Dumfries Table Tennis Club

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We currently operate weekly coaching classes on Monday evening for Beginners from 18.00 –  19.00 and Intermediates 19.00 – 20.00. The cost is £3 per session for club members, or £4 for non-members.  Email coaching@dumfriesttc.co.uk if you are interested in taking part in these. 

Our coaches Shannon Brown and Dawid Sulkowski also offer 1-1 sessions. To contact them or to find out more about what’s involved, email coaching@dumfriesttc.co.uk. Or come along to any of the club’s open sessions for a chat. 

There are also opportunities for players who are progressing well in the intermediate class to work with our head coach Dylan De Silva in a smaller group.  Some of our coaches are also able to offer 1-1 coaching – again enquire if you are interested in this. 

At Dumfries TTC we have a dedicated group of coaches who are able to assist players from complete beginners to those who compete at national standard.  If you are interested in getting involved with coaching at Dumfries TTC we would be delighted to hear from you.

The coaching team at Dumfries TTC

Head Coach – Dylan De Silva


Dylan is a UKCC level 2 qualified coach and has coached for over a decade at DTTC.  He is currently also one of the coaches assisting with the Scottish national squad training camps.  Dylan organizes much of the coaching at the club and works primarily with the improving and more advanced players.

Lead Coach – Senga Thomson


Senga is a UKCC level 3 qualified coach.  She has vast experience of table tennis and has played all over the world.  She also helps train table tennis coaches by delivering regular UKCC courses across Scotland.  Senga currently leads most of our beginners and intermediate classes on Mondays.

Coach – Norma Brown

Norma is a UKCC level 1 coach who had success as a junior and then returned to table tennis when her daughter Shannon began playing. She is involved with coaching admin, especially on Monday evenings, and occasionally assists at sessions.  

Coach – Shannon Brown

Shannon is a UKCC level 1 coach with a special commitment to coaching our juniors. She is one of Scotland’s top juniors and has represented the country. Shannon is available for 1-1 sessions for those really looking to push on in the sport. 

Coach – David Denholm

David’s main passion is tennis where he works with the national disability squad, however he is a superb table tennis coach as well and works with our disability group on Saturday morning. See more about his inspirational work in this video from ITV’s Border Life 

Coach – Paul Dowson

Paul has recently returned to table tennis after playing regularly as a junior. He  has now qualified as a UKCC Level 1 coach, and earned a call-up to DTTC’s national side. 

Coach – Kay Solaja


Kay is a UKCC level 1 qualified coach.  Kay has been involved with coaching at the club for nearly two decades and still enjoys helping our youngsters progress in the sport.  Kay also works closely with our disability group that runs on Saturday mornings.

Coach – Dawid Sulkowski


Dawid is a recent welcome addition to our coaching strength – and our National League team! He is a UKCC level 1 qualified coach, with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Physical Education and 11 years coaching experience.  As well as assisting at coaching sessions, he is available for 1-1 coaching 

Assistant coaches

Gordon Duff is our club chairman but also turns his hand to coaching, particularly helping out with 1-1 sessions with some of our older players.  Gordon has also run a successful outreach class at Lochmaben that has encouraged youngsters from this area to come to the club.

Visiting coaches

Danny Bajwa who is part of the Men’s national team cut his teeth at the club having worked with Dylan De Silva and other coaches at Dumfries.  Currently studying in Glasgow, Danny returns to Dumfries regularly and comes to help out at the club when he can.  As well as being a UKCC level 1 coach, his experience and ability means he can offer high level of coaching to those who want to get some advanced tips and advice and he is available for 1-1’s when he is in Dumfries – particular during university holidays.