Table Tennis for All

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

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.

On Sunday 26th May the Eastern region will be hosting another Open Day at BATTS. This is a wonderful opportunity for newer players looking to show off their skills to the regional coaching team. There is then the potential that players could be added to regional squad training the following season. Stephen Gertsen, the Eastern Region Coach welcomes all ages and ability levels to give it a go and enjoy a day of table tennis! Anyone interested should email to book a place. Please see the flyer attached with more information on the day.

Our AGM is the one chance in the year when all BATTS members can have a say in the running of the club. We now have a date for this year's meeting and all members will be very welcome to participate. This includes all parents and carers of the juniors who attend coaching at any level.

The meeting will be on Thursday 6th June starting at 8pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Well done to all our youngsters who took part in the Essex Closed Junior tournament that was held at our club on Saturday 13th April.
The entry was disappointingly low, but provided some good matches for our juniors through the day and Arthur Clark the referee did his normal sterling job keeping the competition running smoothly.
Congratulations to Jess Jarvis for winning the girls Under 18 and Under 15, and to James Knudsen  for winning the boys Under 15. Also to Luke Jones who did well to reach the final of the Under 18 boys before losing to James Denyer. Luke put up a very creditable performance against James who is ranked 92 in the England Junior list.

It was a busy time at BATTS over the Easter weekend. Young hopefuls and coaches from the whole of the Eastern Region gathered for intensive training under the supervision of Stephen Gertsen our Eastern Region Coach.  As well as skills training the youngsters had some helpful advice on psychology from Emma Lambert and a session of physical workout with strength and conditioning expert Grace Brown.
The photos (thanks Maria!) below are from the Development Squad who were training on Saturday. On Sunday there were many more participating in the "A" and "B" squads  when we had 14 tables in use, including four devoted to multiball.