TTE - National Council & News

TTE National Council & Other News


16th October - TTE Updates

091020 - Additionally to the 071020 newsletter there is an article on Gavin Evans being the England National Team Coach through to 2022 and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, along with Simon Mills being the England Team Leader. There is also an Article on Mental Health and information about grants of up to £5K for 7 young members of the Performance Pathway.

071020 - Club and Leagues Update - Articles on Pride of TT Nominations, Club Support Webinars, Covid-19 updated news and examples of Clubs that have returned to play, launch of TT Kidz Awards Scheme and access to free resources on learning about Crowd Funding from Sports England.

8th October, 2020 - Pride of TT -Nominations Deadline Extension

The deadline for nominations for "Pride of TT" has been extended to Sunday 18th October. Nominations can be for a Volunteer, a Club, or an Official. The SE Regions nominations are higher than other Regions but let that not stop further nominations - so please consider those that you think are deseriving of recognition. See note from TTE Chairman which includes link to Nominations.

8th October, 2020 - TTE League Manager - New Functionality

A Webinar was held by TTE & Neil Hurford (Chairman of MAG) to explain the change in functionality to the TTE League Manager, and for those Leagues that use it (as well as those that are using it in parallel with TT365), the slides used can be found here, and the webinar can be revisited on:

The topics covered are listed below with the timings on the Webinar:

  1. What's new on the public website (@4.5 min - 20 min)
  2. Setting up your new competition (@20 min - 33.5 min)
  3. New features of Versions 1.6 & 1.7 - and how to use them (@33.5 min – 1 hr08 min)
  4. What's coming next (@1 hr 20 min)
  5. "Ready to Return" - flexible formats in TT Leagues (@1hr 09.5 min - 1 hr 16 min)
  6. Local league ranking
  7. Questions (@1 hr 16 min - 1 hr 25 min)

2nd October - TTE Updates

TTE Weekly Newsletters

180920 - Coronvirus Update (see separate News Item), Sandra Deaton elected VP ETTU role, John Hilton memory lane article, Ping Pong Parlours and more;

250920 - - Return to Play updatd guidance, Campaign for Sports Recovery Fund, Schools return using qualified Coaches, Pride of TT Nominations, Brighton City activities on outdoor tables, and more;

021020 - Pride of TT Nominations closure date extended to 18th October, Horsham Ping Pong Parlour and Rory Scott's us of, SBL cancellation, and update on Coronivurs guidance;, and more;

14th September - TTE Updates

TTE Weekly Newsletter - 110920 - Contains information about the new England Kit, a link to the recent Facebook Q&A session with TTE on 6th September, 1 Star events are cleared to return (see Document), request for Pride of TT Nominations, "Care to Play" Article about enjoyment of TT for those in Social Care, School Initiatives - School Essential Membership (free pack and newsletter) and School Plus at £65 per year for a School with many packages such as equipment and Training, link to the TT League Manager Upgrade Webinar (see above), an Article on Kevin Taylor who played for 21 hours to raise £2K for an Hospice, and finally a new progamme for TT Kidz.

Club and League Update 10th September - Information in context of recent Government Guidance i.e. OK to continue Return to Play;

Club and League Webinar 9th September - TT League Manager - View Webinar plus the Slides used which highlights the recent changes and new functionality to TT League Manager;

Club and Leagues Update 2nd September (see below) - With reference to the video on League Webinar on the 24th August, please see the associated slides/document used (update by TTE with latest information);

7th September - Active Sussex

The Annual Conference on the 24th September is virtual this year with 5 free sessions throughout the day - please see Agenda and sign-up information here.

7th September - TTE News 

The latest Newsletters from TTE last week were as follows:

Coaching Update 1st September - Applications invited by 2nd October for Coaching Level 3 Course starting 28th November, a TTE Vacancy with the role "Coaching and Education" as well as request for Pride of TT Nominations by the 2nd October;

Clubs and Leagues Update 2nd September - Confirming Return to Play and video on the Rowhedge (Colchester Club) experience, the "All Clear" for Leagues to resume (not the case for many cannot because many Clubs not yet gained/negotiated access to their venues) and the Ready to Return Statement with 5-Stage Process and a number of Guidance Documents have been updated. There is also a video of the League Webinar held on 24th August as well as links to previous Webinars. Club incomes are obviously lower with reduced numbers and suggestions for seeking grants is highlighted - Local Councils, UK Community Foundation, Cash4Clubs, Sports England Active Together and also Sports England Guidance for further information. Finally information on knowledge checks that can be carried out around various topics such as Safeguarding, Diversity, Mental Health, Inclusion and Well Being with a Digital Badge on completion - well worth all Coaches doing.

Over The Net 4th September - The regular weekly newsletter with the main focus on the Facebook Live session with TTE Officals held on Sunday 6th September and repeated links to League Return Guidance and Pride of TT Nominations. There are Articles on the reopening of Training Camps for the England youngsters and Ross Wilson preparing for Tokyo Paralympics and a Return to Play video as carried out by St Neots TTC. 

28th August - TTE News - Facebook Live

The latest news from TTE - Newsletter 280820 - contains information about a live Facebook session with TTE Officers on Sunday 6th September starting at 7.30 pm. Included also is a video of the Rowhedge TTC in Colchester and how they have been getting on with return to play, and also there is an invitation to nominate a League for the title "League of the Year", plus some job opportunities.

26th August - Active Sussex and Disability and Inclusion News - August 2020

Please find the latest Active Sussex News and Active Sussex Disability and Inclusion News for August for information.

23rd August 2020  - ITTF - Feedback on International Umpire (IU) Exam

For Umpires and those interested in the nuances of Umpiring the International TT Federation Webinar may be of intetrest. It is a bit slow but some interesting points, particularly around para rules. Please see the link below:

high Performance & Development Webinar 16 - 2020 IU Exam Feedback, Rules & Regulations Analysis

22nd  August - TTE News

Please see the latest TTE Newsletters (14th and 21st August), TT League Manager Update, and a Counties and Leagues Update with items included as follows:

Newsletter 14th August - Articles on how TTE is working with other organisations to put pressure on the government to open up Leisure Centres, and results of recent survey which is indicating over half Clubs not ready to return yet due to lack of access to venues. On this topic there is a separate newsletter for Counties and Leagues on updated Ready to Return information for Leagues with Webinars available on the 24th August). Other articles are on David McBeath who recently had a hip operation, a request for Pride of TT Nominations, paralympian athlete Kim Daybell in a Sky Podcast on returning to the front line with the NHS, Tom Purcell's story on progress to umpiring a gold medal final at the 2012 Olympics, and Nottingham TT Club Challenge raising funds for Access Sports.

Newsletter 21st August - Included is TTE Memebership Renewal Status (13K), an interview with England's Captain Gavin Evans in the Training Camps, TT League Manager update which includes Local Rankings (and further information on the other additions to TT League Manager can be found here which also includes Webinars on the subject on the 8th and 9th September).  Again there is a request for Pride of TT Nominations, a letter to his younger self by Liam Pitchford, and another Survey request this time aimed at Leagues.- note closiing 24th August - and news of Ping Pong Parlours opening up.

19th August - TTE National Council Chair

Nominations were requested for Chair of the National Council for the forthcoming season and 9 were received by TTE, all for the same person Estyn Williams, National Councillor for Warwickshire. There was therefore no ballot required. The first National Council Meeting for the new season is scheduled for the 10th October.

19th August - TTE Coaching News 

Please see the latest TTE Coaching Update, which included an invite to a Webinar with Brighton City TT Club on how their BGC Project - Building a Grassroots Community. Led by Teresa Bennett and Pedro Santos they present the range of different sessions in their own and outreach premises, the advantage of having a dedicated person to source funding and current work on the development of a Training Course for others to learn. The Webinar took place on the 9th August and can be seen on the following link: Other items include a UK Coaching Video with advice on safety and social distancing, a website for re-activating, output from the TTE Ready to Return Survey, and news of places for a Diploma in Sporting Excellance (DiSE) for 2 years at 6th Form/College.

19th August - Recent TTE News 

For those who do not receive them the recent TTE Newsletter distributed include: 

Over The Net 31st July which, besides re-iterating the movement to Stage 3 and potentially Stage 4 on the 1st September, there is a video on Membership Renewal, an Article by Ross Wilson looking to defend his T6-T10 Gold at the Para Commonwealth Games in Brimingham on the 28th July 2022, Online Training Video and Article on young players by England Players as part of the England Performance Pathway with one of the workouts available to view, and a new book by Graham Frankel with a personal perspective on TT (see extract in TT Times Issue 19 below).

Over The Net 7th August - New date for the Senior Nationals (29th/31st January 2021) and that the rankings will not have a 10% reduction for the start of this coming season, another Membership Video, Nominations for Pride of TT Awards and Pam Butcher in the running for the Amplifon Award for Brave Britons, and an Online drive to find future Para Stars. 

31st July - TTE League and Club Update

The latest TTE Newsletter addressed to League and Clubs can be found here. It includes a survey on the status on the return to play from Leagues and Clubs and the closing date is the 6th August.There is also information indicating Clubs can now affiliate to TTE as Premier or Associate, and that League Play can restart from the 1st September (dependent on the number of Clubs that can play I guess). Also included is information on "Reactivate Training Platform" which is being funded by Sport England to give people confidence and knowledge in returning sfatey to sport and physucal activity, and finally the renewal of the Personal Insurance for TTE Members for which note that there are no Covid-19 exclusions.

27th July - TT Times 19 - Summer 2020

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

  • Good News Page
  • TTE AGM 2020
  • Continued Advertures  Ken/Karenza Mathews on a TT Life 1971
  • Photographic Retrospective on National Championships
  • Spotlight on Mick Strode
  • Future Events
  • What was Happening 25 Years Ago 1995
  • The Deabte - From the Pen of Brian Kean
  • A Different Type of Backhand
  • In Memoriam
  • Memories from a Retired Tournament Oragniser
  • Ping!: A Personal Perspective on TT by Graham Frankel
  • Governance Update

27th July  - Active Sussex inclduing Disability and Inclusion - Newsletters - July 2020

Please find the latest Active Sussex Disability amd Inclusion Newsletter  which includes news of a new Course produced by Brighton City TT Club on "Building a Grassroots Community" which will be available later this year. There are also articles on a joint review of the Code for Sports Governance with Sports England, Ad and Tools to from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion, Inclusive and Accessible opportunities for disabled people and Easy Fund Raising. Please also see the latest edition of Active Sussex Newsletter. 

27th July 2020  - TTE News & Membership Renewal

Please see recent Newsletter - 170720 - which includes a recording of one of the recent Webinars (Slides are on Covid-19 page). There is also a video of Elite Players back in Training, names of the new MAG members, Q&A on the recent AGM Annual Report, video on new Membership Categories (see Membership Renewal), and offers on Outdoor Equipment and Pride of TT nominations. The issue dated - 240720 - includes a message from the TTE CEO regarding Return to Play and Membership Renewal. There is also news of a linkup with Esports Association to promote mental wellbeing and exercise, and a TT Kidz Summer camp starting on the 3rd August from 9.30 am to 10.00 am for 6-11 year olds for basic skills and note sign-up is limited to first 100. News also of an online Challenge Show for 40 Teams on the 30th July from 7.15 pm to 8.00 pm - it is free to enter.

27th July 2020  - Table Tennis "Return to Indoor Play" and separate Covid-19 Page

Further to the "Return to Play" Newsletter from TTE in the 15th July news item below and subsequent Newsletter and Information from TTE, a separate page for Covid-19 related and Return to Play information has been created. Discussion on how clubs get back into action has started within the County and there are two major issues that have been identified  - Access to Venues and Layouts for Club Venues and on the latter discussion has been rquested with TTE. A Process for how Clubs and Leagues can progress through the documentation has been produced along with a spreadsheet showing the status of Clubs within Sussex. Brighton City have returned to limited play but with own venue it is much easier to control access and use.

15th July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play and Mental

Return to Play - Further to the news item 13th July below on the Return to Play, TTE have issued further information indicating that guidance has been updated on their website, and will continue to be updated as more information becomes available from the Government. There are links to the relavant pages and there is also notice of Webinars that can be signed up to by Clubs and Leagues for this coming Thursday and Friday  16th and 17th July to discuss the Guidance. There are also other resources indicated such as funding for PPP, Online Support, 1 to 1 free Training to support return to facilities previuosly used.

Mental Health - A special issue of "Over The Net" with focus on Mental Health.

13th July 2020  - TTE - Membership Renewal & Revised Categories

Please see the TTE Chairman's Statement and reference to an article from her, regarding membership renewal, and also information on the revised Membership Categories and the Renewal Process. Current membership expires 31st July and renewals can take place on-line next monday 20th July. 

13th July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play 

TTE Newsletter - 100720 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE indicates that "Return to Play" has been agreed from the 25th July and guidance from the Government is awaited. It is expected that TTE guidance will subsequently be uodated and that play indoors will be limited. Of course the problem with most cluds is that they use multi-use venues and risk assessments will need to be completed, assuming that the venue itself is Covid-19 secure and is allowing other users, Also of note is that Clubs and Leagues can apply for funding for PPE and cleaning equipment, and a message from the Chairman reagrding membership renewal, and you can still sign-up for the TTE AGM.

6th July 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 030720 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the request for nominations for Awards, draft Annual Review, a video from England's elite players on lockdown training, information about Brighton City Club and their development of an on-line course about building communities, and the latest on "Return to Play"

Coaching Webinar - The latest Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 7th July at 2.00 pm and is available for free for all Level 1 Coaches and above. It is being led by Greenhouse Sports Director of Coaching Jason Sugrue and the topic is "Laerning about Players Emotions".

3rd July 2020  - TTE - National Council - 27th June

Further to the news item on the 23rd May, the National Council held a virtual meeting on the 27th June. The Papers/Reports for the meeting can be found on the following link:

In Memorium included Peter Shead from Sussex. There was a "Return to Play" presentation and based on recent Government annoucements there was no return to play on the 4th July. The issue with multi-use venues was recognised. Please see my notes of the meeting and included within is a link to an Impact Document which is the TTE year summary. The CEO indicated that with Covid-19 there needs to be adaption and behavioural change to how the Sport is played with flexibility on formats, start times, etc.

28th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter -260620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the latest information regarding the return to play, and it is that there will be no return to indoor play from the 4th July and so TT remains at Stage 1 of the 5-stage return process. There is a link to a recent Webinar on a Q and A session and see the latest guidance and advice for Clubs and Leagues on the return of play issued by TTE. As a comment one of the key issues that needs to be addressed in any relaxation of the lockdown is the use of multi-use venues such as primaty schools and the fact that robust risk assessments will need to be produced if any return to such sites are to be entertained.

TTE Elected Deputy Chairman - Don Parker won the election and you can see the TTE official notice plus some polling information.

TTE Membership Catgories - These have been indicated in previous news items and TTE have now communicated them and they are looking for endorsement at the forthcoming TTE AGM

Coaching Webinar - The latest Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 30th June at 2.00 pm and is available for free for all Leverl 1 Coaches and above. It is a Q and A session with Coaches Stephen Gertson and Craig Bryant.

21st June  - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - June 2020

Please find the latest Newsletter from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion. This edition includes information about the Webinar on the 2nd July at 2 pm on the subject of Inclusive Clubs and Brighton City are being used as one example. Sports  England have also launched an Open Call to individuals and organisations to tackle inequalities and they are also looking for information on how people with disabilities have been coping with innovative solutions to staying active during lockdown at home (deadline for entries on this extended from 24th June to 1st July), plus much other news.

21st June 2020  - TTE - Virtual AGM - 18th July

TTE are holding their annnual AGM and Conference virtually on the 18th July starting at 10.00 am. It will be conducted by Zoom and you need to register by 3rd July to participate. Please see below the papers:

21st June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter -190620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the latest information regarding the return to play. Please see:

Ready to Return - Information about the 5-Stage Process, National Competitions and Elite Play, and 7 documents including guidance for members and clubs in managing hygiene and venues, and layouts for Lesiure Centres and Sports Halls see relevant link to TTE Website:

Ready to Return Webinars - A number of these have been set for the forthcoming weeks and the first is this coming Wednesday - see link to TTE website for full list as well as information on how to sign-up: Topics include Volunteer Recruitment and DBS Checking (Noon 24th June), Ready to Return (1 pm 25th June), Updates and Opportunities to link with Mass Participation Initiatives (noon 8th July), Update on new Membership Categories (Noon 15th July) 

Player Return Responses - The Newsletter also gives a link to an analysis of the reponses from 1800 players on the return to play.

Other News - Includes workout video by Paul Drinkhall, TT being confirmed in 2022 Multi-Sports European Championships, Tees Sports Official Ball Supplier for TTE, being Mascot as an 8-year old for National Womens's Singles and the status on the Ranking Consultation taking place (National/Elite)

 Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 23rd June at 11.00 am and is available for free for all Leverl 1 Coaches and above. It is being led by Ollie Holt from UK Coaching and the title is "We All Need to Adapt"

18th June 2020 - TTE - Update on TT League Manager

An update on the TTE owned TT League Manager can be found here. It lists the enhancements planned before the start of next season and which includes a ranking system. However, at a recent Sussex County Zoom Meeting (see below) clarity is being sought on what the proposed ELO Ranking Model is and how it compares with the TT365 alogorithms. There is also some confusion over the Data Protection required for TT365 player entries, and clarity is also being sought on this.

16th June Coaching Webinar - Noon Today!

The next Coaching Webinar, hot off the press this morning is scheduled for Noon today for L2 Coaches and above only. The title is "Player Development" and is being led by John Murphy.

15th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 120620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week information on the results of the survey regarding the return to play and it was noticed that 60% were keen to get started again even if there was a different format. Also a reference to British League and a Strategy Document for the future development plus more on John Hilton, TT Kidz on demand and Soical TT in the form of Ping Pong Fight Club on Saturday TV.

15th June - Active Sussex - Newsletter - June 2020

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter - June 2020 - Contains information about the Active Sussex Conference and AGM on the 24th September, and which is going to be virtual, and another Sports Disability Webinar taking place on 2nd July between 1pm and 2pm which is showcasing examples of inclusive sports clubs and Brighton City TT Club is being used as one of the examples - see further information here. Also included is information about an online workout programme, an "Active at Home" Booklet for older adults, and a free Mental Awareness Course for Coaches.

15th June 2020  - ITTF - Dealing with Player Misbehaviour

The International TT Federation have been running Seminars for the ongoing education of their Technical Officials. A recent one was on Player Misbehaviour from the view of Umpires, Refeeres and Players. You can find it on the following link - Youtube Webinar #8  Stick with it - it is an hour long but interesting.

6th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 050620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week information about the return to play with the 5 stage process and an associated Webinar as well as request for views on the subject. There is also an article on the provision of TT for isloated and inactive members. Also included is notice of request for nominations for the Members Advisory Group (MAG) which is now open until the 19th June.

Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is scheduled for 1 pm on the 9th June, and this one is only available for L2 Coaches and above. The title is "The Inner Game: Learner-centred coaching"

Deputy Chairman Voting -There are two nonimations - Darren Morgan and Don Parker - and Company Members (League Chairman or agreed League/County Representative) have the opportunity to vote by noon on the 23rd June. The details of the voting instructions can be found here.

1st June  - TTE - Deputy Chairman Nominations

TTE have distributed today information on the status following closure of the nomination period. There are two nominations for the vacant Deputy Chairman post - and papers for the election of the two nominations received - Darren Morgan and Don Parker - will be sent out later this week. 

1st June  - TTE - Guidance on return to Play and Safeguarding Webinars

TTE have distributed today their latest guidance on getting back to play with a 5-stage plan able to be downloaded for reference.  Also included in the newsletter is notice of 3 forthcoming Webinars on Safeguarding for Coaches, Clubs and Leagues with each - on the 10th, 17th and 24th June starting at Noon. There are different topics on each one - Why Safegurading is Important, Role of Welfare Office, and Volunteer Recruitment and DBS Checking. Please see Newsletter here.

31st May  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 290520 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week a Q&A Video with Liam Pitchford, a request for feedback and views on returning to play, Grants from Sport England for Clubs and the launch of the next phase of TT Kidz in October. as well as the list of improvements that have been made to TT League Manager.

Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is this coming Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm and is open to all Level 1 Coaches and above, and the topic this week is Coaching Kids. It is being led by George Rigby.

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. 

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.

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 

There has been two meetings of the National Council in the current season with one meeting in March cancelled due to Covid-19 (although there was a zoom meeting for some discussion on particular topics), and reports are made to the County Meetings and Management Committee. Another NC Meeting has been scheduled for the 27th June although it is not clear if it will go ahead or be a zoom meeting - see Letter NC Chairman. The current Sussex County National Councillor and Deputy National Councillor are Jim Skinner (Sussex County Chairman and Brighton Records Secretary) and Kevin Long (County Secretary and Hastings Secretary) respectively, and both periods of office expire after the TTE AGM. All meetings are in Milton Keynes and the role of the National Council is to act as a channel of communication between the Board and the membership. The Election - see TTE Notification - of both for next season needs to be completed by the 15th June, and if any one is interested in taking up the role then please let the County Secretary Kevin Long know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It would be expected that the National Councillor would represent the views of Sussex County and report back to Sussex County Meetings through attendance. A County Meeting is scheduled for the 9th June with this item on the Agenda although in the current Covid-19 circumstances it is likely to be a zoom meeting. 

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.

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 learn and play TT at Home!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

The main event winners were Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin-Ho. Other items on the Newsletters include British League update, Pride of TT Awards and a "Ping Long" for Sports Relief.

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:

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 - UK Coaching & Top Edge Coaching Information

Please see the latest Newsletter 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 - 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 Newsletters

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

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: 

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:

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.

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.

20th December - TTE Newsletters - British League, Pride of TT Awards, Board Christmas Message & England Team for Korea

Please see the recent TTE Newsletter - 131219 - which contains information relating to tickets for the National Championships, the use of VAR in TT, British League news and recent Pride of TT Awards. Also - 201219 - for Board Christmas Message & England for Korea World Championships

18th December - Active Sussex News - December 2019

Please see the latest Newsletter from Active Sussex. It includes details about forthcoming Active Sussex Networking event on the 27th February, the recent Sussex Sport Awards (but sadly no TT people), and links to Funding Awards and Funding that can be bid for in the forthcoming months.

9th December - TTE - South East Club Conference, Tonbridge - 19th January 2020

Please see information relating to a Club Conference being held by TTE at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. Two representatives from each League are invited and it is an ideal opportunity to see what developments there are that can be utilized for Leagues/Clubs. Here is the draft Agenda.

7th December - Brighton City TTC - Daily Mirror Best Club of the Year Award & their Musical Single

Please see the latest issue of the TTE News - 6th December - in case you are not on the distribution. It contains information about Brighton City Club receiving the Best Club of the Year Award from the Daily Mirror as well as the launch of a musical single and the story behind it. The issue also contains the latest British League news and the tickets for forthcoming National Championships.

7th December - Active Sussex Disability & Inclusion News - December 2019

Please see the December edition of the Disability & Inclusion News from Active Sussex. This issue contains information about MIND engaging in physical activity, the winner of the Disabled Sports Personality of the Year and the launch of an innovative Cricket League.

3rd December - TTE National Council Meeting - 14th December - Papers & Latest News

Further to the news item on the 25th November, please see the Papers for the coming meeting, and please let me know of any thoughts prior to attendance.

Additionally, please see  the latest TTE Newsletter - 291119 - which contains information about Team GB for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Tickets for the World Championhips of Ping-Pong in January, the new Board Directors, the recent updates to TT Leagues and GB Para nomination. 

25th November - TTE National Council Meeting - 14th December - Membership Strategy

Further to the news item on the 8th November, the National Chairman has issued this letter seeking views on membership strategy for TTE and will be discussed at the next Sussex County Meeting. However, if any one has any views then please let me or your Sussex County Representative know your thoughts before the 14th December.

25th November - TTE News - Lois Peake gets Golds

Please see the recent TTE Newsletters, for those who do not receive them, for recent weeks - 151119 and 221119. The 15th November issue highlights the Golds won by Lois Peake in the Individual and Doubles events in the Isle of Man at the Home Counties International Event. There is also news of Don Parker receiving the Commonwealth Sport Order of Merit 2019 and information about the awards for the Year 3 funding from the BeTT Programme and in Sussex Horsham Spinners TTC, Horsham TTC and TT Rother were successful. For the 22nd November issue there is information about the TT Kidz Programme, the nominations for the Pride of TT Awards and the results from the Portugal Cadet/Junior Open.

8th November - TTE National Council Meeting

The next National Cuncil Meeting is to take place in Milton Keynes on the 14th December - see Preliminary Notice - and the papers will be listed as soon as they are available.

8th November - England in Japan - Tees Sport Article & TTE News

Please see article issued by Tees Sports relating to the Team World Cup in Tokyo with information on the seedings and schedule, and the Home Nations Championships this coming weekend being held on the Isle of Man with Senior, Junior and Cadet Teams. The latest TTE News - 081119 - provides the results for the England Team and entries are now being accepted for the Senior Nationals Qualifying. 

7th November - Active Sussex - October & November News (for all Sussex Sports), Sport Awards Tickets & Inclusive Activity Programme

Please see the October Active Sussex Newsletter which contains information relating to the forthcoming presentation of the Sussex Sports Award for 2019 at the Annual Awards Dinner on the 22nd November, for which you can purchase here Tickets. There is a video "Believe in You" and information about the Hastings Academy Satellite Club, and funding information. Also information on a "Inclusive Activity Programme" workshop. The November Issue contains links to the shortlist for the various Awards and also there are links to Safeguarding Courses which are held monthly in a variety of Sussex locations at a cost of £35. 

7th November - TTE News

For those who do not receive the weekly TTE Newsletters the recent ones can be seen here - 041019, 111019, 181019, 251019 and 011119 - and of course you can always join TTE as an Associate Member to receive these if not a player. There is much news about Will Bayley's progress in Strictly Come Dancing and his subsequent withdrawal. There is article (1st November) on how to transition from Social to Competitive TT a Podcast (18th October) from the TTE CEO Sara Sutcliffe, a vidoe on the recent ETTU Coaching Conference and British League Results, and much more.

6th November - TT Times 16

The latest issue of TT Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. As usual it contains articles on recent events such as the European Vets Tournament in Budapest and the Commonwealth Championships in India where the Federation Chairman Alan Ransome was standing down after 26 


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