Daryl Hone (right) with Peter Green, Sports Editor, Derby Telegraph
It is with great sadness that we must report that Daryl Hone passed away this week after a long illness.
Daryl has been involved in table tennis in Chesterfield for more than 30 years.He first worked as an assistant to former junior international player-turned coach Colin Deaton at the Peter Webster Centre in Chesterfield and then later at the Staveley Table Tennis Club.
Throughout the years at Staveley Table Tennis Club, he was responsible for setting up the venues, taking the registers and running the many league teams.When Colin Deaton died in 2006, Daryl took on the role of player mentor at Staveley Table Tennis Club, later renamed the Colin Deaton Table Tennis Academy, and became an English Table Tennis Association level two coach.
The Colin Deaton Table Tennis Academy has been privileged that Daryl has put so much time and effort into the club, usually 3 nights every week, setting up tables, taking money, encouraging youngsters, including his sons, daughter and grandson, putting tables away. The list is endless. He was a founder member and the main person at the club for many years.
Daryl played in the Chesterfield League and was a Team Secretary for the club.He was the Chesterfield League Secretary for 15 years and represented Chesterfield on the Derbyshire Table Tennis Committee.
In 2011, Daryl was given the Derby Telegraph Service to Sport Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to table tennis in Derbyshire.
He will be greatly missed.