A table tennis coach who has represented England at senior level came to Falmouth for a masterclass at the weekend.

Matt Ware, from Dorset, spent two days with the Falmouth Docks club, showing its members a variety of different training methods.

The 26 year old, ranked number 7 in the country, put members through their paces, showing them techniques and taking them through warm-ups and warm-downs.

Club coach Dennis Williams said: "It was a very successful two days and we'll definitely have Matt back again, because everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"I am nearly 83 and my son Jeremy is 53, so we thought we ought to bring someone to the club to show members the modern methods.

"Matt has played all over Europe and has all the latest training techniques, so it was a fantastic couple of days."

Falmouth Docks has had several homes in its long history, having been formed in 1949 by several members including Dennis, who is the only remaining original players.

In 1987, when a hurricane hit Cornwall, the roof was ripped off their home at Falmouth Docks and they hastily relocated to the YMCA.

Since then they have been based at Beacon School, Penwerris Church Hall and most recently Laburnum Church Hall, before setting up home at the Dracaena Centre around five years ago.

Jeremy, once ranked in the top 60 players in the country, secured Sport England funding in excess of £100,000 and they now have a hall that can house over ten tables.

Matt added: "The biggest message is that table tennis is a sport for all ages. I coach kids who are seven years old and I coach people who are 85 years old. You can play at any standard you want and that’s what makes it so accessible.

“It’s also really good for brain function in older people and can make people more confident and switched on in your surroundings. It’s amazing for cognitive development.

“A lot of people get the impression that it’s just hitting the ball back and forth, but there’s so much more too it.”