Welcome to SCTTA

Welcome to the Sussex County Table Tennis Association Website (SCTTA) 

This website started in April 2013. It contains information and TT news that impacts the County of Sussex and also seeks to promotes TT within the County. The County Objectives are all detailed in the SCTTA Annual County Plan which can be found below along with information about SCTTA. Please send TT news items of interest within Sussex County to the email address below.The Website is gradually being modified and updated over the coming months.


31st July - TTE League and Club Update

The latest TTE Newsletter addressed to League and Clubs can be found here. It includes a survey on the status on the return to play from Leagues and Clubs and the closing date is the 6th August.There is also information indicating Clubs can now affiliate to TTE as Premier or Associate, and that League Play can restart from the 1st September (dependent on the number of Clubs that can play I guess). Also included is information on "Reactivate Training Platform" which is being funded by Sport England to give people confidence and knowledge in returning sfatey to sport and physucal activity, and finally the renewal of the Personal Insurance for TTE Members for which note that there are no Covid-19 exclusions.

31st July 2020  - Sussex County Information - Suggested Process and Status

Please find a suggested Process for addressing and completing all the TTE Guidance for your League/Club (Updated 3rd August with latest TTE Statement and updated versions Hygiene and Coaching Documents). If opened on this website the links should be active, otherwise use the links below. There are two major issues within Sussex:

1. Access to venues are dependent on the venue owners whch in the majority of cases are Schools and Community Centres, and most are not in a poistion to discuss until September;

2. TTE Guidance and court sizes for Club Venues required to be 9m x 4.5m providing a playing area of 40.5sqm. There is the view that the guidance needs to fit individual facility constraints since most club venues cannot accommodate such definition, and it has been pointed out that modified layouts of 8m x 5m or 7.5m x 5.5m would provide the same playing areas and adequate spacing for most club play and even this can be varied further as long as measures such as safe, clean, well ventilated, socially distanced environment is in place then play can resume.

In discussion with TTE (Greg Yarnell) TTE Guidance is effectively just that, and in respect of any reductions in club venues it depends on the severity and likelihood of any breach occurring from the ideal guidelines as assessed within the Risk Assessment (Social Distancing Item). Flexibility on court sizes with same playing area or slightly reduced for single table club venues was not seen as a problem as long as Risk Assessment mitigates it and all other guidelines in respect of safe, clean, well ventilated and a socially distanced environment can be followed. Reduced playing areas for multi-table venues with barriers and particularly balls into adjacent courts is seen as more of problem if there are changes to the ideal recommended guidelines.

The TTE Personal Insurance is currently being renewed (due end of July) and there are currently no exclusions for Covid-19, but for any claims it would be difficult to determine where a person was infected unless Clubs have shown no attempt to put in place the guidelines and liability can therefore be questioned. It is therefore essential that Risk Assessments are in place which details on mitigation steps taken for any venues that slightly differ from the ideal.  

Sussex Status - Please see spreadsheet showing the current status of Leagues/Clubs within Sussex, and it is fluid and being updated as information becomes available. 

All this and more can be found on the separate Covid-19 Page.

27th July - TT Times 19 - Summer 2020

The latest and bumper issue of TT Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. In this issue can be found:

  • Good News Page
  • TTE AGM 2020
  • Continued Advertures  Ken/Karenza Mathews on a TT Life 1971
  • Photographic Retrospective on National Championships
  • Spotlight on Mick Strode
  • Future Events
  • What was Happening 25 Years Ago 1995
  • The Deabte - From the Pen of Brian Kean
  • A Different Type of Backhand
  • In Memoriam
  • Memories from a Retired Tournament Oragniser
  • Ping!: A Personal Perspective on TT by Graham Frankel
  • Governance Update

27th July  - Active Sussex inclduing Disability and Inclusion - Newsletters - July 2020

Please find the latest Active Sussex Disability amd Inclusion Newsletter  which includes news of a new Course produced by Brighton City TT Club on "Building a Grassroots Community" which will be available later this year. There are also articles on a joint review of the Code for Sports Governance with Sports England, Ad and Tools to from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion, Inclusive and Accessible opportunities for disabled people and Easy Fund Raising. Please also see the latest edition of Active Sussex Newsletter. 

27th July 2020  - TTE News & Membership Renewal

Please see recent Newsletter - 170720 - which includes a recording of one of the recent Webinars (Slides are on Covid-19 page). There is also a video of Elite Players back in Training, names of the new MAG members, Q&A on the recent AGM Annual Report, video on new Membership Categories (see Membership Renewal), and offers on Outdoor Equipment and Pride of TT nominations. The issue dated - 240720 - includes a message from the TTE CEO regarding Return to Play and Membership Renewal. There is also news of a linkup with Esports Association to promote mental wellbeing and exercise, and a TT Kidz Summer camp starting on the 3rd August from 9.30 am to 10.00 am for 6-11 year olds for basic skills and note sign-up is limited to first 100. News also of an online Challenge Show for 40 Teams on the 30th July from 7.15 pm to 8.00 pm - it is free to enter.

27th July 2020  - Table Tennis "Return to Indoor Play" - Separate Covid-19 Page

Further to the "Return to Play" Newsletter from TTE in the 15th July news item below and subsequent Newsletter and Information from TTE, a separate page for Covid-19 related and Return to Play information has been created. Discussion on how clubs get back into action has started within the County and there are two major issues that have been identified  - Access to Venues and Layouts for Club Venues and on the latter discussion has been rquested with TTE. A Process for how Clubs and Leagues can progress through the documentation has been produced along with a spreadsheet showing the status of Clubs within Sussex. Brighton City have returned to limited play but with own venue it is much easier to control access and use.

15th July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play and Mental Health Newsletters

Return to Play - Further to the news item 13th July below on the Return to Play, TTE have issued further information indicating that guidance has been updated on their website, and will continue to be updated as more information becomes available from the Government. There are links to the relavant pages and there is also notice of Webinars that can be signed up to by Clubs and Leagues for this coming Thursday and Friday  16th and 17th July to discuss the Guidance. There are also other resources indicated such as funding for PPP, Online Support, 1 to 1 free Training to support return to facilities previuosly used.

Mental Health - A special issue of "Over The Net" with focus on Mental Health.

14th July 2020 - County Zoom Meetings 29th June and 6th July (with MAG) - Notes

The Sussex County Management Committee held another Zoom Meeting on Monday 29th June. There was further discussion on the proposed new Cadet Competition and an updated summary can be seen here. There was also feedback from the National Council Meeting on the 27th June (see News Item 3rd July), an outline of the County Finances and discussion on the County Affiliation Fee and whether a discount should be given for the forthcoming season in the light of the Covid-19 environment. There was also discussion on some proposed amendments for County Championship Matches and voting on the various proposals for the forthcoming County Championship (virtual) conference. Please see Notes of Zoom Meeting. On the 6th July there was a zoom meeting with the Chair of the Members Advisory Board (MAG) and the issues raised by Leagues throughout Sussex can be seen here.

13th July 2020  - TTE - Membership Renewal & Revised Categories

Please see the TTE Chairman's Statement and reference to an article from her, regarding membership renewal, and also information on the revised Membership Categories and the Renewal Process. Current membership expires 31st July and renewals can take place on-line next monday 20th July. 

13th July 2020  - TTE - Return to Play 

TTE Newsletter - 100720 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE indicates that "Return to Play" has been agreed from the 25th July and guidance from the Government is awaited. It is expected that TTE guidance will subsequently be uodated and that play indoors will be limited. Of course the problem with most cluds is that they use multi-use venues and risk assessments will need to be completed, assuming that the venue itself is Covid-19 secure and is allowing other users, Also of note is that Clubs and Leagues can apply for funding for PPE and cleaning equipment, and a message from the Chairman reagrding membership renewal, and you can still sign-up for the TTE AGM.

6th July 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 030720 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the request for nominations for Awards, draft Annual Review, a video from England's elite players on lockdown training, information about Brighton City Club and their development of an on-line course about building communities, and the latest on "Return to Play"

Coaching Webinar - The latest Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 7th July at 2.00 pm and is available for free for all Level 1 Coaches and above. It is being led by Greenhouse Sports Director of Coaching Jason Sugrue and the topic is "Laerning about Players Emotions".

3rd July 2020  - TTE - National Council - 27th June

Further to the news item on the 23rd May, the National Council held a virtual meeting on the 27th June. The Papers/Reports for the meeting can be found on the following link:


In Memorium included Peter Shead from Sussex. There was a "Return to Play" presentation and based on recent Government annoucements there was no return to play on the 4th July. The issue with multi-use venues was recognised. Please see my notes of the meeting and included within is a link to an Impact Document which is the TTE year summary. The CEO indicated that with Covid-19 there needs to be adaption and behavioural change to how the Sport is played with flexibility on formats, start times, etc.

28th June 2020 - Recent Deaths - Nick Burden - Worthing League and Gerry Batt-Rawden

Nick Burden passed away recently. He was a local and well-known player in Worthing with many friends and I understand that he played for 50 years in the Worthing League. I have also become aware that Gerry Batt-Rawden has passed away. He was a regular player in Sussex Leagues until he moved away and there was always endless questions about his bat and rubbers. He also repaired bats and I believe that I may still be playing with one!

28th June 2020 - County Zoom Meeting 22nd June - Notes

The Sussex County Management Committee held another Zoom Meeting on Monday 22nd June. There was just one subject and it was a presentation by the Secretary on a proposed new County-wide U11/U13 Cadet Competition. There was agreement in principle and a summary slide was being produced for final decision on some key points. It start has been delayed until January 2021 due to Covid-19. Please see Notes.

28th June  - Sussex Profiles - John Woodford - Sussex Press Officer

Another in the series of Sussex profiles produced by Diane Webb. The latest is on John Woodford who was the County Press Officer for many years. For previous Profiles please see the Sussex Profiles Page.

28th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter -260620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the latest information regarding the return to play, and it is that there will be no return to indoor play from the 4th July and so TT remains at Stage 1 of the 5-stage return process. There is a link to a recent Webinar on a Q and A session and see the latest guidance and advice for Clubs and Leagues on the return of play issued by TTE. As a comment one of the key issues that needs to be addressed in any relaxation of the lockdown is the use of multi-use venues such as primaty schools and the fact that robust risk assessments will need to be produced if any return to such sites are to be entertained.

TTE Elected Deputy Chairman - Don Parker won the election and you can see the TTE official notice plus some polling information.

TTE Membership Catgories - These have been indicated in previous news items and TTE have now communicated them and they are looking for endorsement at the forthcoming TTE AGM

Coaching Webinar - The latest Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 30th June at 2.00 pm and is available for free for all Leverl 1 Coaches and above. It is a Q and A session with Coaches Stephen Gertson and Craig Bryant.

21st June  - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - June 2020

Please find the latest Newsletter from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion. This edition includes information about the Webinar on the 2nd July at 2 pm on the subject of Inclusive Clubs and Brighton City are being used as one example. Sports  England have also launched an Open Call to individuals and organisations to tackle inequalities and they are also looking for information on how people with disabilities have been coping with innovative solutions to staying active during lockdown at home (deadline for entries on this extended from 24th June to 1st July), plus much other news..

21st June 2020  - TTE - Virtual AGM - 18th July

TTE are holding their annnual AGM and Conference virtually on the 18th July starting at 10.00 am. It will be conducted by Zoom and you need to register by 3rd July to participate. Please see below the papers:

21st June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter -190620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week the latest information regarding the return to play. Please see:

Ready to Return - Information about the 5-Stage Process, National Competitions and Elite Play, and 7 documents including guidance for members and clubs in managing hygiene and venues, and layouts for Lesiure Centres and Sports Halls - see relevant link to TTE Website: https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/clubs/clubs-guidance/ready-to-return/

Ready to Return Webinars - A number of these have been set for the forthcoming weeks and the first is this coming Wednesday - see link to TTE website for full list as well as information on how to sign-up:  


Topics include Volunteer Recruitment and DBS Checking (Noon 24th June), Ready to Return (1 pm 25th June), Updates and Opportunities to link with Mass Participation Initiatives (noon 8th July), Update on new Membership Categories (Noon 15th July) 

Player Return Responses - The Newsletter also gives a link to an analysis of the reponses from 1800 players on the return to play.

Other News - Includes workout video by Paul Drinkhall, TT being confirmed in 2022 Multi-Sports European Championships, Tees Sports Official Ball Supplier for TTE, being Mascot as an 8-year old for National Womens's Singles and the status on the Ranking Consultation taking place (National/Elite)

 Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is scheduled for this coming Tuesday 23rd June at 11.00 am and is available for free for all Leverl 1 Coaches and above. It is being led by Ollie Holt from UK Coaching and the title is "We All Need to Adapt"

18th June 2020 - TTE - Update on TT League Manager

An update on the TTE owned TT League Manager can be found here. It lists the enhancements planned before the start of next season and which includes a ranking system. However, at a recent Sussex County Zoom Meeting (see below) clarity is being sought on what the proposed ELO Ranking Model is and how it compares with the TT365 alogorithms. There is also some confusion over the Data Protection required for TT365 player entries, and clarity is also being sought on this.

18th June 2020 - County Zoom Meeting 15th June - Notes

The Sussex County Management Committee held another Zoom Meeting on Monday 15th June. The subjects included County Championship Team Entries for next season which were the same as last year except for an additional Over 60's Team i.e £ x Senior, 3, Veteran, 2 x Over 60's, 3 x Juniors, 2 x Cadets. It was also agreed to move the AGM from July to mid-September and for it to be a physical rather than virtual meeting if possible. The meeting ended with a dicsussion by Leagues on the TT365 v TT League Manager Systems in respect of League decisions, and clarity was being sought on the ranking development for TT League Manager and the Data Protection around TT365 player entries. Please see Notes of Meeting.

16th June Coaching Webinar - Noon Today!

The next Coaching Webinar, hot off the press this morning is scheduled for Noon today for L2 Coaches and above only. The title is "Player Development" and is being led by John Murphy.

15th June 2020 - Eastbourne League - Ending Season

The Eastbourne TT League are the latest to decide to end the season and they chose to record all remaining matches as 0-0. The Leagues yet to make a decision about playing remaining matches or closing the season are Hastings, Crawley and Horsham and South West Sussex.

15th June - County Zoom Meeting 8th June - Notes

The Sussex County Management Committee hled its first Zoom Meeting on Monday 8th June, and although there was some minor "bedding" in of the process the meeting went well and the feedback was good, and regular weekly Zoom Meetings have been arranged - see News Item 6th June below. The intention being to have a few Agenda items and keeping the sessions short to around 30 minutes if possible. Please see the notes of the Zoom Meeting held on the 8th June. Jim Skinner was elected Sussex County National Councillor for next season along with Kevin Long as Deputy National Councillor

15th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 120620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week information on the results of the survey regarding the return to play and it was noticed that 60% were keen to get started again even if there was a different format. Also a reference to British League and a Strategy Document for the future development plus more on John Hilton, TT Kidz on demand and Soical TT in the form of Ping Pong Fight Club on Saturday TV.

15th June - Active Sussex - Newsletter - June 2020

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter - June 2020 - Contains information about the Active Sussex Conference and AGM on the 24th September, and which is going to be virtual, and another Sports Disability Webinar taking place on 2nd July between 1pm and 2pm which is showcasing examples of inclusive sports clubs and Brighton City TT Club is being used as one of the examples - see further information here. Also included is information about an online workout programme, an "Active at Home" Booklet for older adults, and a free Mental Awareness Course for Coaches.

15th June 2020  - ITTF - Dealing with Player Misbehaviour

The International TT Federation have been running Seminars for the ongoing education of their Technical Officials. A recent one was on Player Misbehaviour from the view of Umpires, Refeeres and Players. You can find it on the following link - Youtube Webinar #8  Stick with it - it is an hour long but interesting.

6th June 2020  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 050620 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week information about the return to play with the 5 stage process and an associated Webinar as well as request for views on the subject. There is also an article on the provision of TT for isloated and inactive members. Also included is notice of request for nominations for the Members Advisory Group (MAG) which is now open until the 19th June.

Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is scheduled for 1 pm on the 9th June, and this one is only available for L2 Coaches and above. The title is "The Inner Game: Learner-centred coaching"

Deputy Chairman Voting -There are two nonimations - Darren Morgan and Don Parker - and Company Members (League Chairman or agreed League/County Representative) have the opportunity to vote by noon on the 23rd June. The details of the voting instructions can be found here.

6th June - Sussex County TT Association - Zoom Meetings

With social distancing still in place weekly 30 minute Zoom Meetings have been arranged for the Sussex County TT Association Management Committee. The first is next Monday at 8 pm and the following topics have been scheduled for the coming weeks:

8th June - National Council Election, TTE Deputy Chair Election, Leagues on Season 2019 to 2020 ending 

15th June - County Championship Teams next Season, AGM date review, Leagues on TT League Manager and TT365

22nd June - Presentation by Kevin Long on proposed County U11/U13 Competition

29th June - Feedback National Council Meeting, County Dates Season 2020 to 2021

6th June - Horsham Spinners TT Club - Lockdown Activities

Besides Brighton City TT Club, Rory Scott has also been very busy and active for his Horsham Spinners TTC. He has run 20 online video coaching sessions for his U11's, weekly coaching sessions for the 12-14 year olds and weekly catch up and chat sessions for the 15-18 year olds and as well for Adults. Additionally his has been running a video bat and skills challenge for junior members and has offered free one to one sessions for the 12-14 year olds outdoors in the park and given members access to all 500 plus Ping Skills videos. Personally he has also attended all the TTE Coaching and Club Webinars as well as the Club Matters workshops, and made numerous YouTube videos for any club members and others to watch. Sounds exhausting. Well done Rory.

6th June 2020 - Recent Deaths - Dennis Clare - Worthing League

Dennis Clare passed away recently and his funeral address by Rob Hoy can be found here. Dennis played for many years in the Worthing League and had represented Great Britain at International level and had medals in the World and European Vets Championships.

6th June  - Stephen Gertsen - On Line TT Specific Workshops

Stephen Gertsen is advertising on-line specific TT workshops, and there are 12 to choose from. Please see information and contact details here. There is no information on price.

1st June  - TTE - Deputy Chairman Nominations

TTE have distributed today information on the status following closure of the nomination period. There are two nominations for the vacant Deputy Chairman post - and papers for the election of the two nominations received - Darren Morgan and Don Parker - will be sent out later this week. 

1st June  - TTE - Guidance on return to Play and Safeguarding Webinars

TTE have distributed today their latest guidance on getting back to play with a 5-stage plan able to be downloaded for reference.  Also included in the newsletter is notice of 3 forthcoming Webinars on Safeguarding for Coaches, Clubs and Leagues with each - on the 10th, 17th and 24th June starting at Noon. There are different topics on each one - Why Safegurading is Important, Role of Welfare Office, and Volunteer Recruitment and DBS Checking. Please see Newsletter here.

1st June 2020 - Peter Shead

The sad news has reached me that Peter Shead recently passed away, peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 91 in his RAF Flat in Rottingdean. He recently had a bad fall at home breaking his hip and was recovering in Hospital. He was allowed home where he developed a chest infection. In line with current guidelines his niece has indicated only 5 people will be at his funeral. He is well remembered as a kind man and a great Sussex and England player - see a profile of him which was produced last December by Diane Webb and can be found here

31st May  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 290520 - The weekly  newsletter from TTE, if you do not receive them, contains this week a Q&A Video with Liam Pitchford, a request for feedback and views on returning to play, Grants from Sport England for Clubs and the launch of the next phase of TT Kidz in October. as well as the list of improvements that have been made to TT League Manager.

Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is this coming Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm and is open to all Level 1 Coaches and above, and the topic this week is Coaching Kids. It is being led by George Rigby.

26th May 2020 - Haywards Heath League

The Haywards League Committee have agreed to abandon and end the season 2019 to 2020, even though the fixtures remained incomplete. The final positions are as they stand and Trophies and Medals will be issued to the winners and runners-up. Special congratulations to Keigo Burnham who won all his 41 Premier League matches. There is uncertainly over the start date and team make up for the next seasn and the committee have decided that there will not necessarily be automatic promotion and relegation.

23rd May  - Sussex Profiles - Wendy Bates - Sussex Player

Another in the series of Sussex profiles produced by Diane Webb. The latest is on Wendy Bates and for previous Profiles please see the Sussex Profiles Page.

23rd May  - UK Coaching - Mental Awareness

UK Coaching latest newsletter containing information about a free online course and resources around Mental Awareness. 

23rd May  - TTE - National Council - 27th June

The next National Council Meeting has now been scheduled, via Zoom, for the 27th June - advance notice. Information about Agenda and papers will appear when available.

23rd May  - TTE - Various News Items

TTE Newsletter - 220520 - Information about the TTE AGM and the withdrawal of all the Propositions which includes the proposed raising of the Fees and they will be frozen for the coming season. There is still the intention to revise the membership categories which include sthe new "Club Play" category although it will be free for the coming season. The Newsletter also contains the output of a Webinar with Paul Drinkhall and his life through lockdown and a video from Gavin Evans regarding Mental Awareness during the coming Mental Awareness week. Also see fund raising ideas including face masks by Will Bayley.

Coaching Webinar - The next Coaching Webinar is this coming Tuesday 26th May at 7pm and is open to all Level 1 Coaches and above, and the topic this week is Coaching Women and Girls. It is being led by Sally Shutt and Natalie Green

Data Protection - A reminder from TTE that players are automatically covered if Leagues are using the TT League Manager and Membership Manager, and that players data cannot be used on other systems such as TT365. Further information can be found here.

Deputy Chairman - A reminder that nominations for Deputy Chairman close on the 29th May - see news item 10th May below. The latest Company Register has been made available from TTE and Leagues should have completed their Annual Returns which includes indicating the Company Member and completing relevant Forms is new/changed. More information can be found here.

23rd May - Active Sussex - Newsletter - May 2020

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter - May 2020 - Contains information about a Trustee Vacancy, Video on Active Lives surveys, Covid-19 activity report from Sport England, Mntal Health Awareness Week and a video of a Sports Disability Webinar held on the 21st May. 

23rd May - Archived News Items

The News Items from this page for the months of January, February and March 2020, have been archived and can be found, along with all previous News Item on the archive page.

17th May - County Championships - Season 2020 to 2021

TTE have issued the entry forms for the County Championships for next season. Entry deadline has been delayed until the end of June with details of relevant Match secretaries to be advised by the 10th August. The County will be looking to see what entries will be made in respect of Over 60's, Veterans, Seniors, Juniors and Cadet Teams.

17th May  - TTE - Latest Newsletter - Resumption of Play Guidance and TT League Manager

Please see the latest TTE Newsletter - 150520 -  which contains information on the return to play with a 5-stage Process, with Stage 1 at present with play at Home and on outdoor tables. Also included is information about TT League Manager in respect of "Options for closing last Season", use of the system for competitions, and planned items for which upgrade will take place by August 2020. There is also a reference to the Deputy Chairman Elections - see also News Item 10th May. Additionally, TTE advised that Geoff Scruton, an International Umpire and Vice President of Yorkshire, had passed away.

17th May  - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 19th May at 1pm

TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 19th May at 1pm for coaches of all levels. It is being led by Ben Young and the subject is "fundamental movement skills" It is free and for sign-up information please see information here

17th May  - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - May 2020

Please find the latest Newsletter from Active Sussex around Disability and Inclusion. This edition includes information of a Webinar this coming Thursday 21st May from 2pm to 2.30 pm exploring the challenges and barriers to SEND provision within Schools, Active Lives Survey Results, STEP (Space, Task, Equipment and People) inclusion resources to support activity whilst at home, and information about the Specsavers "virtual" Sussex Games across 11 weeks of the Summer Term although it does not look as if Table Tennis has been included - presume very difficult to play virtually! There is also information in the Newsletter about UK Deaf Sports and further Webinars around Women in Sport and for Mental Health Week, which is between 18th and 24th May. 

11th May  - Tees Sport Newsletter - May 2020

Tees Sports have recently distributed their Newsletter for May for your information if not seen.

10th May  - TTE - Deputy Chair Election

With the sad recent death of Charlie Childs, an election for a replacement has been scheduled. The following Letter indicates more details and the process and links to the Nominations Forms for those who may be interested.  

10th May  - TTE - AGM Membership Propositions

Besides the Membership Proposals in the latest Newsletter (see below), there are also Propositions around amendments to the Honours, Voting Consultation for "One Member One Vote" (see news item 5th May), Fees (see below) and also one on ranking to be kept as player v player and not specific competitions. More information on the Propositions and the AGM can be seen on the following link:


10th May  - TTE - Latest Newsletter - AGM Membership Proposals

TTE have indicated on their latest Newsletter - 090520 - Membership Proposals for next season, to be discussed at the TTE AGM, in respect of re-branding as Compete Plus, Compete, Just Pay and Supporter (replacing the current Player Member, Player and Associate categories) . The prices or affiliation fees for each category are also being proposed at the AGM and respectively for the new categories as £20 Senior and £10 for Junior and for the new categories £6 for Club Play and £4 for Just Play although the introduction of the Just Play is being considered for following season. Also included in the Newsletter is information about Bethany Ellis obtaining support from Tyson Fury for her Charity Crusade for Cancer Research UK, Outline for the return of TT subject of course to Government and Sport England guidelines, the launch of TT Kidz for deprived areas via various schools, and fund raising by Dan Ives one of the young Ambassadors.

10th May  - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 12th May at 2pm

TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 12th May at 2pm for all Level 2 coaches and above. It is being led by Gavin Evans and the subject is "deliberate practice" explaining what it is, how to implement it and the impact it can have. Please see the information here for signing up.

10th May - Haywards Heath League - Season End and AGM

Further to the News Item 2nd May, Haywards Heath League has yet to make a decision on how to end last Season or plans for Tournaments and next Season, and regular monthly meetings are to be held to review the situation. The AGM, which has to be held by the end of July each year has been deferred as to such time as the government guidance permitted such an event to be held with the requisite 28 days notice given. The current Officers have agreed to remain in their current roles until an AGM can take place.

10th May - Haywards Heath League - Lyle Cyster

Further to the News Item on the 20th April and the passing of Lyle Cyster. His next of kin Ian Cyster who lives in Bristol has indicated a non-attended cremation although a date has yet to be set. If anyone wishes to pay respects then please send them to Funeral Directors W.M.Collins and Son, Burgess Hill, RH15 9DE, whoc are happy to received cards or letter from people (marked for the attention of Hazel or Kim) and they be be sent to Ian Cyster. Please see more information and Tribute to Lyle Cyster by Brian Taite.

5th May  - TTE AGM - Proposition "One Member One Vote" Consultation

There has been much discussion previously around changing the voting system, and the TTE Board are now looking to table a Proposition to undertake a membership consultation and to receive legal advice on changing to a direct member voting structure. Please see the AGM Proposition and Rationale here. Previoulsy the debate has been around changes based on who becomes Company Members e.g. specified Clubs, but now the proposed consulatation is for a direct member voting.

4th May  - TTE - National Council Elections - Next Meeting and next Season 

There has been two meetings of the National Council in the current season with one meeting in March cancelled due to Covid-19 (although there was a zoom meeting for some discussion on particular topics), and reports are made to the County Meetings and Management Committee. Another NC Meeting has been scheduled for the 27th June although it is not clear if it will go ahead or be a zoom meeting - see Letter NC Chairman. The current Sussex County National Councillor and Deputy National Councillor are Jim Skinner (Sussex County Chairman and Brighton Records Secretary) and Kevin Long (County Secretary and Hastings Secretary) respectively, and both periods of office expire after the TTE AGM. All meetings are in Milton Keynes and the role of the National Council is to act as a channel of communication between the Board and the membership. The Election - see TTE Notification - of both for next season needs to be completed by the 15th June, and if any one is interested in taking up the role then please let the County Secretary Kevin Long know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It would be expected that the National Councillor would represent the views of Sussex County and report back to Sussex County Meetings through attendance. A County Meeting is scheduled for the 9th June with this item on the Agenda although in the current Covid-19 circumstances it is likely to be a zoom meeting. 

2nd May 2020 - League Season - Completion Options

Currently two Leagues - East Grinstead and Worthing - have made decisions on how to end last season. Worthing adopted average points per match where there was no clarity and East Grinstead abandoned remaining matches. For those Leagues using TT League Manager for their records there are a number of options to finish the season before archive and the description can be found here. There are 5 options - Freezing League Competition (results as current), Abandoning Matches (season finished as current positions), Sharing the Points for remaining Matches, Playing Matches at a later date, and finally adjudicating outstanding matches. Alternatively, TTE have indicated that National Leagues with outstanding Matches be finalised in respect of positions based on points per game, and if still the same Sets For/Against. Those Leagues that have not yet made a decision will no doubt be making it in the coming months, particularly as it looks as play may not be resuming as quickly as we may think.

1st May  - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 5th May at Noon & latest Newsletter

TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 5th May at Noon for all Level 1 coaches and above. It is being led by Matt Stanforth a Level 4 Coach and TTE Perfomance Department's Programme Manager, and the focus will be on Player Mental Development. There are 90 slots reserved and there is also a video showing the sign-up process. The latest Newsletter from TTE can be found here if you do not receive them, and this issue includes a message from the TTE Chairman on Coronavirus Update, a Fitness Video by Alan Cooke, TTE Techincal Director, and how Performance Coaches have been helping the young rising stars make the most of training and learning opportunities. There are also other items such as the lockdown challenge from Sam Walker. 

25th April - Active Sussex - Newsletter - April 2020

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter which indicates that the Specsavers School Games in June will be virtual this year. Not sure if Table Tennis will be included at the moment. Also included is online work-out schedules that can be done at home and community funding opportunities from Sport England.

25th April  - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 28th April at 2 pm & latest Newsletter

TTE have arranged another Coaching Webinar for next Tuesday 28th April at 2 pm for all Level 1 Coaches and above with Chris Turner on the topic "Developing Skill through a Constraints Led Approach". Again restricted to the first 60 applicants. Please see also latest TTE Newsletter - 240420 - in which there is  a video of Tin Tin Ho playing on her Ukulelel and news of funding opportunities for clubs on coronavirus impact.

22nd April 2020 - Weald TTC - Quizzes and Videos

If you believe you are in danger of forgetting all things Table Tennis, then there are some TT quizzes that you can access via the Weald Club website https://tabletennisweald.co.uk/ along with all sorts of videos that you can view.

20th April 2020 - Recent Deaths - Hazel Bradley and Lyle Cyster

Hazel Bradley who lived in Worthing and was a Vice President of the Brighton League, passed away recently in Hastings where she moved to be with her family for the last few years. She was 90 and she was suffering from dementia. Both her and her late husband Bill were previously very active in Brighton and Sussex Table Tennis.

Lyle Cyster, who has been a stalwart of the Haywards Heath League, passed away unexpectedly at his home. He was a member of the Haywards Heath Committee where he was Treasurer for many years and more recently as Vice Chairman, and he also attended Sussex County Meetings at times

Thoughts are with family and friends and in the current Covid-19 environment and lock-down the opportunity to attend funerals is probably not possible with restrictions on numbers being able to attend. Details of the funeral arrangements will therefore not be published if made available.

18th April  - TTE - Further Coaching Webinar - 21st April at 1 pm

TTE have arranged a further Coaching Webinar for next Tuesay 21st April at 1 pm for all Level 1 Coaches and above with Alan Cooke, TTE Technical Director. The subject is the impact and role a personal coach can play. Please note that the Webibar is limited to the first 60 places.

17th April  - TTE - Online Umpire Courses and playing TT at Home

TTE have launched online Umpire and registration for these is available on the following link:


Note that bookings will only be taken until close of play next Tuesday 21st April. This information is also shown in the latest TTE Newsletter - 170420 - which includes as well information on how to play and learn about TT at Home!

16th April 2020 - Sussex Closed Honours Lists

The Sussex Closed has of course been cancelled this year due to Covid-19. However, I have taken time to update all the Honours Lists to include results from recent year. So please find below the Honours Lists for:

In recent years Cadet age categories have been introduced and Honours Lists for these will be produced in due course.

16th April - Active Sussex - Disability and Inclusion News - April 2020

Please see the latest Active Sussex Newsletter around Disability and Inclusion and in particular news of a forthcoimng Webinar on "Connecting and Collaborating during Covid-19" scheduled for 30th April.

16th April  - UK Coaching - Safeguarding and Protection Children - Online Discussions

UK Coaching have launched "Safeguarding and Protecting Children" online classrooms. There are a number of sessions and they can be found here.

13th April - Active Sussex News - Stay At Home Special

Please see recent Active Sussex News which includes link to information available on their website for staying active at home with tips, sharing of local initiatives and webinars to take part in.

12th April - County Championships - Season Results

Further to the news item below on the 27th March regarding the completion of the Over 60's (for which Sussex became champions), and for which the results were put on to a customised TT League Manager website, they have now been formalised on the TTE website and there are no changes to the results/positions. Please see the following link to the final tables and this includes all County Championship Matches across all age categories: 


The Seniors and Veterans (including the Over 60's) all completed their matches but some Cadet and Junior matches did not and this impacted Sussex with the first team for the Cadets and third team for the Juniors. It is unfortunate that in both cases they are bottom at the halfway stage and that these may be the final positions.  

10th April - TT Times 18

The latest issue of TT Times, produced by Diane and Harvey Webb, can be found here. In this issue can be found:

  • National Championship Qualifiers Report
  • Governance Update
  • National Championships Report
  • Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament Report
  • Events from 1970;
  • Article by Ken/Karenza Mathews on a TT Life 1971;
  • Swaythling Club International Meeting;
  • In Memoriam;
  • Article on going from Ping-Pong to Table Tennis;
  • A Good News Page
  • Article on previous ETTA Treasurers - Part 3;

10th April - TTE News and Coaching Development Webinar

The latest TTE News - 100420 - contains a message from the CEO of TTE, a reminder of the Membership Survey which has been distributed to everyone, a message from Liam Pitchford to the England Primary International Team, and a World TT Day Video on the longest rally - really worth a view and not what you might think. There is also from TTE another free Coaching Webinar scheduled for Tuesday 14th April and this time for L2 Coaches and above.

6th April - TTE Coaching Development - Free Youth Development Webinar - 7th April at 2pm

If interested in participating in this free Coaching Webinar, provided by TTE, then please see information here, and sign-up.

6th April 2020 - County Championship - Sussex Veterans Premier Team - Results

The Sussex Veteran Premier Team completed their County ChampionshipMatches before the lock-down. The Team consisted of Ritchie Venner, Adrian Moore, Peter Bartram, Paul Carter (1st weekend), Rose Rainton (1st weekend), Sarah Stedman (2nd weekend). On the first weekend there was a win 8-2 against Worcestershire, a draw against Berkshire 5-5, and a loss 8-2 to Nottinghamshire. On the second weekend the team had a draw 5-5 against Leicestershire, a defeat 7-3 to Kent, a loss 8-2 to Yorkshire and a win 10-0 against Hertfordshire. Overall the team came 5th out of 8 teams and so avoided relegation. Please see report prepared by Rose Rainton.

6th April - County Championship - Junior Matches - Results

Please see report, prepared by Peter Baldwin, on the Junior Matches played in October and November. Unfortunately, the completing of the remaining Junior matches and Cadets matches have been impacted by the lock-down. The outstanding matches are for the Junior 3rd Team due to have played on the 4th April and the Cadet 1st Team due to have played on the 5th April.

6th April 2020 - County U13 Friendly Match - 5th January 2020 - Report  

A Cadet Friendly Match took place with Surrey and it was also to include Kent but they had to withdraw due to various reasons. This caused a last minute change of venue to New Malden (from Bodiam). There were two Teams from both Surrey and Sussex. Please see report prepared by Peter Baldwin.

5th April - TTE News - Weekly News

The latest TTE News - 030420 - contains again information regarding applications for emergency funding for Clubs from Sports England (see also news items 2nd April below). It also contains Tributes to Charlie Childs, a Deputy TTE Chairman who passed away recently, TT Kidz Activity Cards, and World TT Day.

5th April  - UK Coaching - Resources for Development - Now Free until 3th May

If you are a Coach and currently inactive with Covid-19, then perhaps it is the chance to develop - see the latest Newsletter for UK Coaching Resources that can be obtained along with Courses that are available. Normally you would need to subscribe but due to Covid-19 they are making the resources free until the 3rd may - see recent information.

2nd April - TTE News - Sports England - Emergency Funding for Clubs

TTE have issued information about Emergency Funding that can be applied for from a Sports England Community Fund for those Clubs who are struggling in the current Covid-19 environment. There is also information and links to seeking Government Advice, FAQ's, Key Advice for Clubs and Ideas to stay Active.


Sussex County Table Tennis Association

Information About

Please see the Sussex County Privacy Policy.

The SCTTA is affiliated to the Table Tennis England (TTE) and represents 9 leagues within Sussex with 1004 affiliated league playing members in the 2018/2019 Season. The SCTTA is a non profit making organisation and through affiliation fees paid by Players in the Sussex Leagues supports a number of County Teams at Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran level. Last Season 12 Teams were entered in the various categories with the Senior Team winning the Premier and Diviion. The County also runs events each year such as Sussex Closed,Invitation Event (top 8 in various catagories), and in the recent past have run regular Coaching Sessions and 2* Events.

The County Management Committee are all Volunteers and meet around 6 times a year along with an AGM. If you wish to assist and Volunteer then please contact me as below.

County Safeguarding Policies and Statements

In the context of the need recogised for a County Complaints Procedure to be available, the County "Safeguarding Policy & Protection of Vulnerable Adults Policy" and the "Child Safeguarding Policy Statement" were reviewed at the County Meeting on the 25th March. In the main they were updated reflect TTE and associated documents and to include reference to County using only Licensed Coaches along with ensuring DBS Checks have been carried out for all relevant County Officers as being aware of Social Media implications.   It should be noted that Leagues and Clubs should have something similar or at least reference to these. These Policies are in addition to the County Constitution and will be referred to by a proposed rules change.


County Plan

Sussex County Development

County Plan Season 2019/2020

Issue 1.2 of the County Plan for Season 2019/2020 can be found here.

The items marked in blue have been completed and items marked yellow are in progress.