Welcome to SCTTA

Welcome to the Sussex County Table Tennis Association Website (SCTTA) 

This website started in April 2013. It contains information and TT news that impacts the County of Sussex and also seeks to promotes TT within the County. The County Objectives are all detailed in the SCTTA Annual County Plan which can be found below along with information about SCTTA. There are also many County Reference Documents now on this website. Please send TT news items of interest within Sussex County to the email address below. The Website has recently been upgraded  to latest software versions and more recently to enable Video's. 


14th January 2021 - Haywards Heath League - David Champneys

It is sad to report that David Champneys, a stalwart of the Haywards Heath League for many years, unexpectedly passed away. He died in his sleep of an unknown cause with no prior signs of illness. This is devastating news and heart-breaking for his family, as Dave was only in his 50's and was in good health, both mentally and physically. Our thoughts go out to his family. I personally will miss my games with him.


14th January 2021- TTE News - Coaching and Officials Updates

Coaching Update - News of a Webinar which will give an insight into "Coaching and Education" within TTE and is set for Thursday 21st January at 7.30 pm. 

Officials Update - News of a Webinar for Referees, Umpires and Tournament Organisers and is set for 26th January from 7 pm to 8.30 pm.

Links to how to register are included.

14th January 2021- TTE News - Various

The first Newsletter of the year from TTE - 080121, for those not on the distribution, contain much information such as the latest Covid Statement as at 2.50 pm on the 8th January, and there are no surprises to be found there! There are opportunities to volunteer as a Pride of TT Judge indicated, and information about the role the TTE Chairman takes within ITTF along with others from this side of the water. The GB players for the European Olympic Qualifying in February are announced - Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Charlotte Carey and Tin-Tin-Ho are the representatives, and Coach John Mapletoff from Grantham was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List. Other news is that Sussex Junior Harry Yip has been included in the "Aspire" Squad, Kelly Sibley is the new National Women's Coachs for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and there is an interesting Rap Video with TT sounds! Requests are also invited for participation in Steering Group for reviewing Competitions and Rankings and it was indicated that TTE had signed up to a Sports Industry Resolution.

7th January 2021 - Some more Videos of interest

Brett Holt has highlighted a few more videos from last year of interest to the Sussex TT Community. You can search YouTube for many more.

British League Match  Division B4                   Rory Scott Competition Final

Amila Thilakarathna v Tim Holtam                   Rory Scott v Jacob Evans 

February 2020                                                    March 2020


6th January 2021 - United by Ping Pong

The title of an article that appeared in the Sunday Time Magazine on the 20th December in the Christmas appeal on behalf of sports clubs in the Sported Network Christmas. The author of the article is Matthew Syed and there is focus on Harry Fairchild, the Down's Syndrome player and coach, as well as about the diversity within the Brighton TTC in general. The full article and video can be found on the following link:


3rd January 2021 - Happy New Year

As Chairman of Sussex County TT Association, I wish everyone the best of health for the year 2021 and I have no doubt that we will all be back playing Table Tennis in the not too distance future. I am sure there will be opportunities to have Summer Leagues and Competitions for everyone.

3rd January 2021 - TTE EGM Notice

Further to the news items below regarding the TTE EGM on the 25th January, the Notice has been posted on to the TTE website and please see the associated EGM Motions and FAQ's for ease of reference. The Company Members within Sussex able to vote are as follows:

Hastings - Diane Webb; Eastbourne - Pauline Byworth; Worthing - Susan West, Brighton - Ian Fowlds, South West Sussex - Chris Newberry, Haywards Heath - Brian Taite, East Grinstead - Andrew Hayes, Crawley and Horsham - Maureen Hazell, Sussex County Councillor - Jim Skinner. The Motions are for a "Vote of Confidence" for TTE CEO, TTE Chairman and a Board Member (Tony Catt).  

Discussion took place among Company Members or their representatives in December and no doubt that will continue in Janaury. If you have a view then please speak to your League representative in respect of Sussex County or the Company Member.

28th December 2020 - Festive Message

I hope that everyone is enjoying the festive period despite the coronavirus restrictions and the changes to previous plans made - it certainly affected my plans! I also hope that everyone is managing to keep the virus at bay and managing to keep fit as well. Table Tennis will return in 2021 and the Sussex County TT Association has made some plans but events will only be held when it is safe to do so and perhaps next Spring and Summer can make up for the lack of TT currently. I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2021. (Chairman Sussex County TT Association).

28th December 2020 - TTE EGM - Date Set

Further to the news item below on the 13th December, please see communication sent to TTE Company Members regarding the date set for an EGM - which is on the 25th January at 7 pm. The formal Notice including the Motions will be on the TTE website on the 29th December. The EGM was called for by Tony Catt who many will know in Sussex County and who is a current Board Member and has been in discord with TTE. 

22nd December - Cadet and Junior Event 19th December - Report

Please find the Report, prepared by Rory Scott, of the Cadet and Junior Event held on the 19th December. 

22nd December 2020 - TTE Coaching Survey - Last Chance

Please see reminder from TTE on their Coaching Survey and request for feedback. The closing date is the end of today at midnight 22nd December!

21st December - Pass the time with Video watching!

Brett Holt made many Videos of matches (in agreement with the participants) before the lockdown and has also been involved with Rory Scott with his Horsham Spinners series of Video's. I include a selection of the ones with Sussex Players involved as well as a few other interesting ones. They are all on YouTube with many others which can be searched for. Brighton TTC also make many Video's and they have their website where they can be seen. Apologies if you have already seen these, but if not, I hope they keep you occupied over the festive period.

Sussex Invitation Event                                    Rory's Table Tennis Topics                               

George Hazell v Jack Bennett (Final)              David Steel and Jo Hanson                               

September 2019                                                October 2020                                                       



Rory's Table Tennis Topics                              Rory Scott Competition Final

Pedro Santos and Brandon Bennett               Chris Doran v Darius Knight  

October 2020                                                     30th June 2019



Scotland - Interview with U21 Sam Wilson

November 2020


21st December 2020 - TTE Development Webinar

Please see the Webinar which was held on the 12th November where Greg Yarnell, the TTE Development Office, presented the slides on how the TTE Development would look going forward. Besides myself, Rory Scott and Brett Holt were on the Webinar.

20th December 2020 - Latest TTE News

Please see from TTE the latest weekly newsletter - 181220 - for those that do not receive it. In this issue there is news of Pitchford's European Dream ending in the semi-finals, link to the latest update on Coronavirus especially around the Tiers, Funding opportunities for Leagues and Clubs for projects associated with getting members back, a request for feedback on "Ranking" discussions, and in the context of further cancellation of Competitions there is to be a review of them. Finally, there is the latest on support for Licensed Coaches as well as a survey on the subject.

20th December - Active Sussex Disability and Inclusion News - December 2020

Please find the latest Active Sussex Disability and Inclusion News for December which includes link to recent Webinar on "Adapting to the Here, Now..and Tomorrow", and included with other articles is one on funding from Sport England for "Tackling Inequalities in physical.

17th December - TT Times 21 - Winter 2020

The latest issue of TT Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. In this issue can be found articles on the following topics:

  • Editorial;
  • ITTF Events Round Up - ITTF Women's and Men's World Cup;
  • A Table Tennis Life - Ken & Karenza Matthew's TT Journey continues, 1972;
  • Book Reviews;
  • This isn't the game my bird played...Michael Parkinson's expert view of Table Tennis;
  • Jacques Secretin - death of the French Legend;
  • Old Photographs;
  • World Table Tennis;
  • John Hilton....A Life in Sport by Brian Kean;
  • Table Tennis Scotland YouTube Interviews;
  • What was Happening 40 Years Ago 1980;
  • Harry Reeve and the Linacre Table Tennis Club, Liverpool;
  • What is Happening Today;
  • Future Events;
  • ITTF Updates;
  • Governance;

17th December - Active Sussex News - December 2020

Please find the latest Active Sussex News for December which includes details of the virtual Network Event 2021 on February 25th, the latest "This Girl Can" Sussex Ambassador, Tackling Inequalities in Physical Sport, Meet the Winners of the Sussex Sports Awards via Video's, Employer partnership of Active Sussex wit CIMSPA (Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity), Sport England National Leisure Recovery Fund, launch of Sports Councils "Tell Your Story" Campaign, Challenges of Safeguarding during Lockdown and the Cornavirus pandemic plus more including a survey.

16th December 2020 - Company Members and EGM

Further to the news item below on the 13th December, TTE have indicated to Company Members that the 5% threshold has been reached - see Notice. An EGM is therefore to be held, probably by zoom, and prior to that it is the intention to set up a County-wide zoom meeting with Company Members to discuss. Company Members are the nominated League TTE representative and in most cases, it is the Chairman of the League but can be others as determined by the Leagues. Further information including details of the EGM will be available when known.

16th December 2020 - County Vice Presidents and Life Members

The County List has been updated. Peter Shead has passed away and David Richardson has been added following the AGM held on the 14th September, 2020. The current list can be found here.

15th December 2020 - Benefit Package for TTE Coaching Launched

TTE have launched their own Coaching Support Platform for TTE Licensed Coaches to include development resources and best practice guidance. There is a video to view and discounts for TT Kidz for Schools.

14th December - Cadet and Junior Event 12th December - Report

Please find the Report, prepared by Rory Scott, of the Cadet and Junior Event held on the 12th December. Note that contrary to the statement within the introduction to the report, TTE Rules do allow Open Events, and Sussex County supports them, but for an Open Tournament the appropriate documentation is required in respect of Entry Form and notification to TTE of the proposed Event. Also, subsequent to the Event, notification to TTE must be made of the results along with a TTE Levy of £1.50 per player. It has been questioned as to why a TTE Levy is still required for effectively a non-ranking Event, but in the absence of such notice to TTE the Event can only be Closed to Sussex Players. Additionally, it should be noted that the running of Open Events with players from other Counties in attendance does increase the risk given the current Coronavirus environment.

13th December 2020 - Gertsen Coaching Newsletter

Please see the latest Newsletter from Gertsen Coaching on Bookings for Focussed Training Days next year as well as Online Workshops and Support on a range of topics.

13th December 2020 - Latest TTE News

Please see from TTE the latest weekly newsletter - 111220 - for those who do receive it. In this issue there is a preview of Liam Pitchford in the forthcoming Champions League and update on the Women's Event, notice of 3 new Ping Pong Parlours, British Para TT News as well advertisements on TT Gifts. Coronavirus continues to impact the sport with the cancellation of the first 2021 British League Fixtures and there is a request for Volunteers for the County Championships.

13th December - Cadet and Junior Events

Rory Scott has arranged, following the recent lockdown, some Cadet and Junior Events at Slimford Village Hall, near Horsham. They were this weekend and also next weekend. Coronavirus hygiene requirements are in place and bubbles of players are in line with TTE and Government Guidelines. Please see Entry Form.

13th December 2020 - Company Members and EGM

There is currently discord between a Board Member and TTE which has resulted in an EGM being requested and Company Members have been advised and request for support to be indicated. In this context it was clarified in a recent TTE Notice that the threshold is 5% of the Company Members. Company Members within Sussex County have discussed this including in many cases with their League Management Committee's and there is majority agreement within Sussex County to support the request.

10th December 2020 - County Zoom Meeting 7th December - County Affiliation Fee

Given the Covid-19 situation the proposal for the County Affiliation for the current season was withdrawn at the AGM on the 14th September with subsequent review in November. With Covid-19 still significant with renewed lockdowns and restrictions affecting League Play and the ability to hold County Activities. The outlook is also poor for the first 3 months of 2021, and a joint proposal from the County Chairman and Treasurer that there should be a "Holiday" for the County Affiliation Fee for the Season 2020 to 2021 was supported unanimously. 

10th December 2020 - Coaching Information

Please see UK Coaching News for December - 041220 - which includes information Winners of UK Coaching Awards, new Safeguarding and Protecting Children online Class, Coaching Research Conference in 2021, upcoming free Webinar, Offers for Coaches, Article on Duty of Care in Sport, Resources and much more.

TTE Coaching Update - 241120 - details the partnership TTE has made with TT fit where Licensed Coaches have the chance to access an App as part of the Licence Fee and tap into much information such as Training Plans and also benefits. There is also a survey out from TTE - 091220 - requesting Coaching Experiences and how the qualification can be improved. The closing date for the survey is the 22nd December.

9th December 2020 - Sussex County Profiles

Please see the latest County Profile of Denis Miles, former County Treasurer and Life Member - Denis Miles . Previous profiles can be found on the County Profiles Page.

9th December 2020  - Covid-19 Update - Tier Restrictions - Sussex County

The latest Covid-19 information is as at 4.30 pm on the 3rd December on the TTE Website (see latest TTE News below). It indicates the restrictions for the various Tiers and at the moment the County of Sussex is all Tier 2 which means that League play is not possible. The impact is that the Haywards Heath and East Grinstead Leagues which had started and stopped for the recent lockdown, are not able to restart. Let's hope that the New Year will bring much good news on the playing front!!

9th December 2020 - Latest TTE News

Please see for information the latest news from TTE for those not on the distribution:

271120 - Contains information about the National being cancelled (see also 261120), the latest on the Covid restrictions (see also 241120), Pitchford, TT Kidz update and Nottingham University TT players talking about Mental Health;

041220 - Information about a LinQ App for finding players, reference to Covid update, Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker in France, Coach Mentors and TT Kidz Phase 3;

091220 - Club and League Update - Chairman's Christmas Message, Covid update, Funding still available, Club Poll on experiences and PremierClub Activator Course;

9th December 2020 - Archived News

The News Items for recent months from end of July to November have been archived and the file can be found on the Archive Page.

9th December 2020 - Website Changes

The website has been offline for a week or so. It has been configured globally to enable Video's to be inserted into Articles. It is the intention to produce Video Profiles and a separate page has been produced along with a SCTTA Promotional Video produced by Brett Holt, the SCTTA representative for Haywards Heath, which can be found below. The Video Page will soon be available.

Sussex County Table Tennis Association

Information About

Please see the Sussex County Privacy Policy.

The SCTTA is affiliated to the Table Tennis England (TTE) and represents 9 leagues within Sussex with 969 (of which 72 were Junior) affiliated league playing members in the 2019/2020 Season. The SCTTA is a non profit making organisation and through affiliation fees paid by Players in the Sussex Leagues supports a number of County Teams at Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran level. Last Season 12 Teams were entered in the various categories with the Senior Team winning the Premier Division. The County also runs events each year such as Sussex Closed, Invitation Event (top 8 in various categories), and in the recent past have run regular Coaching Sessions and 2* Events.

The County Management Committee are all Volunteers and meet around 6 times a year along with an AGM. If you wish to assist and Volunteer then please contact me as below.

 Promotional Video

County Safeguarding Policies and Statements

In the context of the need recognised for a County Complaints Procedure to be available, the County "Safeguarding Policy & Protection of Vulnerable Adults Policy" and the "Child Safeguarding Policy Statement" were reviewed at the County Meeting on the 25th March, 2019. In the main they were updated to reflect TTE and associated documents and to include reference to County using only Licensed Coaches along with ensuring DBS Checks have been carried out for all relevant County Officers as being aware of Social Media implications.   It should be noted that Leagues and Clubs should have something similar or at least reference to these. These Policies are in addition to the County Constitution and will be referred to by a proposed rules change.



County Plan

Sussex County Development

County Plan Season 2020/2021

No County Plan for Season 2020/2021 has been produced due to Covid-19.

Some plans are being made to restart some activities around Easter time and more information on this will appear in due course.