Table Tennis for All

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

We are always pleased to have a visit from John Andrews, the ETTA Development Manager for the Eastern Region, and when he appeared at our AGM on Thursday we thought he was just doing his normal duties. But then, towards the end of the meeting, he announced the great news that BATTS has been awarded five star status as a Premier Club by the ETTA. This honour is given to only a handful of table tennis clubs in the country, and it recognises the huge diversity of table tennis provided by Neil and his team at the club.
It was a fitting end to our AGM, and we can all look forward to the fresh challenges of building on the successes of recent years.


We are looking to put together lots of well balanced teams of even strength to make it a really good Harlow League next season. Let Neil know if you would like to play. You don't need to play every week as we can have squads. If we get lots of teams , some will need to play home matches on Friday. So if you want to be included, please contact Neil and give him answers to the following:
* Home night : Monday ? Friday ? Either ?
* Available every week or typically how often?
* Anyone you would like included in your team?
* Are you willing to captain a team if needed?
* Preferred division : premier or first ?
Please reply as soon as possible to help with planning.

For full details see the ETTA site HERE

On Saturday 21st April 2012 BATTS organised the 1st Grassroots tournament in cooperation with Broxbourne TTC and Chelmsford TTC. The main goal for the Grassroots tournaments was for all players to enjoy playing table tennis and play a lot of matches against other youth players of other clubs and similar level. At the end of the day we can say that goal was achieved. With positive feedback from players, coaches, parents and organisers, we look forward to organise another Grassroots tournament next season.
We hope this will be a step up for young players towards entering other tournaments for more advanced players, such as the BATTS one-star tournament, Essex or Herts closed, National Junior and National Cadet League.

At BATTS Table Tennis Club we are eager to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play Table Tennis to their full potential. Over the Easter holidays we organised extra sessions for our youth members.
The group was completed with players from Greenhouse on Wednesday and Thursday and wheelchairplayers from Lynnsport on the Thursday. To have 5 wheelchair players practicing together was really exceptional, as there are not so many wheelchair players in England.
Thanks to the effort of coaches Graham Frankel, Sean Gibson, Mark Jarvis, Aad Kwakkelstein, Dennis Stocks and special guest Andrew Rushton of Greenhouse it was a great coaching environment for the players.

When Ronnie O'Sullivan wants a diversion from snooker, he is always welcome at BATTS.
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Hard working Isaac Beevor was selected for the Jack Petchey "achiever of the month" award at BATTS

We are delighted with the performance of our up and coming juniors in important competitions last weekend.
Ethan Walsh was selected to play in the British Under 12 Championships held in Scotland. Outstanding play from Ethan who won 8 out of his 12 matches in the team event.  A great result for Ethan but not for England who finished a disappointing third, partly because one of their other players was absent through illness. In the individual event there was another great performance by Ethan to reach the semi finals losing to the eventual winner from Jersey.

 In the regional Under 11 - Under 14s competition held at Norwich we had more successes:
Stephi Cross was runner up in the U14
Christian Gibson won the U13
Jordan Ingles was runner up in both U13 and U14

Be sure to look in at BATTS during the weekend of 28th and 29th April for some exciting hard bat action in the latest tournament. Some of the leading exponents of hard bat have been attracted and will be slogging it out for £1,000 in prize money using standard bats with no sponge - the way that table tennis was invented.
If you haven't witnessed hard bat play before you may be surprised, and it is easy to see how matches during the 30s and 40s attracted huge crowds of spectators.
Play starts on both days at 9am.  On Saturday it is a team event and the individual events are on Sunday - which is the biggest and highest standard hard bat event ever staged in Europe.
BBQ food is available all day and entry is free.

Following last year’s setback when a broken foot kept her out of action for three months, Evangeline Collier has shown wonderful determination to get back to full fitness and resume her rise in the national standings. She has now become the Number one senior woman player in Essex in the latest ranking, and reached the final of the Cheltenham 4 Star tournament losing a very close final to Nicole Hall (Wales) 8-11 11-8 10-12 12-14. Evie beat the top seed Angharad Phillips (Wales) in the semi final which was a great win.
Evangeline played an international senior and junior tournament in Sweden recently and beat four world ranked players.
Evie is also making her mark on the senior county scene in this country. Playing for Essex in the Premier League of the senior county championships she won five out of her seven matches.