In 1989, two small local Dulwich League clubs, Dulwich Grove and Paragan, started offering table tennis coaching sessions at James Allen’s Girls School (JAGS), in North Dulwich. Coaching started on a balcony on two tables with one or two youngsters. After a few months it was agreed that table tennis could move into the main sports hall and hold sessions on two nights a week. Players from both clubs started to attend as well as players from other local clubs. Word spread about the good standard of players and playing conditions and the popularity and reputation of the club grew.