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|Table Tennis England|
Norfolk House, 88 Saxon Gate West
Milton Keynes, MK9 2DL
To: Members of Table Tennis England
We are already well into the season with local leagues up and running; tournaments underway and opening weekends of Grand Prix, Junior 4 stars and British League already taking place.
I hope you are all enjoying your competitive play. An important part of our remit is to grow the participation of our sport at all levels and abilities. We know that the social side is booming in church halls, sports clubs, bars and outdoor areas. Our challenge is to encourage and develop that growth so we can see greater participation in the competitive arena.
There are many exciting developments in the pipeline in Table Tennis England which are helping to support all areas of the table tennis family.
In this newsletter:
* In the Loop
* Associate members
* Rob Sinclair
* Liz Wilson
* Mufid al Kurdi
* National Championships
* Congratulations to...
In the Loop
Table Tennis England is running a number of initiatives to help players - and would-be players - have access to table tennis equipment. Our 'In The Loop' programme is targeting specific locations, such as the workplace and sports clubs, to help them introduce the sport either on a social or competitive level.
For example, Loop at Work offers packages which include tables, bats, balls, trophies and everything else that you’ll need to get your colleagues around the table - with a saving of up to 55 per cent on normal retail prices. For many of our current players of a certain age, the business sports and social clubs were where they learnt their sport and experience their first taste of table tennis competition.
We also have a table grant scheme for clubs who are purchasing additional tables (not replacement tables), but new tables to allow them to increase the number of tables in their venue and the number of people participating.
We are encouraging all table tennis players, parents and fans to support the #GetYourKitOn national campaign. This has brought together sports organisations across the country, who are encouraging their players to send a clear message to the Chancellor George Osborne about how much they value grassroots.....before he decides whether to cut up to 40 per cent of grassroots sport’s taxpayer funding in the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review on November 25.
We continually value our volunteers and recognise that we would not be able to deliver the vast amount of tournaments, events, and matches without their contribution. While their work goes on throughout the year, we have one event in our calendar which allows us to say a special thank you to a small number of individuals, who in turn represent the broad spectrum of volunteers in our table tennis family.
Please take a moment of your time to nominate someone you feel deserves to be recognised for the contribution he or she has made through the 'Volunteers of the Year' awards
Club members, social players, officials, supporters, parents, volunteers and followers can become part of the table tennis family by taking up the offer of free associate membership of Table Tennis England.
We are asking our members to help sign up people for free associate membership and become part of the table tennis family. There is no catch, no cost and they can cancel at any time -we just wanting to broaden our reach and be more inclusive with all players at all ages and levels.
We would encourage anyone who is involved with our sport, at any level to take advantage of this offer.
Click on the link below to a page on our website where you will find a spreadsheet which will make it easy to enrol your club members or friends and family who want to be involved in the table tennis community.
Many thanks for your help with the recruitment drive for associate members.
Rob Sinclair has been a constant in the ETTA and now Table Tennis England for four decades. He started with us as a teenager and has now decided to take early retirement to spend more time with his family. He has shown a life-time of commitment to the sport and we are sincerely grateful to him for everything he has done. We wish him, his wife Jenny and their girls a long, happy and active retirement.
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Olympic umpire Liz Wilson who passed away recently after a long battle against cancer. Liz was one of our top umpires in the 1980s and 1990s. She gained her County Umpires badge in 1981 and then went on to become a National Umpire in 1986 and an International Umpire in 1988.
Mufid al Kurdi
The plight of refugees from war-torn countries has dominated the national news recently. We reported on the story of one man, Mufid al Kurdi, who is rebuilding his life in England with help from the table tennis family.
Tickets for the senior nationals to go on sale from December 1 – details will be announced on our website and we will update all members in the December newsletter.
.....our young Cadet trio of Alex Ramsden, Ethan Walsh and Denise Payet who reached the last 32 of the Cadet Singles at the Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open in Szombathely. Tom Jarvis also reached the last 32 in the Junior Boys....
.....Josh Weatherby on being called into the Eurotalents programme....
.....the GB medal-winners Simon Richardson, Emma Hunt, Jessica Bromley and Simon Green for their sucesses in the World Games Special Olympics in Los Angeles during the summer....
.....Helshan Weerasinghe has been called up for the World Junior Championships in Vendee, France. He joins Tin-Tin Ho to mount the English challenge at the event from November 29 to December 6.
.....Lorestas Trumpauskas and Emma Rose who won the men's and women's O/40s titles in the VETTS Midlands Masters. The event saw nearly 300 players, contest 30 events, on 37 tables, over two days and with 1,400 matches.
Chair, Table Tennis England
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