UCLan plans to become the Northwest leader in table tennis
Plans have been put in place to place the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as the hub of table tennis in the North West.
The University will play its role in developing and improving the talent pathway in the region to support table tennis athletes.
Former Welsh number one Dan O’Connell was recruited as UCLan’s performance coach for the team, having worked internationally as the national assistant coach for the United Arab Emirates. organized workouts with video analysis; and bodybuilding and conditioning sessions.
“It’s an exciting thing to be a part of. Seeing the facilities and resources available to UCLan and their vision for table tennis in the near future is great.“– UCLan table tennis performance coach, former Welsh number one and former UAE national assistant coach Dan O’Connell
Dan said, “It’s an exciting thing to be a part of. Seeing the facilities and resources available to UCLan and their vision for table tennis in the near future is great. From personal experience, I think a lot of people reach a crossroads at 18, where they feel they have to decide between continuing to train regularly or stay in education. Being able to do both is a win-win.
Table tennis scholarships are available for talented athletes who represent UCLan in BUCS, through which funding is available (up to £ 5,000 depending on athlete level) as well as a support program including elements such as strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and nutrition. Fellows will be supported to enable them to continue training at a high level while continuing their studies and acquiring a high level qualification.
Links with local clubs, leagues and the Lancashire County Association have been established to enhance the student experience and provide additional training opportunities for student athletes.
“We want to be seen as a regional center of excellence for table tennis and have made great strides in our ambition.“– Dr Adrian Ibbetson, UCLan Sports Director
UCLan has already started to positively support table tennis in the region by hosting the first UCLan junior and cadet training camp with 14 of the region’s top players invited to participate in a three-way training camp. days.
Adrian Ibbetson, UCLan Sport Director, said: “We want to be seen as a regional center of excellence for table tennis and have made great strides in our ambition. Dan’s appointment as a table tennis performance coach and the collaborations developed with local clubs, leagues and Table Tennis England, as well as scholarship opportunities have created a strong package for aspiring table tennis athletes. .
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