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Weymouth & District Table Tennis Association League
The league is Affiliated to Table Tennis England (Governing Body) & also to the Dorset County Table Tennis Association
This League is in the South Western quarter of the County of Dorset, covering Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Dorchester, just to mention some
Please see 'pdf' for the final results from last nights competition.
Congratulations to all group winners and well done to all players for their part in making it such an enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Margaret Taylor and the Taylor family for their fantastic and generous support of table tennis in the district.
The next competition will be the Weymouth 2019/2020 ranking event at All Saints on Saturday September 7th, 10am to 1pm. This competition is open to all existing players and any new players (up to age 18) who want to join the Weymouth or Dorchester squads.
Practice update - There will be an additional coaching practice at the Wey Valley Tennis Centre on Saturday May 11th. 10am to 12pm, and £3.
Andy Millar; Development Officer; Weymouth & District Table Tennis League
Bursary will help more female coaches to qualify
Author: Paul Stimpson; Publish date: April 24, 2019
Women and girls can get help to take steps into a coaching career through the Table Tennis England Female Coaching Bursary, launched today.
The bursary offers 50% off either a Level 1 Session Coach or a Level 2 Lead Coach award and aims to encourage more women and girls into coaching.
In turn, it is hoped that having more licensed female coaches active in the sport will inspire more women and girls into playing.
Applications from all areas of the sport are welcomed and those who are successful will be expected to report back on the impact the bursary has had, with preference given to applications which can demonstrate a sustainable impact in their local table tennis community through growing female participation.
Click here to make an application
The application process will be open until May 31 and those who secure the bursary will be reimbursed after successful completion of the course, when the coach becomes licensed.
* We would also like more women and girls to reply to our Big Conversation - an online survey which is open to anyone who plays table tennis at any level and which will help us to shape the sport in the coming years. Click here to take the survey.
Youth Presentation - Saturday July 6th 2019
For the first time we are holding a youth presentation celebrating the achievements of our players and teams for the season. This will be held at Steps Youth Club on Saturday July 6th between 10am and 12pm.
The event idea came from one of our youth players, Sophie Storey, and Sophie is now planning the whole event.
This year's Junior League prizes will be presented and every youth player will receive a certificate of achievement, detailing what competitions they have played in for Dorset/Weymouth or individually this season.
Of course, there will be tables available for a fun competition as well! More details to follow.
Sophie receiving her Table Tennis England Young Ambassador 10 hours volunteering certificate from Matt Ware.
Table Tennis: Weymouth league takes top accolade
Report & any Images, taken from "Dorset Echo" newspaper
WEYMOUTH and District Table Tennis League has scooped the coveted National League of the Year award at the Pride of Table Tennis awards dinner in Leicester.
In 2018, the league had collected the clubmark award but has now earned the top accolade.
Hosted by Table Tennis England, the annual awards seek to honour the volunteers, officials, coaches and personalities who are the heartbeat of the sport. This year, more than 70 nominations were received from the table tennis family, in a range of categories including clubs, leagues, coaches, volunteers and officials. A judging panel selected the shortlist and the winners were revealed at the Oscar-style awards ceremony.
Weymouth & District Table Tennis League had been recommended to seek nomination for National League of the Year during the hard work which went into achieving the clubmark award last year.
Having submitted their nomination, the league was informed that it had been shortlisted and was invited to send two representatives to the conference.
Chairman Neil Hardisty and secretary Ken Brake attended the weekend event to catch up on all the latest national initiatives and, of course, to attend the awards dinner.
The other league on the shortlist was Liverpool which boasts over 300 members but it was with great excitement that the winners were announced as Weymouth.
It was also a great opportunity to meet other club and league officials and to hear their clubs and leagues and what they do, and equally to pass on thoughts about success stories and league operations.
Dr. Neil Hardisty said: "I'm sure we have raised our profile nationally by attending the conference and promoting ourselves and how we operate as a league, albeit as a small league compared to some.
"It was also great to see that we were mentioned twice in the presentations to the conference for our scores in player satisfaction ratings and in our success in promoting 'This Girl Can' and increasing our number of female players in the league.
"To win the award for League of the Year 2018 was a great honour for us all and we should all celebrate this achievement."
Table Tennis: Youngsters shine in the Weymouth and District Schools Individual Tournament 2019.
Report & images taken from "Dorset Echo" Newspaper
Table Tennis Youngsters shine in Weymouth contest
IN A SPIN: Ben Howe, centre, defeated Ethan Clark, left, and Ollie James, right, by 3-0 scorelines
CLOSELY FOUGHT: Daniel Scotchmer beat Zach Barras, left
NARROW DEFEAT: Sophie Storey, left, was beaten by champion Jess Moggeridge
Boys under 15 - Jed Brackeridge, George Ackerley
Girls under 11's Lauren Nutman, Eva Smart, Laila Frank-Gore, Dawn Woodruff
This year's tournament drew large numbers to the competition held at All Saints School, especially for the under-11 and under-15 events.
Particularly encouraging was the high player entrance from outside of Weymouth, and it was Dorchester based players that took the honours in both the girls and boys under 11 events. This is in part due to weekly table tennis sessions that have been taking place at Thomas Hardye School and open to pupils throughout Dorchester.
JESS Moggeridge came from a set down to retain her girls' under-15 title at the Weymouth and District Schools Individual Tournament.
Budmouth's Jess Moggeridge and Sophie Storey will be representing the Dorset County Cadets in Widnes this weekend and they met each other in the final of this event. Storey took the first set, but Moggeridge bounced back to win the next three sets to retain the title she won last year.
Eva Smart's extra Monday practice with Table Tennis England Young Ambassadors Sophie Storey and Holly Calton paid off in style, as she remained unbeaten throughout the girls under-11 competition. In fact Smart did not drop a leg, although Chickerell's Laila Frank-Gore came very close in a 14-12 game. The Chickerell pair of Lauren Nutman and Laila Frank-Gore shared second place.
Daniel Scotchmer, from Dorchester Middle School, won the boys' under-11 event in a competition where the standard of play was extremely high, which bodes well for the future of Dorchester and Weymouth teams.
After the group games, four players remained in contention for the medals, Scotchmer, Luca Smart and Jadan Gerety (all Dorchester Middle School) and Zach Barras (Holy Trinity).
With Scotchmer and Barras both winning their first two games, it came down to a final showdown between the pair.Scotchmer won the first game 11-8, but Barras came back to win the second game 13-11. The deciding game was just as close with both boys having match points, before Scotchmer finally won 15-13.
Budmouth's Jed Brackenridge won the boys' under-15, fighting off a large entry of players from Budmouth, All Saints, Wey Valley, Dorchester Middle, Thomas Hardye, St Osmunds and Puddletown taking part.
Jed Brackenridge, George Ackerley and All Saints' Jean Baker progressed to the final as the top boys from their groups.Brackenridge was pushed hard by Ackerley finally winning 11-8, 11-8 for the top place, with Ackerley making it a Budmouth first and second after a 2-0 win over Baker.
Budmouth's Ben Howe, the current schools under-15 champion, added the under-19 title to his collection after defeating All Saints pupils, Ollie James and Ethan Clark, both by 3-0 scorelines.
The runners-up medal was won by James after a close 3-1 success over his All Saints team-mate.
The Weymouth & District Table Tennis League will be running free practices at Budmouth College throughout the summer term on Wednesdays (girls) and Thursdays (girls and boys). For more details, please contact Andy Millar via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07710507075.
Pride of Table Tennis winners announced!
Author: Rebecca Hughes Publish date: April 1, 2019
The unsung heroes of table tennis were honoured at the Pride of Table Tennis Awards dinner on Saturday night.
Hosted by Table Tennis England, the annual awards seek to honour the volunteers, officials, coaches and personalities who are the heartbeat of our sport.
This year, more than 70 nominations were received from the table tennis family, in a range of categories including clubs, leagues, coaches, volunteers and officials.
A judging panel selected the shortlist, and last night the winners were revealed at the awards ceremony at the 2019 National Conference.
Pictures by Ian Hebden
League of the Year
Board member Mike Smith (left); Ken Brake, League Secretary, Centre; Dr.Neil Hardisty, League Chair (right)
Winner: Weymouth and District Table Tennis League
Runner-Up: Liverpool & District Table Tennis League
The league has made a big impact in Dorset sport over recent years, transforming itself from a league where the average age of players was much closer to 61 than 16, to a League where 25% of the 31 teams comprise under-16s. Its participation levels have risen significantly across all age ranges, and players now have opportunities to receive coaching and play the sport six days a week.
Thanks to grants from Table Tennis England, the league set up three satellite clubs, has encouraged six players to train as coaches so youngsters no longer have to travel 40 miles to Bournemouth to receive coaching, and has enthusiastically responded to initiatives including This Girl Can. It also runs c-siders cancer rehabilitation courses in West Dorset.
Speaking on behalf of the league, Neil Hardisty said: "It is a surprise, and we feel honoured but humble as there are so many great leagues across England. We have done a lot for table tennis in the area and this is just such a nice surprise."
Club of the Year: Portishead Table Tennis Club
Volunteer of the Year: Derek Connop
Young Volunteer of the Year: Sam O'Toole
Contribution to TT: Andy Millar; Weymouth League.
Coach of the Year: Nick Davidson
How Young Ambassadors are helping to grow our sport
Author: Gemma Parry; Publish date: March 14, 2019
Gemma Parry, Table Tennis England's Volunteering and Development Officer (South West) and part of the Women and Girls' working group, discovers how one league is utilising the Young Ambassadors Programme to encourage more people to pickup table tennis - and to help fill a gap in coaching provision.
My latest club visit took me to the very windy seaside town of Weymouth to visit an exceptionally talented league Sports Development Officer, Andy Millar, Weymouth League Development Officer, to see how one of his newest projects has been getting along
Andy found himself in a situation I hear about quite a lot as a Development Officer, and it's that of not having access to enough coaches to support the local demand for table tennis. He has tried again and again to source individuals who are both motivated to want to coach and also give us some of their free time, to then source local coaching courses, only to get people trained up and have to leave the league for a variety of reasons. As we know, this process isn't a quick process either, and thus instead of continuing to get frustrated by this he decided to try a different approach.
"When I saw the promotion of the Table Tennis England Young Ambassador Scheme, I thought it was a great idea. "Who better to inspire young players that those who have been in that position before? "Several young players jumped at the chance for various reasons from getting coaching experiences to giving something back.
"We have several young volunteers at the club now and three of them are now a part of the TTE Young Ambassadors Scheme. "Some of the volunteers assist my sparring and others are general helpers at my sessions." I was really excited to then get to meet some of the Young Ambassadors and see them in action.
When the Sport England 'This Girl Can' campaign was launched a few years ago Andy saw this as a fantastic opportunity to showcase what the league can do and took the opportunity to launch a 6 week 'This Girl Can' campaign where women and girls of all ages could take part in a totally recreational session.
He was bowled over when 60 women and girls came to his first session. The drop off rate was extremely small and he struck a real cord in providing what local women and girls were looking for. Why do I mention this? Because one of the Young Ambassadors at the session attended those sessions with her mum.. Her Mum who then invited her friend.. who then brought her daughter. Which was the starting point of a process which, two years later, as I walked into a sports hall at a Community College in Weymouth, has breed a weekly women & girls' session for the Weymouth League which was five tables full with two Young Ambassador's supporting the running of the session. When I say supporting, they could have run it all on their own! Any time the volunteers were free the young people wanted to hit against them, and Andy knows just how powerful it is for the younger players to have the older players to look up to.
"Players, and the Young Ambassadors actually, like to feel they are getting individual attention and interest, I always try and go around and speak to everyone. This is a massive bonus for us to have these young people."
I was lucky enough to be able to speak with two of the Young Ambassadors, Holly and Sophie, and I asked them about what motivated them to volunteer with the club. Young Ambassadors Holly (left) and Sophie (right) with Andy Millar of Weymouth League Holly explained: "I just really wanted to get involved with the club and to help other people. It really motivates me to see the players come back every week and to see them improve. Especially when you've been doing it for longer and they remember some of the stuff that you've taught them before." Sophie added: "When I started playing, I guess I was older than most people and so I now want to help give the opportunity of playing to younger people to get them engaged younger so they can make more progress. I wasn't that late to start [Year 7], but I wish I had found it earlier because I used to do football and stuff, but that's not going to get me anywhere because it's too big of a sport, but in table tennis there's more opportunity to get higher in the ranks."
What really struck me more than anything about these two Young Ambassadors was that, when talking to them, they were able to explain very eloquently that they saw their roles as supporting more women and girls into the game. That they hadn't been deterred by the fact that there isn't much visibility of women and girls in the game, that they saw their role as being a force to chance this, to offer that visibility to females in Weymouth. And in fact, Sophie had taken on the opportunity to do this at our Table Tennis England Nationals event as an official and had come back even more motivated to achieve as a high-level player. Sophie also decided that she would like to run an awards evening for the Leagues young players to recognise their playing this season. From sourcing and booking the venue, to organising certificates, Sophie is doing it all! "In football and other games, the runner up will often get a medal too. We don't have that so I wanted to give each of the young players in the league an event and certificate to recognise the hard work they have each put in to the season."
Moving forward Sophie and Holly would like to get to the top of their playing careers [whilst supporting other people get into the game] and then think about more formal coaching qualifications. The main thing for them now is to inspire other to love the game as much as they do, and to make sure more people get the exposure of the game and the opportunity to play. Andy explained: "Something I feel is key to getting the volunteers engagement is having the sessions I need help with happen directly before their training sessions. This helps mums and dads with their drop off and pickups, and also isn't then seen as something too extra for our players to get to."
I was bowled away by what the league have achieved and development with their Young Ambassadors and volunteers, by also in the attention to detail and development that the league has put into its young people and programmes to get it to where it was when I visited.
A very big well done to Andy Millar and the Weymouth League Committee - and to Sophie and Holly who are two very inspiring table tennis players and volunteers.
Perry and Ware Easter camp. Book your place for April 11th 12th & 13th 2019
This league is a Traditional 3 person league
The league also runs Satellite Clubs during the Season & Coaching Courses,at various locations & at various times during the season, for Adults, Juniors, both beginners & established players
The league also also has a strong entry into the County Championships, via the Dorset TTA teams, at both Cadet & Junior Levels, NCL & NJL Competitions, also do well at English Schools Competitions.
Please visit their website below to see what is happening in this league.