Craigavon coaching sessions part of club progress

Coaching at Craigavon.
Coaching at Craigavon.

Craigavon Table Tennis Club officials have issued an open invitation to anyone interested in learning more about the sport.

The sport recently received a profile boost following success for 14-year-old Owen Cathcart in Belgium - as the Belfast teenager became the first player from Ireland to win a major international tournament.

“Owen’s win is fantastic for the sport within Ulster and Ireland,” said Craigavon club chairman Michael McGoldrick. “I have known Owen since he was nine years old.

“He deserves all the accolades for winning.

“He has worked extremely hard, is totally dedicated and has an absolutely brilliant coach and mentor in John Murphy.

“The Craigavon club is also going from strength-to-strength, with three nights of coaching each week.

“On Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings the club is open to anyone, with training each Thursday for those players who have shown potential and dedication over the past eight months.”

The Craigavon club can boast two current number-one ranked Irish players in the coaching team - Gavin Maguire and Zak Wilson. Neil Irwin, a former Ulster number one, is also part of the coaching panel alongside McGoldrick.

Contact McGoldrick on 07898888531 or e-mail m.mcgoldrick@gmail.com. Alternatively, visit the club page on Facebook.