Table Tennis for All



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

We were delighted to attract a huge entry of youngsters from all round our area at the first Grass Roots tournament of the season.  This was a chance for beginners with limited tournament experience to get their first taste of competition against children from other clubs. Our visitors included parties from Southend, Ilford, North Herts, Bedford, Braintree, Broxbourne and Bishops Stortford, as well as a dozen of our own juniors.  
It was a full and exciting day's play on 14 tables, with a round robin group for all players in the morning, and then another after lunch. The tournament was then rounded off by a mini-knockout for the eight most successful players from the two group competitions.
There were some extremely close matches in the quarter finals, where the contenders were: TJ O'Sullivan, Callum Stepsky, Esher Bahara, William Bettley, Luke Manning, Luca Bailey, Ed Crawford, and Sophie Chiang. In the semi finals TJ overcame William Bettley in a very tough duel and Sophie Chiang surprised Luca Bailey to come out top and a really close match. In the final the experience of TJ O'Sullivan was too strong for the phenomenal 8 year old sensation Sophie Chiang, who is definitely a prospect  for the future.

 
Following the phenomenally successful training camps organised by Adam Nutland in August we are delighted that Des Douglas wants to return to BATTS and partner Adam in another great series of coaching events.
So here is another great opportunity to be helped by one of England's greatest players of all time!
Des will be with us for three days during the half term holidays:
Tuesday 28th October - Wednesday 29th October - Thursday 30th October
Each session will start at 1pm and finish at 6pm
Booking is now open - you can reserve a place by contacting Graham Frankel by email: grahamf.batts@gmail.com
The cost of each session is £20 (non-members)  £10 (BATTS members)

It's ever onward and upward for young Ethan Walsh - he has now been selected for the England Youth Development Squad following a rigorous selection procedure at Lilleshall.
This selection will give Ethan more opportunities during the year for additional coaching and support from the national coaches.
For more information see the full article on the Table Tennis England website HERE
Well done Ethan! 

 Congratulations to Alana Mansfield in finishing runner up in the U11 Girls event at the Chandlers 2 star tournament in Grantham on 13th September. Alana was beaten in the final by Anna Hursey who is the current Welsh number 1 at U11.
 
We look forward to more successes from Alana who will surely improve on her 55 ranking in the U13 national rankings if she maintains her momentum.

 BATTS will be hosting the first round of Senior British League matches in Division One on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September.
Our top team is getting ready to slog it out with some very tough opposition who will be travelling from a wide area of the country. We hope all our members will look in over the weekend to cheer on our team in their quest for promotion to the Premier Division.
The team will be playing four matches during the weekend, and their first battle begins on Saturday at 10.30am with the second match on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm.  On Sunday there will be a further two matches starting at 10am and 2pm.
Entry is free during the whole weekend and refreshements will be available in the cafeteria.
Our coach Adam Nutland has written notes about the BATTS Senior squad - click on the link below....
MEET OUR TOP  SQUAD

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.