A huge turnout of juniors from all over the Eastern Region descended on BATTS on Sunday 24th June for an assessment day organised by Stephen Gertsen our regional coach.
It was a highly successful and busy day, giving juniors the opportunity to be noticed for selection into one of the elite regional squads. Several of our own juniors participated in the day.
It was a very good way of christening our new tables, and more importantly showed us that we can successfully play on 14 tables in our club.
Click HERE for the full report and a photo of the participants.
And more photos HERE.
If you would like to contact anyone at BATTS please email Graham Frankel at the address below and he will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.
Please note that Norman Booth Centre phone is only manned intermittently and email is more reliable.
We are always pleased to have a visit from John Andrews, the ETTA Development Manager for the Eastern Region, and when he appeared at our AGM on Thursday we thought he was just doing his normal duties. But then, towards the end of the meeting, he announced the great news that BATTS has been awarded five star status as a Premier Club by the ETTA. This honour is given to only a handful of table tennis clubs in the country, and it recognises the huge diversity of table tennis provided by Neil and his team at the club.
It was a fitting end to our AGM, and we can all look forward to the fresh challenges of building on the successes of recent years.
We are looking to put together lots of well balanced teams of even strength to make it a really good Harlow League next season. Let Neil know if you would like to play. You don't need to play every week as we can have squads. If we get lots of teams , some will need to play home matches on Friday. So if you want to be included, please contact Neil and give him answers to the following:
* Home night : Monday ? Friday ? Either ?
* Available every week or typically how often?
* Anyone you would like included in your team?
* Are you willing to captain a team if needed?
* Preferred division : premier or first ?
Please reply as soon as possible to help with planning.
On Saturday 21st April 2012 BATTS organised the 1st Grassroots tournament in cooperation with Broxbourne TTC and Chelmsford TTC. The main goal for the Grassroots tournaments was for all players to enjoy playing table tennis and play a lot of matches against other youth players of other clubs and similar level. At the end of the day we can say that goal was achieved. With positive feedback from players, coaches, parents and organisers, we look forward to organise another Grassroots tournament next season.
We hope this will be a step up for young players towards entering other tournaments for more advanced players, such as the BATTS one-star tournament, Essex or Herts closed, National Junior and National Cadet League.
At BATTS Table Tennis Club we are eager to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play Table Tennis to their full potential. Over the Easter holidays we organised extra sessions for our youth members.
The group was completed with players from Greenhouse on Wednesday and Thursday and wheelchairplayers from Lynnsport on the Thursday. To have 5 wheelchair players practicing together was really exceptional, as there are not so many wheelchair players in England.
Thanks to the effort of coaches Graham Frankel, Sean Gibson, Mark Jarvis, Aad Kwakkelstein, Dennis Stocks and special guest Andrew Rushton of Greenhouse it was a great coaching environment for the players.
When Ronnie O'Sullivan wants a diversion from snooker, he is always welcome at BATTS.
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Hard working Isaac Beevor was selected for the Jack Petchey "achiever of the month" award at BATTS
We are delighted with the performance of our up and coming juniors in important competitions last weekend.
Ethan Walsh was selected to play in the British Under 12 Championships held in Scotland. Outstanding play from Ethan who won 8 out of his 12 matches in the team event. A great result for Ethan but not for England who finished a disappointing third, partly because one of their other players was absent through illness. In the individual event there was another great performance by Ethan to reach the semi finals losing to the eventual winner from Jersey.
In the regional Under 11 - Under 14s competition held at Norwich we had more successes:
Stephi Cross was runner up in the U14
Christian Gibson won the U13
Jordan Ingles was runner up in both U13 and U14