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.  Also partnering with Aim Strong Sport for all our fitness and SAQ training.

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 full-time 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.
  • Bursaries are available from our financial support page

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 on 01476 404386 or email

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

Meet Our Coaches

Vidal Graham – Head Table Tennis Coach & Technical Lead

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

Olly Tyndall – Performance Coach & Programme Administrator 

  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • Former England Cadet and Junior National Team Player
  • 7 National Medals as a Player
  • English Schools National Champion 
  • England Coach

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