Table Tennis for All

Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199

Click HERE for the entry form for the Essex Schools Table Tennis Championships commencing at 2pm on Sunday 4th December at BATTS.
Teams require 4 boys or 4 girls and there are 4 age catagories U19,16,13 ,11. Full details on the form and entries close on Saturday 19th November.
Please contact Neil if you have any queries.

All coaches are invited to participate in a series of regional training sessions being organised by Stephen Gertsen, the ETTA Eastern Region Chief Coach.  This will be a great opportunity to learn from more experienced coaches in the area.
Stephen will be holding regional training sessions for some of the top juniors in our region at various locations.
The BATTS dates are as follows:
Sunday 9th October 10am - 3pm
Saturday 26th November 10am - 3pm
Sunday 27th November 10am - 3pm
Contact Stephen if you would like to register for any of these events.

Another opportunity to train with one of the country's leading players. Commonwealth Games gold medallist will be running training camps at BATTS on the weekends of 15th and 16th October and 22nd and 23rd October. All the times and other details are as in the successful events he ran earlier - see HERE for more information.

BATTS hosted a full weekend of matches in the Senior British League Division 1 (South-West-North). Some of the country's leading players travelled huge distances to compete in a sparkling weekend of top notch play. Teams from as far apart as Guernsey, Cornwall and Teesside were our guests for the weekend.

The BATTS 2 team of Luis Matos, Linda March, Luke Walsh, Jared Patel and Alex Holland battled their way through some extremely tough matches, finishing the weekend in 6th position, having drawn three of their four matches, losing only to the unbeaten Ormesby team who only dropped three sets during the whole weekend. Notable performances on Saturday from Jared Patel who won the player of the match award for a superb performance against the TTC Cornwall team. In this match Jared was unbeaten, including a straight sets win over Darren Reed who is ranked at 45 in the England senior list - 106 places above Jared! On Sunday, it was the turn of Luke Walsh to shine, and he took the two strongest players in the Guernsey squad to five sets, unlucky not to pick up a win.
Great experience for our young team, and they can look forward to more success later in the season....

Stephen Gertsen, the ETTA Chief Coach for the Eastern Region, will be holding another of his popular Coach Education Days at BATTS on 11th September.  A great opportunity to update your coaching skills and share knowledge with other coaches from the region.
You can find out more about this and download the registration form HERE.

On Sunday 17th July 3 BATTS teams competed to qualify for next season's Junior British League.
BATTS team 4, with youngsters Christian Gibson, Ben Holland, Ethan Walsh and Charlie Williams fought hard, but unfortunately didn't manage to end in the top 2 of their group.

BATTS team 3, comprising of Charlie Baines, Bradley Osbourne and Ryan Williams ended as runner up in the group phase. In the knock out round they were stopped by the team from Guernsey (BATTS lost 3-0).
Really exciting were the matches the girls played. With Lucy Collier at home with an injury, the team comprising of Stephanie Cross, Lara Esquivel and Emily Godfrey didn't lose a group match. Unfortunately 3 draws and 1 win were not enough to win the group. As runner-up they playerd two rounds in the knock out. The girls were close, but didn't make it. In their last match Lara lost 12-10 in the fifth, which let to a 2-1 loss and not being qualified for the JBL. We hope they can still enter JBL if another team pulls out.

Trials to establish rankings for Essex Juniors will be held at BATTS on the weekend of 1st and 2nd October. You can download further information and the entry form HERE.

If you are under 18 and would like a chance to be considered for selection to be in regional training squads, here is your chance!
The day will be organised by Stephen Gertsen the ETTA Eastern Region Coach.
Full details and an application form can be downloaded HERE.

Two of our juniors were in the team competing in the Hertfordshire Youth Games on 18th June.  Luke Jones and Sam Scott were part of the squad coached for the event by Graham Frankel. The team represented East Herts, playing nine matches against each of the other districts of Hertfordshire.  The team performed very well, winning seven out of their nine matches and walking away with the bronze medal. East Herts were the overall winners of the Youth Games, although it was a real team effort because no individual sport finished higher than 3rd.

Photo Tony Johnson

Anyone who has looked in at one of the recent "Elite" hardbat tournaments will not want to miss the next one which is on Sunday 3rd July. Hardbat takes table tennis to a new dimension as a spectator sport with exciting extended rallies.  So make a note of the date and look in at BATTS.  Entry for spectators is free and refreshments will be available all day.
If you are interested in entering the tournament, there is still time - but don't delay because the entry is strictly limited.
Download the entry form HERE.
See HERE for a report on the last hardbat tournament which had a celebrity guest taking an interest.