West Sussex Schools General Information
Martin Jezisek has been appointed West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Officer to service an exciting project.
The 30-hour per week role will support schools in the county to develop more table tennis participation and competition opportunities for youngsters and link more of them into club and performance pathways. Coaches and volunteers will be identified and supported to grow the staff infrastructures of schools and clubs to sustain progress made. The new School Games process of which table tennis is a part in Sussex will also be a key priority for the officer.
The position is being supported by a host of partners including Marlow Sports, Mid Sussex Active, Tees Sport, West Sussex Schools Table Tennis Association, Sport England and the Sussex Table Tennis Alliance.
First events on the new officer's radar will be a disability TT taster day for special schools in the Chichester area and a School Games feeder competition at Angmering School.
Jezisek brings vast experience to the role. Of Slovakian origin he's travelled to countries like Canada and Switzerland to ply his TT trade for approaching 20 years. In this country he's set up East Grinstead TTC to be one of the county's most successful set-ups, he leads the Sussex Junior Elite Coaching Centre, is the county's National Councillor and has been one of the new action-orientated breed of developers that, via the County Association and Sussex Alliance forums, have helped to turn Sussex into one of the most proactive table tennis counties in the country.
Our Lady of Sion School took more Southern Sussex school table tennis silverware back to Worthing as part of another summer quadrathon event that ran at Steyning Grammar School today.
34 year 8 boys and girls took part in the event in which Steyning Grammar paraded their new high spec table tennis tables purchased as part of a TT development project the school has started.
Sion's team of two boys and two girls was well matched by Littlehampton School TLA in the final, but they won out 6-5 courtesy of TLA's number 1 girl just failing to win a bonus point in her match versus her counterpart.
1st = Lady of Sion
2nd = TLA, Littlehampton
3rd = Rydon
4th = Shoreham Academy
5th = Davison/St Andrew's
6th = Steyning Grammar
7th = Durrington
8th = Worthing
9th = Angmering
Worthwhile for Worthing
Worthing High School won the Year 9 table tennis event that was integrated into a recent Southern Sussex area inter-school Olympics event run at the Angmering Sports College.
Six schools entered teams of four consisting of two boys and two girls. Unfortunately two schools did not show which meant that the fixture schedule was somewhat skewed with a full group of four - Steyning, Littlehampton, Durrington and Angmering - on one side of the draw but only two - Worthing and a mixed Davison and St Andrew's team on the other.
The format involved players playing one singles game of a single set to 15 points per match against their opposite number in the opposing team. The playing experience of the players varied widely leading to a mixed bag of close and one-sided games.
Steyning managed to negotiate the group of four to win the right to play in the play-off final and Worthing High smashed the Davison/St Andrew's outfit in order to meet them in it. In the final Worthing's players, including county girl Bethany Pemberton-Hill, were more consistent and won a convincing victory to take the title.
Angmering won third place with a victory over Davioson/St andrew's and Littlehampton's strong girls saw them beat Durrington to earn fifth place.
A good event enjoyed by all and showing that the new equipment that has recently been placed into the school by Angmering TTC is being put to good extra-curricular use.
Next week the show moves to Steyning Grammar School, another recent recipient of table tennis grant funding.
South-West Sussex School Table Tennis Champs
12/4/11 Report by Alan White
On Saturday 9th April this the first ever South-West Sussex Schools Championships were held at The Angmering School in an all day event. Three secondary schools entered two teams each - Angmering, Littlehampton Academy and Felpham Community College.
The format was 3 v 3 over two tables with nine games of singles and one of doubles with best of five sets. This meant that each player played a minimum of 15 games, best of five sets and, including the doubles, a total number of 480 sets were played. This was the first competition that any of these young people had ever played in! They all blended in well and soon made new friends. The sportsmanship between players was excellent as was most of the behaviour. On the tables plenty of raw talent was in evidence in and around the steep learning curve.
Throughout the day four of the teams – the three ‘A’ teams and Littlehampton’s ‘B’ outfit - were running neck and neck. Many matches went to five sets. Throughout the day the skill level kept increasing and it was fascinating to see how proper competition galvanised a new level of focus in a number of the youngsters.
The winners with a score of 42 Points were the Littlehampton B Team consisting of four young year 8 boys who attend the after-school table tennis club that is run there. The players were James Boltwood (Capt), Jack Kates, Cameron Elder and Charley Baker. Runners-up with 36 points were Angmering A with 36 points; the players being Jack Hodges (Capt ), Tyler Paul and Charley Dennis. Littlehampton A were third with 29 points and Felpham A were fourth with 23. Angmering B came next with 15 points and followed by Felpham B with 5 points.
All players that entered attend table tennis Clubs that are run at their schools by ETTA Coach Alan White who was also the Tournament Organiser behind these championships. It is hoped that next year’s tournament will build on the success of this first one by attracting more schools such as Bognor Regis, St Phillip Howard and Westergate School.
Player of the tournament was Cameron Elder from The Littlehampton Academy who went through the whole day without losing a single game. What an achievement! His sportsmanship matched his skills which are fast improving. Not only was he picked out for the trophy by the organiser but by his team mates and opponents as well.
There will soon be a new table tennis club opening at the Angmering School on Tuesday nights for any player young or senior of any ability who wants to practice and/or learn. It’s hoped that many people from the surrounding area will benefit from the top quality Butterfly Centrefold tables that Angmering Table Tennis Club has thanks to a Small Grant from Sport England.
If there are any people young or old that want to practice, learn to play get involved with the new Angmering TTC please call Head Coach Alan White, on 01903-732979 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org