WINCHCOMBE TABLE TENNIS CLUB NEWSLETTER
Welcome, one and all, to the new season, with a special welcome to the Club to new member Jack Davis and a welcome back to Luke Moffat.
What follows covers both general and detailed information about the coming season, with particularly important issues highlighted in blue.
The Committee comprises the Officers - Dick Prior (Chairman), Chris Lane (Treasurer), Keith Ferguson (Secretary), Stuart Greene (Equipment Officer) – and the Team Captains – Doug Payne, Craig Norledge, John Gallop and Debbie Wardlaw.
2 CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscriptions for the coming season remain unchanged at £60 for Seniors and £30 for Juniors – note these figures include the CTTA registration fees of, respectively, £12 and £5.
Subscriptions for non-League playing members are £20 and for non-playing (Social) members £10.
Subscriptions paid to the Treasurer before the end of September would be much appreciated and should be paid at the latest by October 31st (note: late payment will cost an extra £10).
3 TABLE TENNIS ENGLAND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP
All playing members (whether League or non-League) are required, for the purposes of insurance, to have Table Tennis England Individual Membership. Membership fees for 2014/15 are £10 for Seniors, £5 for Juniors and £4 for non-League (Associate) players. Players must pay this fee directly to Table Tennis England (ie not through the Club or the League), either online at www.tabletennis365.com/etta/membership or by phone on 0845 0500388.
Please note that players will be ineligible to play in League matches until the Table Tennis England Individual Membership fee has been paid. It would be appreciated if you could let me know as soon as possible (and certainly by September 9th) (a) your IM number and (b) that you have registered for the new season.
4 TEAMS (note that not all teams have yet been finalised)
ROAMERS (Div 1): Doug Payne (Capt), Nick Davidson, Matt Hartwell, Nick Mytton
CAVALIERS (Div 1): Craig Norledge (Capt), Jack Davis, Luke Gresty, Luke Moffat, Rob Sinderberry, Jaspreet Singh
WIZARDS (Div 1): Chris Lane (Capt), Graham Fisher, Stuart Greene, Stewart Ratcliffe, Darrell Wiltshire
VIKINGS (Div 2): John Gallop (Capt), Adam Andrews, Jacqui Bickley, Keith Ferguson, Phil Steers
SCHOLARS (Div 3): Debbie Wardlaw (Non-playing Captain), Fin Dufty, Jerome Edwards, Joel Edwards,
Dominic Wakeham, Fraser Wardlaw
5 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE
The Gym has been booked for pre-season practice on September 11th, 18th and 25th from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. As usual, players will be asked to contribute £2.00 per session.
6 THURSDAY 18th SEPTEMBER
Handbooks, match books and scorecards will be available on the 18th. It is essential that Team Captains (or one of their team) are at the school on this date to collect these items for their teams - please note they will not be given out on an individual basis.
7 PLAYING ARRANGEMENTS
The League programme starts the week commencing September 29th. The complete fixture list for all teams is now available on the CTTA website; and this season I would ask Team Captains (and indeed their players) to download/print off their fixtures from the website.
Home nights are Thursdays and all matches will be played in the Gym. (Note for new members: use the secondary entrance to the school – not the main gate; drive in past the Site Manager’s bungalow, park in the marked spaces and then walk between the buildings to gym in right-hand corner).
The Gym is officially booked with the school from 7.15 to 10.30 pm and every effort must be made to finish matches by that time (see 9 below). Availability of the Gym before 7.15 is not a problem, so early arrival (7.00 pm) to set up tables etc is not affected – matches are officially supposed to start at 7.15 pm anyway.
The layout of the Gym for matches will be as it was last season – the 2 end tables to be self-contained playing areas (ie barriers across full width of gym and benches inside the barriers) and the 2 middle tables to have benches outside the barriers to enable easier access to the door.
The combination number for access to the storeroom for tables is available from the committee. In the event of problems, Alan Dorrington, the Site Manager, can be contacted on his mobile (07968 350245) or directly at the bungalow.
8 MATCH RESULTS
Match results can be sent either on the official scorecard or by electronic transfer. The relevant League rules can be found in the Handbook – Team Captains please note.
9 LATE FINISHES
The School has made it clear that we must be off the premises - not just out of the gym – by 10.35 pm. Please help to achieve this by arriving at the Club in time to help set up and so ensure matches start as promptly as possible (I know opponents’ arrival time is out of our control but opponents arriving before home team players does not look good), by being ready to play or umpire when it’s your turn and by encouraging opponents to do the same. Team Captains in particular are requested to push things along (in a firm but friendly manner, of course!).
10 AWAY FIXTURES
Cheltenham TTC: note The following teams play on the following nights:
Tuesday home night: A (Div 1), B (Div 1), C (Div 2), D (Div 2), J (Div 3), K (Div 3)
Friday home night: E (Div 2), F (Div 2), G (Div 3), H (Div 3)
Fixed finishing times: Cheltenham TTC 10.00 pm; Lakeside 10.30 pm.
Please make every effort to arrive in good time to enable a prompt start to be made at these venues.
See handbook for full details.
11 FUTURE PRACTICE
There will be 1 table available for practice each Thursday during the season and 2 tables on some Thursdays (when there are only 2 home matches). Note that these tables can also be used to enable the completion of any matches running late. Will those setting up please take all 4 tables into the gym.
The Club has its own website at www.tabletennis365.com/WinchcombeTeam. Captains are asked to send Webmaster Nick Davidson match results.
Finally, best wishes to all for an enjoyable and successful season.