Our table tennis coach Daniel Basterfield has been nominated for national coach of the year
Daniel accepting his Regional Coach of the Year Award on 15 January at the Jack Petchey London Schools Table Tennis Team Finals. Photo provided by Table Tennis England, credit Mark Lees.
Daniel Basterfield, the Head Table Tennis Coach at Sacred Heart Secondary School, was recently named a finalist for Table Tennis England’s Coach of the Year. The award recognises coaches who make an outstanding contribution towards getting more people playing and developing players to reach their potential, and will be presented at the ESTTA National Championships in Nottingham on 4 and 5 March.
Coach Daniel started the Greenhouse Sports table tennis programme at Sacred Heart two years ago, and has already achieved excellent standards in his participants. His Under 15 Boys team qualified for the Regional Championships this year, making them one of the best teams in London.
Raised in Northolt, North West London, Coach Daniel first came into contact with table tennis at the Greenhouse Sports programme in his school, run by veteran coach Jason Sugrue. He began to train with Sugrue every day before and after school, and attended a training camp in China in 2008. Through his incredible dedication and skill, Coach Daniel became one of the top players in England, and was crowned Junior National Champion in 2009. He has also represented England on a number of occasions.
Table tennis has changed Daniel’s life. He says: “Table tennis kept me going, gave me goals in life, and stopped me from falling in with the wrong crowd.” He attributes his success in coaching to his own experience as a Greenhouse Sports participant. “I believe in the Greenhouse Sports programme because it worked for me. This means that the young people also have belief in the system. They believe that they can achieve, because they see what it did for me.”
“Daniel has truly excelled in his sport and at coaching, and is a shining example of what our Greenhouse Sports programmes are all about- offering young people opportunities through sport. We are so proud to see this recognition of Daniel’s hard work, inspiring our next generation of participants,” said Greenhouse Sports Chief Executive John Herriman.
Looking forward, Coach Daniel has ambitions to build a strong girls team at Sacred Heart and, ultimately, become a Senior Head Coach at Greenhouse Sports: “I love seeing the hard work the young people put in—I get to watch them grow as people.”
Good luck Daniel, we are all so proud of you!