Martin Johnson – Dusseldorf Move
Martin Johnson will be moving to Dusseldorf, Germany to train and compete on a full time basis with top European club Borussia Düsseldorf. Martin will start this new and exciting chapter of his table tennis career at the end of this month and will move out and be based there for the full season.
The 16 year old comments as he prepares for his move
“It’s been my dream from a young age to move abroad to play TT full time and to one day compete in one of the top leagues in Europe. In May, I was invited to visit and train with the Borussia Düsseldorf junior squad and was delighted when I was offered the chance to play with them in the German league this coming season.
“I’m moving to Düsseldorf at the end of August and will be training and playing there for the season ahead. I’m really looking forward to living and playing in Germany. I’m determined that this is the first step to kick start my career as a full time table tennis player.”
Martin who picked up a bat for the first time at a KA Leisure Summer Camp over 8 years, has progressed his way through all the teams that North Ayrshire TTC has to offer, from West of Scotland Junior League to British Premier League. Martin has put in all the hours on the table he possibly can and everyone at the club from players to volunteers are delighted that he has achieved one of main targets of signing for a top European club.
With this opportunity comes player expenses, which has seen a GoFundMe page been set up on Martins behalf to help cover some costs associated with this move. Below is a link to the GoFundMe page which you can donate to if you can/wish.
“As you can imagine, the cost of training and travel to and from the hall every day is expensive. I’m making this page in the hope that you can make a donation to help fund the cost of my training that will allow me to work hard and reach the level I’m aiming for.”