Ackworth school

Table Tennis

Table Tennis Academy

The Ackworth School Table Tennis Academy is a pre-eminent programme not only within UK boarding schools, but within the junior game. The programme offers students the chance to excel under a world class coach within a school environment which champions traditional values. Our students compete in the premier division of the Junior British League and train in our bespoke table tennis centre. Pupils also have the opportunity to travel abroad to train and play in international tournaments.

The excellent coaching programme marries academia and sport, this gives many students the opportunity  to excel at national and even international level without compromising their education.

The coach

Hong Hong Peebles was born in Guangzhou, China and has been immersed in table tennis success ever since.

During the 90’s she was head table tennis coach at Nanyang School in Singapore, guiding them to the National Schools Championship title; concurrently training the Singapore National Youth Team.

A move to Grantham Tornado Table Tennis Club saw her coach Emily Bates who became a senior England player at only 16. The Tornadoes went on to win six consecutive titles.  She found further success at Skegness Grammar School, leading them to numerous titles and guided Tom Jarvis to compete the world stage.

Peeble’s success would not go unnoticed as she became the head coach at the Table Tennis England Development Centre. She coached seven players there to compete nationally, including a number from Ackworth School.

She now find herself with us and is excited at the prospect of coaching the current stock of talent and developing the future stars of the game.


“The programme has given me access to high level competition and training…I am aiming for the 2024 Olympics in Paris”- Jasmin

“We train for about 18 hours per week, and that’s on top of our school work…The highlight for me has been coming first in the Under 15 National Cup” – Ruby

“It is very high intensity as we are exposed to a number of excellent coaches which gives a good coach to player ratio” –Amirul

“I really like the fact the programme combines table tennis with a really good academic programme. The coaches are superb!” – Alfredo

“The programme is really good as I can train everyday without it disrupting my academic education” – Jeff

Ackworth's Table Tennis Teams Celebrate Emphatic Win
Ackworth School boys competing at table tennis
Ackworth's Table Tennis Academy players with the Head after emphatic double win

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