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.
1st June 2020 - Peter Shead
The sad news has reached me that Peter Shead recently passed away, peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 91 in his RAF Flat in Rottingdean. He recently had a bad fall at home breaking his hip and was recovering in Hospital. He was allowed home where he developed a chest infection. In line with current guidelines his niece has indicated only 5 people will be at his funeral. He is well remembered as a kind man and a great Sussex and England player - see a profile of him which was produced last December by Diane Webb and can be found here
26th May 2020 - Haywards Heath League
The Haywards League Committee have agreed to abandon and end the season 2019 to 2020, even though the fixtures remained incomplete. The final positions are as they stand and Trophies and Medals will be issued to the winners and runners-up. Special congratulations to Keigo Burnham who won all his 41 Premier League matches. There is uncertainly over the start date and team make up for the next seasn and the committee have decided that there will not necessarily be automatic promotion and relegation.
23rd May - Sussex Profiles - Wendy Bates - Sussex Player
Another in the series of Sussex profiles produced by Diane Webb. The latest is on Wendy Bates and for previous Profiles please see the Sussex Profiles Page.
23rd May - UK Coaching - Mental Awareness
UK Coaching latest newsletter containing information about a free online course and resources around Mental Awareness.
23rd May - TTE - National Council - 27th June
The next National Council Meeting has now been scheduled, via Zoom, for the 27th June - advance notice. Information about Agenda and papers will appear when available.
23rd May - TTE - Various News Items
TTE Newsletter - 220520 - Information about the TTE AGM and the withdrawal of all the Propositions which includes the proposed raising of the Fees and they will be frozen for the coming season. There is still the intention to revise the membership categories which include sthe new "Club Play" category although it will be free for the coming season. The Newsletter also contains the output of a Webinar with Paul Drinkhall and his life through lockdown and a video from Gavin Evans regarding Mental Awareness during the coming Mental Awareness week. Also see fund raising ideas including face masks by Will Bayley.
Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is this coming Tuesday 26th May at 7pm and is open to all Level 1 Coaches and above, and the topic this week is Coaching Women and Girls. It is being led by Sally Shutt and Natalie Green
Data Protection - A reminder from TTE that players are automatically covered if Leagues are using the TT League Manager and Membership Manager, and that players data cannot be used on other systems such as TT365. Further information can be found here.
Deputy Chairman - A reminder that nominations for Deputy Chairman close on the 29th May - see news item 10th May below. The latest Company Register has been made available from TTE and Leagues should have completed their Annual Returns which includes indicating the Company Member and completing relevant Forms is new/changed. More information can be found here.
23rd May - Active Sussex - Newsletter - May 2020
Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter - May 2020 - Contains information about a Trustee Vacancy, Video on Active Lives surveys, Covid-19 activity report from Sport England, Mntal Health Awareness Week and a video of a Sports Disability Webinar held on the 21st May.
23rd May - Archived News Items
The News Items from this page for the months of January, February and March 2020, have been archived and can be found, along with all previous News Item on the archive page.
17th May - County Championships - Season 2020 to 2021
TTE have issued the entry forms for the County Championships for next season. Entry deadline has been delayed until the end of June with details of relevant Match secretaries to be advised by the 10th August. The County will be looking to see what entries will be made in respect of Over 60's, Veterans, Seniors, Juniors and Cadet Teams.
17th May - TTE - Latest Newsletter - Resumption of Play Guidance and TT League Manager
Please see the latest TTE Newsletter - 150520 - which contains information on the return to play with a 5-stage Process, with Stage 1 at present with play at Home and on outdoor tables. Also included is information about TT League Manager in respect of "Options for closing last Season", use of the system for competitions, and planned items for which upgrade will take place by August 2020. There is also a reference to the Deputy Chairman Elections - see also News Item 10th May. Additionally, TTE advised that Geoff Scruton, an International Umpire and Vice President of Yorkshire, had passed away.
17th May - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 19th May at 1pm
TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 19th May at 1pm for coaches of all levels. It is being led by Ben Young and the subject is "fundamental movement skills" It is free and for sign-up information please see information here.
17th May - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - May 2020
Please find the latest Newsletter from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion. This edition includes information of a Webinar this coming Thursday 21st May from 2pm to 2.30 pm exploring the challenges and barriers to SEND provision within Schools, Active Lives Survey Results, STEP (Space, Task, Equipment and People) inclusion resources to support activity whilst at home, and information about the Specsavers "virtual" Sussex Games across 11 weeks of the Summer Term although it does not look as if Table Tennis has been included - presume very difficult to play virtually! There is also information in the Newsletter about UK Deaf Sports and further Webinars around Women in Sport and for Mental Health Week, which is between 18th and 24th May.
11th May - Tees Sport Newsletter - May 2020
Tees Sports have recently distributed their Newsletter for May for your information if not seen.
10th May - TTE - Deputy Chair Election
With the sad recent death of Charlie Childs, an election for a replacement has been scheduled. The following Letter indicates more details and the process and links to the Nominations Forms for those who may be interested.
10th May - TTE - AGM Membership Propositions
Besides the Membership Proposals in the latest Newsletter (see below), there are also Propositions around amendments to the Honours, Voting Consultation for "One Member One Vote" (see news item 5th May), Fees (see below) and also one on ranking to be kept as player v player and not specific competitions. More information on the Propositions and the AGM can be seen on the following link:
10th May - TTE - Latest Newsletter - AGM Membership Proposals
TTE have indicated on their latest Newsletter - 090520 - Membership Proposals for next season, to be discussed at the TTE AGM, in respect of re-branding as Compete Plus, Compete, Just Pay and Supporter (replacing the current Player Member, Player and Associate categories) . The prices or affiliation fees for each category are also being proposed at the AGM and respectively for the new categories as £20 Senior and £10 for Junior and for the new categories £6 for Club Play and £4 for Just Play although the introduction of the Just Play is being considered for following season. Also included in the Newsletter is information about Bethany Ellis obtaining support from Tyson Fury for her Charity Crusade for Cancer Research UK, Outline for the return of TT subject of course to Government and Sport England guidelines, the launch of TT Kidz for deprived areas via various schools, and fund raising by Dan Ives one of the young Ambassadors.
10th May - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 12th May at 2pm
TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 12th May at 2pm for all Level 2 coaches and above. It is being led by Gavin Evans and the subject is "deliberate practice" explaining what it is, how to implement it and the impact it can have. Please see the information here for signing up.
10th May - Haywards Heath League - Season End and AGM
Further to the News Item 2nd May, Haywards Heath League has yet to make a decision on how to end last Season or plans for Tournaments and next Season, and regular monthly meetings are to be held to review the situation. The AGM, which has to be held by the end of July each year has been deferred as to such time as the government guidance permitted such an event to be held with the requisite 28 days notice given. The current Officers have agreed to remain in their current roles until an AGM can take place.
10th May - Haywards Heath League - Lyle Cyster
Further to the News Item on the 20th April and the passing of Lyle Cyster. His next of kin Ian Cyster who lives in Bristol has indicated a non-attended cremation although a date has yet to be set. If anyone wishes to pay respects then please send them to Funeral Directors W.M.Collins and Son, Burgess Hill, RH15 9DE, whoc are happy to received cards or letter from people (marked for the attention of Hazel or Kim) and they be be sent to Ian Cyster. Please see more information and Tribute to Lyle Cyster by Brian Taite.
5th May - TTE AGM - Proposition "One Member One Vote" Consultation
There has been much discussion previously around changing the voting system, and the TTE Board are now looking to table a Proposition to undertake a membership consultation and to receive legal advice on changing to a direct member voting structure. Please see the AGM Proposition and Rationale here. Previoulsy the debate has been around changes based on who becomes Company Members e.g. specified Clubs, but now the proposed consulatation is for a direct member voting.
4th May - TTE - National Council Elections - Next Meeting and next Season
2nd May 2020 - League Season - Completion Options
Currently two Leagues - East Grinstead and Worthing - have made decisions on how to end last season. Worthing adopted average points per match where there was no clarity and East Grinstead abandoned remaining matches. For those Leagues using TT League Manager for their records there are a number of options to finish the season before archive and the description can be found here. There are 5 options - Freezing League Competition (results as current), Abandoning Matches (season finished as current positions), Sharing the Points for remaining Matches, Playing Matches at a later date, and finally adjudicating outstanding matches. Alternatively, TTE have indicated that National Leagues with outstanding Matches be finalised in respect of positions based on points per game, and if still the same Sets For/Against. Those Leagues that have not yet made a decision will no doubt be making it in the coming months, particularly as it looks as play may not be resuming as quickly as we may think.
1st May - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 5th May at Noon & latest Newsletter
TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 5th May at Noon for all Level 1 coaches and above. It is being led by Matt Stanforth a Level 4 Coach and TTE Perfomance Department's Programme Manager, and the focus will be on Player Mental Development. There are 90 slots reserved and there is also a video showing the sign-up process. The latest Newsletter from TTE can be found here if you do not receive them, and this issue includes a message from the TTE Chairman on Coronavirus Update, a Fitness Video by Alan Cooke, TTE Techincal Director, and how Performance Coaches have been helping the young rising stars make the most of training and learning opportunities. There are also other items such as the lockdown challenge from Sam Walker.
25th April - Active Sussex - Newsletter - April 2020
Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter which indicates that the Specsavers School Games in June will be virtual this year. Not sure if Table Tennis will be included at the moment. Also included is online work-out schedules that can be done at home and community funding opportunities from Sport England.
25th April - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 28th April at 2 pm & latest Newsletter
TTE have arranged another Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 28th April at 2 pm for all Level 1 Coaches and above with Chris Turner on the topic "Developing Skill through a Constraints Led Approach". Again restricted to the first 60 applicants. Please see also latest TTE Newsletter - 240420 - in which there is a video of Tin Tin Ho playing on her Ukulelel and news of funding opportunities for clubs on coronavirus impact.
22nd April 2020 - Weald TTC - Quizzes and Videos
If you believe you are in danger of forgetting all things Table Tennis, then there are some TT quizzes that you can access via the Weald Club website https://tabletennisweald.co.uk/ along with all sorts of videos that you can view.
20th April 2020 - Recent Deaths - Hazel Bradley and Lyle Cyster
Hazel Bradley who lived in Worthing and was a Vice President of the Brighton League, passed away recently in Hastings where she moved to be with her family for the last few years. She was 90 and she was suffering from dementia. Both her and her late husband Bill were previously very active in Brighton and Sussex Table Tennis.
Lyle Cyster, who has been a stalwart of the Haywards Heath League, passed away unexpectedly at his home. He was a member of the Haywards Heath Committee where he was Treasurer for many years and more recently as Vice Chairman, and he also attended Sussex County Meetings at times
Thoughts are with family and friends and in the current Covid-19 environment and lock-down the opportunity to attend funerals is probably not possible with restrictions on numbers being able to attend. Details of the funeral arrangements will therefore not be published if made available.
18th April - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 21st April at 1 pm
TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesay 21st April at 1 pm for all Level 1 Coaches and above with Alan Cooke, TTE Technical Director. The subject is the impact and role a personal coach can play. Please note that the Webibar is limited to the first 60 places.
17th April - TTE - Online Umpire Courses and playing TT at Home
TTE have launched online Umpire and registration for these is available on the following link:
Note that bookings will only be taken until close of play next Tuesday 21st April. This information is also shown in the latest TTE Newsletter - 170420 - which includes as well information on how to play and learn about TT at Home!
16th April 2020 - Sussex Closed Honours Lists
The Sussex Closed has of course been cancelled this year due to Covid-19. However, I have taken time to update all the Honours Lists to include results from recent year. So please find below the Honours Lists for:
- Mens Singles
- Womens Singles
- Veteran Men
- Veteran Women
- Mens Doubles
- Womens Doubles
- Mixed Doubles
In recent years Cadet age categories have been introduced and Honours Lists for these will be produced in due course.
16th April - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - April 2020
Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter around Disability and Inclusion and in particular news of a forthcoimng Webinar on "Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19" scheduled for 30th April.
16th April - UK Coaching - Safeguarding and Protection Children - Online Discussions
UK Coaching have launched "Safeguarding and Protecting Children" online classrooms. There are a number of sessions and they can be found here.
13th April - Active Sussex News - Stay At Home Special
Please see recent Active Sussex News which includes link to information available on their website for staying active at home with tips, sharing of local initiatives and webinars to take part in.
12th April - County Championships - Season Results
Further to the news item below on the 27th March regarding the completion of the Over 60's (for which Sussex became champions), and for which the results were put on to a customised TT League Manager website, they have now been formalised on the TTE website and there are no changes to the results/positions. Please see the following link to the final tables and this includes all County Championship Matches across all age categories:
The Seniors and Veterans (including the Over 60's) all completed their matches but some Cadet and Junior matches did not and this impacted Sussex with the first team for the Cadets and third team for the Juniors. It is unfortunate that in both cases they are bottom at the halfway stage and that these may be the final positions.
10th April - TT Times 18
The latest issue of TT Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. In this issue can be found:
- National Championship Qualifiers Report
- Governance Update
- National Championships Report
- Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament Report
- Events from 1970;
- Article by Ken/Karenza Mathews on a TT Life 1971;
- Swaythling Club International Meeting;
- In Memoriam;
- Article on going from Ping-Pong to Table Tennis;
- A Good News Page
- Article on previous ETTA Treasurers - Part 3;
10th April - TTE News and Coaching Development Webinar
The latest TTE News - 100420 - contains a message from the CEO of TTE, a reminder of the Membership Survey which has been distributed to everyone, a message from Liam Pitchford to the England Primary International Team, and a World TT Day Video on the longest rally - really worth a view and not what you might think. There is also from TTE another free Coaching Webinar scheduled for Tuesday 14th April and this time for L2 Coaches and above.
6th April - TTE Coaching Development - Free Youth Development Webinar - 7th April at 2pm
If interested in participating in this free Coaching Webinar, provided by TTE, then please see information here, and sign-up.
6th April 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans Premier Team - Results
The Sussex Veteran Premier Team completed their County ChampionshipMatches before the lock-down. The Team consisted of Ritchie Venner, Adrian Moore, Peter Bartram, Paul Carter (1st weekend), Rose Rainton (1st weekend), Sarah Stedman (2nd weekend). On the first weekend there was a win 8-2 against Worcestershire, a draw against Berkshire 5-5, and a loss 8-2 to Nottinghamshire. On the second weekend the team had a draw 5-5 against Leicestershire, a defeat 7-3 to Kent, a loss 8-2 to Yorkshire and a win 10-0 against Hertfordshire. Overall the team came 5th out of 8 teams and so avoided relegation. Please see report prepared by Rose Rainton.
6th April - County Championship - Junior Matches - Results
Please see report, prepared by Peter Baldwin, on the Junior Matches played in October and November. Unfortunately, the completing of the remaining Junior matches and Cadets matches have been impacted by the lock-down. The outstanding matches are for the Junior 3rd Team due to have played on the 4th April and the Cadet 1st Team due to have played on the 5th April.
6th April 2020 - County U13 Friendly Match - 5th January 2020 - Report
A Cadet Friendly Match took place with Surrey and it was also to include Kent but they had to withdraw due to various reasons. This caused a last minute change of venue to New Malden (from Bodiam). There were two Teams from both Surrey and Sussex. Please see report prepared by Peter Baldwin.
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 - Now Free until 3th May
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 along with Courses that are available. Normally you would need to subscribe but due to Covid-19 they are making the resources free until the 3rd may - see recent information.
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.