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Falmouth Docks Table Tennis club gearing up for new season
9:06am Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
Falmouth Docks Table Tennis Club's members take time out form a training session to pose for the camera
The Falmouth Docks Table Tennis Club is developing at a staggering rate, and was recently awarded an English Table Tennis Association Premier Club four-star status.
The club was formed in 1949 and is second only to St Albans TTC (formed in 1927) as the country’s oldest.
In recent years the club has gone from strength to strength and now operates out of three venues: the Dracaena Centre, Laburnum Hall, and Penryn College.
It feeds 15 teams into the local West Cornwall League, and a further two junior teams from Penryn College that compete as Saracens TTC.
It also has teams competing in the National Junior League, and National Cadet League, as well as providing a number of players who compete for TTC Cornwall in the Senior British League.
The club has now cemented a link and new sponsorship deal with Truro-based company James Miller Independent Financial Planning.
Owner, James Miller, who plays football for Helston Athletic, said: “I’ve got so much out of sport. It’s great to be able to give something back.”
This new deal will ensure that some club equipment is updated, and that its junior and cadet teams can compete once again in the national leagues.
The club now has more than 160 members, many of whom live in the Falmouth and Penryn area, and provides coaching, training, competitive play and social events.
It also now has ownership of a new robot which provides automated training opposition for up-and-coming players.
Falmouth Docks has a club committee of 18 people guiding the club safely into the future.
Dennis Williams was this year re-instated as Club Chairman, a position he has held for more than 40 years. Dennis is the last surviving member of the club from its inception back in 1949.
On the playing front Falmouth Docks will be firm favourites to win the West Cornwall League Premier Division this coming 2013/2014 season, and with four of the club's senior men players featuring in the top six of the Cornwall Senior rankings they will be difficult to stop.
Adrian Noott remains the club's highest ranked player at 2 in Cornwall and 112 in England.