Table tennis

St James Institute is home to Merton Table Tennis club, a long-established club with a rich history spanning more than seven decades. With over 100 members, the club is one of the largest in the Bournemouth area and currently has several representative teams in the Bournemouth Table Tennis League.

We have teams in every division in the league, catering for every standard of performance. The club also participates in any other leagues that may be created.

Whether you are a total beginner, a serious competition player, returning to the sport after a break, want to get a bit of exercise, are interested in trying something new, or just want to meet new people, you will be welcome at our club.

Merton Table Tennis club meet in the Small Hall at the rear of the building and can accommodate up to four tables for practice, or two for competition. The Small hall at St James is a high-quality facility for table tennis play, meeting Table Tennis England’s specifications in terms of wall colour, non-slip sport surface flooring and lighting that has been upgraded and configured especially for table tennis.

During the past couple of years the club have taken on exclusive hiring of the Small Hall and can now offer facilities which are available every day of the week to full members. Coaching is available from the club’s own member who has achieved Level 1 and will be aiming for Level 2 in the near future. In addition, the club hire the expertise of a professional coach to provide the best coaching for our junior members

For more information, or to enquire about membership, please contact Ron Watson on 01202 429642 or email

While the club is available from 8.00am until 22.00pm each day, there are various groups of members who play on the same mornings or afternoons during the week.

These groups are over 55’s,.

There are two afternoons for adults who wish to improve and then play in a league format.

The Heart Group for any member who has undergone a heart procedure.

There is now a special session for men wo have a mental issue, which is run by a professional coach on behalf of the Sport in Mind Charity.

There is also a table tennis robot which can provide repetition training,

Each Spring, the club holds its own competitions with something for everyone. Singles, Doubles, Handicap and Hard Bat events, across all age groups. Visit the Merton table tennis website for latest news and information.

There are also special social competitions which allows all full members to participate in a friendly atmosphere and meet other members of the various groups run by the Merton club.