Pride of Table Tennis Awards and Criteria

Your nomination will put your nominated individual in contention to win a Regional Award.

What are the Pride of Table Tennis Awards?

The Pride of Table Tennis Awards initiative celebrates and honours the immense contribution volunteers make to our sport by recognising and rewarding their efforts each year. Volunteers are the heartbeat of table tennis and without them, our great sport would not be able to flourish and grow.

The Pride of Table Tennis Awards gives you the opportunity to nominate volunteers for their valuable, outstanding and often unseen contributions they have given to the sport over the last 12 months.

Nominations open on July 1, 2020 – scroll down to see the categories and to make a national nomination.

How it works

Pride of Table Tennis works on a two-year cycle. The 2020/2021 season is year two of the cycle, with three stages.

First, local clubs and leagues will honour their volunteers and young volunteers. There will also be a regional stage of the awards, into which all local nominees will be forwarded, alongside nominations in other key categories.

The national stage of the awards will then feature the full range of Pride of Table Tennis Awards, including those for coaches, officials, clubs, leagues and inclusivity – and of course featuring the Blue Riband Volunteer of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year.

These will be presented at a gala dinner to be held at the National Conference in June 2021.

For further information on the Pride of Table Tennis two-year cycle click here

Local Awards

Club/League Volunteer of the Year and Young Club/League Volunteer of the Year

We will send you a Pride of Table Tennis Awards Certificate to present your Club or League Volunteer of the Year. Your nomination will then be put forward for the national award.

Click here to make a local nomination

Regional Awards

The regional judging panel will select winners, to be presented in their club or league setting.

National Awards

The national judging panel will select winners, to be presented at the National Conference gala dinner in June 2021.

Nominations will close 5pm on Friday October 2, 2020

If you have any questions on the Pride of Table Tennis Awards or would like further information, please contact prideoftabletennisengland.co.uk

Please help us to promote the Pride of Table Tennis Awards on your social media platforms – use the hashtag #PrideOfTableTennis.

The categories:

Volunteer of the Year

Award description

To recognise a person over 25 years of age for their dedication, commitment or impact in/on table tennis on a voluntary basis over the past 12 months. This may take place at a club, local community, league, county, schools county, regional or national level.

Past winners

2020 – Pat Johnson
2019 – Anne Borrowdale
2018 – Jane Milward
2017 – Dennis Artess
2016 – Keith Warrington
2015 – Colin French
2014 – Carol Rodway
2013 – Lindsey Dare
2011 – Mark Semple

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Young Volunteer of the Year

Award description

To recognise a person under 25 years of age for their dedication, commitment or impact in/on table tennis on a voluntary basis over the past 12 months. This may take place at a club, local community, league, county, schools county, regional or national level and includes those young people involved in coaching and/or officiating.

Past winners

2020 – Sophie Storey
2019 – Jordan Abbott
2018 – Declan Garner
2017 – Liam McTiernan
2015 – Shyam Bavalia
2014 – Ben Towers
2013 – Jordan Bone
2011 – Lucy Budworth

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Inspirational Story of the Year

Award description

We are looking to find inspirational table tennis stories from across the country that show where table tennis has made a positive impact on someone’s life or lives in the last 12 months. Table tennis may have helped them recover from a serious illness or helped them to get back into sport and keep fit and healthy. No matter what the story is, we want to hear about it.

Past winners

2019 – Philip Batchelor

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Coach of the Year

Award description

This recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach to get more people starting to play and/or developing players to reach their potential in table tennis over the last 12 months. To be eligible to be put through to the regional and national awards, coaches should have a coach licence in place.

Past winners

2019 – Graham Coupe
2018 – Roger Chipperfield
2017 – Mark Dare
2016 – James Lewis
2015 – Rachel Kashi
2014 – Matthew Porter
2011 – Greg Yarnall

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Technical Official of the Year

Award description

This award recognises the important work carried out by technical officials over the past 12 months. Nominations are invited for those technical officials – umpires, referees, tournament organisers – who have made an important contribution to officiating, either in the field of play or in support of the officiating pathway.

Past winners

2019 – Jim Kenny
2018 – Brian Jackson
2017 – Margot Fraser

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Club of the Year

Award description

For clubs that have made a significant impact or achievement over the past 12 months. This could be by having made a significant contribution to the community or delivered a successful project that has increased participation and/or volunteering. Clubs must be part of the Premier Club programme to be considered.

Past winners

2019 – Portishead TTC
2018 – Torbay TTA
2017 – Brandon & Byshottles TTC
2016 – Bishop Auckland TTC
2015 – Brighton TTC
2014 – Knighton Park TTC
2011 – Cippenham TTC

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League of the Year

Award description

To recognise a league which has, in the past 12 months, had a significant impact improving its members’ experience of league table tennis and/or increasing the number of players competing within their local league. This may be evidenced by acting on member feedback, introducing innovative new competitions or initiatives such as junior leagues, or growing their current league structure through new partnerships and networks.

Past winners

2019 – Weymouth & District

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Partner of the Year

Award description

This award is to recognise a partner that has gone above and beyond in their support and work with table tennis over the past 12 months. Any table tennis club or league can nominate a partner of the year, which could be a business, charity or any other organisation that may have supported and helped contribute to the success of table tennis.

Past winners

2019 – James Lang LaSalle
2018 – Leeds City Council and Carlton Le Willows Academy

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Contribution to Table Tennis

Award description

To recognise the outstanding contribution to table tennis this person gives through their time and talents, which enables others to participate and succeed – it is open to any age but must be in recognition of a contribution of at least 15 years.

Past winners

2019 – Don Evans
2018 – Brenda Bailey
2017 – Brian Hall

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Inclusivity Award

Award description

The inclusivity award is given to an individual or organisation for outstanding volunteering with underrepresented groups, such as  BAME, women and girls or disabled,  in table tennis over the past 12 months.

Past winners

2019 – Hassan Ahmadi
2018 – Charlotte Binley

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School of the Year - NEW

Award description

To recognise a School which has, in the last 12 months, made significant impact in developing young people through table tennis. This could be through increasing the number of pupils participating, providing opportunities to compete, developing links with the wider table tennis community and / or creating leadership opportunities for pupils.

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Lockdown Local Hero Award - NEW

Award description

To recognise a person, club or organisation for the impact they have made on an individual, club or local community during the coronavirus period. They may have innovated to meet local demand, ensured local clubs or communities stayed connected or supported individuals’ physical and/or mental well-being in this period.

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