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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.
As recommended by the Board and approved at the AGM, Player Membership will cost £16 for Seniors and £8 Cadets or Juniors. Player Licence is priced at £38 for Seniors and £19 for Cadets or Juniors.
Associate Membership will remain FREE of charge. As a reminder, associate members are not eligible to play competitive table tennis, but can play at their clubs or socially.
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.
Sara Sutclife, CEO of Table Tennis England, said:
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.
Get the most out of your membership:
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. Click here to view the guide.
What will we be doing for grass roots in 2018/19?
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.
Back to Table Tennis:
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.
Bat & Chat:
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
Level 1 Course:
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.
To find out more about what we are doing and where funding goes, view our Guide to Your Membership.
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.
Want 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.
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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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
Counties look to the future with friendly match
Author: Michael Loveder Publish date: July 9, 2018
While England’s footballers were tackling Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals, it was Surrey and Sussex who kicked off an initiative involving their younger cadets from the age of just eight.
Friendly county matches were arranged primarily for the counties’ relatively inexperienced potential. The underlying criteria was to introduce young players who had not previously participated in the County Championships.
When these young players do eventually officially represent their county it is hoped they will not be overawed by the experience. The friendlies also gave the counties’ coaches some pointers on where to focus their attention next.
The intention is that these friendly matches will be backed up by some joint coaching sessions which are planned to involve Surrey, Sussex and, in due course, Kent players, the constituent counties of the South East region.
Whilst the initiative is still in its infancy it is hoped it will lead to bigger and better opportunities for the region in the not too distant future.
The results saw Surrey A beat Sussex A 8-2, while Surrey B and Sussex B drew 5-5. Sussex A took consolation in beating Surrey B 6-4 and Surrey A beat Sussex B 8-2. To end the day, Surrey A beat Surrey B 9-1.
Stand-out performances for Sussex came from John Strang (4/4) and Harry Yip (4/4) while for Surrey it was Jacob Archer (4/4) and Ojay Borah (3/4) with the girls Naziyah Hasan winning 6/6 and Caron Charles 5/6.
Additional photos from the initiative can be found on Flickr by clicking here
Cadet & Junior Ranking Trials; 2018
The Cadet and Junior county trials for 2018/2019 season have been confirmed for Friday 7th of September at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre, The Grange School, Redvers Road, Christchurch
Please note that only Under 15 & Under 18 players can take part in this event. No need to enter just turn up and compete.
Results from this competition will then form teams selected to represent Dorset. This year we have 4 teams (2 cadet & 2 Junior) each team consists of 3 boys and 2 girls.
The trials we start at 6.30 pm and will finish around 9pm. Cost is £5 per player.
Just another reminder that myself and 5 times national champion Alex Perry are holding a summer training camp in late August (please see poster for more details) the perfect way to get in shape for the county trials in September.
Best Regards; Matt Ware; Head Coach of the Dorset Table Tennis Academy; 07788968232
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).
Organiser Steve Williams said: "Congratulations to George, who despite being favourite, beat a number of England ranked players. Also, considering it was our first senior open tournament we were delighted with the quality and number of players who competed."
Bournemouth "Echo" Report :- TTE "Junior National Cup"
FERNDOWN’S Katie Holt sealed sixth spot as she took on some of the best players in the country at the Junior National Cup.
The event saw 10 of the highest-ranked young players invited by Table Tennis England to compete against each other on a round-robin basis.
The Bournemouth School for Girls pupil was ranked fifth and got off to a great start by beating third seed and eventual bronze medallist Sarah Menghistab 4-2.
She won a further three matches, though a 4-3 upset defeat by ninth-ranked Amelia Chan contributed to her finishing one place below her seeding in sixth.
The 15-year-old said: “My seeding was fifth so I’ve done all right, I’m happy with how I played. Every game is hard so any win you get is a bonus.”
Lymington’s Matthew Daish finished eighth and picked up three victories in the boys’ event
He was unable to convert performances into wins until his fifth match, when he defeated 10th seed Artur Veeck-Caltabiano 4-1.
On the second day, he beat ninth-ranked Sam Chesterman but his best performance saw him defeat fifth seed Naphat Boonyaprapa 4-3 in the penultimate round.
The 17-year-old said: “The first day was difficult, I really struggled to get used to the conditions, which were quite hot and I think I was a bit scared to win matches.
“The next day I seemed to find a new groove and found a lot more confidence.”
Table Tennis England teams up with Fight Club
Author: Rebecca Hughes; Publish date: May 31, 2018
Table Tennis England has teamed up with Ping Pong Fight Club to promote female participation in the sport. Together the two companies are working to support, develop and encourage all-women teams to take up table tennis and compete on behalf of their companies across the country.
The popularity of ping pong has been growing in workplaces across England over recent years, helped along by Table Tennis England’s Loop At Work programme, which makes it easier to bring social table tennis into the workplace.
Through this new partnership, it is hoped that even more women, who may have avoided playing in the past, will gain the confidence to pick up a paddle at Ping Pong Fight Club and then back at their office ping pong table.
As part of this new partnership, free, professional coaching sessions will be delivered at the offices of the all-women’s teams, teaching them to play from scratch and enjoy the game from the very first ball hit.
Keely Armitt, Head of Participation at Table Tennis England, stated:
Engaging more women and girls is one of our sport’s priorities and we are working hard with a range of partners to ensure more opportunities are available to them.
“Fight Club events are perfect for promoting table tennis to a female audience, as they are such great fun and women can join in without even thinking about some of the things that might normally stop them playing sport or being active.
Ade Leigh of Ping Pong Fight Club added:
We are all about inclusivity, having fun with your work colleagues and meeting like-minded people. Since we launched our all-female team initiative, we have been absolutely delighted with how popular the game has proven to be within the workplace and now with Table Tennis England’s support we have a partner that can help us raise the bar for more women to compete, party and play!
The first all-women team will be coached to compete at the next Fight Club taking place in London on June 14. There’s still time for others to get involved at London’s event, or at Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol in the coming months.
For those not yet ready to compete in front of a crowd, and preferring to cheer on their colleagues from the sidelines, the event offers a great spectator experience. Alongside the actual competition, there’s VR Ping Pong, a DJ, face painters on hand for ‘battle scars and butterflies’, a summer terraced ping pong BBQ, prizes including the chance to win a Tsingtao Beer pro tennis table, as well as the new ‘Style Awards’ and ‘Best Supporters’.
Any London businesses interested in entering a team and attending the Ping Pong Fight Club can do so by registering here.
Table Tennis England recently published a Good Practice Guide on Increasing Female Participation. The publication followed extensive research into the barriers that prevent females playing. This research highlighted the importance of social playing for helping to get women active. The publication can be found here.
Table Tennis England; Statement
Helping clubs to increase female participation
Author: Paul Stimpson; Publish date: May 17, 2018
Clubs and Leagues still have just over a week to apply to be part of Table Tennis England’s Be TT programme.
The support programme for PremierClubs and Leagues is designed to build better experiences across our sport and one of the three areas of focus, based on insight into playing habits around the country, is developing female participation.
Table Tennis England has published a Best Practice Guide on Increasing Female Participation to guide Clubs and Leagues planning to focus on that area.
The guide helps clubs to understand barriers which may prevent women and girls from playing and how to remove them, guidance on how to engage women from different age brackets and create sessions tailored for women, plus case studies from clubs and leagues which have successfully introduced more female players to the sport.
Click on 'pdf' to view the Good Practice Guide on Increasing Female Participation.
Click on 'pdf' for more information on Be TT, including how to apply.
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Current List Of Suspensions 2017.
Table Tennis England has released an updated list of coaches and players who are currently suspended.
It includes the date and length of suspension, whether they are also suspended from coaching activities and their last known county.
The list was formerly circulated to national councillors and league secretaries every quarter, but it is felt more appropriate for all clubs, leagues and members to be able to more readily access the information to ensure they do not deploy coaches who are suspended.
Lists will no longer be circulated and will only be available online.
To all Dorset County League Secretaries
It is your Dorset County Committee's wish that your league should look to adopt most or all of the Active Dorset Safeguarding Adults Documents below, as a matter of course.
See County Website :- "County Welfare" & "County News" pages.
Signed:- G.White, County Welfare Officer. 06.07.17
TTE Membership fees for 2017/18 announced.
Following approval at the AGM, Player Membership will cost :- £14 for Seniors and £7 for Cadets or Juniors.
Player Licence will be :- £36 for Seniors and £18 for Cadets or Juniors.
Associate Membership will continue to be free of charge.
Everyone who held an Associate Membership last season will be automatically renewed for 2017/18.
Associate members are not eligible to play competitive table tennis, but can play at their clubs or socially.
More information about membership will be released in the coming days.
Author: Jamie Gordon Publish date: July 10, 2017, taken from the TTE Website.
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New Milton TTC hits the Club Mark
The Club is delighted to announce that it has achieved Clubmark Re-Accreditation after six weeks of hard slog led by Club Treasurer & Press Officer Malcolm Floyd.
Clubmark is Sport England’s national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management.
It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. It means that parents can rest assured that their children will be in a safe environment within a well-managed club. Another benefit of Clubmark is that many funding bodies state that applicants must have the accredition to be eligible for funding support.
The Club was congratulated by Table Tennis England, its National Governing Body, for the high quality and speed of its submission. We think that 6 weeks must be some kind of a record, but this is yet to be confirmed by Table Tennis England. Malcolm would like to thank the officers and committee members for their help and support in this magnificent achievement, particularly club chairman Steve Hemmings.
The Club initially acquired the prestigious Clubmark status in August 2010 and gained its first re-accreditation in March 2014. We have just found out that accreditation now only last two years instead of three years, which reflects the increasingly higher standards expected from clubs.
In addition to being an “Ability Club” (Actively working with disabled people), the Club is also a 4-Star Premier Club, the highest rated club in the Bournemouth & District league. Clubmark accreditation is mandatory to achieve a star-rating.
We are always on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, but would particulary like to attract more junior and lady members. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club, or who would just like a bit more information, should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.
The Club’s hard-earned certificate appears below:-
Following the nomination by Malcolm Floyd, Bev Scott-Johns is to receive a Torch Trophy Trust Award for his outstanding voluntary work on behalf of the New Milton Table Tennis Club and the Sport in general. This award which was supported by Table Tennis England, will be presented at the 55th Annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards ceremony at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London on 7th March by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.
The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that rewards, recognises and supports volunteers in sport and recreation, and recognises the achievements of some of the UK’s most outstanding volunteers in the annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards, presented by a member of the Royal Family. This year, the Trust intended to recognise 20 outstanding volunteers across sport, so Bev will be amongst a very select few.
It is anticipated that Sara Sutcliffe, Table Tennis England’s CEO, will be present at the ceremony, along with other luminaries, to watch Bev receive his award, which he richly deserves.
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