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 division one 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 studies.

Recent Honours

2023 Felix Thomis Under 19 Boys School Individual Champion

2023 Under 19 Girls School Team Runners Up

2022 Under 19 Girls School Team 3rd place

2022 Under 11 Boys School Team 5th place

2022 Under 11 Girls School Team 5th place

2020 Under 16 Boys Schools Team Champions

2020 Under 16 Girls Schools Team Champions

2020 Junior British League Girls Premier Division Champions

Alumni Honours

2023 Jasmin Wong and Mollie Patterson represented England Women at the European Team Championships

2023 Jasmin Wong U21 Women’s Singles National Champion

2022 Shayan Siraj U21 Men’s Singles National Champion


Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Head Coach

Chris has been actively coaching for over 15 years with experience coaching at all levels. He is a UKCC level 3 coach and has previously coached on England youth squads and at international competitions. He is currently involved with the England Schools teams, coaching the boys teams at various World Schools events, including winning a Bronze medal in Rio and Senior School Internationals. He has taken players to training camps in China, France and various counties in the Britain, providing opportunities to learn from the coaches there.


“The close relationship between Ackworth and Pontefract Squash Club has already proven successful, both for the school and the young players now in attendance”

Vanessa Atkinson
Former Ladies World No.1

“The environment at Ackworth gave me the room to pursue what I wanted outside of the school to the fullest degree, and yet balance that with a broader learning atmosphere, without any pressure”

James Willstrop
Former Mens World No.1 & Old Scholar

“It’s a privilege to be at Ackworth School. Not only is the education great, the fantastic support they have given me has helped me achieve the best I can in squash. This has enabled me to win two British Open titles and to be selcted for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires”

Current student

“It’s a great opportunity to have such a fantastic education and a world class coach so close together. The school is so flexible, which allows me to train and keep up with my tournaments all around England”

Current student

Table tennis

Sports Facilities

Sporting facilities at Ackworth:

  • Five football pitches
  • Cricket Pitch
  • Athletics field
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Newly built fitness suite
  • Five all-weather tennis courts
  • Two all-weather pitches
  • Numerous table tennis tables
  • Cross-country running courses
  • Two squash courts