Clayton Closed over Summer Holidays

Just a reminder to everyone – our Clayton venue is closed for the duration of the Summer Holidays, so this week (Mon 14th July 2014) was the last training night for a while!

For those dedicated individuals – we can use our match venue in Fenton for training over the summer.  If anyone wants to arrange a session on a Monday, please get in touch with Phil Barnish, Andy Smith or Mark Turner to sort something out.

Stone League Champs 2014 Report

The Stone League End of Season Championships resulted in another bumper turn out with 9 Penkhull players in attendance.

In the Individual K.O event Lewis Cadden, Andy Smith, Phil Barnish and Rob Rhodes progressed to the Quarter Finals from their groups. Andy Smith beat Lewis Cadden to reach the Semi Finals whilst Phil Barnish also progressed. Andy Smith lost a 5 set thriller to the tournament runner up while Phil Barnish took his first Stone league title with a dominant performance in the final.

Penkhull had three juniors taking part with Kingsley Barber, Will Pugh and recently returned from injury Torrin Cooper performing well on the night.

In the Handicap event Ian Moore (Star) avenged his Semi Final defeat to Phil to win the Handicap event against Tennis B’s Peter Harrison. Penkhull’s Phil Barnish again was the best of the Penkhull players making it to the Semi Finals with Rhodes and Smith reaching the Quarters.

Stone League TT update:

MATCH RESULTS 2013-2014:


Former Olympian Desmond Douglas in support of PenkhullTTC’s open day

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.

On Saturday March 29th the former Olympian and 11 time English National Champion attended the club’s open day as a special guest, hoping to pass on some valuable advice to attendees.IMG_0408[1]

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.”

Douglas took part in a demonstration session at the beginning of the day where he went through a number of playing techniques and then held a number of one on one sessions with both kids and adults.IMG_0424

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:

Penkhull Table Tennis Club Open day: 29th March 10am-1pm

Penkhull Table Tennis Club are holding an open day on March 29th, as they aim to encourage more youngsters to play table tennis and boost the sport’s popularity within Staffordshire.


The open day will be held at the club’s home venue, Clayton Business and Language College and take place between 10am and 1pm.


On the day, a number of the club’s coaches will be offering helpful playing tips as well as running various fun games for attendees to play.


To round off the event, there will also be a tournament for attendants to enter and put into practise the skills they’ve learnt from the day.


Penkhull TTC are also excited to announce that 11 time English Table Tennis Champion and former Olympian Desmond Douglas will be attending the event.


Since Desmond’s retirement, he has continued his involvement in table tennis, coaching throughout the country and training some of England’s most exciting prospects.


Following the club’s move to their new venue in November 2013, they have been trying to boost membership numbers over the past few months.


And Penkhull TTC chairman Robert Rhodes sees the open day as the perfect opportunity to entice more people to join the club:


“When we moved to the venue we are at now, we lost quite a lot of members and most of them were juniors.” He said.


“This open day will hopefully attract more youngsters to pick up a paddle and play table tennis and hopefully continue playing with club.


“Whilst we’d love to get more junior members, if we can get more kids playing table tennis and getting involved in the sport then it will have been a success.” He added.


“We really want to boost the popularity of this great sport and increase the levels of participation in the county of Staffordshire.”


The English Table Tennis Association is fully supportive of the club’s open day and is providing an array of equipment for the club to use.


They are also offering up some freebies for those that attend and providing a number of prizes for the tournament.


And ETTA West Midlands Regional Development Manager Chris Newton believes the open day will aid the profile of table tennis in Staffordshire:


“It will be a fantastic occasion, and it will be great to see the profile of table tennis grow as a result of PenkhullTTC’s open day.


“Table Tennis is a sport that can be played by anyone of any age, but it will good to see more youngsters get involved.


“The ETTA is fully in support of PenkhullTTC’s open day and I’m sure it will prove to be a great success.”


For any further information about the open day contact Tom Keating via email: or via mobile: 07917 835 073











Junior League 2013/14 – End of Season Report

This year’s event was well contested over the four sessions from November to February.  We had 17 teams represented from 4 different clubs in the area – Bradwell YTTG, Clayton Hall TTC, Norton TTC and Penkhull TTC. It was the first year it has been held at Penkhull TTC’s new venue at Clayton Hall Business and Language College. Sessions ran from 10-1pm with some high standards across the two divisions.  An average of 30 juniors attended each session which is fantastic considering Table Tennis is deemed a minority sport. Thank you to all parents and coaches for their hard work and dedication this season.

Division 1 saw Penkhull A retain their title with a near faultless performance over the four sessions. Kingsley Barber and Will Pugh as a team remained unbeaten all season long.  The battle went down to the wire for the runner-up spot with Norton TTC, Clayton A and Bradwell A all in with a shout of runner-up before Session 4 started. The absence of Norton TTC on the last session left it down to two teams to battle it out. In the end Clayton and Bradwell teams won and lost the same number of games therefore it came down to sets difference in which Clayton A managed to sneak by just two extra sets.

Division 2 was also a close affair all season long. Teams played each other once over the first three sessions. The league was then frozen at this point and the final positions from Session 3 led to teams being grouped in threes for final standings. Clayton D were favourites to lift the title after topping the tables but unfortunately for them on the final session they lost to both Bradwell C and D allowing these teams to overtake them.  Bradwell C topped Division 2 with good performances over Clayton D (3-2) and their own D team (4-1) with Bradwell D as runner-up after beating Clayton D (3-2).

A fantastic season with the standard of play appearing to improve year on year across the two divisions. We look forward to another close season next time!

Junior League Tables – 2013/14 – Final Standings

Final Standings

Division One:

TeamPlayedWonLostSets +Sets -Points
Penkhull A1414069128
Clayton A14104482220
Bradwell A14104462420
Bradwell B1459343610
Clayton B1441021498
Clayton C1431118526
Penkhull B1421214514

Division Two:

TeamPlayedWonLostSets +Sets -Points
Bradwell C109138718
Bradwell D1082371316
Clayton D1082371316
Clayton E1055242610
Clayton F1055232710
Clayton G103720306
Penkhull C104520308
Penkhull D1037115366
Bradwell E101910402


Staffs County Championship 2014

The 2014 Staffordshire County Senior Championships will be held on Sunday 23rd February, at Wood Green Sports Centre in Wednesbury.

Closing date for entries is the 10th February, so get cracking!

Click the link below for the entry form!

Staffs County Senior Championships – Entry Form 2014

Junior League Update – December 2013

Hi folks!  We are at the half way point in the Junior league for 2013/14.  The League Tables have been updated and you can find them here:

Divsion 1 looks like Penkhull A making a getaway at the top, with a slight lead over the chasing pack, but Bradwell A and B, Clayton A and Norton are all still in the hunt. In Division 2, Bradwell C and D are sandwiched between Clayton D and Clayton F, and it looks like they will play out the season final session. Elsewhere in Division 2 it’s close between the rest with some very tight matches.

Reminder that the next session is Saturday 11th January 2014 – can we encourage all players to be there by 10am so we can get started asap.

The next session for Division 2 will see the tables frozen at the end of play and then ranked 1-9 for the playoffs for the last sessions in February.  Division 1 will see teams play each other on the reverse fixtures (all teams play each other twice for final positions).

Thanks to those who helped out at session 2.  Considering the time of year we had a great turnout and an almost full compliment of teams in attendance.

Stone League 2013/14 – Player Averages

And here are the player averages for the Stone League so far.  Use the search and sorting functions to find the team or player you are looking for!


T CooperPenkhull A2433.3
N SimmsPenkhull A2340.0
W PughPenkhull A40100.0
R RhodesPenkhull A80100.0
A RaduPenkhull A9190.0
M.TurnerPenkhull A60100.0
C.StottPenkhull A030.0
A.SmithPenkhull A7277.8
P.BarnishPenkhull A30100.0
N DoltonSt.Mchs00
M.FoulkesStar A4736.4
D.ButcherStar A2433.3
S.PicklesStar A00
I.MooreStar A8372.7
AC WilkinsonStar A1811.1
M.AdamsTennis A7558.3
B.CapperTennis A6650.0
J.McCredieTennis A8466.7
P.HarrisonTennis B31121.4
J BowesTennis B1165.9
M TaylorTennis B060.0
E HillTennis B3827.3
P ClareTennis B0120.0
D.HebbTennis C0110.0
A.HebbTennis C2918.2
R GonzalezTennis C1712.5
C.BellTitt A5183.3
A.MarchantTitt A60100.0
N.HeathTitt A2166.7
K HumphreysTitt A7277.8
S.StirlandTitt A5183.3
H BirdTitt A2166.7
R.BarberTitt A30100.0
R.NewtonTitt B31220.0
K.HarperTitt B5741.7
K HumphreysTitt B30100.0
R.BarberTitt B00
S StirlandTitt B30100.0
D.CampTTC A12666.7
S.BooneTTC A81044.4
P.BirchallTTC A13572.2