Table Tennis for All

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


 One of our rising stars Joe Walker, who has just turned 13, is the latest winner of the monthly Jack Petchey award. Joe is also an aspiring musician, but manages to find time to practising his table tennis several times a weeks and is the latest winner of our Jack Petchey awards, impressing the coaches with his commitment to improving his game.
Joe is seen here receiving his award from Adam Nutland.

13 year old Sean Miley became our latest winner of the Jack Petchey Award at BATTS this month. Sean has been playing at BATTS since February and is making excellent progress, showing determination and willingness to work hard at his training sessions.
Sean was presented with his award, which is worth £200 to BATTS in club equipment, by our Coach Adam Nutland.

We had a welcome and distinguished visitor at BATTS last week when George Campbell, one of our young players, invited his grandmother to see him playing during our Easter Holiday training camps. George, who will soon be 12, has only been playing for a few weeks. Grandmother Doris Campbell (nee Rivett), a youthful and sprightly 88, has somewhat longer memories of table tennis. As one of the leading players in England just after the end of the War, she played for Essex many times and partnered Johnny Leach in several matches. We all admired the box of medals that Doris brought along to show us, and the top photo shows her holding the winners medal from the ladies doubles event at the Wembley Open in 1947. The bottom photo shows her winning this medal (photo taken from the ETTA “Table Tennis” magazine from July 1947. We hope this will be an inspiration to young George, who is shown with his recent Jack Petchey Award. Doris enjoyed her visit to experience the modern version of the sport and we hope to see her again soon.

 The remarkable Walsh family have surely created a record by making an appearance as the full county senior team for Hertfordshire in the recent round of county matches.
Does this now mean there is a strong case for renaming the county.....  Walsh-shire?
Here is the full team: Nicola, Ethan, Jimmy, Natasha, Luke

 Congratulations to Declan and George our latest Jack Petchey Award winners. The monthly awards are presented to young players chosen by our coaches as having outstanding attitude and work rate to improve their play.

Some excellent performances from our four teams who were competing in the final round of matches in the National Junior League on Saturday 1st March. Held at Ellenborough TTC, our most successful team was BATTS B who gained the silver medal position in Division 2. Congratulations to our team of Rebecca Lowman, Sam Scott, and Casey Mansfield.

There were several other highly creditable performances. Oliver Bokmans showed great determination to achieve the best individual record of all out teams, winning 9 of his 12 matches during the day. Some of the newcomers to this competition also showed tremendous promise, and will surely be among the medals next season. Congratulations to all four teams for their persistent efforts against tough opponents who were mostly much older and more experienced players than our representatives.

 We are delighted to welcome Adam Nutland to our coaching team at BATTS. Adam joins us from Woodfield Club in Wolverhampton and has great credentials, having played for England as a junior and with a recent ranking of 18 in the senior men's ranking.  He has also received coaching and worked alongside the legendary Des Douglas.
Adam is a licenced coach (UKCC Level 2) and will be working at all levels in BATTS, coaching regularly in our junior sessions.
Adam is also keen to work on a 1 to 1 basis with individual players at all levels, and can be contacted by email at this address:

 Congratulations to our girls teams who recently competed in the Junior British League. At the end of a hard weekend of competition our A Team (Jane Li, Ella Patel and Emily Godfrey) finished runners up in the Girls Division 1 and our B Team (Stephie Cross, Gracie Edwards and Jess Jarvis) finished 3rd in Division 3.
The A Team (see top photo) were presented with an award as girls team of the weekend as a result of their sporting behaviour - what a shining example for all of us!
The second photo shows both teams with their coach for the weekend Maria Ingles


 We could not have hoped for a more successful Open Day to launch our Talent Development Centre. A wonderful afternoon with many coming to look in or play from local schools and welcome visits from some further afield.
Congratulations to everyone who made the Open Day such a superb event. It was a huge team effort, which gives us great hope as we move forward to this important next stage of the development of our club.
Thanks to Jane firstly for masterminding the whole event at short notice, and making sure all our visitors were involved in some way. Sharon and Neil did a superb job in helping to prepare everything. Thanks to Ann for doing a brilliant job as MC, and also of course thanks to the catering team - Sharon, Lynne, Ann, Bex and many others who made sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink.
All the young visitors seemed to be having a great time, and it was especially pleasing to see some of our regular juniors helping and encouraging the visitors who were mainly new to the sport.
We were also delighted to have such great support from ETTA coaching and development staff, who were all willing to help the youngsters get most out of the afternoon: Matt, Craig, Keiron, Tom, and of course our guest of honour Nick Jarvis.