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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

 

 

Perry and Ware Easter camp. Book your place for April 11th 12th & 13th 2019


Perry & Ware Easter Camp 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.

 

Weymouth & District Table Tennis League

 

How Young Ambassadors are helping to grow our sport

 

Author: Gemma Parry; Publish date: March 14, 2019

 

 


Weymouth Coaching With Andy Millar

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.

 


 




Weymouth & District Schools 2018 Team Competition.


Entries CLOSE on MONDAY 8th October



You can keep up to date with fixtures, results and tables at www.ttleague.co.uk.


Please can all team captains remember the rules we now apply for postponing matches and reporting scores to the Fixtures Secretary:


Teams may postpone only one fixture in each half of the season


Budmouth College Open Days - October 3rd and 4th


Please note the Budmouth girls session on Wednesday will now take place prior to the open day.


There will be no table tennis on Thursday.

 


RE: UKCC L2 COURSE - WATERSIDE TTC, SOUTHAMPTON

Morning all,


Please could you see below details of our upcoming UKCC L2 course at Waterside Table Tennis Club, Southampton. Please could you also share this information with any parties who you think may be interested.


The Level 2 Lead coach award is suitable for learners who have completed the Level 1 Session coach award and have gained more experience of Table Tennis coaching. The course consists of four days, spread over two weekends and separated by a home study period of 8-10 weeks. The dates for this course are:


Day 1: 15th September; Day 2: 16th September; Day:3 27th October; Day 4: 28th October


The qualification will build on planning and evaluation skills learnt at Level 1 session coach award and involves a more advanced level of technical knowledge. Coaches are expected to demonstrate more of an ability to analyse and improve the performance of their players, and demonstrate a commitment to their own development through extended home study.


More details about the course, and a link to booking onto the course, can be found here - https://coachingportal.azolve.com/Workbench/public/courses?ref=1F6D769BA83C6C48B3B8636DA75F6F5F08F51B92


Many thanks in advance,


Gemma;(Gemma Parry [gemma.parry@tabletennisengland.co.uk])



Membership Renewal 2018/19

Author: Rebecca Hughes; Publish date: July 20, 2018

The new membership year is upon us, meaning it is time for players to renew their memberships and licences for the 2018/19 season.

 



Updated Calendar of Events from The League

 

Please see attached this weeks practice schedule and news updates.

 

There is a week to go for entries to be sent in for the Schools team competition. Thanks to a generous sponsorship offer from Simon Burke and his family, the competition is free to enter.

 

This is a pairs competition, singles and no doubles. It will be a good introductory tournament for beginners to come along and enjoy and also see county standard players in action. I can help players with partners if required.

 

Please also note that the girls practice at Budmouth will go ahead this week before the schools open evening. This is a change to what we originally advertised. However, there will be no Thursday practice.

 

All the best; Andy Millar; Development Officer; Weymouth & District Table Tennis League

 

Weymouth & District Table Tennis League


Waterside Para Open &
Training Camp 2018.



Week beginning 30 July 2018


Summer Pairs League


Exactly 50 players took part in this competition. An endorsement for both summer table tennis and shorter format competitions.


Thank you to all who took part and for your co-operation and sportsmanship throughout. It was fantastic to have such a wide range of entrants across the Weymouth League, current youth and future NCL players.

Many thanks to those who helped pack up equipment at the end of each round. It made a massive difference to the time I could go home!


Congratulations to all of the winners.


Division 1 Josh Clark/Lily Cherry/Nathan Calton; Division 2 Jess Moggeridge/Thierry Roy

Division 3 George Ackerley/Sam Melhuish; Division 4 Liam Clark/Zach Barras


I was particularly pleased with the younger age groups and how they adapted to the rules of the competition so quickly, learnt some valuable umpiring lessons and also started to master doubles!


We have some very talented young players coming through which augurs well for the National Cadet League next season and beyond.


The full results can be seen on the League website.



WDTTL Website and other media

The WDTTL website has undergone a major overhaul, with a view to replacing and simplifying what was there with a new menu format.


One of the main goals is to make it much cleaner and more mobile-friendly.


This is still a work in progress and suggestions are very welcome to help further improve it. This update has been completed by Andy Crouch, who is taking over from Malcolm Smith as Website editor.

Many thanks to both for their work on the websites.


Please also note our other social media platforms, which Steve Blair continues to update.

Facebook www.facebook.com/weyttl

Twitter WeyTableTen

Instagram weytableten


Several reports have been printed in the Dorset Evening Echo recently, both online and in the paper itself. These include county reports, National Cadet League and most recently, the Weymouth Schools Competition was in the Echo on Thursday


The Indy Online and free paper also feature many reports such as the recent county report below

www.indyonline.co.uk/table-tennis/strong-finish-table-tennis-youngsters/


Summer Table Tennis

Summer practice continues every Saturday at the Wey Valley Tennis Centre between 10am and 12pm, the cost is 3. No booking is required and players may attend for 1 hour or the whole 2 hours, just let me know when you arrive.


The practice will be a mix of standard training drills, 1:1 work with coaches and match-play.
Summer Saturday practice is open to all youth players and adults.


Training Tops

I will take last orders this Saturday (August 5th) at the Tennis Centre. Training tops should be available in time for the new season.


These tops cost 10, come in a variety of colours and sizes and include all printing and optional name on back.


For Bats and other equipment

The summer is a good time to check out the condition of bats and consider new equipment before the new season. If your bat has lost its 'tackiness' and is looking worn, it may be time to freshen up with a new one or upgrade.


The starter bat we currently recommend for beginners and improvers is the winning loop bat from Bribar. I can obtain these for 25, though this is likely to rise in August.

Bribar Sports Equipment

I am able to purchase any other equipment from Bribar at a discount, so please speak to me before buying.


As stated at the top of this page, Table Tennis England Player Membership renewal is now due


Many of you will now be receiving an e-mail or post regarding your membership renewal.
Adult yearly membership is 16 and junior membership (under 18) is 8.

Please note, everyone has over a month (start of league season) to purchase this membership, so there is no immediate rush. There are 2 options for renewal.

1. You can join or renew yourself through TTE.
2. The Weymouth & District Table Tennis League (WDTTL) will add new memberships or renew your membership when team entry forms and payments are received.


All Weymouth League player members must have TTE membership.


The WDTTL player membership fee (27 adults/13.50 juniors) also includes the TTE membership fee and the WDTTL will do the appropriate renewal admin if required.

If any players do pay their own TTE membership fee, please deduct this element from your WDTTL membership fee.
Please also inform your captain, who will note this on the team entrance form.



TTE Membership Renewal; How to renew online:


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.



TTE Membership Renewal; How to renew by telephone?


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.



Youth and NCL players

If you are not a member of a Weymouth League team, I will sort out your memberships by September (cost 8) and let you know when the payment is due.


If you are an associate member, no fee is payable.
Any non-league/social players, parents, coaches or helpers can become free associate members.


There is a simple link on the TTE website to become an associate member or I can do the admin for you.
Please indicate you are a member of the Weymouth TTL at the appropriate place.


I hope this explanation has made things a little clearer, but please ask if there are any questions.


New Season practice - September onwards

Saturday training for all squads will start on September 1st.


September 1st will be the Weymouth match-play ranking competition, which will help determine the order of players for NCL/NJL squads and other competitions.
It will also be good practice in advance of the county trials.


The competition will be run in 3 sections, Juniors, Cadets and beginners.


This competition will run from 10am to 1pm for all players, though beginners only need attend until 11.30am if they need to go early.
Please can all players/parents put this date in their diary and do their best to attend as it helps coaches plan for the season.



Mondays start from September 3rd at All Saints School.

Junior Weymouth League (singles and pairs competitions for beginners and improvers) 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Junior Coaching - Matt Ware 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Adult Beginners Coaching 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Adult Coaching - Matt Ware 7.30pm to 8.45pm;
Junior Performance Squad - Matt Ware 8.30pm to 9.15pm


More details to follow on all of these sessions



Tuesdays at Thomas Hardye will continue with match-play from 5pm to 6pm. Start date tbc


Wednesdays Girls Squad will take place at Budmouth, 3.30pm - 4.30pm. start date tbc



Training Camp - Dorset Table Tennis Centre,

Perry & Ware Training Camp

Matt Ware and 5 times English National Champion Alex Perry will be holding a summer training camp in August.


Dates for the camp will be - Wednesday 29th August, Thursday 30th August and Friday 31st August.
The camp will be held at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre (Grange School) and will be a great way to get ready for the new season and the early ranking competitions for Weymouth and Dorset.


The cost is 25 per day and all 3 days can be booked for 65. Players can book 1, 2 or all 3 days.
Please contact Matt Ware or myself, Andy Millar, for more information on any of the above.