Table Tennis for All
Sylvia Wilde contacted me this afternoon with the awful news that Ron collapsed and died suddenly yesterday. Ron was a BATTS member for about 15 years until injury stopped him playing around 2 years ago.
We always look for nice words at a time like this but with Ron they're not hard to find. He was universally popular, always charming, and softly spoken with a ready smile . Apart from being a fine player ( he was still beating me well into his 70s ), he was always ready to coach the juniors and he was a frequent helper on our annual pilgrimage to the disability day at Luton.
Our fondness for Ron was clearly mutual and I leave you with Sylvia's words today : " Please let the good friends he made at BATTS know he so enjoyed the hours he spent with you ".
Ron's funeral is at Parndon Wood at 1pm on Wednesday 22nd February. If you intend to come, please contact Neil and he will give you more details when available.
A triumphant return for Evie Collier after enforced time out from table tennis with a broken foot. Last weekend she starred in the WBL Premier League helping her team DHS Greenhouse Progress to win the league. Evie won 6 our of her 10 matches putting her in the top five in the averages, and her wins included the England no. 16 Karen Shepherd. Well done Evie!
Some excellent results for BATTS players in the recent British League matches played at BATTS and Cippenham. Read Steve Kerns' report for full details, including the spectacular win by Luke Walsh against highly ranked Gary Dodd of Guernsey.
Click HERE for Steve's match reports.
Top coach Gareth Herbert's recent training camp was so successful he is putting on another opportunity!
A fantastic chance for players of any age and any standard to enjoy a full weekend of table tennnis coaching from one of the country's leading experts. Gareth Herbert is no stranger to BATTS and his new year session is sure to be popular, so download the form NOW and get signed up for it.
Click HERE for the form and more details
On Monday 2nd January the 1 star Essex Junior Tournament was held at BATTS, and there were some outstanding performances from our own players.
Congratulations to Jess Jarvis for winning the Under 13 and the Under 15 events, overcoming Shannon Conway in a very close final of the U15. Shannon is ranked 11 places above Jess in the England junior rankings, so this is an excellent result for Jess.
There were other notable successes for BATTS players. Alex Holland won the U18 boys, beating Charlie Bates in the final. Kleber Silva won the U18 boys restricted event.
Also congratulations to Sam Lowman, Luke Jones, James Knudsen and Emma Knudsen who all performed creditably and notched up several wins.
See the Essex County site for a full report and more photos.
Follow the fortunes of our teams in Steve Kerns' report on the ETTA website HERE.
It is now touch and go whether our top team will return to the Premier Division next season. Look out for news of the next round of matches.
Don't miss the opportunity to see top class table tennis at BATTS when we host the second weekend of British League Premier Division action. Admission is free and the action kicks off at 11.00 am on Saturday and at 10.00 am on Sunday. Among the top players likely to be taking part are Welsh International Ryan Jenkins (Drumchapel Galsgow), Scottish no. one Gavin Rumgay (Barrow) , English International Chris Doran (Drumchapel Glasgow), former M&G Investments Chelmsford Mens Singles Singles Champion Lorestas Trumpauskas (Fusion) and two-times Nigerian Olympian Sule Olaleye (Fusion).
Entries are now open for this competition. See our tournaments section for the entry form.
Eastern Region Coach Stephen Gertsen will be running another of his popular coach education days at BATTS on 22nd January.
Click HERE to get more information and download the application form.
Another fantastic opportunity for players of any age and any standard to enjoy a full weekend of table tennnis coaching from one of the country's leading experts. Gareth Herbert is no stranger to BATTS and his new year session is sure to be popular, so download the form NOW and get signed up for it.
Click HERE for the form and more details