Table Tennis for All

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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.

 It has been a great year so far for Luke Jones. At the BATTS 1* tournament on 9th March he stormed through some tough opposition to win the Under 18 boys singles. This is a magnificent achievement for Luke reflecting his hard work in training at BATTS, where he began playing only a few years ago. Luke's path to victory included magnificent wins against three opponents who are currently ranked well above him in the national junior rankings. In the semi-final he beat Sacha Somers (ranked 311 places higher) and in the final he destroyed Livingston Nadarajah who is ranked 207 places higher).  Just a week earlier, Luke had led the BATTS B team to victory in Division 2 of the National Junior League held at Ellenborough.

Luke's great achievement was not the only success for BATTS players in our tournament. The competition gave some valuable opportunities for our youngsters to get competition experience close to home. Here are some of the other highlights from our players:
In the U16 Boys event Sam Lowman reached the semi final and Paul Munns the semi final of the consolation.

Congratulations to Maria for winning this pretigious award!
See the full story on the ETTA website HERE.


As we start the new year table tennis at BATTS is really buzzing. Take a look at some of the recent and upcoming events:
Last weekend several of our leading players were involved in the World Championship of Ping Pong promoted by Matchroom Sports and televised live on Sky TV. This was the result of a phenomenal effort by our own Fred Dove. Not only was it a huge success, but it also generated media and public interest which has been so absent from table tennis in recent years. Viewing figures were apparently much greater than Barry Hearn had expected.
Many of us were privileged to be present at the iconic Alexandra Palace to feel the excitement first hand and cheer on our own players. Surprise entry at the finals was Tony West, who was transformed in the blink of an eye from just another supporter to TV star! Tony was asked to play at very short notice (3 minutes!) when one of the other finalists failed to appear. Tony did brilliantly, reaching the last 16 with some superb wins against the tough overseas opposition. Jimmy Walsh was disappointed not to reach that stage, losing in a close encounter with Egle Adomelyte, the only woman to have made it to the finals.

Great to see some of our young coaches appearing at a recent course at Loughborough University.  This course was featured on TV. Click HERE for the ETTAs report:

At last we have a new supply of shirts! And even better news, we now have an efficient volunteer in charge of selling them!  We have a full range of sizes, and to get yours please contact Lynne Mansfield via the BATTS office. Prices are £25 for adults and £20 for juniors (under 18).  See the Shirts page for more information.


Congratulations to all the BATTS entrants in the National Junior and Cadet Championships held at Hatfield. We had TEN of our juniors competing and there were some plucky performances from our youngsters. Jared Patel reached the last 16 of the Junior Boys event and Luke Walsh, while successful in his group, was unlucky to then meet Jared in the main competition.  Thanks to all the coaches who looked after our players during the weekend.

Congratulations to Ryan Hubbard on his selection for the GB Development Squad. This is a great reward for all the hard work he puts into his training and thanks also to Dave for many thousands of miles driving!

Congratulations to Mark Jarvis who is the latest in our squad of fully qualified coaches at BATTS. Mark successfully completed his UKCC Level One on 4th November 2012.

The entry form for the next BATTS 1 star junior tournament is now available at our tournaments section.