Table Tennis legend Desmond Douglas believes that more and more table tennis clubs should be following the example set by PenkhullTTC’s open day in their attempt to get more people into the sport.
And despite being in support of the open day and what PenkhullTTC is trying to achieve, Douglas admitted it wasn’t normally an event he would attend:
“It’s not something I would normally do. I usually coach in the regional areas at a slightly higher level.
“This has been sort of a one off thing for me as it’s normally the regional coaches who would attend open days like this.”
“Though without a doubt, I think you need more open days and events like this one to show people that table tennis is a fantastic sport and that they should come along and see if they enjoy it.” He added.
“You can never really tell whether how an open day is going to go when you consider there may be some other activities going on in the area, but I think the turnout has been pretty good, and I think it’s been quite a good day.
“There’s been a little bit of promise from what I’ve seen today, and it depends on whether they carry on playing or get involved in another sport.”
And the former World no.7 and European no.3 felt events similar to PenkhullTTC’s can increase the profile of the sport in local areas such as Staffordshire:
“Table Tennis is a fantastic sport, anybody from any sort of background can come along and just try it if they haven’t already.
“You never know they might like it, they might not, but at least you’ve given them the opportunity.”
“There’s a lot of other sports that can be expensive to get involved in, whereas for table tennis all you need is a table, some paddles and you can try it out.”
Our interview with Desmond can be seen by clicking here:
Highlights of the day can be seen by clicking here: