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The new membership year is upon us, meaning it is time for players to renew their memberships and licences for the 2018/19 season.
Although membership fees are rising - so too is the amount of money and staff resources being spent on grassroots table tennis.
Last year we put £870,250 directly into grass roots table tennis - this year we intend to spend £926,659. So for every £1 of membership fee income received we are spending another £2 on grassroots table tennis.
Our focus more than ever is on the player and the enablers - clubs, coaches, volunteers and leagues - around them to ensure members get the most out of their affiliation with us. Members are the lifeblood of our sport, and both consciously and subconsciously they provide a position contribution that helps makes this great game develop, grow and be successful.
To help you get the most out of your membership, we've put together a 'Guide to Your Membership with Table Tennis England'. It includes the benefits your membership brings, which can help you save more money than your membership cost, and it also lets you know what we will be doing for grassroots sports over the next 12 month
To find out more about what we are doing and where funding goes, view our Guide to Your Membership.
This year just under £1million will be invested in grass roots sport by Table Tennis England - an increase on the previous year.
Some of our programmes and activities aimed at grassroots participation will include:
Phase two of our clubs and league development programme, Be TT, will take place.
In the coming season we expect to support 36 clubs and 19 leagues with funding and programme support towards three targeted areas; shorter format leagues; women and girls participation and adult coaching.
We'll launch this product aimed at getting 35-50-year-olds back into the game. It is the result of extensive research into the sport and competitive play patterns.
We will work with clubs to roll out Bat & Chat - our newly launched programme aimed at the 55+ market.
We will launch a new digital software package for clubs to provide a time saving and simplified solution for their day-to-day running, including management for: registrations, memberships, resource access, coaching and competitions.
We will run a pilot phase of a new youth product aimed at encouraging young people to play table tennis for the long term. This will primarily be delivered by clubs, with Table Tennis England providing both operational and marketing support.
Phase two of our Young Ambassadors programme will roll out to recruit young officials who will have the opportunity to go on and officiate at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
The first new format Level 1 coaching course will take place, aimed at attracting more coaches to the game. The new format includes a reduction from three days of practical to two, and the introduction of online learning to make it more accessible.
A new, monthly member-only email providing you with coaching tips tailored to your skill level, access to exclusive competitions and statistics on how you're performing this season.
The easiest way for players to purchase their membership is by direct debit.
Payment will automatically be debited from the players account on an annual basis, to save the inconvenience of manually completing payment each year.
To purchase your membership for 2018/19 season please go to your membership login page.
Please note that membership and renewals for the 2018/19 season are currently available online only.
Telephone renewals will be available from Wednesday August 1, 2018.
Season Review - 2017/18
The 2017/18 season was a fantastic year for table tennis in England. Take a look back over the past 12 months and relive the season's highlights.
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Table Tennis England membership fees for 2018/19 have been approved at the AGM.
Player Membership will cost £16 for Seniors and £8 for Cadets or Juniors and the Player Licence will cost £38 for adults and £19 for juniors and cadets. Associate Membership will continue to be free of charge.
This rise, which equates to £2 for Seniors and £1 for Cadets and Juniors, is in line with a five-year strategy.
Details of how to join Table Tennis England for the 2018/19 season, plus the raft of membership benefits on offer, will be published in the coming days.
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Bournemouth 'Echo Report'
Katie medals at Butterfly Schools' International Championship
Neil Perrett neilperrettecho
KATIE Holt was the toast of Dorset after winning gold and silver medals at the Butterfly Schools' International Table Tennis Championship in Worcester.
The 15-year-old, representing England A, partnered London Academy's Patricia Ianau to a 3-2 victory over England B in the intermediate girls' team event.
And the teenager, a pupil at Bournemouth School for Girls who trains at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre in Christchurch, was runner-up in the singles.
Holt and Ianau saw off competition from Scotland ,Wales, Ireland, Guernsey and Isle of Man to emerge victorious in the team event.
Buoyed by her gold medal, Holt won all her group games in the singles and progressed through to the knockout stages, beating Scotland's Wictoria Smolarek 3-1 in the first round.
She had a big test in the quarter-final where she really had to dig in against Scotland's number one cadet Faye Leggett, eventually triumphing 3-2 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 14-12) after it seemed the chance had gone.
Holt, who is coached by ex-England international Matt Ware, then eliminated close friend and England team-mate Gemma Kerr 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-8) in the semi-finals.
She made an encouraging start in the final against Mia O'Rahilly Egan and took the opening set 11-2.
But despite having beaten O'Rahilly Egan in the team event, the Ireland youngster hit back to take the title 3-1 (2-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7), forcing Holt to settle for silver.
O'Rahilly Egan had been a serial destroyer of English hopes as she defeated the Ianau sisters in successive rounds - Natalia in the quarters 3-1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7) and Patricia in the semis 3-2 (11-9, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4) before seeing off Holt.
There was a special presentation to former English Schools' Table Tennis Association president John Arnold MBE and his wife Margaret, who have given more than 50 years of service to schools' table tennis.
John Arnold oversaw the merger between ESTTA and Table Tennis England and retired following the event.
Report By, Neil Perrett; Bournemouth 'Echo'; neilperrettecho
Bournemouth Cadet Invitation Tournament
We will again be running the Cadet Invitation Tournament this year, it will be the 24th year it has been organised and has some great names to aspire to including David McBeath ( current National Champion and England Senior International ) and Matt Ware to name but a few.
Last year's Tournament was a great success and enjoyed by all, I personally spoke to every player when they had finished and they all enjoyed a well-run event that gave them many games throughout the day.
There is no entry fee for the event thanks to another year of generous sponsorship.
The Tournament is being run on Saturday 21st July at
Dorset Table Tennis Centre, The Grange School, Redvers Road,Christchurch, BH23 3AU Start Time: 10am - Doors open at 9am for practise
Entries must be received by post or e mail by 14th July at the latest as per entry form attached and no entries will be received on the day as the draw will take place on Tuesday 17th July.
This is a great end of season event and is open to Boys and Girls of all standards.
There will be a main event for the more experienced players along with a Tyro event for the less experienced players.
After the group stages players will be split into later stages where a plate competition will also take place in both events. There will be a separate Girls event and the format will depend on entry numbers.
Can I please ask you all to circulate the attached entry form to all your Cadet eligible players ( born after 01/01/2003 ) and encourage them to play and get their entries in early to avoid disappointment.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Kind Regards; Simon Heaps; firstname.lastname@example.org; M/ 07710 354640
Results from yesterday's BMTH Cadet Invitational Tournament held at Dorset Table Tennis Centre, The Grange School, 21st July 2018.
Although numbers were slightly down on last year the players that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had plenty of matches.
There were 3 main categories, Cadet ( more experienced ) , Tyro ( less experienced and younger ) and Girls along with Plate comps in the Cadet and Tyro.
Winner, Jack Trafford ; Runner Up, Sophie Barcsai
Winner, Logan Macey; Runner Up, Felix West
Winner' Sophie Barcsai; Runner Up, Jess Moggeridge
Results; Cadet Plate
Winner, Max Bannon; Runner Up, Arthur Lomax
Results; Tyro Plate
Winner, Joel de Grave; Runner Up, Shayla Macey
There was some excellent play throughout the day but the pick of the matches was the 3rd/4th place in the Cadet event between Owen White and Jed Brackenridge.
Owen came through a really tough match to win in 5 very close games against 2nd seeded Jed from Weymouth.
Mention must also be made of the Girls Final between Sophie Barcsai and Jess Moggeridge that was won by Sophie after losing the first game.
The Tyro final was played by Logan and Felix, 2 youngsters who are still under 11 and best friends.
The standard was excellent but more importantly the sportsmanship and appreciation of the others fine shots was something to be commended.
Dorset Table Tennis certainly has some excellent youngsters coming through and they need to be supported and encouraged in the future.
Satellite Club applications to open soon
Author: Claire Brockwell Publish date: April 11, 2018
Between 2013 and 2017, Table Tennis England funded 159 new satellite clubs attracting more than 9,000 young people to their sessions.
This year our Satellite Club programme has got off to a great start. In 2017-18 Table Tennis England have funded 27 new satellite clubs attracting over 900 young people aged 11-25. Satellite clubs are a fantastic way for young people to play table tennis in their local area.
We have supported a variety of projects this year with varying focuses. Heaton Tennis and Squash Club have been successful in engaging over 100 young people in their two new satellite clubs.
Garstang Table Tennis Club have also seen high participation in their new session at Garstang Academy, with 92 participants attending in total.
The following clubs were also successful in their satellite club applications:
Aireborough Table Tennis Club; Archway Peterborough; Birmingham Table Tennis Development Group; Bolton Table Tennis Club; Bristol Academy Table Tennis Club; Chelmsford Table Tennis Club; City of Stoke on Trent TTC; Deighton Table Tennis Club; Heckmondwike Table Tennis Club; Nottingham Sycamore Table Tennis Academy; Nuneaton TTL; Our Lady's Table Tennis Club; Pontefract Squash Club Junior Table Tennis; Table Tennis Rother; Weymouth and District Table Tennis League
If your Club or League, would be interested in applying for our Satellite Club programme, applications for 2018 -19 will be opening in June. Clubs can apply for up to £850 in funding to get sessions started.
Table Tennis Venues Directory for the County Of Dorset
NOTE !!; For More Info on this item, view the Bournemouth & District Association Website at:- BDTTA.org.uk
Purpose of this Directory
The purpose of this directory is to help both existing residents and newcomers to the County of Dorset, who wish to play the game of Table Tennis, to find a venue suitable for their needs.
Dorset Table Tennis Association (DTTA) is an Affiliated Member to the Governing body of Table Tennis in the UK:- Table Tennis England (TTE) / English Table Tennis Association (ETTA).
For more info about this TTE/ETTA, visit their Website :- Table Tennis England
Dorset Table Tennis Centre(DTTC) specialises in coaching for all ages & standards and is based at The Grange School, Redvers Road, Christchurch. To see what is going on at the centre please visit their website;Dorset Table Tennis Centre
Blackmore Vale League Reports/Items
Bournemouth Table Tennis League (BDTTA)
2018 PG National Championships
Author: Paul Stimpson; Publish date: June 17, 2018
It's the final PG Mutual National Championships of the season as the youngest age groups take to the tables at WV Active in Wolverhampton.
Sam Davies (Ch); Felix West (Do,Bournemouth); Alf Beresford-Peirse (Mi); Louis McPhee (Mi)
Winner:Sam Davies; Runner-up: Felix West.
Felix West made it through from second in Group 6.
But needed all five games to get the better of Louis McPhee, winning 3-2 (10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-1). McPhee won a five-setter of his own against Alf Beresford-Peirse (11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9).
Top player Sam Davies won the group.
I believe that Felix was the only player from Dorset taking part.
Senior 1* Tournament, Peterborough
Downing streak as George goes unbeaten
Author: Diccon Gray: Publish date: June 12, 2018
Former England junior international George Downing (Bournemouth) won the Peterborough 'chip & ping' senior 1* ratings tournament held at TOP TABLE, Peterborough on Sunday 10th June.
Unbeaten on the day, 23-year-old Downing (England No 32) claimed the title ahead of runner-up, local favourite Adam Jepson (who only lost one match - to Downing) in a keenly contested open tournament.
This inaugural senior tournament was well attended and featured players from as far afield as Cheshire, Dorset, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire as well as Cambridgeshire. Apart from Jepson, other 'home' Archway players who impressed were Joe Killoran (fourth), Steven Gray (fifth) and youngster Jakub Kurowski (seventh).
League Presentation Evening 2018
League Individuals Tournaments
Bath Grand Prix 2018
Joola Junior League 2018