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.
Meet your performance coach
Dan O’Connell is the table tennis head performance coach at the University of Central Lancashire. Dan started playing table tennis at the age of 7 and now has over 20 years playing and coaching the sport.
As a coach, it is Dan’s aim to help every player achieve the highest possible level that they can within table tennis, regardless of their starting point, if they truly want to improve and be the best they can be, then Dan sees it as his duty to help them on their journey.
Whilst playing for the Welsh National team, Dan competed in 6 World Championships and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
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 U.A.E to work with their national team players. Whilst working with the U.A.E team the country won gold at the West Asia Championships for the first time in their history.
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.
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, continuue 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.