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Adrian Christy to step down as Table Tennis England CEO

Christy was appointed interim CEO in December 2021, before being named full time CEO in May 2022 (Image: Table Tennis England)

Adrian Christy, CEO of Table Tennis England, will step down from his role in December 2024.

Christy, who has spent the past 30 years working in the sports industry, said the move will allow him to “transition into a new world of retirement”. He was appointed interim CEO of Table Tennis England in December 2021, before being named full-time CEO in May 2022.

Before that, Christy spent 15 years as CEO of Badminton England.

Commenting on Adrian’s decision, Table Tennis England Chair, Nick Donald, said: “Adrian joined Table Tennis England in December 2021, at an incredibly challenging time for the sport and the sector more widely.

“Emerging from the pandemic he has led the organisation in re-shaping its strategy and reforming its governance structure to be far leaner, more focused and aligned to its growth ambition.

“Through the adoption of our strategy, Table Tennis United, the game is becoming more visible and accessible within communities and the newly established Area Network is connecting more clubs, leagues, coaches and volunteers. We have established a network of Pathway Development Centres and a new Elite Training Centre in Sheffield.

“Adrian has driven the formation of a new and innovative partnership between Table Tennis England and the International Table Tennis Federation in order to stage major international events in this country, including the World Team Table Tennis Championships which have been awarded to London in 2026.

“Adrian has worked tirelessly to promote Table Tennis England, while having to endure some devastating family health issues over the past six months. We will be sorry to see Adrian leave but we will now focus on a process to appoint his successor, knowing that TTE has a strong platform from which to drive its growth potential.”

Christy said: “After more than 30 years in the sports sector, having been blessed to work with some extraordinarily talented people and having had the privilege to share in some amazing sporting moments.

“I joined Table Tennis England in December 2021 and immediately saw the potential to grow.

“With the adoption of our strategy, Table Tennis United, table tennis is becoming more visible and accessible to communities, and through our new Area Network the sport is connected to more clubs, leagues, coaches and volunteers at local level.”

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