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. Please send TT news items of interest within Sussex County to the email address below.The Website is gradually being modified and updated over the coming months.

News  

 

5th April - TTE News - Weekly News

The latest TTE News - 030420 - contains again information regarding applications for emergency funding for Clubs from Sports England (see also news items 2nd April below). It also contains Tributes to Charlie Childs, a Deputy TTE Chairman who passed away recently, TT Kidz Activity Cards, and World TT Day.

5th April  - UK Coaching - Resources for Development

If you are a Coach and currently inactive with Covid-19, then perhaps it is the chance to develop - see the latest Newsletter for UK Coaching Resources that can be obtained although you will probably need to subscribe.

2nd April - TTE News - Sports England - Emergency Funding for Clubs

TTE have issued information about Emergency Funding that can be applied for from a Sports England Community Fund for those Clubs who are struggling in the current Covid-19 environment. There is also information and links to seeking Government Advice, FAQ's, Key Advice for Clubs and Ideas to stay Active.

30th March - TTE News including Coronvirus Update & Home Practice

For those who are not on the TTE distribution list, please find latest TTE News including on the Coronavirus.

Bereavements: TTE has announced the passing of Ron Alcock, an England International in the 1940's ad 1950's, and also Charlie Childs who was elected to the TTE Board last summer.

Coaching Webinars: These are free and are for L2 Coaches and above - the first one is 11.00 am on Tuesday 31st March.

Newsletters - 130320, 200320, 270320 - Information on Kim Daybell, a Paralympian and also Junior Doctor on the front line, message from TTE Chairman, marathon effort for Sport Relief and results of the Schools Team Championships (sadly no Sussex Schools).

Coronvirus: In particular in the recent edition on the 27th March there are updates on Coronvirus with reference to specific TTE Page and also Home Practice - Inventive way to practice at home and stay in touch including Brighton City Club and their daily get together at 5 pm using zoom, and different TT Challenges from Coaches.

27th March - County Championships - 2nd Weekend - Over 60s Champions!!

The weekend of the 14th/15th March, just before the shut down of TT, was an historic one for Sussex County. The Over 60's Team consisting of Nigel Eckersley, Phil Smith, Barrie Gilbert, Johnny Clarke, Sheila King and Carol Eckersley completed their matches with wins of 7-3 over Lancashire, 10-0 over Cheshire and 7-3 over Yorkshire thus winning the Premier Division for the very first time. Please see a Report prepared by Sheila King and also a picture of the winning team (minus Johnny Clarke who had left!). As of today the TTE website does not appear to have been updated with these results. However, TT League Manager has been customised by the organiser and details of the results, tables, and wins/losses can be found on the following link: https://countychampionships.ttleagues.com/

 

 

27th March 2020 - Sussex Profiles - Craig Bryant

Our series on profiles of people involved with the game from within Sussex County continues with - Craig Bryant - Sussex Player and Coach. They are produced by Diane Webb and previous Profiles can be found on the relevant page.

27th March - National Council 14th March and subsequent Conference Call 18th March

The next National Council Meeting was scheduled for the 14th March in Milton Keynes, but was cancelled due to the Coronvirus concerns. The papers that were scheduled for the meeting can be seen below:

If there are any questions on any of the information in the papers, then please let me know so that I can feedback to TTE. Subsequent to the cancellation of the meeting a Conference Call was held on the evening of the 18th March on the subject of the last two papers i.e. the Ranking, which were presented. It was primarily for the National and International aspect rather than TT Leagues, and there were systems - Relative and Absolute with the latter currently being used. The advantages and disadvantages of both are summarised in the papers and the view of the meeting was for a move to the Relative System for the accommodation of International results, although it was recognised that this would be more onerous in respect of administration. A survey had been running until the 22nd March to collect views.

27th March - National Championships - 28th February to 1st March

These took place, before the shutdown, in Nottingham between Friday 28th February and the 1st March. There was much Sussex interest with 4 players in the last 32 in England - Helsham Weerasinghe, Josh Bennett, Jack Bennett and George Hazell for the Men and Lois Peake, Alice Hazell in the Women's last 32. In the Mens U21 Josh Bennett and George Hazell participated and Jodie Morris in the Women's U21. Sadly none of them won but it was a good Sussex representation. Please see the TTE Newsletters for late February/early March (in case you do not receive them) - 210220, 280220, 060320 - which contains information about the event and I believe the BBC screening is still available on iplayer. Details about the event are on the TTE website on the following link.

27th March - STAG Horsham Spinners Senior and Veteran 1 Star Event 8th March - Results

Please see the Results for this event, which includes lists of the participants and completed schedules, held at Farlington School on the 8th March

27th March - STAG Horsham Spinners Cadet and Junior 2 Star Event 1st March - Results

Please see the Results for this event, which includes lists of the participants and completed schedules, held at Farlington School on the 1st March

27th March - STAG Horsham Spinners Senior and Veteran 1 Star Event 16th February - Results

Please see the Results for this event, which includes lists of the participants and completed schedules, held at Farlington School on the 16th February

25th March 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 2nd Team Division 1B - Results 2nd Day 29th February

The Sussex 2 Veteran County Championship Team consisting of Jack Boult, Phil Smith, Graham Barnes and Lynne Trussell, played on the 29th February at BATTS in Harlow. They suffered two 4-6 defeats and the scoresheets are as follows including the other matches played:

The match between Norfolk and Middlesex 2 was a walk-over i.e. 10 - 0. The Sussex 2 Team therefore came 6th out of 7 Teams with Middlesex 1 the champions of the Division. The final tables can be seen on the following link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/County-Championship-Tables-2019-20-23.03.20.pdf 

25th March 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 3rd Team Division 2C - Results 2nd Day 29th February

The Sussex 3 Veteran County Championship Team consisting of Paul Barry, David Butler, Tony Catt and Shiela King,  played on the 29th February at BATTS, Harlow. They suffered a 3-6 defeat to Kent 3 Team and a 1-9 defeat to Kent 2 Team. The scoresheets are as follows including the other matches played:

The Sussex 3 Team therefore came bottom of the Division with Kent 2 the champions. The final tables can be seen on the following link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/County-Championship-Tables-2019-20-23.03.20.pdf 

 

17th March - Coronavirus - Suspension of Activities

In the light of recent Government advice and the latest TTE Guidance – see also following link,  which was posted at 11.00 am on the TTE website this morning 17th March:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/news/archived/coronavirus-statement/

Effectively all TTE events are cancelled until 30th April – I suspect it may be later. Advice was also for Leagues to suspend matches as well and all Sussex Leagues have i.e. Hastings, Eastbourne, Worthing, Brighton, East Grinstead, South West Sussex, Crawley and Horsham, Haywards Heath Leagues have suspended matches and activities. Planned events such as Sussex Closed are also cancelled.

Have a good rest, keep safe and let’s hope this all clears before the start of next season.

9th March - SE Region Qualifiers - Entry Closure extended to Friday 13th March

Please see the Entry Form for this year's South East Regional Qualifiers being held at Ashford Tennis Club on Saturday 21st March and for which the entry closure has been extended to Friday 13th March. Players must be TTE affiliated. The top two in each category going forward to the Inter-Regional Finals being held on weekend 23rd/24th May.

5th March - Coronavirus - TTE & Sport England Guidance

Please see the latest information and advice to Clubs & Leagues from TTE regarding the Coronavirus. Specifically it advises playing matches as normal but to avoid shaking hands. Perhaps other methods of acknowledgement should be considered like elbow to elbow!! 

3rd March - Dates for your Diaries - Sussex & League Closed Events

Please note the following forthcoming dates for the Sussex Closed and League Closed Events:

  • 29th March - Brighton Closed - Sussex University Sports Hall - Entry Form
  • 29th March - Haywards Heath Closed - Warden Park School, Cuckfield - Entry Form or following link

https://www.tabletennis365.com/HaywardsHeath/News/2019/March/annual-closed-tournament-application-31st-march-2019/23566

3rd March - UK Coaching & Top Edge Coaching Information

Please see the latest Newsletters from UK Coaching on UK Resources, and Developing People Skills, and from Top Edge offering Online and Distance Coaching and details of Plymouth Summer Camp.

3rd March - Active Sussex - February and Disability and Inclusion Newsletters/Update

Please see the latest news from Active Sussex - February Newsletter, Disability and Inclusion for January and February, and Disability Sports Network update.

26th February - STAG Horsham Spinners Senior and Veteran 1 Star Event 12th January - Results

Please see the Results for this event, which includes lists of the participants and completed schedules, held at Farlington School on the 12th January.

26th February - TT Kidz - Events running in Sussex

Please see Kidz Information from TTE which list information on where they are currenly being run in Sussex - in Horsham and Rother. If interested it may be possible still to sign up youngsters and the link for booking also gives much information about the content of the Courses and of course a Club or League can sign up for a future event to be hosted and run. 

19th February - TT England - Latest Newsletter

For those who do not receive them please see recent Newsletters from TTE - 170120, 240120, 310120, 070220, 140220. The headlines are:

  • Team GB failed to qualify for the Toyko Olympics
  • Updates on the Mens British League
  • Completion of the WBL and Sussex player Alice Hazell was part of the winning Division Two and Brighton were 2nd in Division 3 with Teresa Bennett the best Individual Average
  • National Championships (28th February to 1st March) -  Good Sussex repreentation with Jack Bennett qualified to join brother Josh Bennett and George Hazell and Helsham Weerasinghe in the Mens
  • National Championship - Women from Sussex in the Finals include Lois Peake, Alice Hazell and in the U21 Jodie Morris
  • National Championships - now sponsored by Mark Bates Limited and increase in prizes
  • Top Referees Conference to be held in the UK in November
  • New GB Sport live streaming service launched and will include some TT events
  • Results of the Jack Petchey Schools Team Finals
  • Video of the Premier Players TT clash - Lovren and Salah
  • Baggaley retaining the World Championship of Ping-Pong at Alexandra Palace
  • GB Team players talks about Mental Health in a podcast
  • Craig Bryant named as coach for the World Team Championships in Korea in March
  • Applications invited from TTE from Premier/Associate Clubs for funding upto £300 for inclusivity projects
  • Survey on rankings

15th February 2020 - Sussex Profiles - Peter Shead

Our series on profiles of people involved with the game, whether player or administrator, continues with Peter Shead who in 1954 got to the round of 16 in the World Championships and had many Open successes. Previous profiles can be found on the County Profiles Page. Thanks again to Diane Webb for producing the profiles.

15th February 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Premier Senior 1st Team - Title Success!!!

Over the weekend 2nd/3rd February in Grantham the Sussex Senior 1st Team consisting of Jack and Josh Bennett, George and Alice Hazell and Yolanda King retained the Senior Premier County Championship Title for the 5th year running. Further details will be available in due course but congratulations are definitely in order.

15th February 2020 - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (WSSTTA) - Individual Events - Wednseday 12th February

These were held successfully at Warden Park School Sports Hall on Wednesday 12th February under the new lighting recently installed. There were 8 Schools participating - Tanbridge, Chichester, Worth, Warden Park, Forest, Weald, Oriel and Steyning with Woodard not able to make it on the day. In the U13 and U16 age categories there were 48 Boys and 9 Girls and players were in Groups before knock-out rounds and consolation events were also held for the Boys. Sadly there were no U11 Schools or U19 Colleges entering apart from Southwater Junior. The winners for U13 were for Boys Rahil Rehman-Furs (Tanbridge), U13 Girls Lola Lavender (Steyning) and U16 Boys Harry Yip (Tanbridge) and U16 Girls Sasha O'Halloran (Tanbridge). These players along with U11 Girl Chloe Robinson (Southwater) will be given the opportunity to take part via their Schools in the zonal round. Please see the completed  U13 Boys Schedule and U16 Boys Schedule. Thanks to Warden Park School for the use of their facilities and Haywards Heath League for the use of their equipment, and for assistance at the event by Brett Holt.

15th February 2020 - East Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (WSSTTA) - Individual Events - Friday 

These were held on Friday 25th January at the Sussex University Sports Centre with Brighton City TTC providing support and organisation. There were over 90 youngsters and the results were as follows - U16 Girls Sacha Ward (St Leonard's Academy), U13 Girls Emily Koester (Bexhill Academy), U11 Boys Daniel Caroe (St Andrews Prep), U16 Boy Jamar Mcglashan and U13 Boys James Brandon (Lewes Old Grammer). The U11 Girls and U19 Boys were deferred to a later date and subsequently Izzy Langridge (St Luke's) and Owen Brown (BACA) were the winners. Please see the participants and results for the U11's and the other age groups on the first  night.

31st January 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 2nd Team Division 1B - Results

The Sussex 2 Veteran Team was in action on Saturday 18th January at BATTS in Harlow. The Sussex Team consisted of Marc Burman, Jack Boult, Phillip Smith and Lynne Trussell and they played two matches - Drawing with Essex 5-5 and losing to Cambridgeshire 1-9. Please see the Score Sheets below:

The updated provisional table is as follows:

Veterans Division 1B

County

P

W

D

L

F

A

   

PTS

Cambridgeshire 1

4

3

1

0

33

7

   

7

Middlesex 1

4

1

1

0

25

15

   

7

Essex 1

5

2

2

1

25

25

   

6

Norfolk 1

4

1

3

0

22

18

   

4

Sussex 2

4

1

1

2

18

22

   

3

Middlesex 2

3

0

0

3

8

22

   

0

Devonshire 1

4

0

0

4

8

32

   

0

31st January 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 3rd Team Division 2C - Results

The Sussex 3 Veteran Team was also in action at BATTS, Harlow on Saturday 18th January and the Team of Graham Barnes, Tony Catt, Richard Hazell and Shiela King lost 10-0 to Surrey 1 and 6-4 to Essex 2. Please see the score sheets below:

The updated provisional table is as follows:

County

P

W

D

L

F

A

PTS

Kent 2

4

3

1

0

28

12

7

Surrey 1

5

3

1

1

36

14

7

Essex 2

4

2

1

1

24

16

5

Middlesex 3

4

2

0

    2

21

19

4

Kent 3

4

1

2

1

20

20

4

Surrey 2

5

0

2

3

12

28

2

Sussex 3

4

0

1

3

9

31

1

30th January 2020  - Umpire Expenses & Training 

As mentioned in a news item in December 2019, the County is considering organising and hosting a L1 Umpire Training Course, and so if Leagues/Clubs/Individuals are interested can they please let me know on the following email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As a trained Umpire you can involve yourself as part of Team for events across the Country and Chris Newton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) regularly indicates events for which they require Umpires. Expenses can claimed for attending such events and for information please the TTE Umpire Expenses Policy and Claim Form.

30th January 2020 - Brighton League - Exeter Hall Club

Coaching and Development and Social TT has been taking place in Exeter Street Hall Academy (16-17 Exeter Street, BN1 5PG near Preston Park) supported by the co-founder Adrian Harvey and the League Chairman Ian Fowlds.  With numbers growing a request was made and agreed at the September League Management Committee for the purchase of two tables at a cost of £330 each to be funded by the League (to be returned to the League if the Academy ceased). Sessions are now booming and moving to Improver standard with numbers also up with 15 in attendance on a recent Saturday. Due to the continued success there are now 24 names on the books which is a maximum for the present time. A waiting list has been created and should anyone wish to make contact to be added to the list then please email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

28th January 2020 - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (WSSTTA) - Individual Events - Wednesday 12th February

Due to the upgrade of the lighting in the Sports Hall at Warden Park School where these events are held (see news item below), the revised date is Wednesday 12th February. Please see recent Mailing to West Sussex Schools and also the Entry Form. The various age groups are U11, U13, U15 and U18 with the winners having the opportunity to go forward to the zonal round. If you attend a West Sussex School and wish to entre then please speak to the Sports/PE Teacher since the entries must come from the Schools.

28th January 2020 - Haywards Heath League

The Haywards Heath League plays matches at a central venue in the Sports Hall of Warden Park School in Cuckfield with their equipment stored on the site. The lighting in the Sports Hall has been very poor for some time and a source of concern to players. However, the lights are being upgraded this week which should be a delight to all and I understand that Haywards Heath League has made a significant contribution to the School to enable the purchase and installation.

28th January 2020 - Worthing League - Vic Pickett

The Worthing League have advised that the former Worthing and South West Sussex player Vic Pickett passed away some weeks ago and his funeral took place on the 21st January at Chichester Crematorium. These details were circulated to all Sussex Leagues for information and distribution.

28th January 2020 - Website Upgrade

This website has now been updated to Joomla Version 3 to accommodate later versions of PHP software (7..2) being used by the Web Hosting Company. This was a major upgrade for the site since no updates have taken place since this website went live in 2013. Your administrator is currently getting to grips with this version!

28th January 2020 - Arhived News

The News Items on this page for the months of October, November and December have been archived, and can be found on the Archive Page.

16th January - TT England - Club Registration & Finder

The capability exists to log your Club, along with details of TT sessions, on to the TTE Club Finder. You can find out if your Club is registered, along with others in your vicinity via the following link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/find-a-table-tennis-table/ 

However, checking it out it is clear that there are only a few clubs within Sussex County showing although there are a lot of Ping places, i.e. where there are TT Tables that can be used e.g. AMEX Stadium. Your Club does not need to be a Premier Club and can be registered or affiliated as an Associate Club. The process is to first register the Club on the TTE Membership database and a guide on how to do this can be found on the following link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/clubs/clubs-guidance/club-affiliation/.

This is a good way to make known your club to people within your vicinity who may wish to join your Club.

14th January - Active Sussex News - January 2020

Please see the latest Active News for January - it indicates the keynote Speaker for the forthcoming Active Sussex Network Event 2020 on the 27th February at the Buxted Park Hotel, Sussex Disability Network Survey and Hastings Workforce Project, and much more including workshops on Safeguarding.

14th January - TTE Newsletter - Performance & Competition News & SE Club and Volunteer Conference

Please see the latest TTE Newsletter - 100120 - from TTE. It contains information about the forthcoming Senior National Championships in which Sussex Player Josh Bennett has already qualified and hi brother Jack Bennett along with George/Alice Hazell are in the Qualifiers. There is also update on the forthcoming SE Regional Club Conference this coming Sunday in Tonbridge where Will Bayley will be giving a talk, and bookings are still be taken - see Flyer.

10th January - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (WSSTTA) - Individual Events - New Date & Entry Form

Further to News Items below, and following notification from Warden Park School that the Lighting is being upgraded in the Sports Hall during the week commencing 27th January, it was has been subsequently agreed with the School for a revised date of Wednesday 12th February (with closing date 7th February). This is the latest date for which subsequent notification to English Schools for those Individuals going forward to the zonal round can take place, and also with half-term the following week this date is unlikely to change further. Please see an upated Entry Form.

8th January - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (WSSTTA) - Individual Events - Entry Form

Further to previous emails please see the Entry Form for West Sussex Schools TT Individual Events for age groups U11, U13, U16 and U19 for both Girls and Boys being held at Warden Park School on Wednesday 29th January. The winners of each age group have the opportunity to go forward to the Schools zonal rounds. West Sussex Schools have been emailed but if you know someone interested then please direct the School to the Entry Form.

8th January - East Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association (ESSTTA) - Team Events - Results

The East Sussex Schools Team Events took place last November - and the winners going through to the zonal round were as follows (with photographs of the winning U11 Boys and Girls:

  • U11 Boys - St Andrews Eastbourne;
  • U11 Girls - St Luke's Brighton;
  • U13 Boys - Patcham High, Brighton;
  • U13 Girls - Bexhill High (but St Andrews Girls going through to zonal round);
  • U16 Boys - Bexhill High;
  • U16 Girls - Vardean, Brighton;
  • U19 Boys - BHASVIC, Brighton;

The Individual Events for East Sussex Schools are being held on the 24th January at Sussex University - see new item below for 18th December.

6th January - Sussex County Profiles - Bill Goldfinch

Please find another Sussex County profile provided by Diane Webb. Bill Goldfinch was one of the founder members of the Sussex County TT Association and was involved in a number of roles across the County. For previous Profiles please see the County Profiles Page. 

6th January - TT Times 17

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

  • Report on the Team World Cup in Tokyo;
  • Trial of Table Tennis Review (TTR) System;
  • Update on Events;
  • Article by Ken/Karenza Mathews on a TT Life 1965;
  • Report on recent Home Counties Internationals
  • In Memoriam;
  • What was happening in 1959
  • A Good News Page
  • Article on previous ETTA Treasurers;
  • Future Events

6th January - TTE National Council Meeting - 14th December - Minutes

Further to the news item on the 3rd December, please find the Minutes from the National Council Meeting held on the 14th December. It includes in particular discussion in workshops on the Voting System/Company Membership and the Membership Strategy.

 

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 1004 affiliated league playing members in the 2018/2019 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 and Diviion. The County also runs events each year such as Sussex Closed,Invitation Event (top 8 in various catagories), 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.

County Safeguarding Policies and Statements

In the context of the need recogised 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. In the main they were updated 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 2019/2020

Issue 1.2 of the County Plan for Season 2019/2020 can be found here.

The items marked in blue have been completed and items marked yellow are in progress.