Worksop’s first table tennis team made up of three generations of the same family

Tony, Jasper and Matt Turner of Stanley Street E - the Worksop Table Tennis League's first team made up of three generations of the same family
Tony, Jasper and Matt Turner of Stanley Street E - the Worksop Table Tennis League's first team made up of three generations of the same family

Worksop Table Tennis League side Stanley Street E are keeping it in the family this season, with three generations of Turners gracing the tables.

The trio play in the third division of the Worksop League, alongside 12-year-old team-mate Tai Chen.

Grandad Tony Turner, aged 68, dad Matt Turner, 41 and 11-year-old son Jasper joined forces this season to enjoy the sport together.

For Matt – who has won 100 per cent of his league matches to top the Division Three averages – it has been a welcome return to the table.

He explained: “I played in the league 26 years ago as a junior, and made a comeback two years ago after having to give up squash.”

“I’ve dropped down from Division Two this season to help bring Jasper through.”

His son Jasper is a keen footballer, and plays for Aston Swallownest Under 12s, but is enjoying learning a new sport – and has four wins to his name in Division Three this season.

Grandad Tony, who has also won a quartet of matches, is a former squash player and a keen golfer at Styrrup Hall Gol Club.

Matt said: “For him, the opportunity of playing with his son and his grandson was an opportunity not to be missed.”

Stanley Street E find themselves sixth int he eight-team third tier of Worksop table tennis, after 13 matches.

But regardless of where they end up in the standings, they’ve secured a spot in league history, as the first team to contain three generations of the same family.