Table Tennis Nottingham
NTU Table Tennis is a highly successful performance sport at NTU, and NTU strives to provide a first-class performance-based environment, whilst offering excellence in education and career development. Currently NTU Table Tennis compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Leagues; with both the men's and women's first teams excelling in the highest possible leagues.
NTU Table Tennis has been the most successful University programme in the UK for a number of years; with the women winning the BUCS cup title on three occasions, and the men winning their respective title twice. On several occasions, NTU Table Tennis have won every event at the BUCS individuals competitions (men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles).
NTU Table Tennis holds close links with both Nottingham Sycamore Table Tennis Academy and Nottingham University, where players can train twice a week with England national coach, Alan Cooke. Among those representing NTU there has been a number of notable scholars; including players who have competed at the senior international level. Current standout players include Emma Vickers, Evie Collier, Alice Loveridge, Chris Doran and Emran Hussain.
A typical week for an NTU Table Tennis player consists of:
- group and one-to-one training
- strength and conditioning
- BUCS Wednesday matches
- external training and competition opportunities
- physiotherapy support.
When joining the Performance Squad, a wide range of support is available. Alongside the coaches, players are supported by the Head of Strength and Conditioning and the NTU Sport team, who provide academic, lifestyle and health support and advice to all players.
Additionally, as part of our Sport Scholarship programme we are able to offer a number of sport scholarships on a yearly basis. This year there are five NTU Table Tennis scholars. You can find more information on the scholarships in the sports guide or on our website.
Emma Vickers – BSc and MSc Psychology
Since starting my BSc in 2010 and MSc in 2013 at NTU, I have hugely benefited from the Sports Scholarship Programme and all of its support services that it has to offer. During my time at NTU, I have been able to successfully balance my studies and continue to play table tennis both nationally and internationally for England on a regular basis. During this time I have been able to train 4-5 times a week, carry out strength and conditioning sessions, attain national titles, win a number of BUCS medals and achieve first-class and distinction-level grades. This inspired me to further pursue my education, and as of 2014, I have been completing my PhD in Sport Psychology on a part-time basis.
This past year has been fantastic for me at NTU, as the new partnership with Table Tennis England and The University of Nottingham has provided me with access to top-level training and coaching several times a week. This has enabled me to push up to number 5 in the national senior rankings and win gold this season in the Senior Six Nations team and individual events. Next year I am looking forward to continuing to balance my PhD studies with my training, teaching and my new role as an England Junior Coach. I have also just signed for a club in the Swedish Elite Women's League, and without the support of the NTU sport scholarship programme, it would not be possible for me to continue playing at such a high level.