Department of Sport

Performance Table Tennis

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Performance Table Tennis




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

Table Tennis at The University of Nottingham

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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.

Contact Kelly Sibley


 Performance training 

Players may train for 20-25 hours per week with several team and individual sessions with our international-level coaches. Each player can tailor their programme to their academic needs:

  • 4 weekly team sessions (3 hours each)
  • weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60 minutes each)
  • individual 1-2-1 sessions and multiball training
  • regular performance analysis 
  • international training camps


  • 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)
  • 2015/16 - BUCS National Cup and League team champions (Men and Women)
  • 2014/15 - BUCS National Cup and League team champions (Men and Women)

Performance facilities



  • Deng Yaping - the world's greatest female player; 6 x World champion and 4 x Olympic champion
  • Alex Perry - 4 x Commonwealth gold medallist, 14 senior national titles, British champion
  • Nicola Deaton - European and Commonwealth medallist, 5 x English National champion
  • Paul McCreery - Ireland No. 1 singles player
  • Daniel Reed - Commonwealth medallist

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. 

Further details and application form

Athlete profiles

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Daniel Reed

Studied: MSc Brain Imaging (School of Pyschology)

Tabe Tennis background: Represented Team England at two Commonwealth Games and Team GB at the European and World Championships

Top achievements: 3 x Commonwealth Games medallist (Silver - Delhi 2010, Silver and Bronze - Glasgow 2014), 3 x BUCS Champion 2016 (Men's Singles, Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles)

I chose to study in Nottingham as UoN  Table Tennis is the strongest University team in the UK. The University also offers amazing training facilities and a truly world-class coaching team. 
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Jenny Liu

Studied: MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management (School of Business)

Tabe Tennis background: Competed in Universities' Games of Peoples Republic of China

Top achievements: Singles champion at the National North-South Table Tennis Competition (2008), 2 x BUCS Champion 2016 (Women's Singles, Mixed Doubles)

 The table tennis club at The University of Nottingham is well-known for its strong performances. As a Deng Yaping scholar, I came here as my scholarship allowed me to study and build my game at the same time. 



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000