TTE - National Council & News

TTE National Council & Other News


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