Welcome to SCTTA

 Welcome to the Sussex County Table Tennis Association Website (SCTTA). It has been up and running since April 2013. Information about SCTTA can be found below along with the current County Plan. Please send news items of interest for Table Tennis within Sussex County to email address below.

News

18th January - Table Tennis England (TTE) - National Council Meeting - 9th February

The notice has been received that the next National Council Meeting has been scheduled for 9th February - details regarding Agenda will be listed here when available. Recent newsletters from TTE follow which include items about entries being due now for the League Cup Competitions (041119) and the date of 30th/31st March for the National Conference in Leicester (110119 and forthcoming National Championships (181119).

17th January - Sussex County - Closed Tournament - Sunday 28th April

The Sussex Closed Tournament has now been confirmed for Sunday 28th April at the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley. (A suitable venue could not be found for the previous date advertised of 7th April). The Entry Form is being updated and will be available in early February. 

17th January - Veteran County Championship - Sussex 2 & 3 Teams - Forthcoming Matches

Further to the news item on the reports from the last matches for the Sussex Veteran 2nd and 3rd Teams, the next round of matches are this coming Saturday 19th January at the Graham Spicer Institute New Malden for the Sussex 2 Team in Division 1B, and also at BATTs, Harlow for the Sussex 3 Team in Division 2C. We wish them luck. Tony Catt is standing down as Veteran Match Secretary this season and as yet there is no one volunteering to take his place. If no volunteer is forthcoming by May, when entries are made for next season, then there will be no Veteran Teams entered next season. So I will be asking Vets over the coming months for a volunteer, and for Vets to put their thinking caps on!

17th January - East Sussex County Schools Table Tennis  Association (ESSTTA) - Individual Events - Results

The Qualifying Round for the Individual Events for East Sussex Schools have taken place in recent weeks and there were 118 in attendance over the 2 days which is fantastic. Please see the participants and results for the U11, and U13/U16. The U19 age category has yet to be held. Winners go forward to the Zonal Rounds. The West Sussex Individual Events are scheduled for Wednesday 30th January at Warden Park School (see news item 16th January). The zonal round for the winners of Team Events for East and West School Teams held in November are this coming weekend and all are wished good luck.

17th January - Eastbourne League - Coaching Session 4th January - Report 

Building on the recent County sponsored Coaching Session for the Eastbourne League (see previous news item on 19th December), a further session was held on the 4th January, initiated and held by the League themselves and following the County format, and future sessions are planned. There were 15 Cadets/Juniors in attendance for 4 hours from St Michaels, Polegate and Hailsham Clubs hosted at Hailsham with Scott Bills and with Coach Teresa Bennett along with Josh and Jack Bennett, If any League or Clubs are looking to initiate Coaching Sessions then please contact Maureen Hazell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

17th January - Sussex County TT Association - County Plan Season 2018/2019

The Sussex County Plan at Issue 1 can be found here. It lists the deliverables that the Association is looking to deliver through the year, along with the ongoing activities and a number have been completed and the long-term aim and strategy is also listed. As ever it is dependent on volunteers and if you wish to participate then please let your League representative know.

17th January - Top Edge Training Camp - February 2019

Further to the news items on the 19th November and December below, the Top Edge Training Camp taking place in February 2019 in Christchurch has a few places left. How to book and a video on previous Training Camp can be found here and more information. All skill levels are catered for.

16th January - Active Sussex Network 2019 - 28th February

Active Sussex which represent all Sports in Sussex are holding a get together with speaker and workshops on the 28th February at the Buxted Hotel. If interested please Information on how to book.

16th January - West Sussex County Schools Table Tennis  Association (ESSTTA) - Individual Events - Entry Form

The Qualifying for the West Sussex Schools Individual Events are taking place at Warden Park School on the 30th January for the various age categories of U11, U13, U16 and U19. Please find the Entry Form and a recent Mailing to all West Sussex Schools. The charge for entry is £3 per boy or girl although the School needs to be affiliated (unless affiliated for the Team Events in November) which costs £15.

16th January 2019 - County Meeting 4th January

A County Meeting was held on the 4th January at a new venue - The Linklater Pavilion in Lewes. The previous meeting was in September and it had been difficult to get critical mass due to the fact that many of the attendees are involved in TT during the week!!. The following are the main points from the meeting:

  • Minute's silence for the passing of Peter Wales (County Life Member) and Dennis Rhodes (County Vice President);
  • National Council - Feedback from Tony Catt from last meeting and he indicated that applications for the Members Advisory Group (MAG) had closed and interview were underway. The MAG will also include representatives from various "expert" groups;
  • National Council - The next NC is on the 9th February; It is the expectation that the body will be replaced by a County Representatives Meeting in due course. 
  • TT365 League Manager - Discussion around whether current funding model from TTE will change when new Membership Database interfaces. Potential increase of League Manager charges to Leagues;
  • County Championship - Senior 1st Team won all their matches on the first weekend and the second weekend is shortly on the 2nd/3rd February. The Senior 2nd Team played 5th/6th January and a report will be available soon and Senior 3rd Team arrangements have been finalised;
  • County Championship - Awaiting reports for the Junior/Cadet Teams and reports on the Veteran Teams are on the website;
  • People - Tony Catt has announced that he is standing back from TT and so a new Veteran Match Secretary and National Councillor are required - Volunteers please!
  • Schools Support - Agreement for support to Schools of £50 per School for those that reached the Regional Rounds subject to maximum of £200;
  • County Championship Players - Proposal to waiver Affiliation Fee for those players playing for the County but not playing in local Leagues due to University or working away was agreed. To be agreed on individual basis;
  • County Championship Rankings - Affirmed that Match Secretaries were accountable for their availability and use of County Trials if considered necessary. Other sources to be taken into account to include TT365 rankings and advice to Match Secretaries from the Coaching Panel;
  • Coaching - Eastbourne League - Support given by County for coaching session. Further coaching sessions for other Leagues are under discussion;
  • Coaching - Support given to County Juniors within British League Teams and further inter-County coaching sessions are under consideration;
  • County Championship Shirts - Volunteer available for collecting information on current distribution, stock and requirements prior to future order decision;
  • Invitation Event - Options for revamping the event discussed, perhaps to late afternoon or evening and perhaps combined with a social. Suitable venue being sought;
  • Sussex Closed - Venue could not be found for original date and this has now been confirmed for Sunday April 28th at the K2 Crawley. Volunteers for assisting are welcome;

2nd January 2019 - Table Tennis Times - Issue 13

The latest issue of this excellent "Magazine" can be seen here. It is produced by Diane and Harvey Webb and includes a mixture of reports on recent events as well as information on the past

1st January 2019 - Happy New Year & Sussex County Meeting 4th January

Best Wishes to all TT Readers from the Sussex County Management Team. The next Sussex County TT Association Management Meeting is this coming Friday at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes. Please see the Agenda. If there are items you wish to be brought up then please indicate to your League Repesentative.

1st January - Jarvis Sports Horsham Spinners Veteran & Senior 1 Star 8th December - Report & Results

Rory Scott held this event on the 8th December at Farlington School and his report can be found here. In summary the winners and runners-up were as follows:

  • Seniors: Winner: Rory Scott; Runner-Up: Lee McHugh;
  • Veteran: Band 1: Winner: Rory Scott; Runner-Up: Jeremy Kempton;
  • Veteran: Band 2: Winner: Jonathan Chernett; Runner-Up: Graham Underwood;

1st January - Jarvis Sports Burgess Hill Junior & Cadet 2 Star 1st December - Report & Results

Rory Scott held this event on the 1st December at Burgess Hill and you can see his report here. In summary the winners and runners-up were as follows:

  • U13: Winner: Jacob Archer; Runner-Up: Ojasvii Borah;
  • U14: Winner: Joe Hunter; Runner-Up: Jenson Moreno;
  • U15: Winner: Joe Hunter; Runner-Up: Toby Crawcour;
  • U18: Winner: Will Michell; Runner-Up: Jacob Evans;

19th December - Table Tennis England (TTE) - New Head Office

For those not receiving TTE Newsletters note that there has been a move to a new head office albeit still in Milton Keynes as follows - Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, Milton Keynes, MK8 9LA. The latest newsletter 071218 and 141218 report on Olympic funding for Toyko 2020 and acquiring of TT Packages for Social TT respectively.

19th December - Eastbourne Coaching Session

The Sussex County led by Maureen Hazell facilitated a Coaching Session for Eastbourne League on Saturday 24th November hosted by the Hailsham Club at their new venue. Sussex Coach Teresa Bennett took the session ably assisted by Rob Hoy and sparrers Tim Hanford and Scott Bills from the Hailsham Club. Pleae see Photo. The 9 Leagues in Sussex differ greatly in terms of the coaching activity and support that is provided, and the County can help to facilitate and provide support to Leagues and Clubs and illustrate how such targeted sessions can be done and hence provide League development.

19th December - Top Edge Training Camp - February 2019

Further to the news item on the 19th November below, the Top Edge Training Camp taking place in February 2019 in Christchurch is now two-thirds full. So, if you are thinking of getting to it then you need to get your skate on! Details can be found here.

16th December - Veteran County Championship - Sussex 2 & 3 Teams - Results & Report

The Veteran Sussex 2 & 3 Teams were in action over the weekend of 8th and 9th December and please see report prepared by Tony Catt. The match results were as follows for Sussex 2 in Division 1B and Sussex 3 Team in Division 2C, and their positions can be seen in the Tables:

Sussex 2 Team - Division 1B

  • Surrey v Middlesex - 2 - 8
  • Sussex 2 v Norfolk - 4 - 6
  • Berkshire v Kent - 8 - 2
  • Dorset v Essex - 6 - 4
  • Kent v Dorset - 4 - 6
  • Essex v Sussex 2 - 6 - 4
  • Middlesex v Berkshire - 2 - 8
  • Norfolk v Surrey - 8 - 2
  • Dorset v Middlesex - 5 - 5 
  • Surrey v Sussex 2 - 6 - 4
  • Berkshire v Norfolk - 5 - 5 
  • Essex v Kent - 4 - 6

Sussex 3 Team - Division 2C

4th December - East Sussex County Schools Table Tennis  Association (ESSTTA) - Individual Events - Entry Form

he Qualifying Round for the Individual Events for East Sussex Schools are taking place in January with the U11's on Wednesday January 9th from 3.30 pm to 6 pm at St Leonards Academy. The U13 (Years 7/8) and U16 (Years 9/10/11) individual events are on Wednesday 16th January again between 3.30 pm and 6 pm and also at St Leonards Academy. The entry for for these events can be found here. Any U19 entries will be arranged between Brighton City TTC and Bexhill College. The entry form for West Sussex Schools are also in January and will appear shortly.

4th December - Weald Table Tennis Club - Training Sessions

Further to the news item below on the 6th November, the Training Sessions at the Weald TTC are continuing on Sundays and also on Tuesdays through December and January (4th,11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 30th December, 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th January) to then every Tuesday and Sunday. The times are still 10am to Noon for Sundays and 7pm to 10 pm for Tuesdays all at Claremont School, Bodiam. The session fee is £5 which includes separate Coaching for Juniors. On site there is also a lowered Table Tennis Table to assist smaller players to learn  and advance their skills. Any adult bringing a Junior for the first time gets to play for free (but normal fee for others and members).

4th December - Active Sussex - Sussex Disability Sports Update - 2018 Awards

The 2018 Sussex Sports Awards took place at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on the 23rd November and the following winners are from the TT world - Brighton City TTC for Special Recognition for Integration, Innovation and Inspiration, Rix & Kay Solicitor LLP Team of the Year - Team Santos from Brighton City TTC and the Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award going to Teresa Bennett. See Active Sussex Disability Update here.

4th December - TTE News - Pride of TT Awards

The latest newsletter from TT England can be found here for those who do not receive it. There are some Sussex faces in the photo for the Pride of TT Awards with Tim Holtam and Harry Fairchild from Brighton City TTC and I believe Rory Scott's head in the back row.

4th December - County Championship - Over 60's Premier Division - Report

The Sussex County Over 60's Team was in action over the weekend of 17th/18th November. Unfortunately, Sussex was a player short  on the Saturday due to being fogbound in Guernsey. There were two defeats therefore on the Saturday to Lancashire and Hampshire both by 6-4, but a draw on the Sunday with Essex. Please see report by Sheila King. The next round of matches are in March.

3rd December - Archived News Items

The News Items from this page from the Summer of this year to October have been Archived and can be found on the Archive Page along with previous other News Items. The links are still active.

28th November - Hollingbury TTC, Brighton, Special Quiz Night - Report

The Hollingbury Charity Quiz Night was held at the Ladies Mile Pub In Patcham on the 25/11/18 in aid of the MND Association (www.mndassociation.org) to raise the profile of Motor Neurone Disease. It was a phenomenal success, raising £750 in honour of Tony Wicks, who sadly passed away this year from that debilitating disease. It was a good turnout of 36 people ( 7 Teams ) and it was won by Four Candles (they won it last year as well).  Great fun was had and especially with the new experimental raffle method. For full report and pictures please see here.

28th November - Jarvis Sports Horsham Spinners Veteran & Senior 1* 10th November - Report

Rory Scott held this event at Farlington School on the 10th November for Veteran ad Seniors and please see his report. A summary of the winners and runners-up can be seen below with photos:

25th November - TT England News - Inclusivity Grants

If not on the distribution the latest Newsletter from TTE can be found here. This week it is announced that there are grants for up to £250 for Clubs and Organisations for incusivity activities including for Women and Girls

25th November - Rankings for Registrations for County Matches Season 2018/2019

The following, as produced by the County Championship Match Secretaries, are the registered Rankings for Sussex County Championship Matches this season:

Men Senior, Women Senior, Men Veterans, Women Veterans, U18 Boys, U18 Girls;

25th November - West Sussex County Schools Table Tennis  Association (WSSTTA) - Team Events - Results

The Team Events for West Sussex County took place on the 21st November at Warden Park School. Tanbridge Boys U16 and U13 Boys won the play-offs from 7 Teams in each category with unfortunatly Chichester School withdrawing on the day, and hence go forward to the zonal round in January. Warden Park U16 and U13 Teams also have the option of representing the County. There were no U19 team entrants and Southwater School were the only U11 Team that entered. Please see result of the U16 and U13 Play-Off's here.  

19th November - Top Edge Training Camp - February 2019

A further Top Edge Training Camp is taking in February 2019 in Christchurch - please link to site and entry form here.

16th November - TTE - Members Advisory Group

The deadline for TTE Members to put themsleves forward for being part of the Members Advisory Group has been extended to Friday 23rd November. If you are interested in shaping the future of Table Tennis then please see the link on the latest Newsletter from TTE - 161118.

16th November - Crawley Community TTC

Please see information about Crawley Community TTC. They run Junior Coaching Sessions at St Wilfrids School, Crawley every Tuesday starting at 5.00 pm and finishing at 7.00 pm  with muti-tables and spare bats. Further information on www.tabletennis365.com/CrawleyTTC    

16th November - Forthcoming Events - Private (Rory Scott) Events

Further to the news item below (7th November), please find on the Events Page (under Calendar) the Entry Forms for forthcoming events being run by Rory Scott. This includes a series of Senior/Veteran and Cadet/Junior Events at various locations in Sussex.

9th November - TT England News - Brighton City & TT in Prisons

Please see the recent TT England Newsletter "Over The Net" for the 2nd November, for a link to an article on how TT Sessions as well as a Level1 Coaching Course from an initiative by Brighton CIty TTC in High Down Prison are helping to reduce violence and improve behaviour. Please find also today's issue of the Newsletter - 091118 - and remember that if you are TTE affiliated you should be receiving these.

9th November - West Sussex Schools Table Tennis  Association (WSSTTA) - Team Events

The Team County Round is being held this year at Warden Park School Sports Hall, Haywards Heath on the 21st November. Please the Entry Form and Mailing sent to West Sussex Schools. Teams play each other with the winners of each age category going forward to the Zonal Round.

9th November - East Sussex Schools Table Tennis  Association (ESSTTA) - U11 Team Events

There was  fantastic entry for the East Sussex Schools U11 Team Event arranged by Teresa Bennett. St Andrews School were the winning Boys Team and St Lukes the winning Girls Team. Please see Results;

7th November - Forthcoming Events - County Chmpionship Matches & Private Events

The Sussex Calendar Page has been updated for 2018/2019 Season with forthcoming dates for Sussex County Championship Matches for Seniors, Veterans, Cadets and Juniors and also with forthcoming dates of events being held by Rory Scott. Entry Forms and Reports will subsequenly be logged on these pages. There are two forthcoming Tourmanents being held by Rory this coming Saturday 10th November and on the 1st December, both for Seniors and Veteran's - the entry forms are on the relevant page under Calendar.

7th November - County Championship - Sussex Seniors 1st Team - 27th/28th October - Results

The Sussex Senior first team started defence of the Premier Division County Championship Title at Cippenham TTC, Bucks, with 3 wins against Derbyshire 6-4, Middlesex, 6-4 and Leicestershire 8-2. The team consisted of Josh and Jack Bennett, George Hazell, Yolanda King and Lois Peake. Please find the Results and the Averages and there were excellent performances from the whole team - a real team effort. Matches resume weekend 2nd/3rd February. 

6th November - TTE - County Regulations

For interest please see the following link below which states the Regulations laid down by TT England under which the Sussex County TT Association is governed (as are other Counties), in respect of Administration, Discipline and make-up of County. There is a separate bespoke Sussex County Constitution but not dis-similar to the one on the link:

https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/C-County-Admin-Regs-amended-30.01.17.pdf

6th November - Dennis Rhodes

On the 4th November Dennis Rhodes passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family aged 96 years. Dennis was a well respected and well loved member of Woodlands TTC in Rustington where he played in the Worthing League. He was at one time President of the West Sussex League and was a current Vice President of the Sussex County Table Tennis Association. His funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium, Muntham Chapel on Monday 19th November at 2.00 pm. Family flowers only and donations can be made to St Barnabas Hospice.

6th November - Weald Table Tennis Club - Training Sessions

Last Sunday and this forthcoming Sunday the 11th November, the Weald Table Tennis held/are holding Training Sessions from 10am to Noon at Claremont School, Bodiam. The session fee is £5 which includes separate Coaching for Juniors and there is also a Top Table competition for the last half-hour. On site there is also a lowered Table Tennis Table to assist smaller players to learn  and advance their skills. Any adult bringing a Junior gets to play for free (but normal fee for other and members).

26th October - Connected Coaches - Useful Links

Please see here information on links that Coaches may find of use. 

26th October - Top Edge Training Days & Around the Net Video

The Top Edge Team have arranged further Training Days although not in the South, but they can be booked by any Club. The latest information can be found here which also includes a video of how to get a shot around the net!!

26th October - Sussex County Meeting 24th September - Key Points

The following are the key points from the Sussex County meeting held on the 24th September:

County Championship

  • County Championship Expenses Policy reviewed;
  • Feedback from County Championship Conference in June – U15 category not supported;
  • Shirt – Survey being done on bought, sold, in stock;
  • Brief reports on coming season;

County Affiliation

  • Individual Affiliation Form created for players to affiliate other than through Leagues e.g. County Championship Matches, County Tournaments;

Coaching

  • Report on Girls Only Coaching Session 3rd August;
  • Report on Inter- County friendly match 2nd July with Surrey for Cadets & Juniors with Coaching Support;
  • Report on Inter-County Coaching session for Cadets on the 2nd September;
  • Benefits of inter-county events to be listed;
  • Elite Coaching – move towards more tactical awareness coaching support via JBL Teams;
  • Proposal for lower divisional county coaching sessions to be produced for consideration;
  • Correspondence on similar activities with Kent;

Funding Grants Requests

  • Hastings request for funding contribution for upgrade of facilities for wheelchair players not agreed – referred to local councils responsible for venues;
  • Hastings request for 50% towards local Level 1 Coaching Course – not agreed but will provide support for Level 2 Course open to all Leagues;
  • Hastings request for 5 School kits for Primary School feeding into St Leonards Academy agreed;
  • Discussion on TTE funding approach, as part of BeTT, to Sussex County with TTE representative to take place;

County Tables

  • Agreement to move 3 Table from Farlington School to Dolphin Leisure Centre Haywards Heath;

Rankings

  • Much correspondence on effectiveness of County Trials in the context of TT365 use, individual knowledge, national rankings. Further discussion at next meeting;

National Councillor

  • Report from TTE AGM and NC Conference;
  • Forthcoming NC Meeting;
  • Focus on set-up of Advisory Body and review of Voting Rights;
  • Chris Dangerfield now Chairman of NC;

Events

  • Seaman/Nichols Invitation set for 8th September postponed due to clash with other events – new date and format to be agreed;
  • Sussex Closed proposed for 7th April;
  • Novice Events to be run and Worthing and East Grinstead suggested as appropriate areas;

Other

  • League Reports;

25th October - Table Tennis England (TTE) - National Council (NC) Meeting 29th September - Minutes & News

Further to the nes items below on the 14th October, please find the formal Minutes from the NC Meeting as well as the Chairman's Report. Included is information abouth the Advisory Group being set up as well as a Voting Review Group. Please see also recent newsletters for information, for those not on the distribution, for 19th October and 26th October.

25th October - Tony Wicks - Brighton League

A long standing player for Hollingbury Club and the Brighton League and husband of 40 years to Christine Wicks sadly passed away recenty with Motor Neurone Disease. His Service will take place at 12 0 clock (Noon) on Thursday November 1st at the Oak Chapel, Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, Brighton Road, Clayton, West Sussex BN6 9PD with the wake in Ditching in Barn behind Church afterwards.  

14th October - County Life Member - Peter Wales

Peter Wales has sadly passed away at Woodbine Manor Care Home on Wednesday 3rd October, 2018. Peter was very active for Sussex County in the past and was a Life Member for his contributions. A Funeral Service has been arranged for Tuesday 30th October 2018 at 2.00 pm in the Gordon Chapel of Ian Hart Funeral Service Limited, 20 Sompting Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9EP. If you would like to attend, please find Invite and pleae let Linda Tellick know you are attending. Directions to the Chapel can be found here and here.

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 936 affiliated league playing members in the 2017/2018 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 Junior second Team winning Division 12C and the Veteran 1st Team winning pomotion back to the Pemier Division. 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 Circuit Events as well as Junior 2 and 4 star Tournaments and has supported Sussex Open Events. Last season Novice Tournaments were introduced and held in Hastings and Lewes. 

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 Plan

Sussex County Development

County Plan Season 2018/2019

The Issue 1 of the County Plan for Season 2018/2019 was finalised in November and can be found here. An update will be provided in February.

Web Contact

Jim Skinner - Web Master & Sussex County Chairman

If you have any news items or articles that you would like displayed then please contact me as below on my email address. Similarly if you have any issues or suggestions for this website.

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