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The Payneham Table Tennis Academy is a spacious, air-conditioned building with a well-maintained wooden floor and a range of quality facilities to add to the skills development and comfort of its members.

The building houses six high quality table tennis tables available for practising and competition match play, five of which are separately enclosed within the main playing area. The other table is situated in an area which can be partitioned off and used by members who wish to practice using the Academy's robotic ball feeding machine.

The well-equipped kitchen consists of tea and coffee making facilities, a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, toaster oven, and a sandwich press which can all be used by members to prepare refreshments as needed. The adjoining relaxation area comprises tables, chairs and a television set, and is used by members to consume refreshments, watch television when not playing, and generally to relax.

Training aids, including the ball feeding robot, table tennis videos, and coaching assistance from experienced players, are also available to the members of the Academy.

Committee Members

Chairperson John Cox
Hon. Secretary Marilyn Bull
Hon. Treasurer Brian Howard
Committee Members Brett Edwards (maintenance)
Chris Phung
Stephy Ngu
Public Officer Gary Stiliano

Notes from the Committee

In 2006 the Academy won the prestigeous Be Active Sport and Recreation Industry Award for Community Physical Activity Initiative. This Award is for an innovation that increases opportunities for participation in sport, active recreation or fitness by the wider community. The award was presented to our Academy at a dinner held at AAMI Stadium. The Payneham Table Tennis Academy Inc. won from over 200 entrants.

The Academy currently has approximately 300 members and is in a sound financial situation.


The Payneham Table Tennis Academy Inc. relies on a nucleus of volunteers for the smooth running of the Academy. The Committee, Sessions' Group Leaders, coaching, maintenance of the facilities, fund raising, publicity, are all undertaken by a dedicated group of volunteers. Without their dedication and generosity, the club could not function.

Any member who would like to volunteer is encourage to speak to any Committee Member or Group Leader for an overview of volunteering at the Academy. Thank-you for volunteering.