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

9th December 2019 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 2nd Team Division 1B Day 1 - Results

The Sussex Veteran 2nd Team were in action on Saturday 7th December at BATTS, Harlow. Playing for the Sussex 2nd Team were, Jack Boult, Phil Smith, Barrie Gilbert and Sarah Hilditch. They won their matches - a 9-1 win - over Devon 1 but lost 7-3 to Norfork

The Match Results were as follows:

Cambridge (9) v Middlesex 2 (1) - Match Card

Cambridge (10) v Devon (0) - Match Card

Devon (1) v Sussex 2 (9) - Match Card

Essex (3) v Middlesex (7) - Match Card

Essex (5) v Norfolk (5) - Match Card             

Middlesex 2 (4) v Essex (6) - Match Card

Norfolk (5) v Cambridge (5) - Match Card

Sussex 2 (3) v Norfolk (7) - Match Card 

The draft division table is as follows:

                       Played      Won         Drew         Lost        Points

Cambridge         3              2              1              0              5

Norfolk               3              1              2              0              4

Essex                 3              1              1              1              3

Sussex               2              1              0              1              2

Middlesex 1       1              1              0              0              2

Middlesex 2       2              0              0              2              0             

Devon                2              0              0              2              0

9th December 2019 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans 3rd Team Day 1 - Results

The Sussex Veteran 3rd Team were in action on Saturday 7th December at BATTS, Harlow. Playing for the Sussex 3rd Team were, Tony Catt, Andy Meads, Richard Steel and Lynne Trussell. They lost 10-0 to Middlesex 3rd Team and drew 5-5 with Surrey 2nd Team.

The Match Results as follows:

Essex 2 (4) v Middlesex 3(6) - Match Card

Essex 2 (5) v Kent 3 (5) - Match Card

Kent 3 (7) v Surrey 1 (3) - Match Card

Middlesex 3 (10) v Sussex 3 (0) - Match Card

Surrey 1 (10) v Surrey 2 (0) - Match Card

Surrey 2 (1) v Essex 2 (9) - Match Card

Surrey 1 (5) v Kent 2 (5) - Match Card

Sussex 3 (5) v Surrey 2 (5) - Match Card 

The Draft Table as follows:

                 Played        Won         Drew         Lost        Points

Middlesex             2                2              0              0              4

Kent 3                   2                1              1              0              3

Essex                   3                1              1              1              3

Surrey 1                3                1              1              1              3

Kent 2                   1                0              1              0              1

Sussex                 2                0              1              0              1             

Surrey 2               3                0              1              2              1

9th December, 2019 - JBL - County Coaching Support

The County is providing support, arranged by Maureen Hazell the County Coaching Secretary, to the County top Juniors in two JBL Teams and they played their first matches at the Derby Arena on the 2nd/3rd November. Playing for the first team in Division 1 of Group 1 were Jacob Evans (ranked 36), Fraser Kent (ranked 46) and Owen Brown (ranked 50) and their division was tough and despite plenty of good individual performances they manged one draw and lost their other matches and are currently last with two Irish Teams topping the table. Jacob won 50%, Owen 40% and Fraser 10% with many matches lost 4-2 and there is much scope to pick up points in the next round. Further details can be found on the following link:

https://tte.tournamentsoftware.com/league/270A3C4E-1A4F-454C-AC7A-7A588F31DA50/draw/54

The second team, consisting of John Strang (ranked 64), Jamar McGlashan (ranked 66) and Will Michell (ranked 113) playing in Division 4 Group 1 had excellent results ending up top of their Division. John had 60% and both Jamar and Will managed 70%, and the team looks on track for silverware if they keep up performance in the next round. Again further details can be found on the following link

https://tte.tournamentsoftware.com/league/270A3C4E-1A4F-454C-AC7A-7A588F31DA50/draw/57  

Coaching both teams for the County over the weekend were Jack Bennett and George Hazell and both are top Sussex Players within the top 50 ranked players in England. The second weekend is scheduled for the 7th and 8th March.

9th December - League Closed Events - Dates for your Diaries

 

Please note that the Haywards Heath League Closed Event is on the 5th April at Warden Park School and the Brighton League Closed Event on the 29th March at Sussex University. When Closed Events for other Leagues are known they will appear on the County Events Page.

9th December - Sussex County Meeting 25th November - Key Points

Please see below the key points from the recent Sussex County Meeting that took place Monday 25th November:

  • Reports on Coaching Sessions held for top County Juniors & Cadets;
  • Report on first round of Over 60’s County Championship Matches;
  • Report on Coaching support for County Players in JBL Teams;
  • Reports on Senior County Championship Matches held so far;
  • Proposed County-wide U11/U13 Competition for Season 2020/2021 discussed further;
  • Proposed Horsham Spinners Junior/Cadet Events discussed and not approved due to concerns around lack of specification as to whether Open or Closed, the intended participation of Associate Members, and other concerns;
  • County Website structure revamped making it easier to find information (hopefully);
  • Various Club Development initiatives discussed and to be made available on website;
  • Leagues to feedback on thoughts for Membership Strategy prior to next National Council Meeting;
  • Transfer of sctta.org.uk website to hosting package owned by SCTTA completed;
  • Bradley (Junior Boys) & Keith Jackson (Cadet Boys) Invitation Cups recovered;
  • Sussex Closed to be split with Junior/Cadets on 19th April (Burgess Hill) and Senior/Veterans on 26th (at K2);
  • Updates received on TTE League Manager, Training Courses (Safeguarding, Umpire, L2);
  • Rankings received from Match Secretary’s but not all available;

The minutes of the previous meeting can be found on the relevant Page.

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.

5th December, 2019 - L1 Coaching Course Brighton City February/March 2020

This is being held at Brighton City TT Club on the 9th February and the 15th March with Teresa Bennett as the Tutor. The cost is £190 per person. It is also listed on the TTE Website through which sign-up is made - so if you are interested or know of anyone that is then please visit the TTE website on the following link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/coach/coaching/coaching-courses/

3rd December - Leagues/Club Development Initiatives

The Sussex County has been made aware of the following initiatives that are taking place within the County. The Crawley Community TT Club and George Gray has implemented  a "Player PassSport" development coaching programme, based on the Butterfly skills whereby young players progress through various skills levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Similarly, There is in excess of 20 young players progressing through. The Broad Oak TTC and Mike Gadd used the ITTF TT Award Scheme which also has the various similar skill levels through Bronze, Silver and Gold and Keith Lindsay the Hastings League Development Officer has circulated to Clubs in the Hastings League. The information has been provided here for Clubs and Leagues to implement if they so wish and feel free to contact the names mentioned.

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.

3rd December - Sussex Trials 8th September - Report & Output 

The Sussex Trials, organised by the Cadet & Junior County Match Secretary Peter Baldwin, were successfully held on the 8th September at the Triangle, Burgess Hill. Please see the Report, produced by Peter, and also the provisionally rankings output from the day. These rankings are currently being refined to accommodate those not in attendance on the day (and these will be on this site as soon as they are available) and they all form the basis of the selections for the County Championship Matches.

27th November, 2019 - Sussex County Cadet Coaching - Performance Squad

On the 17th November a successful Sussex County Coaching Training Day was held at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill organised by Maureen Hazell and with Marc Burman the L2 Coach assisted by L1 Coaches - see Flyer. There were 11 players in the morning session and 11 players in the afternoon session. Peter Baldwin the Cadet and Junior Match Secretary was also present and the outcome from the day was the County Cadet Performance Squad and a Development Squad. The following players are in the Performance Squad - Lewis Austin, James Brandon, Daniel Caroe, George Hunt, Jude Lane, Monty Mason, Rahil Reham-Furs, Louis Treffel, Louis Vaughan-Drake, Oscar Wiseman, Georgina Hunter, Emily Koester, Isobel Langridge, Chloe Robinson. Selection for County Championship County Matches will be made from this list.

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- Sussex County Championship - Over 60's Report

Please see report, prepared by Sheila King, of the Over 60's County Matches over the weekend of 2nd/3rd November. The Team consisted of Phil Smith, Nigel and Carol Eckersley, Barrie Gilbert and Sheila King. They are in joint second place after two wins and a draw.The next round of matches are in March. See the following link to the TTE Website for further detail.

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/compete/competitions/county-championships/

25th November- Sussex County Profiles - Ritchie Venner

Please find another Sussex County profile provided by Diane Webb in the shape of Ritchie Venner, who has been a player of merit in Sussex for many years and won a good many titles. For previous profiles please see the separate page relating to them.

25th November, 2019 - Sussex County Meeting - Agenda

The next Sussex County Management Meeting is being held this evening at the Lewes Town Hall in Lewes. The Agenda can be seen here and the key points from the meeting will be available later this week.

25th November, 2019 - Active Sussex - Mental Awareness Training

Active Sussex are providing free "Mental Awareness Training" for Sport on the 29th November and 6th December. They are being held in the Pop-In Centre, Central Hall, in Hastings. Details can be found here.

25th November, 2019 - UK Coaching - Online Safeguarding Courses & Resources

Information about online Safeguarding Courses from UK Coaching, can be found here. The cost is £16.99. Also please see information about Coaching Resources here.

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.

22nd November - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis  Association (WSSTTA) - Team Events - Results

The West Sussex County Play-Off's for the Team Eevnts took place on Wednesday at Warden Park School with Tanbridge Boys U13 and U16 Boys winning and having the opportunity to go forward to the zonal round in January. The Tanbridge U16 Boys are of course the National Champions from last year. For the U13 and U16 Girls Warden Park have the opportunity along with Southwater Junior Academy for the U11 Boys and Girls.

12th November - County Championships Matches

The County Championships page now show the dates of all the Matches for all the County Teams this season. For matches played reports will be available soon.

11th November - Rory Scott forthcoming Events at Farlington School

Please see the dates for Cadet/Junior 2* and Senior/Veteran 1* events planned by Rory Scott for the season. They are all scheduled to take place at Farlington School, Horsham. 

STAG Horsham Spinners Cadet /Junior 2 Star

  • 24th November - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 2nd February - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 1st March - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 18th April - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 10th May - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 23rd May - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 21st June - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 11th July - Farlington School, Horsham

STAG Horsham Spinners Senior & Veteran 1 Star

  • 3rd November, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 8th December, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 5th January - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 12th January - Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 16th February, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 8th March, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 19th April, Venue TBC;
  • 2nd May, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 24th May, Farlington School, Horsham;
  • 20th June, Farlington School, Horsham;

8th November - TTE National Council Meeting

The next National Council 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 - Weald TTC

The Weald TTC, which is on the Kent/Sussex border at Bodiam School, has issued their latest Schedule and starting on the second Sunday of each month from December 15th (1230 pm to 4 pm) there will be a Junior Coaching Academy (for Intermediate/Higher level Juniors) and the session also incoporates the normal Sunday sessions. Further details will be forthcoming and for any queires please contact Mike Gadd on www.tabletennisweald.co.uk

7th November - Top Edge Training

Please see information about future Training Camps in Dorset on the 21st to 23rd February and the Booking Details, and also for a "Service Training Day" performed by Craig Bryant at your Club and for which he is taking bookings from February 2020. You get get a quote from him on the latter. 

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 - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis  Association (WSSTTA) - Team Events

On behalf of the English School TT Asociation, the County Round for this year's Team Events for West Sussex is being held at Warden Park School Sports Hall, Haywards Heath on the 20th November. Please see the Entry Form, which must be entered by Schools, and Mailing sent to West Sussex Schools. Teams play each other with the winners of each age category going forward to the Zonal Round.

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 years, and artciles on players/officials from the past. There is much more and it is a good read.

6th November - Archived News

The news items from this page for the months of July, August and September have been archived and can be found under the archive page. The links are still active.

31st October - Sussex County Profiles - Keith Watts

Please find another Sussex County profile provided by Diane Webb in the shape of Keith Watts, who was involved with the County Administration for Sussex from 1959 to 1977, but he also was a County player, qualified Umpire and there were other achivements for ETTA.

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.