This is a new page set-up on the 23rd July 2020 and all information relating to Covid-19 and Table Tennis will gradually be put on this page along with associated links to items on the TTE website, and information on the status within Sussex County in respect of Leagues and Clubs. It also includes information on Mental Health.The information placed on this page in the following weeks and months will hopefully answer all your questions, but if not then please contact me on the email address below.

Jim Skinner, Sussex County Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



8th September 2020  - Return of TT - Updated/New TTE Documents

TTE has updated the following documents relating to the opening of Clubs and the return to League Play. There are a number of updates within the Hygiene document around ensuring balls are washed, bubbles of 2-6, venue ventilation and signage and in particular the need to obtain in writing that venues are being cleaned between different hirers. The Coaching document appears to be a new one. The Local League document advises that information should be included to cover situations where local lockdowns are in effect as well as venue and playing spaces with the latter also the update within the Venue Layouts.

The suggested Process (at V4) through all the TTE Documentation (as produced by Sussex County) that is on the Covid-19 Page has been updated with this information. Also check the TTE Website and Ready to Return Page for changes and any new documentation - the link is within the latest TTE Counties and Leagues Update - 040920.

24th August 2020  - Sussex County Information - Updated/New TTE Documents

TTE has updated some documents and in particular the Risk Assessment, and has also produced documents relating to the opening of Clubs and the return to League Play as follows:

The suggest Process (at V3) through all the TTE Documentation that is on the Covid-19 Page has been updated with this information. Also check the TTE Website and Ready to Return Page for changes and any new documentation.

31st July 2020  - Sussex County Information - Suggested Process and Status

Please find a suggested Process for addressing and completing all the TTE Guidance for your League/Club (Updated 3rd August with latest TTE Statement and updated versions Hygiene and Coaching Documents). If opened on this website the links should be active, otherwise use the links below. There are two major issues within Sussex:

1. Access to venues are dependent on the venue owners whch in the majority of cases are Schools and Community Centres, and most are not in a poistion to discuss until September;

2. TTE Guidance and court sizes for Club Venues required to be 9m x 4.5m providing a playing area of 40.5sqm. There is the view that the guidance needs to fit individual facility constraints since most club venues cannot accommodate such definition, and it has been pointed out that modified layouts of 8m x 5m or 7.5m x 5.5m would provide the same playing areas and adequate spacing for most club play and even this can be varied further as long as measures such as safe, clean, well ventilated, socially distanced environment is in place then play can resume.

In discussion with TTE (Greg Yarnell) TTE Guidance is effectively just that, and in respect of any reductions in club venues it depends on the severity and likelihood of any breach occurring from the ideal guidelines as assessed within the Risk Assessment (Social Distancing Item). Flexibility on court sizes with same playing area or slightly reduced for single table club venues was not seen as a problem as long as Risk Assessment mitigates it and all other guidelines in respect of safe, clean, well ventilated and a socially distanced environment can be followed. Reduced playing areas for multi-table venues with barriers and particularly balls into adjacent courts is seen as more of problem if there are changes to the ideal recommended guidelines.

The TTE Personal Insurance is currently being renewed (due end of July) and there are currently no exclusions for Covid-19, but for any claims it would be difficult to determine where a person was infected unless Clubs have shown no attempt to put in place the guidelines and liability can therefore be questioned. It is therefore essential that Risk Assessments are in place which details mitigation steps taken for any venues that slightly differ from the ideal.  

Sussex Status - Please see spreadsheet showing the current status of Leagues/Clubs within Sussex, and it is fluid and being updated as information becomes available. 

27th July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play Information - Slides & Webinar

There have been a number of Webinars recently to discuss "Return to Play" and please see the Slides that were presented. Additionally, the TTE Newsletter - 170720 - has a video of one of the Webinar's. Some of the questions asked, and answered are around:

  • Use of venues between Hires of Venues - Tables and Chairs and door handles should be cleaned;
  • Cleaning Tables - use mild soapy spray and not any alcohol based;
  • No need to clean floors between sessions;
  • No restrictions on households within bubbles up to 6;
  • New bubbles can be held for different sessions after a week;
  • Coaches can be in more than one bubble;
  • Face coverings should be used in enclosed places if not playing;
  • Booking System on Club Spark (for Premier Clubs) now made available to be used by any Club;
  • TTE Insurance up for renewal end of July and not yet clear on any detail for disclaimers for people catching Covid-19;
  • Accepted that Club may struggle with reduced income with lower numbers and overheads the same;
  • There can be no more than 50% people waiting to play i.e. no more that 4 if 8 people playing;
  • Risk Assessment are key documents and should be in place before contact with venue owners;
  • Clubs need to ensure Club Policies for Covid-19 are updated;

23rd July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play Information

Return to Play - This Newsletter, issued on the 14th Friday, gives links to the various documents on the TTE Website and for which the information within should be used in consideration of moving to Stage 2 which is "Limited Club Activity" for indoor Table Tennis. The links and documents are as follows for ease of reference and they are the latest versions as at 23rd July:

23rd July - Mental Health - TTE Over The Net 14th July

TTE issued a special Mental Health "Over The Net" Newsletter on the 14th July. Although the lock down is over for many of us there are still some who have to remain sheilded and we all have to stay alert and not put ourselves into situations that not only affects one personally, but subsequently close family and friends. This can affect everyone of us in different ways and we all need to be on the lookout for people we believe are not coping. The main message, if you believe you are having problems is to talk to someone.

The Newsletter contains:

  • An Article by Lyndsey Simpson - a 23 year-old player, coach and umpire from Blackpool on her mental health issues, and how table tennis has been a great help in overcoming them;
  • A Podcast with England players Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker - It details how they dealt with difficulties they experienced such as loss of motivation and its impact on them mentally and it also includes someone from the MIND Charity;
  • A Message from MIND and Mental Health Toolkit - A range of information and support items including "Five Ways to Wellbeing", "Talking to Someone" and links to "Campaigns".
  • Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity Online Course - This course usually costs £18 and is free until the end of August and is being made available by MIND and UK Coaching, and enables mental health awareness for all sport and physical activiity. There are 4 Modules produced by both 1st4Sport and UK Coaching and funded by Sport England.