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Table tennis in the Horsham area is booming thanks to the continued support of Greenway School in allowing use of its facilities and the work of the MMJ Table Tennis Agency. Greenway is celebrating 10 years of being the town's premier base for the game and has just become a seven nights a week host of supervised group table tennis activity, one of the few facilities in the country with such an extended programme.
The Sussex Junior Elite Centre programme has closed. The Elite Centre started in January 2010 after an idea from Martin Jezisek was backed up by a funding bid to Sport England constructed by Ian Ford under the auspices of the Sussex Table Tennis Alliance, a voluntary body promoting the sport in the county. The loss of the ETTA's Regional Coach, Craig Bryant, as a result of that network being disbanded meant that it was no longer possible to financially sustain it.
Kate Cheer recently competed in the cadet and junior national championship finals in Preston where she was crowned the new cadet singles and doubles champion with Kate Nixon as her doubles partner and her opponent in the in the singles final. Kate was the 3rd seed to win the title and against all odds she won beating Denise Payet (top seed) in the semi final 3-2 and Kate Nixon (second seed) in the final 3-0.
Paul Nash from Burgess Hill continues to build his reputation on the disability table tennis scene. He has been playing in national competitions for just over a year now. He got into the last 16 of the national championships and said of his showing, "I was inconsistent with my shots against a player I was expected to beat but it's all part of the learning experience."
The Horsham Central League made a fantastically successful start as Friday night table tennis returned to Collyer’s Sixth Form College’s facilities last week for the new season. 36 players making up 12 teams to play six well contested matches over nine tables were the key numbers representing the dream kick-off that the organisers were keen to achieve.
Kate Cheer is the new U13 Girls National Champion, winning that honour at the recently held English championships at Tipton. She beat perennial close rival Denise Payett in a five set final. Denise however reversed the result in the U14's event when the two met again in the semi-final, winning the fifth set 12-10. Still one winners medal represents a good return for Sussex table tennis's star girl.
The Sussex County Table Tennis Association has launched irs new website. Managed by Secretary, Jim Skinner, the website address is www.sctta.org.uk
Damovo Dynamos won the team award in the inaugural Horsham Charity Business Table Tennis Championships run at Collyers Sixth Form College in Horsham on Monday night amassing a total of 47 points, six more than their nearest rivals Loesche A.
It is hard to argue against the impact that television coverage has on the potential success or failure of a sport wishing to attract more interest from the public. This is magnified still further during the broadcast of Olympic Games, when millions of viewers who would not normally be inclined to watch sport, tune in to patriotically cheer on the medal hopefuls from their country. At times like this, when a sport comes under the microscope to such a degree, it is imperative that casual viewers enjoy what they see.
Horsham TTC has been re-accredited with Sport England's Clubmark badge of quality that recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. Club Development Officer, Ian Ford, commented, "It's great that the efforts of our committee and coaching team, particularly Head Coach Martin Jezisek, have been recognised. We're the only Clubmarked table tennis club in the Horsham area, our membership is growing steadily and our future is looking bright!"
East Grinstead has staged its first ever primary schools tables tennis team competition. West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Officer, Martin Jezisek, brought three schools together to compete with great energy and enthusiasm.
Table tennis enthusiasts in Horsham are set to push the boat out by organising a new, 'TT for all' playing operation at Collyers Sixth Form College in the town. The venture will incorporate the North Sussex Table Tennis Challenge competition format to accommodate players of all levels and by the side of it there will be tables available for players that prefer to be non-competitive or prefer a non-competitive introduction to the sport.
Brighton City TTC youth crew added to their Barmy Army reputation by impressing both on and off the tables at the Cooke and Deaton training camp over the summer holiday. Human beatboxing, moonwalking and cheeky wrong-handed smashes against the former world number 33 male player.
Residents at Westlake House, Horsham are continuing to enjoy visits from table tennis coaches from Horsham Leisure Link, under its Silver Pingers project, as part of the care home's drive to keep them active, healthy and happy. Joan, 87, is one of the residents that is particularly thriving on the opportunity.
Southwater Leisure Centre has just joined the growing outdoor table tennis table club in the Horsham District. A team of Leisure Centre and Horsham District Council staff put together the concrete construction on a spare piece of pavemented space adjacent to the centre in order that the public can access the facility for free when they like.
The Haywards Heath Table Tennis League is running an open day on Sunday 2nd September as it looks to exploit the Olympic Legacy and get more people playing.
The Sussex Cadet/Junior 4-Star has generated over 200 entries. The event is set to run over the weekend 15th/16th September at K2, Crawley. Let's hope it's as good as last year's spectacle.
The next South-East Regional Assessment Day will be running on Saturday 1st September at Crawley K2 Leisure Centre. The day will be running from 10:00am until 16:00pm, you’ll be assessed on your training skills, attitude and competing skills as well.
Sussex players continue to impress in the national ETTA rankings which bodes well for next year’s county championships. Current u-13, Cadet and Junior top 100 players include a number of our kids.
SCTTA Calendar/Competitions Officer Steve Pound has announced the programme of events he's leading across the K2, Crawley and Triangle, Burgess Hill venues for the 2012-13 season.
73 players took part in the recent Sussex Series 2 Star at K2, Crawley on 8th July. There were three bands, with Band 3 being divided into separate morning and afternoon sections. A decision was made to reduce the entry fee for Bands 2 and 3, as the prizes were vouchers, whereas there was cash on offer for Band 1.
Ping! Brighton and Hove has been an incredible success with more people playing table tennis at anyone time over the period of a month than has ever been known in the city.
Last autumn the Sussex Junior/Cadet 4-Star was one of the best attended tournaments in the country. This coming September is set for a repeat performance at K2, Crawley. Young Sussex TT players of promise fill your boots.
The latest friendly match encounter for Horsham Spinners TTC was versus Ashford TTC. It was played at Horsham Spinners’ home venue, Forest School.
As part of Brighton's Ping festival an event for disabled people is being staged in Churchill Square.
Over 130 people watched the screening of the film 'Pong Pong' in Brighton's Duke of York cinema which formed part of the city's Ping programme.
Check out the video of Patcham High School's Pingathon event at Hollingbury ASDA
The Duke of York's cinema in Brighton is showing a documentary called Ping Pong. It's been a massive hit at film festivals but the country's oldest cinema is only showing it on Sunday 15th July at 1.30pm and then Tuesday 17th at 11am.
Brighton's Ping Supremo Tim Holtam is on fire at the moment. He's coordinating a spectacular programme of events for the city this summer and keeps adding to the programme.
Friday 18th May saw the second in a series of friendly matches organised by newly formed club Horsham Spinners TTC. This time it was an away match against North Mundham TTC, based near Chichester. Club coach Chris Newberry and organiser Peter Baldwin run this club and they were both present at the match. Both Clubs fielded two teams of four players. Five tables were used for much of the evening and refreshments were provided by the home side at the end of the match.
Get ready to step up to the table! From 29th June ping pong tables will spring up across the city’s landmarks, squares, estates and even shopping centres. 36 tables will be situated in a number of locations ranging from the seafront and the city’s parks to the Churchill Square and to the Jubilee Square. The tables are up for 4 – 6 weeks for all to enjoy. To join the fun, simply borrow a bat from the side of the table and play ball!
Jack Bennett has been selected to play for England in the European six nations in Zwolle, Netherlands June 7-10th. He is part of a team of four cadet boys and this follows on from him performing well at the recent cadet masters championships held in Cippenham. Bennett won nine out of his 13 matches and finished fifth.
Brighton City TTC leading light Tim Holtam is driving development in the city with various initiatives and to push his latest ideas, outdoor table tennis tables and a 24 hour fundraising Ping-A-Thon, he's been hitting the local airwaves on BBC Radio Sussex to get the message out.
Brighton City TTC member, Sarah Hill, has made a table themed music video as part of a GCSE Media Studies project for her school, Patcham High School in Brighton.
The Sussex graded competition carousel keeps on going - next up is another Sussex Junior 2-Star in July and then in September there is another big Sussex Junior 4-star planned, again at K2. Hats off to Steve Pound for his continued good work in coordinating these events.
The next South East Coach Education Day will be held on Sunday 15th July in Brighton from 10:00 – 15:30. The day is free for licensed coaches and will cost £10 for coaches that do not hold an ETTA licence - this can be paid on the day.
Olympic table tennis tickets and exhibition matches by top international players will be up on offer to shoppers at Asda Hollingbury between midday on Wednesday 6th June and midday on Thursday 7th June as part of a 24 hour Ping-Pong-A-Thon.
ETTA South-East Regional Coach, Craig Bryant, is heading up an intensive coaching week at Forest School in Horsham this coming summer holiday and will be supported by a strong support team of coaches, sparrers and multiballers.
The K2 TT factory is churning out two more events this coming June. On the 16th the Sussex 2-Star Series will see the biggest gathering of English stars in Sussex for some time as many players ranked in the country's top 20 are committed to being there. On 24th June another Sussex Circuit event will drive progress from the bottom up direction to service the needs of younger and developing players.
The Sussex County Table Tennis Association's Junior Match Secretary, Peter Baldwin has just reported on another season of excellent progress for the county's cadet and junior teams. It's refreshing that for a county association that has just started to take its participation development responsibilities more seriously the performance of its teams, junior and senior, has also been extended significantly showing that progress on both fronts simultaneously is possible and indeed go hand in hand.
There was a total entry of 65 players across six different age groups at the Crawley 2 Star on Friday 13th April. Thanks go to Tim Harris and the Organising Committee of the VETTS Southern Masters for the use of the venue on the Friday night before their weekend events.
The Sussex County Table Tennis Association is proud that three of the county’s top juniors who train at the Sussex Junior Elite Centre run by partner group the Sussex Table Tennis Alliance at Greenway School in Horsham and in Brighton-based regional talent programmes have been selected to play for England schools.
The Sussex Series has been a number of tournaments held at K2, Crawley, Sussex that have adopted the following principles: ability banded to ensure few mismatches; group formats to ensure all players play lots of matches; significant prize money - approximately £5,400 in cash and £2,500 in voucher prizes have been distributed this season.
The fifth Sussex circuit tournament in the 2011-2012 season kicked off at K2, Crawley on Saturday 21st April with 46 competitors, which was a really good turnout considering many players had other engagements with the schools and regional finals being played in Doncaster over the same weekend.
With the banded events completed the day before, it was now time for the main event in the Jarvis Sports Sussex Satellite Grand Prix - the Men’s Open. With £250 cash for the winner and £100 for the runner-up, a quality field of players was assembled. Indeed four players even flew over from France to take part.
There was a slightly lower entry for the Jarvis Sports Satellite Grand Prix this year with 74 entrants, compared to 101 last season. This was despite a doubling of the prize fund from last year’s event. Nevertheless there was still some excellent play to enjoy and admire.
The latest Brighton Junior League meeting recently produced some good matches. Results schedule available by clicking here.
Burgess Hill based young disability player Paul Nash is making good competitive progress. The youngster went to Crewe recently for the BTTAD National Championships and did well.
The Sussex table tennis event programme keeps on building with a number of events coming up over the spring period. Certainly if TT competition is your thing you're in a land of plenty if you live in Sussex or close by.
36 men and 12 women contested the recent Sussex Series Senior 2 Star played at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley. Thanks go to Heritage Oil, Griffin Security & Technology, Ray Hole Architects and Tees Sports for their sponsorship of the event.
The third Sussex Series 2 Star of the season attracted a top quality field, due to the high prize money offered, top class facilities and high number of matches. Thanks go to Heritage Oil, Griffin Security and Technology, Ray Hole Architects and Tees Sports for their support of the Sussex Series that makes the running of these events possible.
Next round of the Brighton Junior League run by Brighton City TTC is running at Patcham High School on Thursday 22 March. Organiser Tim Holtam is keen to see lots of beginner juniors enter in particular.
The Eastbourne Table Tennis League is running its annual junior development tournament at the Shinewater Sports Centre on Saturday 14th April.
Hot on the heels of another successful Sussex Circuit event, Steve Pound from the Sussex County Table Tennis Association is promoting two more Circuit dates for K2 Crawley - Saturday 28th April and Sunday 24th June.
The fourth Sussex Circuit of the 2011-12 season took place this Saturday 10th March at K2 with 60 competitors, the biggest turn out so far this season. The organisers expressed thanks to all those that took part and the many helpers who assisted on the day. The event used 12 tables across four badminton courts in what are some of the best conditions for table tennis in the country.
This year witnessed a low entry of 25 players turn up to this year’s county closed championships at K2 Crawley - from an estimated playing community in the county of over 900 players this was disappointing. The event was arranged to coincide with the National Championships which would account for two young players and there was a clash with National Junior League which would account for a few more young players.
The West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association is running a three-day Easter Table Tennis Camp at Forest School, Horsham on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April. The camp will be led by West Sussex Schools Coach Martin Jezisek supported by a team of assistant coaches and sparrers and will cater for players of all levels.
Jolesfield and Upper Beeding primary schools contested the Henfield/Steyning Area Primary Schools Competition last week at Henfield Leisure Centre. The Beedies won the matchplay competition and the Jollies the skills event title in an afternoon of great fun and sportsmanship.
The next Sussex Circuit event will run at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley on Saturday 10th March and the entry form has just gone on release.
City College Under 19s Boys Team finished third at the ESTTA Regional Finals at the Portchester School in Bournemouth.
Clemsfold House, near Broadbridge Heath, is the latest care home to join in with the Silver Pingers table tennis project that Horsham District Council's Leisure Link team is running in partnership with Horsham Table Tennis Club.
St Andrew's School from Worthing won the boys event in a recent year 7 and 8 table tennis competition attended by six teams and staged at Angmering Sports College by the West Sussex Schools TT Officer, Martin Jezisek. Angmering's girls took advantage of home familiarity by beating Downsbrook.
Not content with growing reputations as table tennis players Brighton City youngsters David Pringuer, George Tester and Paul Bergin are starting to become recognised for their coaching acumen as well. They were three of only 16 table tennis coaches to be invited to a National Young Coaches Academy organised by the Youth Sport Trust at Loughborough University recently.
The weekend of the 21st and 22nd January was one of the County Championships’ big 2011/12 weekends and as it happened turned out to be a significantly historical one for Sussex table tennis. It was the weekend for the cadet county championships and it took place at Westfield Table Tennis Club, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. We took one extra boy and our players were Lois Peake, Emma Sheen, Helshan Weerasinghe, Jack and Josh Bennett and Daniel Pound.
The K2 table tennis success story continues unabated. Organiser Steve Pound has confirmed that the Sussex Junior and Senior 2-Stars running next Saturday and Sunday are full up.
Active Solutions, a local sports development agency which specializes in workplace health, is promoting the next Sussex Business Tournament in the sport of table tennis All abilities are welcome for a fun, friendly, tournament. The tournament is being held in Crawley but is open to all organisations in Sussex.
Horsham TTC has welcomed a strengthening of its Sri Lankan connection with the arrival of Nadini Abeygunawardana, the girlfriend of the club’s topgun player Amila Thilakarathne.
94 children from six schools made for the biggest and best ever Horsham area primary schools table tennis team championships at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre yesterday. With a skills event and the matchplay events being run in four banded sections there was plenty of opportunity for success to be shared around and Heron Way, Warnham and Kingslea schools were the chief beneficiaries of that fact.
The South East Region is holding an Open / Assessment Day on Sunday 12th February from 10:00am - 16:00pm at Angley School, Cranbrook, Kent.
The third of this year’s Sussex Circuit tournaments was completed on Saturday 4th February alongside the county matches at K2 Crawley. Thirty-four kids competed for medal positions in Band A and B events in both the morning and afternoon while 10 of their county team mates competed in the Cadet County Championships.
The East Sussex Schools individual championships were held at St Leonards Academy on Wednesday 1st February. There was a great atmosphere and 50 players involved. The winners now have an opportunity to go on to the national schools table tennis individuals finals.
The West Sussex Schools TT Association is promoting its 2011-12 individual championships which will run on 18th February at Warden Park School, Cuckfield, 10am-4pm. Winners will go on to represent West Sussex at the Dome in Doncaster on 21st April.
Westlake House on Pondtail Road, Horsham is the latest residential care home to get the ping pong bug under Horsham District Council's Silver Pingers project. Seven of their residents participated using the equipment that Council staff imported for the morning.
Sussex County Table Tennis Association is running a 2 Star Senior tournament on the 26th February 2012 at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley. The tournament is sponsored by Heritage Oil, Ray Hole Architects, Griffin Security & Technology and Tees Sports.