Table Tennis for All

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

We had a welcome and distinguished visitor at BATTS last week when George Campbell, one of our young players, invited his grandmother to see him playing during our Easter Holiday training camps. George, who will soon be 12, has only been playing for a few weeks. Grandmother Doris Campbell (nee Rivett), a youthful and sprightly 88, has somewhat longer memories of table tennis. As one of the leading players in England just after the end of the War, she played for Essex many times and partnered Johnny Leach in several matches. We all admired the box of medals that Doris brought along to show us, and the top photo shows her holding the winners medal from the ladies doubles event at the Wembley Open in 1947. The bottom photo shows her winning this medal (photo taken from the ETTA “Table Tennis” magazine from July 1947. We hope this will be an inspiration to young George, who is shown with his recent Jack Petchey Award. Doris enjoyed her visit to experience the modern version of the sport and we hope to see her again soon.

 The remarkable Walsh family have surely created a record by making an appearance as the full county senior team for Hertfordshire in the recent round of county matches.
Does this now mean there is a strong case for renaming the county.....  Walsh-shire?
Here is the full team: Nicola, Ethan, Jimmy, Natasha, Luke

 Congratulations to Declan and George our latest Jack Petchey Award winners. The monthly awards are presented to young players chosen by our coaches as having outstanding attitude and work rate to improve their play.

Some excellent performances from our four teams who were competing in the final round of matches in the National Junior League on Saturday 1st March. Held at Ellenborough TTC, our most successful team was BATTS B who gained the silver medal position in Division 2. Congratulations to our team of Rebecca Lowman, Sam Scott, and Casey Mansfield.

There were several other highly creditable performances. Oliver Bokmans showed great determination to achieve the best individual record of all out teams, winning 9 of his 12 matches during the day. Some of the newcomers to this competition also showed tremendous promise, and will surely be among the medals next season. Congratulations to all four teams for their persistent efforts against tough opponents who were mostly much older and more experienced players than our representatives.

 We are delighted to welcome Adam Nutland to our coaching team at BATTS. Adam joins us from Woodfield Club in Wolverhampton and has great credentials, having played for England as a junior and with a recent ranking of 18 in the senior men's ranking.  He has also received coaching and worked alongside the legendary Des Douglas.
Adam is a licenced coach (UKCC Level 2) and will be working at all levels in BATTS, coaching regularly in our junior sessions.
Adam is also keen to work on a 1 to 1 basis with individual players at all levels, and can be contacted by email at this address:

 Congratulations to our girls teams who recently competed in the Junior British League. At the end of a hard weekend of competition our A Team (Jane Li, Ella Patel and Emily Godfrey) finished runners up in the Girls Division 1 and our B Team (Stephie Cross, Gracie Edwards and Jess Jarvis) finished 3rd in Division 3.
The A Team (see top photo) were presented with an award as girls team of the weekend as a result of their sporting behaviour - what a shining example for all of us!
The second photo shows both teams with their coach for the weekend Maria Ingles


 We could not have hoped for a more successful Open Day to launch our Talent Development Centre. A wonderful afternoon with many coming to look in or play from local schools and welcome visits from some further afield.
Congratulations to everyone who made the Open Day such a superb event. It was a huge team effort, which gives us great hope as we move forward to this important next stage of the development of our club.
Thanks to Jane firstly for masterminding the whole event at short notice, and making sure all our visitors were involved in some way. Sharon and Neil did a superb job in helping to prepare everything. Thanks to Ann for doing a brilliant job as MC, and also of course thanks to the catering team - Sharon, Lynne, Ann, Bex and many others who made sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink.
All the young visitors seemed to be having a great time, and it was especially pleasing to see some of our regular juniors helping and encouraging the visitors who were mainly new to the sport.
We were also delighted to have such great support from ETTA coaching and development staff, who were all willing to help the youngsters get most out of the afternoon: Matt, Craig, Keiron, Tom, and of course our guest of honour Nick Jarvis.

 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