|English Table Tennis Association
Queensbury House, Havelock Road
Hastings, East Sussex
To: Members of the English Table Tennis Association
As the new Chairman of the ETTA, I am sending you the first newsletter of what will become a channel of communication for news about table tennis in general, and developments within the ETTA in particular. We will keep the content of the newsletter quite short, but will point to where further information on each article can be found on the ETTA’s website.
This issue contains:
The changes and challenges facing English table tennis
Last year table tennis was one of the six sports out of 46 where Sport England withheld funding. We were only guaranteed a year’s funding and were left in no doubt that changes and improvements had to be made in order for financial support to be available beyond next April.
That process of change has already started. There has been a wide-reaching independent review of table tennis and they way the ETTA operates. This report, known as the Portas Review, produced a number of recommendations. We will have to demonstrate to Sport England that we are putting improvements and changes in place in order to hopefully secure further funding and, subsequently, our future. The areas particularly highlighted are strategy, governance, decision-making and staffing.
The process for change began in earnest at the recent National Council meeting, who voted 44 to nil to accept the Board’s recommendation to pass over the policy making role to the Board. The National Council will remain in an advisory capacity and as a necessary link to the local leagues and county organisations.
We had to begin this process of change immediately to ensure table tennis receives the £8million funding, which will be available, if we achieve the objectives we have been set. We only have a few months to demonstrate to Sport England that table tennis is back on track. Full report here
Renewal of ETTA Membership
Membership Fees for season 2013/14 are:
You can renew your ETTA Membership online here
or you can telephone the ETTA on 0845 0500 388 for assistance.
Sainsbury’s School Games: Table tennis will feature as part of the Sainsbury’s School Games with many of our young players competing for their regions. The table tennis is at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on September 13-15. Tickets and more information are available here
Tees Sport Liverpool Grand Prix: Welsh no. 1 Ryan Jenkins and French visitor Sarah Berge were the victors in the inaugural Tees Sport Grand Prix of the season at Liverpool. Ryan took the Men’s Singles title ahead of long-term rival, Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay, while French defender Berge caused a shock in the Women’s Singles to twice defeat the defending series Champion, Karina Le Fevre.
Day one report here
Day two report here
To keep up-to-date with tournaments, see the ETTA’s calendar
Four-time English National Senior Men’s Champion, Paul Drinkhall, and twice English National Senior Women’s Champion, Joanna Parker, on their recent marriage.
However you are involved with table tennis, whether as a player, coach or volunteer; whether at club, league, county or national level, I would like to wish you all an enjoyable and successful table tennis season.