Table Tennis Academy

Grantham College launched the Table Tennis Academy in September 2002. This initiative, the first in the UK, allows both local, National and International players to take advantage of a variety of specialist training facilities at the college to improve their level of play and help them to reach their full potential within the game. 

Grantham College Table Tennis Academy is known all over Britain as one of the leading places to train and study for young players, over the past 15 years there has been over 20 England Internationals and 8 British Internationals that have lived, studied and trained here at the college. Many of these players have gone onto achieve extremely high grades within their studies and have got into the University of their choice to further their education.

We have also been able to forge links with the following organizations to help enhance the training opportunities on offer to our students:

  • Table Tennis England
  • BTTAD (British Table Tennis Athletes with a disability)
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Cliffedale Chandlers Table Tennis Club
  • David Ross Education Trust

We have a sponsorship deal with Tees Sport and Butterfly through Ransome Sporting Goods, this enables our academy and its players to access the world leading equipment products at reduced prices.  

Butterfly logo (text) Butterfly logo (image) Tees Sport logo

The college benefits from some fantastic facilities including a large sports hall with specialist flooring, in which the table tennis coaching takes place.

The Table Tennis Academy offers the following key benefits:

  • A wide choice of fulltime courses, all leading to nationally recognised qualifications
  • Access to the outstanding training facilities at the college
  • Access to top-level table tennis training
  • International standard coaching and sparring partners
  • Opportunity to gain a UKCC Coaching qualification
  • On-site residential accommodation
  • Travel provided with a coach to a range of domestic competitions
  • Video analysis & multiball training on a one-to-one basis
  • Sports psychology and individual fitness programmes
  • Junior British League teams.

If you would like to find out more information or have any further questions then please feel free to contact one of the coaches – Vidal Graham or Natalie Green on 01476 400200.

View our under 16 programme leaflet based at Charles Read Academy.


Follow us on social media and see some videos of our academy in action: 

Facebook LogoFacebook: Grantham College Table Tennis Academy.   Twitter logo Twitter: @GCollege_TTA

 Instagram logo Instagram: Gccollege_tta


Coaching profiles:

Vidal Graham 

Vidal Graham - Head Table Tennis Coach

  • UKCC Level 4 Coach
  • 4X British League Titles
  • Coached at ITTF Talent ID Programme in Slovenia
  • Post-Graduates Degree in Elite Sports Coaching 


Olly Tyndall - Performance Coach & Programme Administrator 

  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • Former England Cadet and Junior National Team Player
  • 7 National Medals as a Player
  • English Schools National Champion 



Sam Mabey - Performance Coach & Technical Lead 

  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • Former England Cadet and Junior National Team Player
  • Played Professionally in England, Sweden, Croatia, Belgium and France 


Student success stories:

  Danielle Kelly

Danielle Kelly moved to Grantham to study, train and live in the student halls at Grantham College. She is now completing a 2-year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport whilst training with our world-renewed Table Tennis Academy.

“The college has helped my table tennis progress so much since joining, and my results show that. Equally, the college has helped me with school and living in halls of residence where there is always someone there to help if you need it. Without the massive support team here at the Grantham College Academy I would not be as good a player I am now.” 

Read Danielle's full story. 

 Joseph Goss

Joseph came to Grantham College to study, train and live in the student halls at Grantham College. Joseph is currently completing the HNC Mechanical Engineering course at our University Centre Grantham College whilst training with our Table Tennis Academy. 

“Grantham College Table Tennis Academy has helped me advance my skills and knowledge of the game very quickly". 

Read Joseph's full story.

Table Tennis News


Victory for the Table Tennis Academy


Grantham College Table Tennis Academy are the Men’s ETTU Europe Trophy Region A Champions

This weekend athletes Luc Miller, Callum Evans, Jordan Wykes and Adam Dennison and Coach Vidal Graham travelled to London to compete in the first ever Europe Trophy - the third level of the European club competition, after the Champions League and Europe Cup.

In the men’s competition there were eight teams competing across two groups. Grantham College Table Tennis Academy won all of their group matches, and went on to beat the winners of Group B, Draycott & Longeaton TTC 3-1 to claim the Men’s Group A Europe Trophy.

Jordon Wykes was the star of the weekend with a 100% win record for Grantham.

Coach Vidal Graham says “We’re really happy to take part in the event and we’re over the moon with the result. It just shows that dedication and hard work pays off."

What a weekend we had. Congratulations to Luc Miller, Callum Evans, Jordan Wykes and Adam Dennison. Next stop is the ETTU Europe Trophy Finals in June.

If you want to be a part of our Table Tennis Academy, speak to one of our coaches by calling 01476 400200 or contact the Table Tennis team via their Facebook page: Grantham College Table Tennis Academy