Table Tennis for All
With new tables now in place , we look forward to some big events coming up. This Friday (29th Oct) is BATTS SUPERLEAGUE where some of the best players in the country battle for £300 prize money. It has filled up within a few days and such is the strength of the field that we have a silver medallist from the recent Commonwealth Games who is by no means certain to win it. It does mean that practice and coaching will have to stop by 7pm this Friday but spectators will enjoy a feast of table tennis.........and a bit of help with umpiring is always appreciated !
This leads into the BATTS Junior Open on the Saturday and Sunday 30/31st October where we have well over 100 entries. Again spectators welcome and note that throughout the 3 days our sponsors Topspin Sports will be represented by John and Tom and club members can enjoy a full range of equipment at a 30% discount.
Changes over the summer included a brilliant new coaching and membership scheme led by full-time coach Aad Kwakkelstein and loads more lighting and brand new tables; plus sponsorship from nearby Topspin Sports (www.topspintt.com) who provide great service and prices on Donic products and other brands.
Before you stop reading, main purpose of the email is to say that we've found time and space for a first SUPERLEAGUE of the season on the evening of Friday 29th October. Usual mixture of national ranking points, 5 matches for all, and £300 prize money on the night. Lots of calls chasing us to put it on so we're expecting a full house as usual.
Once again you can book your place by email on a first come first served basis. It would help if you fill in and email back the attached entry form. To encourage you to commit and pay online by 22nd October we offer an entry fee of £15 , but the cash payment on the night is £20. Full details on the attached form.
Evangeline Collier competed this weekend at women's british league held in Barnsley, Yorkshire for St Andrews Table Tennis Club. She played in the premier division of the league. This league is a women's senior league and the best players in the country play over the weekend.
Evangeline is currently ranked 73 in the senior women in England.
She played 10 games over the weekend, and won 7 of these games. In the process she beat Lindsey Renyolds ranked no 11 in the country, Sara Wang ranked no 19, Lesley Keast ranked no 24, Jane Vickers ranked no 25, Jessica Dawson ranked no 27, Elizabeth May ranked no 52 and Teresa Armitage ranked no 74 in the women's but ranked no 4 in the Junior rankings, Evangeline in ranked 12 in the Juniors.
Evangeline was presented with the Player of the Weekend Award, which takes into account playing ability, sportsmanship, dress, punctuality and manner. Evangeline was told, when receiving the award, that every umpire who had umpired her matches, had voted for her.
Evangeline trains at BATTS Table Tennis Club in Harlow and the above results are the reflection of the hard work she puts into training.
The season is about to get into full swing and time to give you a quick round up of what's coming up. We hope you'll notice the fantastic new lighting, new tables (arriving any day now!) , and the new membership scheme which means the club operates on a much more professional basis. We have around 40 members so far who are enjoying playing as often as they like for one flat annual fee. Initial reaction is that it makes for a much better club spirit and much better value and the club is well supported at all sessions.
If you are playing in one of the BATTS teams in the Harlow League (HTTL) please find the team details attached. Still time for last minute changes if you wish to join up or to move team. You do need to take up a membership option or pay a £55 HTTL fee BEFORE playing. There is also a minimum requirement to have a player membership licence which costs £5.84 direct from the ETTA or £6 to the HTTL who will do it for you. I know the changes can be complicated and I am happy to run through all the options with you.
Now available are the Hardbat 6 results.
In addition, the rankings are as follows:
Lots happening at BATTS and sorry that bulletins have been as rare as England goals in the World Cup.
We've got a whole new lighting scheme being installed in the sports hall week beginning August 9th. This won't affect practice evenings which continue on Mondays, Weds and Fridays from 7pm throughout the summer including this week. We also have a new coaching structure starting in September with lots of sessions on all these days. We've also got 8 new match tables arriving in the next few weeks.
It's all change too in terms of ETTA and BATTS club membership. You need both this season.
With just one more tournament remaining in the 2010 series of Hardbat, I would be grateful if all players could kindly indicate by return email if they are interested in playing.
The date is SATURDAY 28th AUGUST 2010 (Bank Holiday weekend).
Please check your diaries BEFORE making a commitment to play.
The reason I am asking is that due to 8 players having to withdraw from the tournament in the 3 days leading up to Saturdays hardbat, I was unable to find enough reserves to fill the places at such short notice. As a result, some players felt disappointed at not getting their full quota of matches.
The format is as yet undecided, but it would be great if we can finish the season with a FULL 48 player competition (8 x 6 player groups) then knockout for all Bands 1, 2 and 3.
Option (1.) YES, I will play unless I am actually dead.
Option (2.) I would like to play but cannot give 100% commitment just yet.
Option (3.) I CANNOT play on that date, or do not wish to enter.
Please send all responses to Fred Dove
At the start of the season 2010-2011 BATTS will extend its coaching activities considerably. Youth coaching will be available for beginners, more advanced and top players. So we should be able to offer good quality coaching for everyone. Should you (or your child) be interested to start playing table tennis, please contact the BATTS head coach Aad Kwakkelstein or club secretary Neil Brierley. The new schedule will start on Monday 30th August 2010. BATTS is an ETTA ability club, which means it’s also able to accommodate players with disabilities.