level. Our club is a registered Table Tennis England 5* Rated Club and the Club also holds Sport England’s CLUBMARK accreditation which promotes safe, effective and child friendly sports clubs.  All the coaches at Draycott are CRB checked and hold Table Tennis England Civil Liability insurance and also have a current Table Tennis England Coach Licence.

Our coaching sessions incorporate:

Consistency Drills, Movement Drills, Multi-ball, Use of a TT Robot, Fitness Training, Agility Training and Practice Matches                                 

Beginners Squad (1)                

Coaching Programme:

The Club runs a number of Coaching sessions to cater for a wide range of abilities and has a very experienced team of coaches who have gained considerable success over a number of years. Many players who have progressed through the Club’s coaching programme have represented the Club, County, Region, National School’s teams and some have even gained National Junior or Senior International honours.

MON         5.50pm – 7.15pm        Beginners / Intermediate Coaching

MON        7.20pm – 9.30pm        Advanced Training (Invitation only)

TUE           3.30pm – 5.00pm        Firfield After-School Club

WED        5.30pm – 7.00pm        1st Wednesday of every month – Disability Coaching

                                                          (Not Running at Present)

THU          1.15pm – 3.15pm        Draycott Primary School Coaching

THU         7.00pm – 9.00pm         Adult Coaching (Beginners / Intermediate)

THU         6.00pm – 9.30pm         Elite Training (Invitation Only)


FRI          5.50pm – 7.15pm        Beginners / Intermediate Coaching

FRI          7.20pm – 9.130pm          Advanced Coaching (Invitation only)


During School holiday periods and on Saturdays / Sundays the Club organises a series of all-day training sessions which players of the appropriate standard are invited to attend.

The Club also runs a number of extra sessions throughout the year for it's Junior British League and National Junior & Cadet League squad players


Coaching sessions cost £3.50 and bats and balls can be borrowed from the Club and players are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Parents must also leave contact numbers and medical information.

Once players are beyond the beginner level and are showing commitment to the sport they may be invited to attend the Advanced sessions. These sessions are by invitation only and also cost £3.50 per session.

Players will be expected to be punctual, have high degree of self discipline and are advised to wear shorts and ‘T’ shirts (not white) and be prepared to play in the local league and tournaments around the country as directed by your coach.

Beyond Advanced Training there is are Elite Training sessions which are again by invitation only, usually by promotion from the Advanced group and some players are selected for 1-1 coaching


A limited amount of Adult coaching is available on a Thursday night in the Whittaker Hall from 7pm – 9pm.

Draycott Coaching Team:

Head Coach   Phil Vickers  UKCC Level 3 & ETTA Level 4   

Contact  : email              


Jon Bayliss             UKCC Level 2 & ETTA Level 3          

Paul Jennings        UKCC Level 2                                            

Inta Zdanovska     UKCC Level 2

Jo Green                 UKCC Level 2

Tim Bridle              UKCC Level 2

Nick Heaps            UKCC Level 2                                 

Zia Kashefi             UKCC Level 1

Mark Green           UKCC Level 1 

Phil Coker              UKCC Level 1  


Head Coach - Phil Vickers (UKCC Level 3)

Elite Coaching

I am the Club’s Coaching and Development Officer and

Head coach at the Draycott. I first qualified in 1978 and

rose to ETTA Level 4 status by 1982 and in 2011 I

became the first coach in the East Midlands to gain the

new UKCC Level 3 Coaching Award.

I was the assistant coach at the East Midlands regular Wednesday night Regional squad training, held at Bingham  Leisure Centre for almost 10 years and have coached on many weekend Regional training camps working with a number of experienced top England coaches.


I then worked 1 -1 with a player for five years who became

England No.1 Junior and National Junior Champion and

then in April1999 I joined the Long Eaton Table Tennis Club

when it relocated to Draycott. I have since then coached a

number of players to achieve the highest levels in the game.

In 2006 I was awarded the ETTA National Volunteer of

the Year and 2011 I was awarded the Derbyshire Sports

Awards “ Coach of the Year Award” (for all sports)

I also coached my own daughter Emma Vickers who became National Junior Champion,  Junior Master Champion, UK School Games Champion, 4x National Schools Champions and 3x National Under 21 Champion and reached a high of No.3 in the National Senior Rankings and represented England at Cadet,  Junior, U/21  & Senior Level. Other squad players have also become National Champions at U/10, U/11, U/12 & U/13 level 

My coaching philosophy is set as follows:

To help teach players to improve and develop their technique then add the tactics carries a great responsibility and hopefully bring success takes me back to my own early days spent in the training hall trying to emulate my hero – the 1971 World Champion “Stelan Bengtsson”.

It is also about helping players to achieve their dream by setting goals carried out in an positive manner. It is also important to involve everyone in the training process including the player, team mates, parents and other coaches to ensure the player’s full potential is reached but mindful that  players will have for different aspirations.

My approach to coaching has always been to adopt an autocratic style using demonstrations with verbal description to ‘nail’ the technique required but also incorporate a more democratic approach to involve the players and gain more feedback to give a better learning experience for my squad

I try to create an atmosphere where the players feel at ease, have some fun but also are expected to work hard to make an improvement in their game and teach the players to take responsibility for their own game so that they can be empowered to continue to develop their abilities whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Finally it is important to instill some discipline, dedication, a determination to succeed and some personal pride that the player can ultimately take with them throughout their life.

Phil Vickers

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