Table Tennis for All



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

Never to be forgotten by all who took part. We were visited by Jan-Ove Waldner, World Champion in 1997, and Jorgen Persson who won the world title in 1991. Our own juniors and many others who had travelled to Harlow for the event, were given expert coaching during the morning. After lunch the huge crowd of juniors, parents and other spectators were treated to an amazing exhibition match between the two stars. Spectacular rallies, the like of which had never been witnessed at our club, were greeted with rapturous applause. And then the stars continued into the afternoon taking on challenges from those brave enough to try.
The two Swedish stars did more than share their skills.  They were wonderful ambassadors for the sport, chatting with all the juniors and the other visitors. The youngsters they were helping had not been born when these celebrities won their world singles titles, but by the end of the afternoon no-one was in any doubt that they had been in the presence of two of the greatest figures in the history of table tennis. What a privilege for us all.
Here is a photo from the exhibition match.....

 Gabby Graziano has been an absentee from the BATTS Performance A coaching squad for a few months while she is taking part in a Raleigh International project in India. She is working in a little village in a rural area where there is no internet (a bit worrying for the family!) and  definitely no table tennis. Gabby spends her days  teaching English at the village school. The photo below shows Gabby's group (she has a small boy on her lap).
We look forward to seeing her back at the club in September.

 BATTS will be staging another in our popular series of junior/cadet tournaments in October. Events at U18, U16, U15 and U13.
Click HERE for the entry form.

 One of our rising stars Charlotte Marsden has just been chosen to receive an award from the North Herts Table Tennis Association as the most improved junior girl of the season. This was a well-deserved accolade for Charlotte who won the league's U13 and U15 events.

 
The photo shows Charlotte with some of the trophies she has won this year.
 

 A fantastic opportunity this summer to improve your play by attending our workshops with super coaching from current and former stars of table tennis, including the one and only Des Douglas.
Click HERE to download the poster.
Cost per workshop is £30, but only £25 if you book by 15th July.  Bookings will only be accepted with full payment.
Contact Graham for more information: grahamf.batts@gmail.com or 0777 150 6950.
 
 
 

 Winning the prestigious Willmott Trophy for North Herts the Walsh family have acheived yet another unique success.
Read about their victory on the Table Tennis England site HERE

 Congratulations to Alana Mansfield who reached the last 16 of the U11 event in the National Championships at Doncaster last weekend.  This was her first experience of a major tournament and she performed magnificently against much older opponents, losing in her group only to the top seed and eventual winner Jasmine Wong.

                                       

 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.