Andy Bray has been the driving force behind the creation of a highly successful Table Tennis facility in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
In 2007, aged just 17, Andy secured an Awards For All grant to establish Haworth Hawks Table Tennis Club. Initially run in a community centre in Haworth he quickly increased the membership and the thriving club now boasts 12 teams in the local league and a membership of over 80 players.
Andy has also developed a keen interest in junior coaching and development and has invested his own time and funds to progress to a UKCC Level 3 coach. He volunteers his time to coach juniors at the club twice a week and also accompanies them to local competitions.
As the club outgrew their venue in Haworth, Andy was the main instigator in finding a new home for the club in nearby Keighley. On a budget of less than £25,000, sourced from local authority grants, he led a group of volunteers who worked tirelessly to convert a redundant textile mill into a superb facility which is now enjoyed by over 150 users every week.
Andy has continued to expand the club by recruiting a team of 12 coaches and a fully functioning committee that regularly organises events.