Louis France to sponsor Huddersfield Table Tennis League

Monday 18th September

Huddersfield Table Tennis League will this season be sponsored by Louis France – workwear, safety and industrial supplies. The Prospect Street based company has been established for over 75 years in Huddersfield and they have agreed to provide sponsorship for the forthcoming league season.

This week sees the commencement of league fixtures for Division One, with eleven teams involved. Ten teams will compete in each of the other two divisions, with matches scheduled to start next week.

Over 140 players representing 11 different clubs have registered for this season. Three clubs – Deighton Leisure Centre (7 teams), Kingsmith Engineering (7 teams) and Marsh Con (4 teams) - provide the majority of this season’s team entries.

As in previous seasons, the two handicap knockout competitions will continue to be sponsored by Royds Hall Printing and Table Tennis Direct respectively.

In addition to league matches, a number of players will play in the Yorkshire Veterans League. Four teams will again represent the town with the Huddersfield No 1 team hoping to emulate last season’s excellent performance by retaining the Division One title.

Last season, Huddersfield entered a team in the Senior British League and with funding assistance from FileDoc Ltd (managed print and business solutions), a team will again represent the town at this level. All matches will be played over four weekends at the Ormesby Table Tennis Club in Middlesbrough.

Paul Simpson and Naila Malik work steadfastly to provide table tennis coaching and development programmes in schools and colleges, but the lack of a purpose built table tennis venue is holding back further progress in this area. (If any reader has any potential option, please contact the league).

With the demise of youth clubs and suitable venues, it is proving more difficult each year to find suitable premises to accommodate table tennis teams – so much for the 2012 Olympic sporting legacy !!