Market Rasen Table Tennis Club

Be inspired: Why not come along to Faldingworth Memorial Hall for a game of social table tennis every Friday throughout the winter. The Market Rasen TTC is in the Village Hall and welcomes all ages to their group for “Social” table tennis. All equipment provided even a bat for you to loan – learn to play or just enjoy a fun evening with your colleagues. There is a poster on the wall at the hall with more details. 
Just to inspire you: Recently, in July, in Budapest a photo taken at the Medal Ceremony of the lady who runs the club, winning the Bronze Medal in the recently held European Vetts Championships in Hungary.A little old you might say !!!??? its a life-time sport – you play to your own pace. Its only one medal of many for her she has won many different colours in her life-time. 7.15pm until 9.15ish depending on nos. £3.00 any ages, everyone welcome wear casual clothing and rubbers.       
 For more information Sylvia Tyler 01673 843655.

On Saturday 7th July 2018 the National Assoc. of Boys and Girls Clubs Table Tennis Championship finals took place at Dean’s Sport & Leisure, Lincoln.   The Market Rasen Junior Table Tennis Club entered Jacob Bennett, James Naseby and Henry James. Both Jacob and James already play in the Lincoln League in the 2nd Division (we came runners up this year – Jacob with an impressive 95% and James 55% in his first season of league play – quite an achievement for the young folk). Henry, playing in his first competitive competition ever at these Championships, will be joining the boys next season together with his friend Tom Weeks both from Middle Rasen and Alister McNeil of Moortown – another up and coming junior. Jacob who played in the U’19’s category and finished in 2nd place, said, “This is the first time I have played against a guy in a wheelchair – what a great experience to witness how he still excels in his sport”. James played in the U’16’s category and finished in 3rd place. He said “I am glad I came and enjoyed all my tight matches, I hope to play in some more tournaments in the future”. Henry, who played in the U’14’s category and finished in 6th place said “This was the first time I have played in a tournament and I think that I have improved a lot having played it”.

3 Generations ” One of our Market Rasen teams playing in the local Lincoln League 1st Division’ .   This shows Lesley (daughter) youngest son Nick (grandson) and Sylvia Tyler (Grandma who played up a division) on Monday 18th January 2016.  They won the match with Grandma winning 1 set.Is this a first?  Have we made the record book?

On Friday 18th December 2015, Market Rasen J Table Tennis Club held a “Launch Night” for its first club evening at its new venue Faldingworth Memorial Hall. It was well attended and our four tables were in constant use all evening.

Thanks to all the parents who came along it was great to see over 20 people enjoying playing, drinking tea/coffee and eating mince pies. What a welcome the local folk gave us!! We are now hoping to arrange coaching courses for young players/beginners/advanced groups when we start up again in the New Year. All ages are welcome.

Thank you for coming Merry Christmas.


Spot Light on Chloe Lingard, aged 11 years, of Keelby Primary School has been playing table tennis for less than a year.   She is coached at the Market Rasen TT Club by Bryn Tyler (UKCC level 2 coach).   She has now collected a string of trophies in the Grimsby,Cleethorpes & District Schools by winning the Under 12s, Under 15s and Under 18s.   Chloe recently won a place in the 11-14 Midlands Area (regional qualification) held at Grantham to take part in the Nationals held in May at Tipton Sports Academy, Birmingham.  Chloe’s eyes are on National glory and her aim is to compete in the Olympics one day. Chloe has a tremendous passion for the game; her enthusiasm is second to none. We all  hope she fulfils her ambitions.  She will be attending tournaments this year and will most certainly be picked for Lincolnshire’s County Cadet team this coming season.

Just a few of the juniors who attend Market Rasen TT Club held in the gymnasium of the De-Aston School.  The latest addition to our group looks to be a very promising player, Luke Mimmo, aged 9yrs who lives in Immingham (seen in the photograph).


Market Rasen has a new European Champion! Sylvia Tyler from Willingham Road in the town, has returned from the 7th European Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam with two medals, a gold and a bronze.  With her partner, Margaret Dignum from Warwickshire, Sylvia won the gold medal for women’s doubles in the 65-69 age group, having beaten the No.1 seeds from Germany in the semi-finals. Then in the singles event for 70-74 years, she won the bronze medal, only going down 10-12 in the fourth of a five game match to the No.1 seed from France. Sylvia is the lead coach of Market Rasen Juniors. Table Tennis Club and is a Lincolnshire County player.The championships are held every two years, alternating with the World Championships, which next year will be held in Rio de Janiero. This year there were 2,100 competitors from 38 countries taking part.

George Tyler & Daughter Lesley Keast


At the Lincolnshire Closed Table Tennis Championships on Sunday 6th April held up in Grimsby, Lesley Keast of Market Rasen Table Tennis Club receiving one of the four trophies she won from the Lincolnshire’s Chairman (her father). She won the Ladies Singles, the Ladies Veteran Singles, the Ladies Doubles and the Mixed Doubles.Lesley, a former Welsh International, plays for Market Rasen in the Lincoln League and the Veterans British League and also for Lincolnshire in the County Championships.

One of her sons Nick Keast, along with Chloe Lingard and Luke Nimmo, also from the Market Rasen club, recently qualified for the National 11-14 Championships to be held at Doncaster next month – all are coached by the Club Coach Bryn Tyler (Nick’s uncle).


Market Rasen Table Tennis Club’s Junior British League team competed again – the 2ndweekend at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Staffordshire on the 8th/9th February 2014. After 10 matches over two weekends they finished in 3rd place in the final table of Division 3A only 2 points away from the team above and promotion to the 2nd division. From left to right in the photograph Carl Baldry, James Keast, Timmy Cooper and Lee Dorning – an excellent achievement in this prestigious league at such a high level of competition.  We can now look forward to next season – congratulations to the team.

Sylvia Tyler, Manager

Carl Baldry, James Keast, Timmy Cooper and Lee Dorning


The second weekend in Doncaster on the 25th/26thJanuary 2014 our LADIES I finished at the top of the PREMIER DIVISION. I believe this is a first as they have finished runners-up the previous 2 seasons.What a tight finish with “The Bribar Bunch” again. Equal on points and sets after the first weekend (played in Hereford) and into the last match still equal on points and sets (the 5thmatch against “Bribar Bunch” on the Sunday clinched the 2 points needed to WIN. Congratulations to Lesley Keast (captain) with Rosemary Rainton and Jane Vickers – they played all 10 matches over the two weekends – A REAL TEAM EFFORT!!! Disapointment for our Mens’ Premier Division team. Thomasz Rzeszotko (our No.1) dislocated his knee 2 weeks earlier playing in the Vetts Western Masters. The team sadly struggled on but could not avoid relegation to the  1stdivision. Our 2nd Ladies Team lost out on promotion to the 1st division Ladies by only 1 set to their arch rivals RTA – never mind we will all give it another go next season.

SylviaTyler, Captain of Ladies II

JaneVickers, Lesley Keast, Rosemary Rainton.

   Leeds Cadet & Junior 1* Championships               

             Held on Saturday 21st December 2013 at 

              Richmond Hill Sports Centre, Leeds

We took 3 Market Rasen members to Leeds and  all 3 acquitted themselves admirably, bringing home medals,Nicholas Keast a medal in the U’18s plate event coming second. Chloe Linguard won the U’15 plate event coming first and 9yr.old Luke Nimmo was  runner up in the U’11 event and also took his turn at umpiring seriously.             

                  Congratulations from Market Rasen TTClub.

National Junior League  2012/2013

A County Development Squad training session was held on Saturday 24th August at De-Aston Market Rasen.There were cadets (U’15)s from Grantham, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Skegness, Immingham,Grimsbyand Market Rasen at the  5 hour training session on 10 tables – 20 boys/girls. The session was led and coached by Bryn Tyler UKCC Level 2.

National Junior League  2012/2013

For the past 5 years we have organised in the De-Aston Sports Centre a National Cadet League or a National Junior League.  Last season was  our last one so it was interesting for our 3 teams (mainly De-Aston pupils) to travel to Scunthorpe for this competition on four Saturdays during the winter months (2 before Christmas and 2 after).  No Cadets league so they all played in the older aged National Junior League.

Nick Keast, Pearce Mitchell, Declan Dickinson, Macauley Bowers, Jordan Ogungbo, Dominic Batey, Jacob Bennett, Jake Hearn, Chloe Brack, Lewis Brack and Jacob Lowe (from the Healing School) and Chloe Lingard (from Keelby Primary) played in 3 teams.  Almost all of the above-named were in their first year of table tennis so they all competed in the 2nd division.   Rasen A won the division and were presented with ETTA winners medals with Rasen C coming 2nd.  All smartly turned out in the royal blue/black shirts of the Market Rasen TT Club.Because this was a recognised National competition, their wins led to them picking up England ranking points in the Junior lists – this gave a lot of motivation to winning as many matches as they could and will carry forward to next year.

Rasen ‘A’ – The Winners.

British Junior League  2012/2013

2012/2013 was a difficult season.  With Adam Curran playing the first week-end and Adam Jepson the second the twins James & Thomas Keast of Market Rasen TTC and De-Aston School made their debut.  This is the most prestigious league National team competition there is and the boys acquitted themselves admirably.  Finishing 3rd in the final table for Division 4A. – We could have finished in 2nd place and won ourselves a place in Division 3 but we will have to wait until next season to see teams entered.  We were equal with Morpeth Greenhouse on everything except we lost a close match which we should have drawn then we would have been equal on points – interesting.

Team NamePlayed Won    DrawnLostSets For Sets AgainstPoints 
Fusion10 114416 17
Morpeth Greenhouse10 4 223525 12
Rasen Racers10 4 333525 11
Burton Uxbridge 210 5 143426 11
York Gardens100010550

National Cadet League Runners-Up 2011/2012
Rasen Racers, consisting of 3 young brothers, all pupils of De-Aston School
and living in Market Rasen exceeded all expectations by finishing runners-up in
the Premier Division team event of the National Cadet League played at
Wellingborough over four week-ends.  The enthusiastic and talented team
produced some outstanding individual performances

British Junior League 2011/2012

In the Junior British League 2011-2012 season the Market Rasen TTC continued to field a team.In the Boys Division 4A with Ryan and Dean Richardson (from Northumberland) and Henry McTernan the “Rasen Racers” finished in 4th position.  Both weekends were keenly fought and we were well pleased with the team’s performance.

MRTTC- Presentation Day
On Sunday 20th March at De-Aston Sports Centre we welcomed Mary Jane Barr, our local Co-op Post Office Manager, to present their £1,000 cheque to the club’s Secretary and Coach Sylvia Tyler. The club were delighted to receive this Community Grant, this purchased new table tennis tables for the club to replace damaged ones. Our juniors will benefit as will our adult Community Group table tennis sessions held on Thursday evenings.   We welcome anyone interested in playing table tennis socially or in league play to come along. Every Thursday 8.00pm – 10.00pm in the gymnasium at De-Aston Sports Centre.
English Table Tennis medals were also presented to winning teams in the National Junior League held in the De-Aston Sports Hall. After the 4th day of this
competition the winners were Ancaster Falcons, who finished top of the 1st Division by only 1 point in front of runners-up Rasen Warriors.  The winners – Ancaster.
In an exciting match, and the last set of the day, parents and participants watched Rasen Warriors beat the Ancaster team by 5-4 with young James Keast, a second year student at De-Aston School, having an unexpected nail-biting win 11-9, 14-12,11-9 over James Hiley two years his senior. Runners-up – Rasen Warriors

It was pleasing to see Lincoln win the 2nd Division in their debut into this League. Market Rasen fielded 3 teams from the 10 Lincolnshire teams.

JUNIOR NATIONAL LEAGUE – 2010/11 – Sunday 12th December 2010 – 2nd Weekend of Competition
JUNIOR NATIONAL LEAGUE – 2010/11 – Sunday 14th Nov 2010

Another first for Market Rasen. The two previous years a National CadetLeague Competition was held in Market Rasen. This season the first National Junior League competition (the only one in Lincolnshire) took place at the De Aston Sports Centre.10 teams across the County took part from Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Gainsborough, Ancaster and Market Rasen. This is to be followed up by 3 more full day Sunday sessions 12th December, 23rd January 2011 and 20th March 2011. 5 matches were played during this first day to be followed by 4 matches during the second session. For the remaining two sessions the teams will be grouped into 2 divisions according to results. Winners and runners up of each division will receive National ETTA medals. Leading teams are present are Ancaster Falcons and Rasen Warriors.  

Click on the link below to see the official results so far: RASEN JUNIOR LEAGUE official results 2010 day 1.doc


The first weekend of the Veterans British League took place in Hereford on 6th/7th November 2010. With Market Rasen teams in both Mens and Ladies Premier Divisions. In the photo are the squads from left to right: Joanne Kennedy, Richard Lightowler, Lesley Keast, Jimmy Walsh, Denise McEvoy, Jimmy Brewster, Brian Hill and Jane Vickers. For the first time the mens’ team were playing in the Premier Division and their results showed that they must practise even harder if they are to stay in this Division next season. They had 1 victory out of 5 matches and drew one other gaining just 3 points – but they were not at the bottom of the division and had had some very close games that could have been winning matches. The squad consists mainly of Lincolnshire home grown players and bodes well for the future.The Ladies team also playing in the Premier Division with Lesley Keast, former Welsh International, from Market Rasen and the remaining players from the East Midlands.They played well and with 3 wins and 2 draws, unbeaten after 5 matches, they top the Premier Division with 8 points. Lesley and Jane Vickers, from Derbyshire, winning 8 out of 10 and 7 out of 8 respectively. An excellent week end.

County training with 12 of Lincolnshire’s top juniors, held at De-Aston Leisure Centre.

Boys and girls from the Lincolnshire County squads enjoyed a 4 hourworkout with John Mapletoft an ETTA qualified coach from Grantham leading the proceedings. Sylvia Tyler, a qualified ETTA coach, head coach at Market Rasen, and now a recently qualified UKCC Level 2 table tennis coach organised the first of several sessions to take place at the Sports Centre. Bryn Tyler and Lesley Keast both qualified ETTA coaches and Welsh International players were able to help the youngsters with coaching on how to win matches, and the need for consistency and good footwork. The youngsters are training for County matches in the County Championships in the forthcoming season. A second County Training day was held in October with Paul Johnson from Gainsborough as the leading coach, he is the current Senior Lincolnshire Men’s Champion for 2009/10 season. Again the players were put through their paces for a 4 hour stretch to prepare them for the two County Junior team events at Halifax and Draycott in Derby the following Saturday. Both teams had good wins on the day and benefited by these training sessions.12 invited players on each occasion came from Ancaster, Grantham, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Grimsby, Caistor and Market Rasen. The Centre is ideal for such training days and will be used as often as possible.

Juniors at Market Rasen Table Tennis Club.
2 a-side competition amongst some of the best players in Lincolnshire held at De-Aston Leisure Centre.

Market Rasen TT Club’s Sylvia Tyler was involved in the John Marshall weekly challenge for table tennis on FM Radio. How many points could John score playing an old lady of 70 yrs?  John Marshall referred to table tennis as a game of “ping pong!”.   
Youngsters gain their Bronze Awards at Market Rasen TT Club.


Blitz Table Tennis Club from Gainsborough and Market Rasen Table Tennis Club held a “Friendly” Fun Day of Sport on Sunday 22nd August at De Aston Sports Centre with table tennis in the morning and cricket in the afternoon. The table tennis competition was won by doubles pair Shaun Ward from Grimsby, a member of the Market Rasen club and local De-Aston school pupil Thomas Steer from Market Rasen. The photograph shows the group of youngsters who took part, together with the winners Shaun and Thomas and Leanne Beardall from the Sports Centre. A cricket match with players from both clubs with a BBQ took place in the afternoon at a local member’s ground at The Woodlands, Market Rasen. The day was a complete success enjoyed by all with the sunshine playing an important part.

Target Photo:   Reported on December 2nd 2009 in the Target Louth/Market Rasen series.  Sylvia Tyler shows her Lincolnshire Sports Award of the year “Veteran Sportsperson of the Year” to table tennis members of Market Rasen Table Tennis Club.
Organised by the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.