West of Scotland Table Tennis
East Kilbride Table Tennis Club was founded on the 7th of September 1 977, with our first training session held in the John Wright Sports Centre. The idea of establishing a club followed a successful come-and-try promotion held in the sports centre earlier that year. Although the club’s activities have expanded at various times to other locations in the town the sport centre has remained the main base since its formation.
The Club was formed by Greg Taylor, a local player and coach who had the aim of providing quality coaching and competitive opportunities for all our members. To this end training sessions for all standards were arranged every week and teams entered into the Lanarkshire and West of Scotland leagues. The club were also responsible for organizing an annual tournament for schools, and a senior competition as part of the East Kilbride Sports Festival, which was held every May.
Greg Taylor and Willie Keys were the first coaches to be involved in the club. Greg is from East Kilbride and for many years played in the Redpath Table Tennis Club in Division 1 of the West of Scotland League. Willie Keys came from Motherwell and had a long association with coaching in that area as well as being the coach at Redpath TT Club in Hamilton. Other coaches who have been involved with the club include Bill Cummings, Peter Stewart, Ian Morrison and the current coach Peter Connolly.
The East Kilbride Club has always had links with the Strathaven Table Tennis Club where Derek and Jean Schofield have organised clubs for over 25 years.
The club has been affiliated to the East Kilbride Sports Council since 1979 and through this affiliation was able to establish a twinning link with Ballerup Bordtennis Klub from Denmark in 1981.
Since our formation, a number of players from East Kilbride have established themselves in the Scottish National Squad and represented Scotland at junior and senior international level. These include Euan Walker, Gordon Cummings, Douglas Winslow, Stuart Dunn, Blair Walker and Steven Proctor. Most of these players developed their skills at East Kilbride.
In 1995 five local players (Steven Proctor, Blair Walker, David Sweeney, Martin Lappin and Alan McKenna) were given the opportunity to compete in a high quality international tournament when East Kilbride were asked to represent Scotland at the Karlsborg Festival in Sweden. East Kilbride teams have always competed in the West of Scotland Junior League which is in its 6th season. Andrew Sheilds and Michael Connolly representing East Kilbride were winners of the league in it’s first season (2001-2002). Since then players of all ages and abilities have represented East Kilbride in the league divisions and through this a number of players have represented West of Scotland in the Scottish Interleague.
The club currently has one UKCC Level Two coach, Peter Stewart.Five UKCC Level One coaches, Peter Connolly, Brendan Faulds and Andrew Fraser, Justin Yang and Euan McLaughlin who run the club on a Friday evening at the John Wright Sport Centre with an additional sessions organised at AMC Tuesday evening. We have a stable membership of over 30 young players between the age of 8 and 17.