Table tennis players studying at The University of Nottingham join the strongest and most established programme of any UK university.

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Performance Table Tennis

Why Nottingham?

Nottingham has an impressive history of national and international triumphs, with the most successful female player of all time, four-times Olympic champion Deng Yaping, amongst our alumni. National and Commonwealth champions include alumni Alex Perry, Nicola Deaton, Daniel Reed and Maria Tsaptsinos, who won Team bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast Games alongside Head Coach Kelly Sibley.

The £40 million David Ross Sports Village acts as a hub for English performance table tennis; we host England national squad training and University of Nottingham students have access to regular training and coaching alongside the world's top 100 players. Strong links to China, Malaysia and Europe also offer the opportunity to compete and train abroad.

Performance Table Tennis - University of Nottingham

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Table Tennis Programme

done 4 weekly team sessions (3 hours each)
done Weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60 minutes each)
done Individual 1-2-1 sessions and multiball training
done Regular performance analysis

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done International training camps
done International-standard table tennis hall
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Representing the #GreenandGold


  • 2021/22 BUCS National Champions and League team champions (Men 1 and Women 1)
  • 2018/19 BUCS National Champions and League team champions (Men 1 and Women 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS National Cup and League team champions (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS Premier Midlands champions and National Cup runners up (Women 1)
  • 2017/18 - Won 4 out of 5 gold medals at the BUCS Nationals Individual competition
  • 2016/17 - Sport Nottinghamshire Team of the Year
  • 2016/17 - Won 4 out of 5 gold medals at the BUCS Nationals Individual competition
  • 2016/17 - BUCS National Cup and League team champions (Men and Women)


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Performance Coaching

Kelly Sibley - Head Coach

Head Coach Kelly Sibley has led our table tennis programme since the 2016/17 season. 2018 and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and London 2012 Olympian, Kelly was ranked Number #1 in England for 6 years (2009-2011 and 2014-2017).

The programme is supported by Matjaz Sercer, former Italian and Slovenian National Coach and Gavin Evans, former British Senior Men's champion.

Kelly Sibley - University of Nottingham Head of Performance Table Tennis
Deng Yaping Scholarship

A University of Nottingham graduate, Deng Yaping won six world championships and four Olympic gold medals during her career and as one of the greatest table tennis players of all-time. Our Deng Yaping Sports Scholarship offers Chinese national table tennis players an opportunity to combine an international education, with performance sport opportunities across Europe. Scholarships for 2019 entry include 2 Masters scholarships and 4 Undergraduate scholarships.