Welcome to SCTTA

Welcome to the Sussex County Table Tennis Association Website (SCTTA) & Welcome to a new Table Tennis Season!

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

12th October - Brighton City TTC - BACA College - Open Evening & Information

This is for the attention of any TT Players in your Leagues who are in Year 11 and are looking at colleges next year. The BACA College in Brighton next to the AMEX Stadium now has a Table Tennis Academy which started this September and is already improving players currently at the College. It is being run by the Brighton City TTC at the BACA College which is now recruiting new players to join the sixth form. Teresa Bennett, who is an experienced Sussex Coach and ex-PE Teacher, is leading the Academy Programme. To find out more come and visit the BACA College Open Evening: Monday 21 October 2019 from 6.00pm til 8.00pm

https://www.baca-uk.org.uk/Diary/BACA-College-Open-Evening-21-01-2019/

See the wide range of academic and vocational courses and information about BACA.

4th October - Sussex County Website Structure

A new structure for this website has been produced and it can be seen here. Over the next month or so it will gradually be put in place and hopefully it will make it easier to find information on this website, in particular for reference documents. So be aware that things may move around.

4th October - Sussex County Meeting 30th September - Key Points

The latest Sussex County Meeting took place last Monday 30th September and the following are the key points from the meeting:

  • Report was received on the recent well attended Sussex Trials on 8th September and a Cadet Ranking List for the Season has been produced;
  • Report on the Sussex Invitation Event held on the 15th September at Burgess Hill Triangle where there was a strong Senior and Junior entry; 
  • Mens Senior and Junior/Cadet Boys Cups missing and concerted effort being made to track down where they are;
  • Draft Proposal for the introduction of a County-wide Novice U11/U13 Competition starting Season 2020/2021 discussed;
  • Reports on recent National Council (NC) Meeting and discussions on TTE Centenary Celebrations, Mission 2025 (subject of next NC) and TTE Coaching Strategy and Organisation of Coaching Courses highlighted as issues;
  • Coaching Sessions for Juniors (6th October) and Cadets (17th November) at Triangle Burgess Hill confirmed;
  • L1 Coaches Session on December 15th being arranged and Leagues will be invited to send two;
  • County to provide L1 Coaches that participate in approved County Events some reimbursement and 50% support for County L2 Coaching Courses; 
  • Preparations for forthcoming County Championship Matches and Rankings discussed;
  • League Reports received and TT League Manager discussed;

29th September - Sussex County Meeting 30th September

The next Sussex County Meeting is being held tomorrow in the Yarrow Room at Lewes Town Hall. Please see the Agenda and also for discussion is a couple of Papers from TTE - Centenary (how to celebrate 100 years in Season 2021/2022) & IT Systems (how can TTE Memberships and League Manager be developed further). Also being discussed is a proposal to run a County U11/U13 Event through the season.

29th September - Sussex County Profiles - Laurie Holland

A new page has been introduced on the main menu which looks to list Profiles of past/recent/present players/officials from within Sussex County who have contributed much to Table Tennis. They are prepared by Diane Webb who has much archive material not only of Sussex but also TTE and produces a regular magazine Table Tennis Times which has been publised on this website.

It is hoped that there will be a Profile each month and to start: September 2019 - Laurie Holland, current President of Sussex County

29th September - TTE - Forthcoming Umpire Courses

If you are interested in becoming an Umpire then please see those that have been arranged by TTE here. As can be seen most involve a good deal of travel and consideration is being given to Sussex County hosting one within the County.

29th September - TTE News - Will Bayley & Jacob Evans

Recent TTE Newsletters over recent weeks can be seen here - 130919, 200919, 270919 - for those who do not received them. There is much news about Will Bayley andd Strictly Come Dancing participation and there is also a report in the latest one on the ever improving Jacob Evans from Sussex who won Band 4 of the Preston Grand Prix and was the "Player of the Tournament". Please see also the Agenda for the forthcoimng ETTU Coaching in London at the end of October.

25th September - Active Sussex - September News (for all Sussex Sports)

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter which contains information relating to Sports Award Nominations for 2019 (closing 11th October) and their presentation at the Annual Awards Dinner on the 22nd November where Kriss Akabusi MBE is the star host, and with keynote speaker Born Barikor. Also included in the newsletter is information about the Sussex Disability Sport Network Event on the 10th October at the AMEX Stadium - please see Agenda. There are also articles on inspiring and supporting those who live with one or more long-term health conditions and funding opportunities from "Power to Change Community Business Fund". Finally there is reference and link to East Sussex funding news - recent awards and where funding can currently be obtained from.

25th September - Sussex County - Invitation Event 15th September - Results

It was an excellent day on Sunday 15th September at the Triangle Burgess Hill for the annual Susssex County Invitation Event (although was not held last season due to date/venue issues). There was a strong Senior Men and Junior Boys participants in particular and the results were as follows:

  • Seaman Cup (Senior Men) - Winner Jack Bennett, Runner Up George Hazell;
  • Nicholls Cup (Senior Women) - Not Held due to insufficient entries;
  • Bill Bradley Cup (Junior Boys) - Winner Keigo Burnham, Runner-Up Will Michell;
  • Lillian Rymill Cup (Junior Girls) - Winner Jodie Morris, Runner-Up Lucie Bacinova;
  • Keith Jackson Cup (Cadet Boys) - Winner Max Wilson, Runner-Up Louis Vaughan-Drake;
  • Pat Ginnaw Cup (Cadet Girls) - Winner Emily Koester, Runner-Up Georgina Hunter;

Please see the Honours List going back over the years and for the Cadets/Juniors the participants as well.

Currently some of the Cups have not been returned - Bill Bradley, Keith Jackson, and Seaman Cups - and a concerted effort is being made to track down these Cups with past winners. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

10th September - Sussex County - Invitation Event 15th September - Juniors

Further to the news item below the list of Juniors participating is as follows - Owen Brown, Keigo Burnham, Martin Kapluska, Fraser Kent, Jamar McGlashan, Ollie Michell, Will Michell, and John Strang. Come and watch the action at the Triangle, Burgess Hill Leisure Centre.

9th September - Sussex County - Life Members & Vice Presidents

With the recent passing of Doreen Foreman and Robin Pierce (see news items below), please find an updated list of County Life Members and Vice Presidents. 

9th September - National Council (NC) Meeting - 14th September

The first of 4 NC Meetings this season is on at Milton Keynes this coming Saturday. Please find Agenda and Meeting Information. Further information and documents for the meeting can be found on the following link embedded within the Meeting Information and is reproduced here:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/our-sport/national-council-papers/

7th September - Sussex County Invitation Event - 15th September

This event has generally been held annually for the County top 8 Senior Men and Women, and Cadet/Juniors Girls and Boys. Last season it was postponed from September due to clash of dates and a new date could not be found, but it is scheduled this season for Sunday 15th September at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. There is a strong Senior Men list  - Jack Bennett, George Hazell, Mark Scutts, Will Bayley, Paul Carter, Marc Burman, Mark Collins and Pedro Santos, and Junior Boys list and the other categories are being finalised. Please see the previous winners in the Honours List. All are welcome to come and see the action starting at 10 am to the following Schedule.

7th September - Sussex County Association News

A Sussex County TT Meeting took place on the 19th August and the main thrust of the meeting was to agree the County Plan for the coming season. Included are regular monthly Sessions at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill including Cadet/Junior Coaching. The County Privacy Policy was also updated to reflect the introduction of the TT Memberships Database and the TT League Manager.. 

7th September - European Championships

The England Team are currently participating in the European Championships taking place in Nantes, France and they have reached the quarter-finals. Tees Sports have distributed information about the Championships and when they can be viewed on TV (Eurosport). See also the latest TTE News - 060919 - which also contains information about the European Championships as well as about Will Bayley in Strictly Come Dancing, another "Power of Ping" video and Coaching Courses and Conference.

7th September - Harry Fairchild Medal Success

At the T21 European Championships held in Tampere, Finland for athletes with Down's Syndrome, the Brighton City player won gold in the doubles with Joao Goncalves from Portugal. He also won a Silver in the Singles losing in the final to his doubles partner! The Brighton City pair of Andrew Tonkin and Chris O'Flinn also participated missing out on a medal by finishing 4th. More information can be found on the TTE News as follows - 300819. It also includes information about the England Mens European Championship quest, Coaching Courses, and the 9 youngsters participating in a mini European event..

7th September - Active Sussex News 

Please see the Active Sussex News for August which contains information about the 2019 Conference, a free Disability Sports Network event, and information about Sussex Sports Awards on the 22nd November for which Nominations are now open. Alo included is a Sports England Insight Tool and a "This Girl Can" Video and a funding opportunity.

7th September - Top Edge & Gertsen Training Camp - October 2019

Further to the news item on the 12th August the Top Edge Team have announced that the legendary Desmond Douglas will be attending the weekend of October - 25th to 27th - at the St Neots TTC. Further information about Top Edge and the booking form can be found here.

7th September - Eastbourne League News

Further to the news item on the 23rd June (see Archive), the Eastbourne League have been staging Junior Matches betwen clubs. On the 31st July there was a match between Hailsham and Lewes and on the 21st August a mini round robin at Hailsham Club (Tristan Hylad and Sasha Ward for Hastings and Adam Smith Matthew Collick and Tom Large from Hailsham). It is good to see promotion of of Juniors.The Hailsham Club has also achieved a grant to promote older or less able players in afternoon sessions with tea and biscuits.

7th September - TTE Umpire Clothing Launch

The Umpire Clothing has had a makeover and is gradually being issued to all Technical Officers (TO), which includes County Level One and Referees, free of charge. It is a more casual style and each TO will received two polo shirts and jacket during the course of the 2019/2020 Season. Please see Information Sheet and FAQ's about the Clothing issued by Chris Newton and his details are within the documents if you have any questions.

26th August - TTE League Manager Helpdesk Launch

For those Leagues using the TT England League Manager there is a Helpdesk now available. It contains information about TTE Memberships Database and the TTE League Manager along with some FAQ's. For those who do not have the link it is as follows: https://tabletennisengland.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb

The latest newsletters from TTE for recent weeks - 160819 and 230819 - contain similar information abouth the launch along with video's on Ping, and news that the Commonwealth Para Games for TT will be held in Birmingham in 2022.

21st August - Doreen Foreman

The following was received from Andy Hayes on behalf of the East Grinstead League:

East Grinstead TT League members and several top players from other local leagues, attended the funeral of Doreen Foreman who sadly died recently, following a long illness. Doreen was a Sussex County Vice President and the mother of Russell and Dale Foreman who followed in her footsteps and became accomplished players. Doreen played up to the age of 80 and was a multiple winner of East Grinstead League Tournaments and, in her younger days, won championships in Redhill & Reigate, and was a consolation winner in the Sussex Closed. Often playing with her sons and other top local players she was particularly successful in women's singles and mixed doubles event. Her committee work for table tennis, including running tournaments for the East Grinstead League spanned over 45 years. Doreen was known by all local players and respected for her playing ability, sporting attitude and good humour and will sorely missed.

14th August - Sussex Cadet & Junior Trials - 8th September

The Sussex County Trials has been set for Sunday 8th September at the Triangle Leisure Centre from 10 am to 4 pm and are being run by Peter Baldwin and the aim is to produce a ranking enabling selection for County Coaching and participation in Sussex County Cadet & Junior Matches. Please see the Invitation Letter and if you are interested then please let Peter know on the contact details within.

14th August - Hastings League - L1 Coaching Course

The Hastings League are actively organising a Level 1 Coaching Course and although not finalised in terms of venue (likely to be in Hastings) and date - the provisional dates are the 21st September and 20th October. If you are interested in attending them please contact Keith Lindsay, who is the coaching and development officer for the Hastings League, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There are around 12 who have already expressed an interest.

14th August - Sussex County - Invitation Event

This event is generally held every year where top ranked players in the County compete for Senior, Cadet and Junior (both Men and Women) Cups. Unfortunately, for various reasons this was not held last season. For the coming season it has been set for Sunday 15th September at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. More detail will be forthcoming soon.

12th August - National Council Meeting - 14th September

The TTE AGM agreed to return to 4 National Council (NC) Meetings per year (reduced to two last season), and the first has been scheduled for Saturday 14th September in Milton Keynes. Please see Advance Notice, Standing Orders, and Letter from the Chair Estyn Williams who was elected NC Chairman uncontested.

12th August - Will Bayley in Strictly!

The Paraolympic Champion Will Bayley, who now lives in Sussex and participated in the Sussex Closed in April, is now a participant in Strictly Come Dancing this Autumn. He was also part of the British paraolympic team recently in Tokyo for the Japan Open where he won a Gold in the Men's Class 7 Singles and a Silver with Jocken Wollmert from Germany in the Doubles. More information can be found in the recent TTE Newsletter 9th August - 090819. That issue also contains information about clothing available from TTE, a vidoe on "The Power of Ping" and a survey on what players want from the Rankings at Local League level. 

12th August - Top Edge & Gertsen Training Camp - October 2019

The Top Edge Team have arranged another camp for the end of October - 25th to 27th - at the St Neots TTC. Please further details along with the booking information here.

12th August - Sussex County TT Association - AGM 2019 - Summary

The Sussex County TT Association held its AGM on the 8th July at Lewes Town Hall. A summary of the meeting can be found here and please see the Contacts Page for the current Management Committee. The first Management Meeting is on the 19th August where the County Plan for the coming season will be discussed nd finalised.

12th August - TT England League Manager

The TTE version of the League Manager was launched in July and on the 9th August a "Guide for Leagues" was issued. It contains information for those setting up as well as managing their TTE Members on the TT Membership Database. The TTE League Manager manages the same fuctionality in a different way from the previous TT365 version and that was to be expected but it is a learning curve! Roles and access can be assigned by Leagues in TT Memberships. The Ranking capability is expected to be available in September and there is currently a Survey on what people would like to see.

12th August - TT England News

The TTE "Over The Net" for 26th July has a link to the results of the recent survey, and in particular to the question "What would you do if you ran TT in England for a day?" The answers were  summarised around Membership, Grassroots/Mass Participation, Young People/Schools, Women/Girls, Coaching & Perfomance. Also in the issue there is a film on the "Power of Ping" to launch a 10-week campaign and starts with how TT was adpoted for activities by Seacroft Grange Care Village. The 2nd August issue contains the launch of TT Kidz for courses this coming Autumn for ages 7-11. It is 8 weeks in duration - Basics, Serving, Backhand (2 weeks), Forehand (2 weeks), Combination, Match Ready. Everyone gets a Kit Bag, Shirt, Bat, Balls, and Activity Book and Stickers. Horsham TTC have already signed up to start 30th September. The issue also contains the squad annoucement for the European Championship, 50% off the cost of "Ping in the Community" package items for Care Homes, Day Centres and Community Groups, and an example of what BeTT has done for Weymouth Junior League support (and the possibly of Adult Pairs League in future). 

12th August - TT England Membership & Benefits

The TTE year runs from August to July and at the TTE AGM at the end of June it was agreed that Membership Fees would remain the same for the coming season at £16 for Adults and £8 for Juniors. Membership enables participationn in Leagues and Competitions whilst covered by Insurance but there are other benefits and the full list can seen here.

12th August - Active Sussex News - July

The latest edition of Active Sussex can be seen here. It contains information about forthcoming Conference on the 19th September, a video of the Specsavers School Games, a free OU Coach Developer's Course, and Round 2 of funding closing 4th November for applications from Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises.

12th August - Archived Items May & June

The news items for May and June have been archived and can be found under the Archive Page.

26th July - Robin Pierce

Further to the news item below on the 16th July, Tony Catt has advised that the service for Robin Pierce is to take place at Bishop Hannington Church in Neville Avenue, Hove on the 2nd August at 1 pm., followed by the funeral at Woodvale Crematorium South Chapel at 2.30 pm. Donations to the Children's Society. It has apparently been requested that people wear bright colours!

Keith Jackson has also provided some further details about Robin. He was a County Player during the 60's and 70's and also very active for the County itself in the 70's being organiser for the County Inter-League for many years retiring in 1980. He also provided a weekly column for the Brighton & Hove Gazette reporting on the 12 divisions of the Brighton League.

20th July - TTE News

For those who do not subscribe to the TT England Newsletters then the highlights over recent weeks are as follows.

The 050719 edition reports that at the TTE AGM on the 29th June it was agreed that the fees for the new season remain the same - £16 for Adults and £8 for Cadets/Juniors, with a motion calling for fees to be reduced by 50% rejected by a 75% margin. The TTE end of year review (see earlier news item) was also accepted along with the financial reports.There is also a report on the Schools Internationals in Guernsey where Jacob Evans from Sussex participated in the U16's for England B winning a silver (losing to England A). At the same competition Jacob reached the Q/F of the Individual event. There was also information about the new TTE Membership Database and League Manager and the "power of publicity" with the Be TT Programme.

In the 120719 edition there are reports on the Australian Open, where Pitchford reached the last 16, the European Youth Championshps, and the European Vets Championships in Budapest. The World University Games also recently took place in Naples and from Sussex Helshan reached the last 64, Josh Bennett did not progress past the Group Stage but with Tin Tin Ho in the Mixed Doubles reached the last 16

The 190719 edition reports on TT Day (18th July) with information on participation by Rother and Bexhillians Club in Hastings. There is also information about the launch of TT Kidz, which is an 8 week programme with a kitbag of bat, balls and T-Shirt along with an activity book for the players. In Sussex TT Rother looks to have signed up There is also a report on the England Men and Women at the Commonwealth Championships where both ended up with Silver losing in both cases to India in the Finals. A reminder that TTE Memberships is now open for renewal on the new TTE Memberships Database and the new TT League Manager has also been launched. 

10th July - Haywards Heath League Coaching Summer Camp - August 2019

Marc Burman and Dennis Hayden are running a TT Coaching Summer Camp on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th August at Sackville School in East Grinstead. The cost is £40 per day or £120 for 3 days. Please see Booking details and Flyer for the Summer Camp.

16th July - Robin Pierce

Tony Catt has indicated that Robin Pierce, a Sussex County Vice President, passed away on the 9th July. he has been ill since the beginning of this year with dementia and was taken to a place of "safety" just after Easter. Arrangements are being made for his funeral by a friend from a local church since his family are in Bristol and the provisional date is the 2nd August. Further details will be posted here when available. If anyone has further information about Robin and his contribution to TT in the past then please let me know.

10th July - TT Times - Issue 15

The latest issue of Table Tennis Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. It contains many stories both very recent and from the past as well as Governance update and forthcoming events. Happy summer reading.,

1st July - TT England - AGM Report

The TTE Annual Conference and AGM took place on the 29th June in Hinckley (see news items below) and Tony Catt, as our National Councillor attended and has produced a Report on the discussions and output from the various Propositions. Please see also the Annual Review Q&A Document distributed by TTE, a Coaching & Officiating Update and the latest Over the Net - 280619 - which contains information about the new TT memebrship Platform being launched soon, along with the final version of the Annual Review Document. For the new TTE League Manager System - links have been made available to Adminstrators to test the new system prior to its launch.

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

The Issue 1 of the County Plan for Season 2019/2020 is currently being drafted and will soon be found here.

Web Contact

Jim Skinner - Web Master & Sussex County Chairman

If you have any news items or articles that you would like displayed then please contact me as below on my email address. Similarly if you have any issues or suggestions for this website.

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