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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.
27th July, 2021 - County "Banded" Closed Event 24th July - Results
The first post-Covid County Event was held last Saturday at Warden Park School Sports Hall. It was a closed event for Sussex Players only as listed as a "Welcome Back to TT Event". Thanks to Brett Holt who organised it on behalf of the County and it went well with some excellent TT with Owen Brown pipping Jacob Evans in the top Band. Thanks go also to those who helped set up and down and particularly Rob Hoy who repaired all the Score Machines. All the results with photo's can be found here, or on the following web link: https://tiny.one/sctta24jul21
27th July 2021 - Haywards Heath League - AGM
The Haywards Heath League are holding their AGM on Thursday 5th August at the Rawson Hall, Bolney starting at 7.30 pm. The Committee is proposing to adopt a new Constitution and a revised set of Rules which recognise that the activities carried out go beyond League Play, to include Coaching and Practice. Please see Agenda.
27th July 2021 - National Council Meeting 19th June - Minutes
Further to the previous news items regarding the National Council Meeting held on the 19th June, please find the link to the Minutes:
27th July 2021 - Table Tennis Times Issue 23 - Summer 2021
The latest Issue 23 of TT Times has been published by Diane and Harvey Webb. In this issue can be found reports and information on the following:
- Junior National Cup - June 2021;
- European Olympics Singles Qualifying Tournament;
- Ken & Karenza Matthews Story - Continued: 1973;
- TTE Information;
- U10-U13 National Championships - July 2021;
- ITTF AGM;
- Back To School Coaching by Brian Kean;
- The Good News Page;
- European Championships - June 2021;
- What was Happening 1991? 30 Years Ago;
- Junior & Cadet National Championships - July 2021;
- Great Triumphs, Great Pain - The Life of Angelica Rozeanu;
- In Memoriam;
- TTE AGM;
- Future Events;
27th July, 2021 - Horsham Spinners Junior Open 1 Star Event 10th July - Results
Please find the Report for this banded event which took place on the 19th July hosted by Horsham Spinners TT Club.
27th July, 2021 - Crawley Community TTC - Junior Coching
Please find a video of a typical Junior Coaching Session taking place at the Crawley Community TTC:
27th July 2021 - Latest Sport England News
The latest edition details the Step 4 easing of coronovirus restrictions, the update of the Code of Sports Governance, and a request for "good luck" messages to be posted for Olympic participants.
27th July 2021 - Latest Active Sussex News (covers all Sports)
Education Newsletter - July - Contains information that government grants will continue after the summer and grant money unused can be carried over. The closing ceremony of the School Games can be viewed and there is also news of a new physical 20-week programme called Fitz which must be done outside the school environment. There are many articles of interest.
National Conference and AGM - Information on the Active Sussex Annual Conference and the programme on the 23rd September which is again virtual this year.
Disability Sports Network Update - News about the next virtual forum on the 12th August for this network and also information on the Brighton and Hove TAKEPART Festival 2021 for which registration is required by the end of July.
Newsletter July 2021 - Information about how Sports England Talent Plan 2019 bears fruition, changes to the sport governance if receiving funding from Sports England in that organisations should have a detailed diversity and inclusion action plan, and a fund for clubs working with young people. News also that Brighton and Hove have been selected as a host city for the 2022 UEFA Women's with games at the AMEX Stadium and more varying articles of interest.
27th July 2021 - Gertsen and Bryant Training Camp - October
The next Gertsen and Bryant Training Camp is taking place at the end of October - 29th, 30th and 31st. Please find information about the Camp here.
27th July 2021 - UK Coaching (all Sports)
Included in the July - 1 Edition are the results of the "Great Coaching Comeback" Survey, and the publication of three new Coaching Resources along with a free webinar on Resilience. There is also information about "Coach-a-long" to connect, chat and discuss coaching, and much more. In the July - 2 Edition there is "golden" knowledge from Olympic and Para-Olympic Coaches available on social channels, as well as articles on how Olympic Gold Medal are made.
27th July 2021 - TTE "Return to the Table" Campaign Launch
Monday 26th July saw the launch of the TTE Campaign to get people back to playing Table Tennis and all sorts of things are planned over the summer including a Celebration during the first 2 weeks of September. There is a webinar planned for this coming Thursday 29th July starting at 2 pm, with information and for any questions
27th July 2021 - TTE Membership Renewals
There has been a lot of information circulating regarding some refund for the season just gone based on the fact that an AGM resolution to refund all players for last season did not pass. If renewal takes place for this coming season for Compete and Compete Plus Members, there is the capability, which has indicated as not being well publicised by TTE, to claim a 50% refund. It can be confirmed that when you renew you can claim a 50% refund on last season - see recent Membership Update from TTE Chairman. This does not however, apply to Coaching and associated Qualification costs which is a source of contention by those impacted.
For the refund here is link to where it is explains it.
Here is the link to the reduction form
Personally, I have not claimed the refund since I am happy to support TTE, just as I have supported other Organisations through the covid period and the fact that all have had reduced funding.
27th July 2021 - Latest TTE News
Clubs and Leagues Update 7th July - Information for Consultation Sessions being held to shape work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Webinar 27th July 7.30 pm to 9 pm), TTE Club Affiliation for the new Season and it is free as long as contact details are provided and the club is constituted. News of a "Return to the Table "Campaign launching 26th July and running through to September and there is an associated Webinar on the 29th July at 2 pm. There is a Video/Animation around advice for the recruitment of Volunteers and news that funding for small grants from Sports England on "Return to Play" for Clubs is to remain open until the end of this year (31st December). Finally, a reminder that there is a free elearning toolkit for using a defibrillator.
Newsletter 9th July - News of the addition of Paul Drinkhall to the GB Olympic Team and the investment from UK Sport of £1.35 million for a GB Home Nations strategic Plan and Performance Pathway. There is also a link to the results of the U10 to U13 National Championships, a reminder of the need to renew Membership, and a vacancy for the Chair of the Tournament Approvals Panel (TAP). Matt Stanforth is announced as the Leader of the England Team participating in the Commonwealth Games next year and there is an associated podcast on the subject.
Newsletter 16th July - Contains results of the Annual Membership Survey, Memberhip Renewal and with an updated Sport 80 Membership Platform, Reports on the recent Cadet and Junior National Championships (Jacob Evans, Jodie Morris and Geogina Hunter from Sussex participating) and information about the TTE AGM on 17th July and a Blog by the TTE Chairman. The latest TTE Podcast is on the England Performance Pathway.
Newsletter 23rd July - News from the Olympics and the England Team and the TTE Chairman on looking forward to a year of normality in respect of all the competitions and events. News that bookings are open for TT Kidz for children aged 7 - 11 starting in October and that TTE Director Priya Samuel has helped the UK to host an International Working Group on Women and Sport. There is a guide to the TTE AGM Resolutions that passed or did not and further information on the AGM can be seen above. There is also a report on the European Youth Championships in Croatia and the latest Podcast around "Practice makes Perfect". Finally, in case you missed the recent Webinar "Ask Us Anything" there is a link to the broadcast.
27th July, 2021 - Archived News Items
The News Items on this page for the month of May have been archived and can be found on the Archive Page. The links should still be active.
4th July 2021 - County Coaching - Cadet Performance Squad
The latest County Coaching Session took place on Saturday 26th June following which the Cadet Performance Squad has been announced. Please see a Report of the session and also the names of those in the Squad. The photo below just shows the Boys in the Squad (except for Monty Mason). Well done to them all.
4th July 2021 - Crawley Community TTC - Summer Camp
The Crawley Community Club has organised a summer camp on August 12th, 17th and 18th August at their St Wilfrids School venue from 10am to 4pm each. Please see Flyer and Entry Form and also a video of a recent session - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AididgqRh-k
4th July 2021 - TTE News - U10-U13 National Championships and More
Newsletter 2nd July - Information on how to see the streaming of the Mark Bates Limited U10-U13 National Championships taking place this weekend (see also 29th June news item below), where there is Sussex interest. News also that Ping Pong Parlours are up for a National Award (alongside TTKidz), and a Question and Answer session with TTE coming up on the 20th July. News also that Don Parker is to chair a new Talent and Performance sub-committee and a podcast on explaining the England Skills Award.
30th June, 2021 - County "Banded" Closed Event 24th July
Further to the news item on the 17th May - a reminder of this event taking place on the 24th July. It has been set-up specifically for Sussex TT Players to get together after all this time in lock down and meet TT colleagues. The entry cost is only £12 so get your place before they all disappear - it is first come first served and the closing date is Friday 16th July. Please find the entry form on the following link:
30th June 2021 - Sussex County TT Association AGM - 5th July
Further to the news item on the 23rd June the County AGM will now be a zoom only meeting given the covid restrictions still in place and the size of the room booked. This follows discussion with the Lewes Town Hall which was the original venue. Two reprentatives from each League are invited to attend plus anyone who would like to present anything or is interested in any position on the Management Committee.
30th June 2021 - County Zoom Meeting 9th June - Summary
The initial business was the election of the National Councillor and Deputy National Councillor representing Sussex County in 4 National Council Meetings for next season, and Jim Skinner and Tony Catt were elected respectively. The County Affiliation Fee to be put to the AGM was agreed to remain the same as for Season 2019 to 2020 at £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors (there was an Affiliation Fee "Holiday" for Season 2020 to 2021). Names were put forward by Leagues to be recognised for their services to TT within the County, either Life member of Vice President, and after discussion were agreed to be put forward for endorsement at the AGM. There were updates on the Coaching Sessions being enabled by Maureen Hazell with County Coach Marc Burman and also the Tournaments organised by Brett Holt. Tony Catt indicated that he would provide some comments and background to the proposed Resolutions being discussed at the TTE AGM (and a zoom meeting on this subject is taking place on the 1st July). The AGM was confirmed for the 5th July (originally planned to be part physical and part zoom, but now just zoom)
30th June 2021 - Latest Sports England News (All Sports)
Newsletter 10th June - Information on free digital marketing training, an article on the celebration of LBGTQ and Inclusion in Sports, and news on a "Thank-You" day on the 4th July for all those that have kept Sport going.
Newsletter 24th June - The 5 UK Sports Councils unite for a joint statement on race in sport review, and there is celebration of "This Girl Can" week, and getting ready for Sports Aid Week between 20-26 September. Finally, information about funding for School PE and Sport Premium for Schools from September.
30th June 2021 - UK Coaching (all Sports)
UK Coaching are providing a funded and therefore Training Course "Learn to Save a Life" - see information on how to enrol for this free online course.
30th June 2021 - Latest Active Sussex News (covers all Sports)
Newsletter 25th June - Information on the date of 23rd September for the Annual Sussex Conference, news of the launch of a coach apprenticeship scheme aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds in August, another "This Girl Can" story, and statements on the Race Review in sport as well as information on funding and the Digital Toolkit available. The Crawley Old Girls Founder has been recognised in the Birthday Honours List from the Queen and there is a series of webinars starting in July on "Thriving Communities".
Disability and Inclusion News 29th June - Similar items as in the regular newsletter but also information on "Engaging Women and Girls Workshop free online on Thursday 8th July, 10am to 1pm. News of the date for the Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference on the 13th October, and information on Para Dance UK and the announcement by British Blind Sport "See My Voice" Leadership Programme with 35 young people to be chosen to participate and volunteers are being sought. Other items include "Move to Music" inclusive dancing course, the skating boom in Brighton and much more.
29th June 2021 - U11 to U13 National Championships
These are scheduled for this coming weekend 3rd and 4th July and two live streams per day will be available on the Recast App starting at 9 am. Apparently you do not need a subscription for this App contrary to previous understanding. You also get credits for sharing and posting videos!
29th June 2021 - Natioanl Council Meeting 19th June
There was a zoom meeting of the National Council held on Saturday 19th June. It was a packed Agenda and all the papers associated with the day can be found on the following link:
My notes of the meeting can be found here.
29th June 2021 - TTE AGM Saturday 17th July
TTE have made the decision for the AGM to be zoom this year and the Notice and Papers were recently sent to Company Members in Counties and Leagues. This year there is a lot of Resolutions being proposed and they can be seen below. The County is holding a separate meeting where Company Members and the County Management Committee will be discussing the Resolutions. If anyone has a view that they would like to express regarding them, then please let your League Company Member know.
More documents can be found on the TTE Website - https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/our-sport/governance/agm/.
29th June 2021 - Latest TTE News
Club and Leagues Update 10th June - Catch Up on the National Conference and the "Pride of TT Awards" Ceremony, News of the TT Fast Format being promoted by TTE, funding from Sport England and forthcoming Webinars, the Club Matters Resources and pictures of players returning to play where, if you look hard enough you may spot me!
TTE News 11th June - News of Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho selection for the Olympics, and Sue Gilroy and Jack Hunter-Spivey for the Para-Olympics, publication of the Annual Review which can be downloaded. There are also offers as part of Coach Week (see below) and items as per the Club and Leagues update above. There is also news of the Competitions Review that is taking place this summer led by Neil Rogers.
TTE News 18th June - Changes to National Events due to covid restrictions extension but National Junior Cup continued but sadly no Sussex Players, return to play funding from Sports England and I notice that Crawley Community Club have been successful with their grant application, National Schools Week and TTE delivered a live TT Kidz Session on the 25th June. There is also news of Neil Rogers, Head of Competitions being selected for an Inaugural Event Leaders Programme, and that Steve Joel is leading the centenary celebrations planning and also videos on Team England.
TTE News 25th June - News that the TT Kidz Programme has been selected for the UKActive Award, in Warsaw it is England v Germany in the European Championships, and Louis Price and Mollie Patterson respectively won the Junior Boys and Girls Cup, National School Week is celebrated and there is a new Podcast on the England Performance Pathway. and news that the NCL and NJL entries are now open.
27th June 2021 - Haywards Heath League - August Training Camp
The Haywards Heath League have arranged a Training Camp from the 23rd August to the 27th August from 10am to 4pm at Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3TY - please see Flyer and - Entry Form;
27th June 2021 - Crawley Community TTC - Video's and News
The Crawley Community TTC seems to growing from strength to strength at their venue in St Wilfrids Catholic School, Old Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8PG, and here is just a selection of recent information:
- 25th May - a month after doors re-opened - Video and Photo Reel of Junior Session - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMmUgKyDFvQ
- 22nd June - Junior Session - Video and Phot Reel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuGoKTdu8DE
- 23rd June - Senior Coaching dates - see Flyer;
- 25th June - Senior Coaching Session - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GubpuAm9Lis
You can also visit their website on https://tiny.one/ccttc 🏓
23rd June 2021 - Sussex County TT Association AGM - 5th July
22nd June 2021 - TTE National Conference 5th June - Webinars and Presentation Slides
This was held on the 5th June via zoom and there was a packed Agenda. Following the introductions there was a session on the new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy with slides and a following panel discussion. Subsequently there was a networking session and then a choice of workshops - TASS Research Project, TT Clubs and driving social outcomes, and Para TT Classification. Just after lunch the Pride of TT Awards Ceremony took place following by a session on Planning for the Future - the rebuilding necessary after Covid-19. Again, following there was a choice of workshop - Club Volunteering, The Power of Brand, Adult Participation (TT Fast Format Leagues, Bat and Chat and Back to TT), and a Coach Mentoring Workshop, and then another choice - Junior Participation Workshop, Engaging with your Community, Field of Play Opportunities at the Commonwealth Games, Insight into England Training. The day ended with event reflections and an evening networking session.
You can view all the Webinar Sessions and all the Presentation Slides on the following link to the TTE website - Club & Volunteer Conferences— Table Tennis England
21st June 2021 - Sussex Cadet/Junior Trials 4th September
Calling all Cadets and Juniors - further to the news item of 18th May below, please see Invite from Peter Baldwin for a Trials Day at the Triangle, Burgess Hill Leisure Centre on the 4th September. All players are welcome whatever your standard as long as you are keen to play the game and be developed in County Coaching Sessions or play for the County Teams. Please reply to Peter as indicated on the letter.
21st June 2021 - Horsham Spinners Junior 1 Start Event 12th June - Report
There were 17 players in two Bands of 9 and 8 players for this event held by Rory Scott in Slinford Village Hall on the 12th June. Lewis Austin and Janie Miles won their respective Bands and the full placings can be found in the Report, Scoresheets and Photo's provided by Rory.
21st June 2021 - Horsham Spinners Senior Circuit Event 6th June - Report
Rory Scott held his 1st Senior Circuit event on the 6th June in Slinford Village Hall following the reduced pandemic restrictions operating. There were 9 players in a round robin and Rory Scott won with Mina Matta coming second. Please see the Report, Scorecard and Photo's provided by Rory.
21st June 2021 - Active Sussex - Recent Newsletters
eNews - May 2021 - Survey results, Workforce Investment Fund Learning Event, Return to Play guidance, Sports England Implementation Plan, and more;
Disabled and Inclusion News - May 2021 - "This Girl Can" Network Forum, Mental Health Toolkit, Sense Active and call for Volunteers to help map walks, Disability register, and Cerebral Palsy Sport;
Education News - June 2021 - Lots of information from Premium Funding, Effective Reporting Webinar, Sussex School Games Review, National School Sports Week, Holiday Activities and Food Programmes, and more;
Conference and AGM Date - 23rd September;
Education News - PE and Sport Funding next year update;
Disability Sports Network Update - Notes from recent Forum;
18th June, 2021 - County Coaching Sessions
On Saturday the 22nd May Sussex County TTA hosted a coaching session at the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill. This coaching followed the fitness session in April (see news item 27th April below). The session was targeted at cadet players aged under 15. In the morning the session was split with girls and younger boys, and in the afternoon older cadet boys played. In total eighteen players attended and the players were assessed for county potential. The County has identified a couple of young players with strong potential and these players are already being considered for inclusion in the cadet performance squad.
Marc Burman was the lead County (Level 2 coach) and sparring was provided by George Hazell ( Level 1 coach). Peter Baldwin the Cadet and Junior match secretary also attended. Players were put through a series of training exercises, top table and competitive match situations. designed to test skills and ability under competitive situations. The sessions allowed us to assess player ability and provide feedback directly to players and coaches.
The next coaching session will be held on Saturday the 26th of June. This time as well as the continuing focus on younger cadet players (which will continue all season) we have also invited Junior players from around the county. As a result players from almost every league are represented in the next session. After the June session we will be announcing the cadet performance and development squads. Over the summer we will be hosting additional girls and Junior sessions so that we can finalise the Junior County Performance and Development Squads.
12th June 2021 - Junior Participation
In April there was a TTE Webinar on Junior Participation with survey results and looking for participation for Clubs and Schools in the TTKidz Programme which was re-launching from week commencing 4th October. The County is looking to use some of the information as it considers setting up a Roadshow for Schools for which planning is to start soon.
The Webinar can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/SfxTja_DCTA
11th June 2021 - County Zoom Meeting 10th May - Summary
The focus was around the Teams to be entered for the County Championships and the entries were agreed with an additional Over 60's Team to be managed by Stuart Vincent. There was further debate subsequent to the Meeting as whether 2 Cadet Teams could be supported given the lack of young girls, and as a result only one Cadet Team was entered. Otherwise, there were no changes from previous years with 3 Senior and 3 Junior Teams. There were updates on the County Coaching being managed by Maureen Hazell with planning for the May and June Sessions at the Triangle, Burgess Hill, as well on the planning for the Sussex Event on the 24th July and Junior Events in September and October. Notes of the National Council had been circulated and there will be a dedicated meeting to discuss the Propositions put forward for the TTE AGM. For the proposed U11/U13 Competition, launch has been delayed by the pandemic but discussions were to take place with Active Sussex as an additional vehicle for communication. An update from Leagues of events locally that were taking place or planned took place. A separate meeting was held to discuss the 3 candidates for the Elected Director Position but final decisions were with Local Leagues Company Members.
11th June 2021 - UK Coaching Week - Additional News
Besides the information associated with news item of 8th June below, please find further items:
TTE Coaching Update 9th June - News on support available to help get back to Coaching with the Coach Mentor Programme, and the TT Coach Learning and Support Page on the TT Website,
TTE Coaching Update 10th June - Free online Disability Awareness Training until the end of June, and a number of new L1 Coaching Courses (one in the County at Brighton TTC from 27th June to 25th July but it is full);
UK Coaching News 9th June - Challenge Your Skills and Change Someone's Future - Commitment to Principles of Duty of Care, Sharing of Coaching Stories, online live events, voting for your Coaching Hero, and all the Comeback to Coaching Resources;
8th June 2021 - UK Coaching Week
It is Coaching Week - from 7th June to 13th June - and TTE Coaching Update 7th June indicates as such with information about obtaining a Duty of Care Digital Badge and advertising people to send in their Coaching Videos and an opportunity for people to vote for their Coaching Hero. Further, TTE also announce on the 8th June Coaching Licence Extension for 6 months free of charge!
UK Coaching also announce similar Coaching Week Information but also including some free online sessions this week and there is also the regular UK Coaching June News which includes results of a Comeback Survey, and the usual Resources that are available online for Coaches.
4th June 2021 - Latest TTE News
Recast Channel - Signing up to the App gets access to TTE content such as background news and videos on a Recast Channel, but comes with subscription charges. You also earn "Casts" by watching adverts!!
Newsletter 21st May - Contains photos from various Clubs/Leagues on the "Return to Indoor Play" and you can see me in one of them (thanks Brett!). The issues also contain links to the latest guidance and membership offers and details of the "Pride of TT Awards Ceremony taking place at the National Conference on the 5th June. There is also a "Sport is Back" Video from Sports England (couple of Brighton City players seen momentarily), a "Bat and Chat" Article on a Falmouth Club, and news of the quartet who qualified for the European Youth Championships with Harry Yip from Sussex losing in the qualifying round robin. A Volunteer for the Tournament Approvals Committee is indicated as wanted!
Newsletter 28th May - Contains announcement of the squad for the European Championship, latest guidance on Covid and information on Membership Offers and National Conference, and the news that Ping has joined forces with StreetTT web app for outdoor TT. There are more details on the Cadets and Juniors participating in the European Championships in Croatia in July and how a theatre comapny is looking for actors for table tennis play.
Newsletter 4th June - It is the National Conference this coming Saturday 5th June, and if you have not signed up for it you can still see the "Pride of TT" Award Ceremony on Facebook at 1.10 pm. There is news of the 3 Directors appointed to the TTE Board which includes Ray James who has played in Sussex for many years and I personally was in the same team as him for a few years in the Brighton League in the 80's/90's. So along with Ritchie Venner we have two Sussex people on the Board. There is also news of the 50 or so "Enhancements to TT Leagues" which have been announced and I will have a look at these in due course. The bid for the Para 2023 ITTF European Championships has been endorsed, a further call for volunteers for the Commonwealth Games and news of an inaugural Parkinson National Championship.
4th June, 2021 - Archived News Items
The News Items on this page for the months of February, March and April have been archived and can be found on the Archive Page. The links should still be active.