Committee

Responsibilities and contact information for Pudsey Table Tennis Club committee members.

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President Granville Thornton 0113 226 4954

Granville's Biography

Granville Thornton

I started coaching way back in the mid 1960s, learning from books and other people, etc. It was not until 1981 I became an ETTA club coach. In 1988 I became the recipient of the County Coaching Diploma. Since that time I have tried to keep up to date with new methods and techniques, attending courses regularly as part of the Yorkshire Continuing Development Programme for coaches. I also have attended many European and World Championships to see the top techniques employed by the world's best players, in the hope of passing on this knowledge to all our coaches and players at Pudsey.

I work with all levels of players from 8 year-olds to 70+; as long as they are willing to listen and learn I do my best to develop all players at Pudsey Table Tennis Club.

[See more about Granville and how he formed the club on the home page. Ed.]

Chairman Paul Dykes 01977 667528

Paul's Biography

Paul Dykes

I started playing table tennis with my company team R W Crabtree and Sons in the Leeds League in 1964, and I've played for several clubs including Tate of Leeds, Leeds Perm, Lyons Sports, YMCA, Victoria and finally Pudsey in Leeds.

Over the years I've also played in Bradford, Harrogate, Airedale and Wharfedale, Selby, Castleford and Pontefract, and Wakefield Leagues.

I started to coach table tennis in 1968 and continued until 1980. I started to go to Tournaments around 1967 and used to go to many events from then until 1978. In 1977 I played in the World Championship Qualification at Thornaby Pavilion. I played much less while married until 2004, when I once again started to play more.

My good friend Richard Scruton suggested I went to watch the World Championships in Bremen in 2006 and I have been to every World Championships since. I also now go to most of the Vetts Tournaments including the Vetts World Championships in Brazil and also 2 European Vetts Championships.

I joined Pudsey Table Tennis Club in 2007 and was appointed Chairman in 2010.

Secretary Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

Treasurer Chris Newsome 0113 282 9255
Committee Lynne Thompson
Committee Andy Gradwell
Welfare Officer Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

Coaching Officer Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

Social Secretary Lynne Thompson
Volunteer Coordinator Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

Senior British League Organiser Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

National Cadet League Organiser Peter Thompson 0113 204 7082
07774 740091

Peter's Biography

Peter Thompson

I started playing table tennis with my cousin and uncle on their kitchen table about 1969 and my playing and coaching career since then has led to my nick name "Ping Pong Pete"! The first club I played for in the Leeds League was Smith Sports in 1974 and I also played and held admin roles for Leeds Junior & Cadets and Bramley Ebenezer, and now Pudsey TTC.

I got into coaching table tennis through the perils of the demon drink, having volunteered one night after a session in a pub; it's been a way of life ever since! I passed my first coaching award in 1983 and attained the status of ETTA Senior Coach in 1996. There've been many highlights along the way, but coaching the Great Britain deaf team at the Deaf Olympics in 1997 in Copenhagen and winning the Yorkshire Sports Coach of the Year award in 1997 particularly stand out. I've worked with and coached players to all levels from beginners to England representative honours. It's generally recognised that I'm a keen supporter of helping girls and women to play table tennis and have run the Leeds Ladies team in the Women's British League since 1997.

On the administration front I held the role of treasurer of Bramley Ebenezer and then Pudsey Table Tennis Club for over 12 years and then took over as secretary in 2010. I've helped organise and coach many Yorkshire County Cadet and Junior teams since 1996, and been a member of the Leeds League Committee for a number of years. I currently run coaching on behalf of League and was last year recognised by the Leeds League as a Vice President for contributions to Leeds table tennis.

My favourite saying to youngsters in a poor French accent, "You not mové, you have no chancé"!

My coaching and beliefs: to succeed you need hard work and the right attitude. We are in charge of our attitude and this in turn will shape our destiny.

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