Table Tennis for All

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

Congratulations to JARED PATEL on being chosen for the England Cadet team to play at the European Youth Championships in Russia in July.

For more information see the news item on the ETTA site HERE.

Key points from our AGM held on 17th May

  • Substantial investment in new facilities and upgrading the hall
  • Great success in coaching and development, including the recent establishment of a top notch coaching team
  • New membership scheme has proved popular with members and in attracting many new recruits both at senior and junior level
  • Improved revenues, with less dependence on the other users of the hall

Looking ahead. We want to build on our success
Many of our members help the club in various ways. What we especially need now are some more volunteers in the following areas…..

  • Club kit (purchase, allocation and sale)
  • Social events (we are friendly club but we’d like to become even more so!)

If you would like to find out more please contact Neil, Aad or one of the committee.
Click HERE to see the full minutes of the AGM.

It has been a busy time for competitions involving our leading BATTS juniors, and on the weekend of 14th/15th May the BATTS Junior 1 star was held, providing more opportunities for our youngsters to compete at the top level in their age groups.
It was a very successful weekend for the Gibson family - Annabelle and Christian - with victories in the Under 15 girls singles and the Under 13 boys singles.
Congratulatons also to Liam Williams who won the Under 15 boys consolation singles.
Complete results can be seen HERE
BATTS is very grateful to Arthur Clark for organising and refereeing this event. Here is Arthur's full report on the tournament......

Ryan Jenkins gets top prize  Ryan Jenkins in action

Congratulations to Evie Collier and Jared Patel for their wonderful performances at the London Grand Prix held on 14th and 15th May.
This competition marks a turning point for our young stars as they made their mark against adult competition. Jared won two of the events: Band 3 and Band 4 mens singles, and Evie reached the finals of the Band 1 and Band 2 ladies singles.
There is a full report on the ETTA website HERE.

A wonderful opportunity for kids under 12 to be talent spotted by one of the country's leading coaches.
Stephen Gertsen, Regional ETTA Coach is organising a fun day for under 12s at BATTS on 4th June.
See the attached flyer HERE for more details.
If you would like to apply for a place, don't delay but do it now.  Download the application form HERE.

Great news for some of the BATTS stars of the future.
Luke Walsh and Alex Holland have been selected for the national youth development squads at Sheffield in June.

Lara Eqsuivel, Ella Patel and Steph Cross have been chosen by the ETTA regional coach Stephen Gertsen for the equivalent girls' summer camp to be held at Lilleshall, where players from all ten regions of England will participate.

Luke and Alex will also be attending a 4 day training camp in Wales in August, training with the Welsh national team.

Nationals U11-U14
Doncaster, 30th April - 1st May 2011
During the weekend of 30th April and 1st May a record number of nine BATTS members played at the English U11-U14 Nationals. All players did really well.
The challenge for next season will be to get even better results at the Nationals.


BATTS hosted the first "Elite" Hard Bat Tournament of 2011 on Saturday 30 April.The addition of a top class complement of players from Holland helped to make it another day to remember. The rules were simple - BATTS provided the standard Rubber bats and at the end of each end these had to be left on the table so that the next end would be played with the bat from that end. Scoring was 21-Up.  
An interesting observer was legendary Sporting impresario Barry Hearn, taking a look at the UK version of Hard Bat Table Tennis after recently running a massive event in America.

Barry Hearn takes up the hard bat challenge at BATTS
Going forward Barry is going to be talking with Sky TV very shortly and he is confident that they can be persuaded to televise a major Hard Bat event in the near future. This could be a landmark moment in the upsurge of Hard Bat table tennis in this country. All Table Tennis players should watch developments with interest.
All eyes were on Netherland’s Marti Hendriksen, the 2010 WUTTO (Standard Bat) World Champion who had ousted the incomparable Jan-Ove Waldner en route to the Final.

Another great Super League took place at BATTS on 15th April.
Darius Knight picked up his third Superleague title of the season, winning the final decisively 5,4,4 against the popular Indian player Omkar Torgalkar in the final. Mind you he had to work hard to get there with Peter Radford pinching the first leg in round 2, Craig Bryant losing out in 4 close games a round later, and the irrepressible Gareth Herbert 2 -1 up in games in the semi final before losing 8 in the fifth. Omkar to reach the final beat Lewis Gray in 4 tight games and then had a wonderful semi final win over Gavin Rumgay 9,5, 11. Gareth completed a great night by beating Gavin 9,4,12 in the third place play off.
Maciej Nakielski who lives close by in Waltham Abbey had a night he'll never forget . He beat Costas Papantoniou in the first round and was finally stopped by Rumgay in the quarters but still managed to beat Lewis Gray to gain a remarkable seventh place finish in this international field. Evangeline Collier had a superb three straight win over seeded Mindaugas Sinkus in round 1 which meant that she played top 16 players for the rest of the evening. Soon afterwards her great form was confirmed with a call up for the England junior team. Other stand out results included Jake Collins taking Gareth Herbert to five in round 2.