Des Douglas helps Penkhull TTC open to the public

Penkhull Table Tennis Club enjoyed great success when they opened their doors to the people of Staffordshire and held their first ever open day on Saturday.

Since the club’s change of venue in November 2013, they have been striving to boost their membership numbers, and felt that an open day was the perfect opportunity to achieve their aim.

By the end of the event, Penkhull TTC had witnessed a fantastic turnout with over 45 people visiting the club.

Running from 10am until 1pm, the open day had plenty of activities to take part in, and the club also welcomed table tennis legend Desmond Douglas to the club.

Former Olympian Douglas gave everyone a quick demonstration at the start of the day, offering advice on various shots as well as having a short knock with one of Penkhull TTC’s members Shaun Slater.

Attendees were then able to take part in one on one sessions with Douglas throughout the day, as he passed on the valuable tips which helped him win 11 English National titles during his career.

Club chairman, Robert Rhodes felt the event was a great success, not only for the club, but for table tennis across Staffordshire

And Rhodes is hoping to hold another open day at the club in the future:

“To be honest, I was quite surprised with the amount of adults and kids turned up and to see so many was fantastic.

“Table tennis is a wonderful sport that everyone can play and I hope those that came down to the club enjoyed playing it, and will continue to in the future.

“We’ve been trying to get more junior members at the club for some time, and the open day has certainly been a success in our aims to increase that number.” He added.

“An open day is something we would look to organize again for the future, and hopefully we can get even more people to come down and pick up a paddle.”

Watch the Open Day video here

See the interview with Desmond Douglas here

by Tom Keating (April 1, 2014)

April 1, 2014