Weald TTC returns to its roots for a new session

Weald Table Tennis Club, founded in Benenden Village Hall as Benenden TT Club in 1994, returns to its Benenden roots from Sunday when it will begin weekly evening ‘open, catch-all’ training sessions » in the village hall from Sunday 15 May, 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The club, originally an initiative of former schoolboy and international veteran Diccon Gray, a resident of Benenden and still the club’s treasurer, changed its name to Weald when it moved to Angley School Sport College, Cranbrook ( later Weald Academy) in 2001. He then moved to Claremont Senior School, Bodiam in 2017, but ceased operations in March 2020 due to Covid-19, and his activities there are still on hold.

The Weald Club has a history of developing players up to international level, but also caters to players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners/recreational to advanced.

Current club chairman and head of coaching, Ken Muhr, said: “The Sunday evening five-table sessions at Benenden will start as a ‘toe in the water’ to gauge demand and see how it evolves. They will start with training sessions with all comers welcome, with the option to expand to specific groups and coaching in the future. Having been based near the county borders, we have always attracted players from Kent and Sussex.

Session fees will initially be set at £5 for seniors and £3 for juniors (under 18).

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