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Player Spotlight – Ian Macpherson

This week we have a Q&A with Ian Macpherson who’s been involved in table tennis for 45+ years and has been at our club since day one. Ian has been involved in coaching all the players that come through our doors and has played a huge part in the development of the club and players associated with it.

Over the years Ian has represented NATTC in the British League, West of Scotland league and Scottish National league. He continues to captain our WoS Division 1 team and all of our top players owe Ian a huge thanks with the time and effort he has given them. Read the Q&A below about Ian’s playing career, influences, what keeps him motivated and the changes to the game over the years.

What age were you when you first won the Ayrshire Singles?

I won the Ayrshire 1st division singles title when I was 14. When I was 16 I won the Ayrshire senior singles, junior singles and both the junior and senior double titles. At that time Ayrshire table tennis was very healthy in both quality and numbers of players with 3 divisions of 12 teams.

Other than your dad, who else influenced your table tennis career?

My dad was obviously my biggest influence, but we didn’t always agree. He was a defender and I always wanted to beat him by being a better attacking player than he was a defender. One day that happened in a tournament and strangely enough after wanting to beat him for so long, it actually didn’t feel that good.

From an early age I often heard the phrase ‘Spin to Win’. This was the biggest influence on my table tennis style as I wanted to be the ‘spiniest’ player in Ayrshire. I often watched Douglas Anderson when I was very young. ‘Dougie’ played in the same team (Kilwinning TTC) as my dad, he was left handed and his forehand topspin was the best I had seen. The third player in that team was Norman Kowalski who I later played with in both Ayrshire and West of Scotland league teams for over 20 years. They were all positive influences for me.


Over the ye
ars you have never bothered too much about what bat you use, do you think the new rubbers are really a big help for modern players?

You are right, I have never placed a lot of importance on rubber types. In fact even when playing at a high level the huge variety of rubber types and bat makes described in catalogues actually bored me. It’s the player that makes the shot, not the rubber or bat.  I always simply chose something with good control and lots of grip.

I have also only played with a total of 5 different blades from the age of 9 to now. My first blade was a Butterfly ‘Kenny’ with blue tempest rubbers. Rubbers are now high quality and very fast, but I don’t think they differ that much across the ranges available.

You’ve coached, played in teams with some of the best junior / senior players to come through from NATTC, what’s the best part of playing alongside and coaching these players ? 

I have always loved coaching and seeing players of all ages and abilities develop. But playing alongside and coaching some of our younger players has been a really enjoyable experience for me. I believe that the development of our younger players is about more than their table tennis. The life experience and example they are given helps to develop their views and behaviour in a wider context.

The most rewarding period in my career was after dislocating my knee the first time. I stopped playing competitively and concentrated more on coaching. Some of the youngsters I started coaching you might know – Chris Barclay, Jamie Skelton and a certain Andrew Macpherson. James Kennedy joined the team a few years later. These players achieved something remarkable. Aged 8 to 10, they entered their first competitive league, (WOS Junior League) for experience. This was a steep learning curve, but they won this league in their second season. They progressed to the senior WOS 4th Division and challenged themselves not to come last. They succeeded by coming 2nd bottom and the following season they won the 4th Division. The following year they won the 3rd Division which was followed by winning the second Division. I have never heard of such an incredible progression through the leagues with the same squad of young players.

Driving these players for all these years to league matches and tournaments all over Scotland and never hitting a ball was strange. But it gave me the most laughs, made me the most nervous and I experienced the best highs of my career.

You were due to represent the WoS in the Inter League, sitting 3rd in WoS SL Div 1 and were involved in the promotion in Scottish National League. What keeps you motivated to keep playing and keep winning?

I love the competition, gamesmanship and the psychology of matches. I was lucky in my career to beat many better players due to my overall approach to a match and was mentally better than others who had more talent.  The match starts before you take your tracksuit off! And every single point counts no matter the score.

But my biggest motivation now is playing in part of a team. I enjoy winning as a team and the feeling you get from that which is much more satisfying than individual competitions in which I no longer play.

I have been so lucky to play with some amazing individuals over the years and have learned so much from them. My current team of Jamie and Ryan has been really enjoyable. My drive is trying to stay good enough to earn a place in the team when all our players are improving so fast.

My most enjoyable season since I started playing competitively again was my first year back, playing in WOS Division Two with Jamie Johnson and Jill Taylor in 2017/18. A really diverse team, the old guy, the up and coming youngster and a young female player.

You’ve been invovled in TT for 47 years. and seen the game evolve. What sort of big changes have came about in table tennis ?

The biggest changes since I have been involved in TT was the huge advancements in TT rubbers, speed, grip and increase in sponge thickness which increased the speed of the game significantly. But this led to much tighter controls of equipment such as a maximum sponge thickness then, ‘glueing up’ then being banned.

The ball has obviously changed a lot. Some of our more mature players will remember the Barna Dunlop Super Crown which was made in England. This was a heavy plastic ball which is more like a pool cue ball compared to the celluloid balls of today.

Playing wise, players are much more professional now but not any more dedicated in my view. Training at club level across Scotland has improved enormously. This is due to better qualified coaches, more tables/equipment, more table time and better facilities. When I played as a junior in clubs at Ravenspark Academy in Irvine, Dirrans Youth Club and Blacklands Primary School in Kilwinning they had 3 or 4 tables for over 30 players. You were lucky to get 3 x 15 minute sessions a night.

Due to improved coaching, players’ techniques have improved but we have also lost some of the individuality of styles such as defenders, all-rounders etc. The tactics have moved with the advancement of the game.

For past couple of years, you have been chairman of Irvine TT Club which is now a popular weekly club. What’s the plans for the future for ITTC? 

The future is looking good. We have a very good and talented committee in place led by John Smith and Graeme Stevenson. Chris Main is the club coach who has been committed to developing our new younger players and our new and returning adults along with other projects in the community.

The plan is to build and sustain the positive start we have enjoyed and to encourage more new and returning players to the club. The club benefits from a range of abilities, ages and dedicated volunteers. We will continue to attract new members targeting young people and adults over 50 to the club.

Players Equipment – Who plays with what?

Table Tennis is a sport where the set up of a players bat can differ hugely and plays a great part in how much spin, speed and control they can generate and impart on the ball. Table tennis bats can range from £5 beginners bat to a top of range £300 bat and its important to know what sort of bat you should get depending on your ability.

As most of you will know, a TT bat must have a black sheet of rubber, a red sheet of rubber and blade. Players tend to play with a faster blade / rubbers as their technique and ball control improves. However, with so many different companies and editions of rubbers it his still leaves the player with several decisions to make.

What thickness of rubber do i play with ?
Is it 1.8mm, 2.0mm or max ?
What handle do I select for the blade?
Straight, flared or anatomic?
What version of the blade do I go for?
Allround or Offensive?
Do i want to play with a faster rubber on my forehand, backhand or both the same?

To all the above questions, there really is no specific correct answer. Its a matter of speaking to players and coaches at your club, trying out a variety of bats and selecting the one that suits your style the best. We have asked some of our players and members to send in what blade and rubbers they play with and their thoughts on them, plus why they changed to their current set up compared to their last.


Chris Main

Blade – Joola TPE Fight
Rubbers – FH Tibhar MXP, BH Joola Rhyzm

“Played with Joola TPE Fight blade for more than 6 seasons now, great balance with it being fast enough for topspin rallies but slow enough to be able to feel the ball when serving and receiving. Changed to Tibhar MXP on my forehand at the start of the 2018 season, felt it was slightly faster than Joola Rhyzm and i got a higher arch on the ball which suits my FH more. I always want to gain advantage off my serve so its difficult finding the balance between speed and control”

Holly McNamara
Blade – Joola TPE Nature
Rubbers – FH Rhyzer 48, BH Rhyzm

“I changed to TPE Nature blade at start of the season, slightly lighter than my previous blade and feels more free flowing. Its more comfortable playing shots over the table and suits the rubbers better. Joola Rhyzer 48 feels faster on my forehand and has more control when I’m spinning the ball against backspin.”

Kevin Morrison
Blade – Joola TPE Fight
Rubbers – FH Victas V15 extra, BH Joola Rhyzm

“The new victas rubber is perfect on my forehand, it gives me more control knowing that I’m a very fast playing player. With this rubber and its grippy surface its easier for me to really spin it up slow against backspin which I want to do as much as possible. Joola Rhyzm is a safe rubber which a lot of people use at the club, good for blocking and attacking and lasts a while.”


Jamie Johnson
Blade – Joola Zelebro ProC
Rubbers – Joola Rhyzm both sides

“I moved from Joola Wing Medium blade to the faster Zelebro Pro a couple of years ago, much faster, little bit lighter and comfortable to hold. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a faster blade. I have been using Joola equipment since I started and using Joola Rhyzm rubbers both sides for the past 3 or 4 seasons. I liked them but maybe going to try something faster for next season.”

Graeme Stevenston
Blade – TSP Balsa OFF
Rubbers – FH Tibhar MXP, BH Joola Rhyzer

“When I returned to TT in 2018 I was using a 30 year old bat. The blade was a Stiga Ulf Bengtsson Offensive with Mark V on the forehand side and Sriver on the backhand. I tried a few players bats and decided I needed to upgrade.  As I like a lightweight blade I decided on a TSP Balsa 6.5 Offensive with Tibhar MX-P on the FH and Joola Rhyzer on the BH. The difference was amazing and in particular it was the catapult effect of the rubber which I was most pleased about. In some instances it enabled me to play shots I didn’t think were possible for someone of my standard.”

For any bat advise speak to our club sponsors and one of the UK’s biggest table tennis shops, Bribar TT. There website can be found herewww.bribartt.co.uk

British League / Scottish League – Info

With the uncertainly of the COVID-19 situation, we are aware that the up and coming season will look different to any other. However, we will be planning as best we can regardless and hoping for the best.

British League Dates 2020 – 2021
26th – 27th Sept
12th Dec
30th – 31st Jan 2021
10th – 11th Apr

Scottish League Dates 2020 -2021
10th Oct
28th Nov
7th Feb

 

British League Div C
We have two teams competing in the C division of British League and with the season cut short by 1 weekend, we could not finish the fixtures. Ethan, Charlie, Jamie, Ryan & Chad had played 10 matches in the league with a 100% record and were 6 points clear of their nearest rivals going into the last weekend. However, BSL decided that there would be no league winners and no promotion / relegation. We recognise the team as league winners and we and BSL are hopeful that they deservingly get promoted to a higher division.

In that league, NA C of Nathan Hogg, David Hay, Holly & Martin Krus competed brilliantly in all their first seasons of British League. The team finished mid table and could’ve easily been higher if a few 5-4 losses went their way. It is hoped we can have two teams competing again this year and if geographically possibly at the same venue too.

This week, British League have released the entry form and information for the coming season. You can read all the info here – https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/compete/competitions/british-league/

Scottish National League
For the 2020 – 2021 season we will once again have two teams in the top Division of SNL. North Ayrshire B team of Jamie, Ryan and Ian have been promoted from Division 2 and will compete in Division 1 alongside last years winners North Ayrshire A.

North Ayrshire C of Gordon Provan, Nathan Hogg and Chad Duncan finished in 3rd place on 9 points, 2 points behind both 2nd place Stirling and first place Glasgow South. Nice season for them with 4 wins and 1 draw and they will be hoping to get in the top 2 next year. North Ayrshire D struggled for player availability and finished in 8th place in Div 4. Relegation looks likely as the new format of the league takes shape with Div 5 and Div 6 now involved.

For last seasons results, fixtures and table see SNL website – https://tabletennis365.com/ScottishNationalLeague

Club Update – June 8th

Venue Secured
We have spoke to committee who run the Ardrossan Scout Hut and have agreed terms to use of both halls from whenever TTS and govt say we can go back to play. Possibly 2nd week in July. They have all relevant equipment but we will be moving our own equipment down there.

KA Leisure could possibly open the Portal when phase 3 of the lockdown is in place, July 9th. We think that St Matthews could remain shut with the Portal being the first KA Leisure facility to open. It could be the gym first however and then the main sports hall later.

Survey
We will be sending out a survey to all members, asking their thoughts on what they like about the club and what needs improved. Will be done on survey monkey and completely anonymous so please fill that in and tell us your thoughts when Jordan sends that out.

Club Quiz
We held our our 2nd quiz of the lockdown, another good turnout with James & Will Kennedy winning it with 15 points. Billy 2nd and McNamaras 3rd. We will be holding one again next week, Wednesday 17th June 7pm. Graeme and Jordan take it and usually is on for around an hour, so get involved if you haven’t already.

Bonus Ball
Week 8 Winner was Diane Hogg with No45
Week 9 Winner was Ann Alcock with No33
Prizes have been allocated to the winners

COVID Policy & Procedures
Graeme Stevenston and John Smith currently writing up advice and guidelines for our club to return to table tennis and what procedures players will be expecting to meet when arriving at the club. Info will be taken from ITTF and governing bodies and will amend accordingly with how our tt sessions will operate post lockdown.

Player Spotlight
We continue to do our player spotlight which focuses on individuals who play for the club or help out. Last week we done a Q&A with Phil Greenham who spends countless Friday nights coaching and organising West Kilbride TT Club – https://northayrshirettc.co.uk/player-spotlight-phil-greenham/

This week we have a great Q&A with Ian Macpherson, who has been involved in table tennis for over 45 years and has been at NATTC since day 1. Read below about Ian’s playing career, influences, what keeps him motivated and his thoughts on the changes the to game over the years. https://northayrshirettc.co.uk/player-spotlight-ian-macpherson/

 

Funding – Youth Scotland

We would like to send our thanks to Youth Scotland for awarding us with funding during the COVID -19 lockdown, which will ensure we will be ready to start back when given the green light to do so.

This will enable us to purchase new club equipment and training aids which we can use during the lockdown and directly after it.

 

Player Spotlight – Phil Greenham

Phil Greenham is coach at West Kilbride TT Club and we sent over some questions to hear about the club and how he got into table tennis. Phil coaches every Friday evening at WKTTC and organises the club as well as the school classes at the primary school. He spends countless hours helping at our club doing a variety of things such as umpiring league matches, setting up the hall and fixing equipment from barriers to nets.

When did you start playing table tennis / how long have you been playing ?

I first started playing Table Tennis when I was at boarding school in England some 60 years ago, it helped to pass the time during long winter evenings. After that I played at and for West Kilbride Youth Club. In more recent years I played at work while off duty on an oil rig. Table Tennis for me has always been a social activity, but competition spirit always comes to the fore.

How did you get involved in TT and how did you come about joining North Ayrshire TT Club?

Once I retired in 2014 I wanted to rekindle my love of Table Tennis, I found NATTC on the web and made contact with the club. I joined the club in 2015 and was made very welcome; I was impressed by the standard of the youngsters who were playing. I was encouraged to play in the West of Scotland league, which I have been doing for the last 3 years. I enjoy playing with some the youngsters who are coming through and some seniors like Bruce McLellan and John Smith. 

Your the head coach at WKTTC, tell me when and how it started and a little bit about the club? 

WKTTC was set up in 2017 due to the number of youngsters and adults coming to Saltcoats to play and North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club was near capacityWe then decided to look at availability and premises in West Kilbride due to the plans we have in place in Largs and West Kilbride area for table tennis. After securing the Friday night sessions 7 till 9pm at West Kilbride Community Centre we decided to go with this opportunity. 

We borrowed 2 tables from NATTC and promoted our new club in the area. Great turnout the first nightand the interest has continued since then with up to 20 players attending every week. We now have 6 of our own table tennis tables and all equipment such nets, bats, balls and coaching equipment. 

Most enjoyable part of running the club? 

Last year Liz, Marjorie and myself, qualified as Level 1 Table Tennis coaches, with PVG and First Aid so we are well placed to run our club. We find it most rewarding to see how people of all ages can play on a level footing, and the youngsters enjoying themselves and improving on a weekly basis. 

We have a great number of volunteers supporting the club putting in many numbers of hours per week and its brilliant to see WK Community Centre being used by top local players to train and coach in during the day or at evenings.

We have many youngsters playing regularly, and 3 current Scottish Internationalist from West Kilbride and many recreational players attending of all ages and many people are attending and making new friends.

Players are also now attending from Dalry, Largs, Saltcoats, with ages ranging from 6-89 years young. We find it most rewarding to see how people of all ages can play on a level footing, and youngsters improve weekly. We regularly have up to 20 people attending the club on a weekly basis.

How do you see West Kilbride TTC develop over the next few years?

Our plan is also to source 2 new tables if we can find storage at the Community Centre. Our session is usually packed out so possibly putting tables downstairs also would develop the club and give players more room to play in. We have introduced Table Tennis into West Kilbride primary school and we have 3 tables situated there for further use. 

Zoom Meetings & Club Quiz

Club Quiz
Thanks to everyone who joined in for our club quiz last Thursday, was good fun and think everyone enjoyed it. Top effort from Graeme Stevenston and Jordan McGinlay putting the questions and quiz together. Round 1 was on TT, round 2 on Sports, round 3 general knowledge and round 4 was a picture round. 

McNamara’s and the Henry’s finished both on 23 points and after a tie break question to decide the winner, the McNamara’s edged it. Winners receive a voucher from club sponsors Bribar TT.

Next Club Quiz will be next week, Wednesday 3rd June and start at 7pm so hopefully that suits everyone. 

HIIT Sessions
Another good turnout for our weekly HIIT session on Friday there with Martin Johnson leading the session. We will send an email to everyone who has previously taken part with Meeting ID and session plan on the Thursday evening or on the day. Let us know if you want to be involved and we can send you the details on. 

This Friday Colin Dalgleish leads the session at an earlier time of 11am instead of the usual 5pm. As always, make sure you stretch and warm up before you join. Player meetings scheduled for next week, quick catch up and update. See below info

Planned meetings, now until the end of next week 

Friday 29th May – 11am – HIIT Session
Session lead by Colin Dalgleish

Monday 1st June – 4.30pm – Junior player meeting
Catch up meeting with updates

Monday 1st June – 6.15pm – Senior Player meeting
Catch up meetings with updates

Wednesday 3rd June – 7pm – Club Quiz
Hosted by Graeme and Jordan 

Friday 5th June – 5pm – HIIT Session
Session lead by Craig Hardie

NATTC Feature on Bribar Blog

North Ayrshire TT feature in Bribar Table Tennis latest blog for a ‘Lockdown catch up with NATTC.’ We chat about a successful but drastically short season, how we are keeping active with club members and what is planned for when the club can re-open. Bribar have been our club equipment sponsor from Day 1 of the club and sponsor a number of our top players and offer discounts to all members.

See interview below from their website – www.bribartt.co.uk

We caught up with Chris Main at North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club and find out how the drastically shortened 19/20 season was actually very successful on the table, how the clubs members are doing during the lockdown and what they are planning once community clubs can re-open.

Tell us a bit about the club…

‘North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club is based in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. We were founded in 2002 and have been one of the sporting success stories within their local area. We have over 150 members and a wide range of classes on 5 days per week. Players range from 7 year olds who are just starting the game to senior Scottish internationals. Our club is based out of our 16 table venue where we have our club sessions, league matches and 1-1 coaching.’

How was the season going?

‘The 2019-2020 season was a shorter than usual but successful one for the club, with a great generation of players playing at the top of the game in Scotland and representing the club at Scottish National League and British League. We currently have 3 teams in British League, 1 team in British Premier League and 2 teams in Division C. Results at this year’s National Championships were the best NATTC have ever had, with players in at least the semi-finals of every event except from 3 events. Stand out result was from 17 year old Martin Johnson winning Junior Boys Singles, Men’s Doubles, Junior Doubles and reaching the semi-finals of Men’s Singles!’

There must be a lot of hard work by club members?  

‘More than 6700 volunteer hours were delivered by our club coaches, committee and volunteers. We had over 1000 players of all ages and abilities attend sessions ran by NATTC. Over 50 of NATTC’s TT tables are in schools and facilities across North Ayrshire. The club gained 10 new qualified coaches and 8 of our players represented Scotland or Team GB at international events.’

How are you keeping moral and communication going with members?

‘We have been doing some on-line activities including video meetings, planning some HIIT sessions plus there’s a club quiz planned for a week or so ahead – there’s also some service and trick shot competitions in the pipeline.’

A silly question… but how has the lockdown affected the clubs plans?

‘As expected, another busy year for us has somewhat been cut short with COVID-19 and in result, postponing our two major fundraising events, North Ayrshire Open and NATTC Golf Day. North Ayrshire Open which is our Scottish ranking tournament was scheduled to be late March, and our Golf Fund-raising day mid-April.  Those two events are our two biggest fundraising events so we are hoping to reschedule them for a suitable date next season.

How are the clubs players and members keeping active?

‘Our players have been keeping fit by going out for jogs, skipping and following online fitness videos from their house. Bribar sponsored players Martin Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Chris Main, Holly McNamara & Ryan Henry all have a table tennis table/robot in their house or garage, so they have been using that as best they can for various exercises and service practise.

Holly McNamara was involved in the Table Tennis Scotland online video Q&A with Don and Jill Parker MBE, asking them their thoughts on table tennis and training methods.

So far during the lockdown, our club historian Graeme Stevenston, is currently writing up the History of NATTC as the club heads towards its 20th year since it was founded. This will be a great and detailed piece of work looking at how our club has gone from a 1 table venue in a Scout Hut to a club which is on 5 days per week and classes all over North Ayrshire. We have asked all members, past and present to help Graeme out by sending any results, newspaper cuttings and info from their time playing or training at the club.’

What plans does the club have for when we are back playing again?

‘During the lockdown we have more time than ever to plan for the future and get our club as organised as possible for when our Table Tennis gets the go-ahead to open back up again.

At the club we have an incredible group of junior players who are involved in the National squad, so we want to give them as much support and opportunities as we can to succeed further.

We have a great grassroots set up with satellite clubs in North Ayrshire and local schools, our aim to improve on this and get more adults, juniors involved in our club training, attending competitions and playing in regional leagues.

Throughout the UK and especially in Scotland, Women’s TT isn’t as popular as the Men’s side of the game. At NATTC, we have 3 girls that have represented Scotland in the past year, Holly McNamara, Jess Hogg and Naomi Provan. We hope to build on the girl’s game over the next couple of years and generate more interest in schools and our club.

Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?

During this season, we were very fortunate and thankful that we have support from our major partners and sponsors of the club. We send our thanks to North Ayrshire Ventures Trust, Bribar Table Tennis, Freshii, Joe Perry (Extra Access Scaffolding), Stanley Morrison Trust & Sporting Chance Foundation. This enables us to train with the equipment we need, maintain the weekly programme/classes we have and also reach out and open up Table Tennis to schools and other areas in North Ayrshire not previously supported.

A lockdown catch up with North Ayrshire TTC!

Club Lockdown Activities

See below a number of club activities we have lined up for next two weeks. On Monday 11th we have our first Zoom meeting for players and on Thursday 14th the same for senior players and team captains. A good time to catch up and pass on some info we have with regards to TT after the lockdown and some updates from TTS and British League etc.

Colin Dalgleish has kindly volunteered to lead our first weekly HIIT session which will be Friday 15th May at 5pm. This is open to everyone at the club and we will pass on the session plan the day before so everyone can get familiar with it, before its starts. Martin Johnson will deliver Week 2 HIIT session at the same time on 22nd May.

Graeme Stevenston and Chris Main will be taking the Club Quiz on Thursday 21st May. 3 rounds of Q’s which will be a mix of sports, table tennis and general knowledge so hopefully we can get a good turnout for it that evening. Will send out start of that week on how to join.

WC 11th May

Monday 6.15pm – Zoom meeting for performance players group

Thursday 7pm – Zoom meeting for senior players & team captains

Friday 5pm – HIIT session delivered by Colin Dalgleish

WC 18th May

Thursday 7pm – Club Quiz Night with G Stevenston / C Main

Friday 5pm – HIIT session delivered by Martin Johnson

Other Activities 

Service Challenges will be out for anyone to complete WC 11th May so keep an eye out for them online and in your inbox. ….

TTS Trickshot Challenge – Table Tennis Scotland challenging players to create a video on the table or in the house, with a creative way of hitting a ball into a plastic cup.. See Martin Johnsons videos on his twitter here – https://twitter.com/MartinJohnsontt/status/1256566736154959874?s=20

Player Spotlights – Next player up on our Spotlight article is Adam Moore, who will chat about how he got into table tennis and what his ambitions are for the future. Phil Greenham is our next volunteer, who will chat about the success of West Kilbride TT Club and the different aspects of coaching.

TTS Q&A – Table Tennis Scotland being doing a weekly Q&A with different players and a different topic each week. West Kilbride’s Holly McNamara was involved in the Week 1 addition, asking questions and chatting about her table tennis with TT legends Don and Jill Parker MBE. You can view on their YouTube channel here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIncYBsHLjA

Player Spotlight – Adam Moore

During the enforced down time we have been creating some interest & fun by posting a number of articles about our club, volunteers and players . We will continue to put up some quickfire question and answer interviews from a number of people who represent our club at all levels.

Next up is 15 year old Adam Moore, who has been a member of NATTC for just over 2 years and continues to improve his game at our club sessions and competitions he plays in. Adam is a Stewarton Academy pupil and answers the Q&A on how he got into table tennis, his favourite parts of training and the competitions he has played in.

Q & A Below

When did you start playing table tennis and how long have you been playing ?

I started playing table tennis in January 2018 after a few months of playing at my school. I started playing at lunch times and really enjoyed it and so after the December Holiday I decided that I would find out what table tennis clubs there were in my area.

Why did you start ?

I started playing because I was interested in the sport and I enjoyed playing it at my school lunch club with a couple of friends. I then decided that I wanted to learn how to play more seriously and play at a more competitive level.

What leagues / competitions have you played in and what do you play in now?

I’ve played in a lot of competitions, some regional and some national: I competed for NATTC in the WoS Junior League in Glasgow and have played in some of the national ranking tournaments such as North Ayrshire Open, West of Scotland Open and WoS Schools Competition to name a few.

What club sessions do you attend ?

Initially I attended the beginners club at Irvine TTC on Tuesdays and then moved on to the North Ayrshire club night on a Monday night at St Matthew’s Academy as it suited me better. Since the start of the season I have been attending the club coaching sessions on Thursdays which are tough but learn a lot from the exercises and playing good players.

Fav part of tt ? 

My favourite part of table tennis is meeting different people and having the experience of playing against different clubs and seeing myself improve against a lot of different styles. I like to try and put the things I have learnt in my training sessions into my game during matches.

What do you want to achieve in table tennis ?

In table tennis I want to achieve certain goals such as moving up leagues and divisions also I would like to win different trophies and be the best player I can.


Adam on the multiball at a Monday Night club night


Adam reaching final of our Christmas comp last year