First of all, can I say thank you to those who welcomed me so well at the beginning of
my career with Table Tennis England. It is a privilege to be your General Manager and I look forward to working alongside the Board, our staff, our members and our partners to develop table tennis.
There will undoubtedly be challenges ahead, and we must address them as they arise, but
we will also celebrate the many successes that I hope we will enjoy.
This communication will become a regular feature of our attempts to keep you better informed.
of the work we do. This will not be an exhaustive list and will provide brief excerpts rather than
lengthy reports, but will keep you regularly updated on key issues.
As we continue to recover from the pandemic and do so against the backdrop of a financial crisis
stability and resilience, the Council had to consider a series of measures to
achieve a neutral budgetary position for the coming financial year.
Like many households and businesses, Table Tennis England is facing significant increases in
costs but static public funding. However, the board is committed to keeping costs under constant control throughout the year while minimizing the impact on the game.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as part of our ongoing commitment to ensure
everyone is safe in our sport, Table Tennis England backup team offers free virtual offer
securing training sessions at any of our affiliated clubs, coaches and employees.
To book a free one hour session, please email [email protected] for more information.
Mark Bates Ltd National Championships
Our flagship national event was successfully held from March 25-27 at the University of
Nottingham, with new men’s and women’s national champions coming from three days of
competition and nine finals – Tsaptsinos and Jarvis win national singles titles – Table Tennis
You can watch all nine finals as well as other full matches streamed live throughout the weekend on our YouTube channel.
I want to say a big thank you to the fantastic staff, officials and volunteers at the event for
make this event such a success.
We are 100 years old!
After the Mark Bates Ltd National Championships final, just under 300 guests
celebrated the centenary of Table Tennis England at our gala dinner.
A fabulous evening included the Pride of Table Tennis Awards which recognized the masculine and
Young Female Volunteer of the Year and Male and Female Volunteer of the Year.
The evening ended with the induction of 10 past and current players into the Centennial
Hall of Fame.
Thanks to the generosity of so many, the gala dinner also raised around £4,000 for the
Centennial Legacy Fund.
The successful publication of The Book, which traces the development of Table Tennis England over the
100 years, was well received. We only have 66 copies left of the special edition and 360 of
the remaining official editions. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy can do so by ordering it online through the Centennial Celebration pages of our website.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this evening an unforgettable evening.
We will soon begin to look at Table Tennis England’s long term goal, vision and strategy.
I will confirm a timeline for this with the Board over the next few weeks and look forward to
hear the views of members, as well as other stakeholders and partners, as we begin to
planning the future of table tennis in England. I will share the timeline and consultation process in due course.
Sport England Investment
We were delighted to announce our Sport England funding this month, which
support the future development of the sport. Read about it here.
We are hiring
Do you know someone who could help shape the future of table tennis?
We are recruiting for four exciting positions to support our work with women and girls,
young people in schools, competitions and events and the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Visit our Careers page for more information.
International Women’s Day celebrations
On March 8, we joined organizations and individuals around the world to celebrate International
Women’s Day, publicizing our commitment to creating gender parity in table tennis.
Our members and wider audience have engaged well with our email campaign, website and
social media takeovers; 17 women and girls took advantage of our Level 1 Coach Session at a reduced price
qualification and launch of our new Women in Table Tennis Facebook group, which now has over 150 members. For more information on our work in this area, click here.
A total of 25 clubs are now halfway through their 8-week TT Kidz programs which
started at the end of February/March, with the participation of 245 young players. That brings us to over 50
clubs offering TT Kidz this season engaging more than 750 new children aged 7-11 in the sport.
Indications of the programs that took place in October show that just over 60% of players
remained in their clubs after the end of the 8 weeks.
Level the table
The Level the Table grant programs are now closed with 165 funding applications received,
with 55 projects supported, committing nearly £55,000. He was
almost 6 months since the launch of the Level the Table strategy and a six-month report will be
There are currently 14 Level 1 and 2 courses online and with 26 amazing people
booked on a recent course in Sussex – places are going fast.
If you know someone who would like to start or continue your coaching journey, please
encourage them to watch our courses. Funds are available for some people through the
Charlie Childs Training Scholarship. To check eligibility, click here.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Tuesday April 19 marks 100 days until the start of the Commonwealth Games! Please visit
our website and social media for exciting news and content ahead of the games. We
will start the countdown on our home page to 100 days, so we can all enjoy the
England table tennis website
Thank you for your feedback since the launch of our new website on February 15. Please
continue to provide feedback as it helps to improve our website and user experience is
always at the forefront of our thoughts.
A big summer in perspective for Performance
The obvious target for the team is the Commonwealth Games which promise to be a huge
Event. Over the next few months a number of major events involving England players of all ages
will take place, giving them a fantastic opportunity to challenge and compete
with the best players from Europe and the world. Here’s what’s to come:
· 16 to 19 June: Europe Challenge for under-13s, Podgorica, Montenegro;
· 6 to 15 July: European Youth Championships, Belgrade, Serbia;
· 28 July to 8 August: Commonwealth Games, Birmingham;
· 13 to 21 August: Individual European Championships, Munich.
With more world table tennis events also, expect to see more English players in action in the
months to come!
Annual reports/Electoral register
Over the past 6 weeks, leagues have completed their annual reporting, which goes towards
their voting rights not only at the AGM for upcoming resolutions, but also for elected members
Vacant director positions. The new voter register for the new year starting April 1, 2022 is now online
the website with 178 leagues completing their annual report on time.
The other element that supports voting rights for leagues and counties is having a business
member, so if your league or county has ** in column E, there is currently no business
member, your committee must therefore complete the LRCM application and nomination form.
Sport Governance Code
A comprehensive review of the new Sport Governance Code was undertaken and several meetings
took place with the Sport England governance team to ensure our interpretation of the
The code is correct. The action plan can be found on page 6 of this document.
This was approved by the Board at the March meeting and the resolutions for
the AGM reflect the requirements we must meet.
During this period, we had a meeting of the National Council where constructive discussions
took place on the resolutions of this year’s AGM and our requirements under the new Code of
Sports governance. The comments from this meeting reflect the final resolutions that were
approved by the Board and will be shared in due course.