The move to Longfield in September 2013 was a major step for DTTA, we were moving from a venue that we had established to a venue that was new to everybody involved. With a lot of hard work from the Committee and Volunteers DTTA became established very quickly and membership increased. It became very clear when we moved to the main Sports Hall that we would need additional sessions. Our club night was on a Thursday and we were able to secure a Wednesday night in the gym for our league matches, advance squad coaching, and Adults session.
This was all made possible by funding by Sports England, Durham County Community Foundation and the Cooperative Society which gave us the opportunity to purchase more equipment, assist with hire costs, coaching courses and with general support in getting the DTTA established. The assistance and support from Darlington Sports Development Team and Longfield Finance Director has been invaluable to our success and are our key partners in developing DTTA in the future.
DTTA also secured the sponsorship of Bribar Table Tennis which helps us with reduced costs on equipment and favourable discount to club members on clothing bats etc. this allowed the club to purchase new tables and select attractive red shirts and black shorts as the Academy kit. The DTTA has only been in existence from May 1st 2013 which is only 10 months yet in that brief time the club has achieved the following:
-Became an English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) Premier Club
-Has 7 UK Coaching Certificate qualified coaches.
-Operates 6 core sessions on a Wednesday and Thursday night.
-Two teams entered into the Darlington league
-One team entered in to the Teesside Cadet league.
The DTTA commitment to developing table tennis in schools especially Longfield Academy is having a beneficial effect and membership is increasing. The Academy is also seeking to attract anyone who has an interest in taking part in table tennis either for a casual game or taking part in more competitive games or to assist our club to grow from success to success. DTTA is passionate about increasing participation and developing table tennis in Darlington and will continue to promote and reaffirm the message.
TABLE TENNIS IS FOR EVERYONE ALL AGES AND ABILITY WELCOME