Hi, I’m Ben Larcombe.
I’m 27 years old, I live in Tunbridge Wells, and I’m a professional table tennis coach.
I started Expert Table Tennis in 2012 as a place for me to share my thoughts about the sport I love. The site has evolved and grown considerably since then and now includes regular blog posts, podcast interviews and coaching videos.
My England ranking varies from about 150th – 200th, depending on how I’m getting on at tournaments, but I stopped training regularly when I left university and became a full-time coach in 2011. I still play every now and again but my focus is more on the coaching side of things.
I spend my weekdays working on Expert Table Tennis, Eastfield Co. and Expert in a Year stuff. I could be writing blog posts, making videos, sending emails, things like that. Eastfield Sporting Goods Co. is a table tennis equipment brand I started with Sam Priestley in 2015. During the weekends I can be found at a table tennis tournament (occasionally) or spending some time with my wife (more likely).
Other than that, I’m a Christian and I’m interested in sports science, online business and running.
Here’s a very brief summary…
- 1989 – Born in South London
- 1999 – Started playing table tennis at the age of 10 at a local leisure centre
- 2001 – Moved to Crusaders TTC and received coaching from Mike Pantin
- 2004 – First represented Surrey and finished the cadets ranked #107
- 2007 – Finished the juniors #76 and joined Grantham Table Tennis Academy
- 2009 – Studied Coaching and Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University
- 2011 – Graduated and began coaching professionally in London
- 2012 – Started ExpertTableTennis.com
- 2013 – Reached a peak ranking of #123 in England (then got married)
- 2014 – Created ‘Expert in a Year’ with Sam Priestley
- 2016 – Started Tunbridge Wells TTC
I am now focused on a number of different projects and business ventures and will be working hard to grow them all over the next few years.
Alongside that, I am still playing competitively; for Surrey in the County Championships, Godalming in Division 1 South of the British League, and ISH Kings in the Central London League.
I don’t consider myself to be a table tennis expert; far from it! I’m just another player and coach that loves the game and loves to learn.
Hi, I’m Ben Larcombe. I’m 26 years old, I live in London, and I’m a table tennis coach.
I first started playing table tennis at the age of 9 or 10, once a week, at my local leisure centre. By 18, I was moving to Grantham Academy to train full-time.
In 2011, I graduated from Nottingham Trent Universiy with a degree in Coaching and Sport Science and began working as a full-time professional coach.
Aside from my coaching, I have a number of different projects going on at the moment.
- Expert Table Tennis – Become an Expert at Table Tennis
- Expert in a Year – What Do You Want to Learn?
- Eastfield Co. – Premium Table Tennis Goods
- EquipmentJunkie.com – Honest Table Tennis Reviews
If you would like to get in touch you can do so here.
Here are some of the projects I’m currently working on, or have been busy with over the past few years.
Expert Table Tennis
I started Expert Table Tennis in 2012 as a way for me to share my views on table tennis with the world. Since then it has grown into one of the most popular table tennis blogs on the internet, with over 3,000 email subscribers.
In 2015, I started The Expert Table Tennis Podcast. Every month I interview a top table tennis player or coach for the show.
Expert in a Year
In 2014, I played table tennis with my friend Sam every single day to see if he could become an Expert in a Year. We didn’t reach our initial target but a video showing Sam’s transformation went viral, receiving over 3 million views on YouTube.
We wrote and self-published Expert in a Year: The Ultimate Table Tennis Challenge to share our story and encourage others to dedicate a year to learning a skill.
I co-founded Eastfield Sporting Goods Company in 2014 as a British brand that will produce premium table tennis equipment. By the summer of 2015, we had our first product – the Eastfield Original Bat Case. In a few months time, we will be ready to release the first Eastfield racket, blade, and rubber.
I started EquipmentJunkie.com in 2016 as a source of honest table tennis reviews. Welsh international table tennis players Dan O’Connell and Paddy Thomas work as the “Equipment Experts” and produce video and written reviews of all the latest products.