Remembering Keith ‘Charlie’ Childs



It is with great sadness that British Para Table Tennis (BPTT) has learnt of the death of Charlie Childs on Friday 27th March 2020.

Charlie became a Non-Executive Director of BPTT in 2015, then the Senior Independent Director, before being reappointed for a second term. In July 2019, he resigned on being elected as a Deputy Chairman of Table Tennis England.

Charlie contributed greatly to BPTT showing his passion for our sport, as well as his ability and willingness to help in developing BPTT. He chaired the newly created Governance and Risk Committee, leading the strategy and implementation through reviewing policies and procedures, as well as introducing new ones. He was highly influential in the work needed to ensure BPTT complied with the Code for Sports Governance within the tight deadlines required by UK Sport. He also project managed the development of the new website which we currently have.

Charlie was a man of great integrity and high values, as well as a warm and knowledgeable companion. He brought us his experience of his work at Ordnance Survey and his major volunteer roles in health and education.

His involvement in table tennis was wide and deep, in addition to playing, Charlie was a leading coach, nurturing many young players from his club in Fareham, Hampshire onto the national scene, which made him a very suitable Vice Chairman Coaching of Table Tennis England from 2008-2011.

He was a positive advocate of clubs and their involvement in the development of our sport.

Charlie suffered a stroke earlier this year and was recovering in rehabilitation when he contracted sepsis and sadly passed away.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Janice and his family. He will be greatly missed.

We will share any further details in due course.

Karen Tonge MBE                    Kim Laws                                                        Mike Smith
Chairman                                 Senior Independent Director                          Company Secretary

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