Table Tennis for All

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

 Harlow Star reports on our selection as a Talent Development Centre.......

 We are all set for our Open Day on Wednesday 5th February to mark the launch of BATTS as a Talent Development Centre.
Everyone is welcome at the club from 4pm until 7pm and we hope to get a lot of visitors to witness the start of an exciting future.
We shall have coaches on hand so that our visitors can try table tennis, and invitations are going to local schools who we hope will provide the next generation of talent, along with our current crop of juniors.
We shall also have some exhibitions from leading players.
At 6pm there will be an open Q & A session in the viewing gallery, and our Talent Development Coach Jane Barella will outline our plans.
Guest of honour at the launch will be Nick Jarvis - former England number 1 and currently Head Coach & Talent Development Manager for the ETTA.
The cafeteria will be open throughout the Open Day, and we look forward to seeing you.

 A wonderful performance during the weekend of 11th and 12th January saw Jared Patel gain second place at the Junior Masters tournament at Grantham.
Well done Jared!
Full report HERE

 We are very proud to have been selected as one of the first four TALENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRES by the ETTA. This will be an important landmark in the club's history and many changes over the next few months.
We shall publish more news as it becomes available.
Click HERE to see the announcement on the ETTA website.
Contact us if you would like more information.

National table tennis under 11 Champion Ethan Walsh got picked to represent England in Strasbourg on the weekend of 24th August in the Mini European Championships where 164 competitors battled it out for final placings. Ethan sailed through his first group beating two boys from France and was feeling very confident - through to the next stage. Ethan progressed through each stage and remained in the main draw only losing a couple of matches - one being from a player from Russia but Ethan managed to pick himself up to carry on further in the competition. This is a fierce competition with no easy games as most competitors have been selected by their countries and lasting from the Friday to the Sunday it was tough physically and mentally. Ethan excelled himself though and ended up coming 20th overall and due to his high place he has now been invited to the European Mini Masters held in Belgium in October. Ethan attended the Mini Championships with his coach Aad Kwakkelstein who commented "I couldn't wish to coach a more enthusiastic, determined, driven player - I am very proud of Ethan"

 The BATTS teams are busy training for the coming season in the Harlow League.  They mean business - and it's not monkey business, despite the team names.  Click HERE to for the line up.

 A new and totally different type of tournament is about to arrive at BATTS. The Ultimate Challenge is the brainchild of Fred Dove and will provide an opportunity for the top players in both sandpaper and conventional sponge to compete for substantial cash prizes in the same event!
The first of the series will take place on Friday 20th September, and further dates will be announced soon.
For more information click HERE for the flyer. 

The weekend of 29th and 30th June 2013 will be long remembered by the highly talented Walsh family. Young Ethan stormed his way to a silver medal at the Mini Cadet Masters Championships in Burton. He had been seeded 6th but finished second with only two defeats. Ethan's conquests included the U12 national champion Harry Dai. Ethan is only 11 and has another season at this level. Ethan has now been selected to play for England at the "Euro Minis" in August. His trip to Europe is self funding and to help him pay for the event a fund-raising page has been established:  Click HERE to go to the page.
Meanwhile, two other members of the family were already on international duty during the magic last weekend of June!  Luke played for England in the International Schools tournament on the Isle of Man. He won a gold medal in the team event as England defeated Wales 3-2 in the final. Luke lost only once in this event. In the individual event on the Sunday Luke beat number one seed Scott Barton from Scotland in the quarters and only lost in 5 to Chris Griffiths in the semis.So he picked up a bronze to go with his gold.

 Click the link below to read the latest newsletter from the Eastern Region....

 Congratulations to Ethan Walsh who put in an outstanding performance to win the National Junior U11 title at Tipton on 2nd June.
This was a great reward for the hours of practice that Ethan puts in at BATTS and the tireless support from the rest of the Walsh family.
Ethan is shown here with our other national champion - Peter Radford - who recently won the Over 70 event in the VETTS National Masters at Tipton.
It just goes to show that age doesn't matter if you play table tennis at BATTS - we take the whole spectrum!

Congratulations also to our other participants in the National Cadet Championships - in particular well done Stephi Cross who reached the final of the U14 girls doubles - playing with Komal Mehta from Leicester who was a complete unknown - the pair had never even met before the tournament.