7th June 2021
Many congratulations to Hans Soova, who has won the prestigious National Pride of Table Tennis Contribution to Table Tennis Award, his nomination says it all...
Hans has been heavily involved with table tennis coaching for over half a century. Starting his coaching journey in 1965 in Bradford, Hans became head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Leeds. Through Hans’ tutelage 24 players went on to represent England internationally at senior, junior and cadet levels, with many more at schools’ internationals. In 2012, Hans was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to table tennis. Hans shows no signs of slowing down and prior to lockdown, was coaching 5 to 6 times a week in the schools and clubs working with county, junior national and grassroot players. Through his knowledge and love for the sport, so many have benefitted and will continue to benefit.