Coaching Team

Head Table Tennis Coach

George Chan

George has been Head Table Tennis Coach at Harrogate Racquets Club since 2011 and has built up the Junior section from scratch to providing multiple weekly Junior coaching sessions. George also runs adult, school and community coaching sessions. Some of his players have gone on to play at county and national level. 

George has played competitive table tennis since 1980, first at Imperial College, London and then in Manchester and Harrogate leagues at the highest level.  He has a wealth of experience of different playing styles and bat combinations.

He is currently a UKCC level 2 table tennis coach and coaches both penholders and traditional shakehand styles.

His enthusiasm has inspired other club members to qualify as coaches.  The club now has another 3 level 1 coaches which strengthens the coaching provision and gives Racquets a great base to further develop the coaching programmes.

Reach George on 07507 039071 or

The Table Tennis section of the Harrogate Racquets Club is a Registered Table Tennis England Premier Club.


Linda Simpson

Linda has joined our team this year and with her she brings some fantastic experience. Linda started playing at Butlin's in 1962 and has played every since. She has represented Yorkshire for many years starting as a junior. Latterly she was the England Veteran number 1 player in both over 50's and 60's age group. She is an England Veteran team International Gold medalist and European bronze medalist. 

Linda is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and love of table tennis with our club. She will be working with George to build and develop our junior and adult sections.

Ana Silva

Ana has played table tennis for over 20 years and has represented her country, Portugal nationally. Ana provides private coaching on request.