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Table tennis

Table Tennis at the University of Central Lancashire provides players with a professional, high-level training programme that enable players to fulfil their sporting potential.

table tennis sport coach

Dan O’Connell - Head performance coach

As a former Welsh International, Dan has competed in 6 World Championships and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Since retirement from International competition Dan has enjoyed success on the world coaching stage.

Welsh National Titles Won:
Senior National title 2015
7 x Mixed Doubles National Champion (2011-2017)
3 x Under 21 National Champion (2012-14)
3 x Men’s Doubles National Champion (2012, 2014, 2015)
Dan has also played for league teams in Germany, France & the U.K.

After moving into the coaching side of the game Dan gained experience within Wales before moving to the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) to work with their national team. Whilst working with the U.A.E team the country won gold at the West Asia Championships for the first time in their history.

person playing table tennis

Gain key insights into performance with 1-2-1 training

Table Tennis at the University of Central Lancashire offers individuals a tailored training plan. Alongside weekly group sessions players also have the opportunity to attend 1-2-1 sessions with UCLan’s experienced performance coach. The 1-2-1 sessions provide key insights into performance, with regular video analysis between the coach and player to fine tune technique and tactics. Regular fitness sessions also take place, helping you improve your performance on the table.

Sports hall viewing area in Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

Open to players of all abilities

Our table tennis program pushes individuals mentally and physically, helping them to improve their skills, knowledge and capabilities within the sport. Players will learn the theory behind table tennis, continue learning, testing each other, pushing each other and helping each other grow and excel. Table tennis at UCLan provides players with an open and honest learning and training environment.


Monday: 6:30-9pm

Wednesday: 2-5pm 

Friday: 6-8pm

BUCs matches for the men’s team take place on a Wednesday afternoon during the season on a home and away basis.

BUCs matches for the women’s team currently take place over the course of a weekend in a group round robin format.

Additional training support will be provided with Dates/times identified by the coach.


Sports scholarships

UCLan is also a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) institution, which means we are one of 37 delivery sites across the country that are recognised for their profile, experience and reputation associated with performance sport delivery.

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Where you'll train

All table tennis training and matches take place at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, purpose built indoor facility is located at our Preston Campus. STFSC offers a range of activities from UCLan Students' Union sports clubs to instructor led classes and individual gym areas.

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Did you know?

Invented in the late 1800’s table tennis has become one of the most played sports worldwide. With around 300 million people playing in China alone.

Links with Preston Table Tennis Association provide opportunities to get involved with table tennis in the local area and compete in league matches outside of the university.