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.
2017 Under 16s Boys Schools Team Champions
2017 Under 16s Girls Schools Team Champions
2018 Under 16s Boys Schools Team Champions
2018 Under 19 Girls Schools Team Champions
2020 Under 16 Boys Schools Team Champions
2020 Under 16 Girls Schools Team Champions
2020 Junior British League Girls Premier Division Champions
Eli Baraty – Head Coach
Eli Baraty is an internationally recognised name within table tennis, representing England on multiple occasions as well as playing in the French and German leagues. Known for taking a bespoke approach to coaching, Eli works closely with a number of international programmes, helping to fine-tune their players.
An accomplished coach, Eli has previously built up a non-existent table tennis programme into a significant force to be reckoned with. His team went on to win eight National Schools Championships and finished sixth in the World School Games – an unsurpassed British record.
“I want Ackworth School’s Table Tennis Academy to be a place where players from around the world come to train, where national teams come to excel. This Academy is the place to come if you want to be an elite performer.
“If you have that dream of being a top player within table tennis, then this is your opportunity.”
Sam Mabey – Assistant Coach
Supporting players’ development is Sam Mabey, Assistant Coach. Having done the rounds at the top levels of various European competitions, Sam is perfectly positioned to bring his experience and energy to help Head Coach Eli achieve his vision for the Academy.
“I have had a lot of international experience of playing at the highest level in table tennis with playing in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and now currently France. My aim here is to bring these students on and to take them to the best they can be. I have won the national championships singles and doubles and also the British championships. I have been able to live in five different countries and got to work with some of the best coaches in Europe. I can use this knowledge to help our school win medals for the future.”
“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
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