East Region Update – September 2011

Regional update with John Andrews, ETTA East Region Development Manager

ITTF Pro Tour 2011

 The World’s top table tennis players will be completing in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals at the ExCel, London in November. This is a test event for the 2012 Olympics.

Dates: 24th – 27th November 2011    


Coaching Courses

Two courses have successfully been staged in the East Region, one L1 and one L2. It is particular pleasing that the L2 has happened since it demonstrates the progress being made by new coaches in the region who are taking their first steps into coaching and then looking to develop their skills further. A second L1 course is planned for early in the new year and as soon as the dates and venue have been confirmed full details will be published.

L2 Bridging Course

The L2 Bridging Course is designed for coaches who qualified through the ETTA system and provides a route for them to gain a L2 qualification taking account of their prior learning rather than having to take longer and more expensive route of a L1 followed by a L2 course.

Day 1-2 Day 3-4 Venue Course Code Cost
24-Sep-11 –
03-Dec-11 –
St Neots Table Tennis Club, Riversmead, The Common, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 1RU 64756  £270.00

 Coaching Course Terms & Conditions                        Coaching Course Application Form

County Sports Partnerships          

It always bears repeating that CSPs are a useful source of support and information and much more for individuals (Coaches) Clubs and Leagues. The following links take you to each CSP home page. The ETTA has a very close relationship with all the CSPs in the east region and can provide suitable introductions if required. Most CSPs have an ezine you can sign up to and If you are a coach it is worthwhile registering on your relevant CSP Coach database. If you are having difficulty finding the coach database for your CSP please let me know and I will point you in the right direction.

The CSP Coach databases are designed to assist:-

  •  Coaches looking for qualifications, training opportunities or employment
  • Coaches who want to be informed about local events and developments in coaching
  • Organisations looking for a suitable qualified and accredited coach
  • Organisations looking to develop their own coaches


 League/Club visits

Club or League within the region are available on request to discuss local development needs, just drop me an email to john.andrews@etta.co.uk or call me on 07958 462806 to arrange a suitable date and time. I will also be pro-actively organising club/league visits during the season.


For any clubs wish to develop and progress their club I would recommend that they work towards achieving Clubmark status. Clubmark would be one of items discussed at a Club/League meeting. The following two links provide information regarding Clubmark. For clubs going through the Clubmark process full support is given by the Development team both Regionally and Nationally.

If you wish to discuss clubmark and understand more about the scheme then please contact John Andrews on 07958 462806 or by email john.andrews@etta.co.uk.

About Clubmark

The Benefits of Clubmark Accreditation


The PremierClub programme is for all Table Tennis Clubs committed to development and to raising their standards. Clubs register on the programme and work to achieve the criteria at one of four levels, PremierCLUBMARK, Participation, Advanced and Excellence, as set out here. The criteria are cumulative, the programme at each level includes both the elements for that level and those for the levels below.

The PremierClub programme also includes ‘Ability’ an integrated programme of activities for players with disabilities and complementary volunteer training for club members and coaches. Clubs are offered help to prepare a club action plan to identify their particular key areas for future development related directly to the programme Criteria Tables at each level. PremierClub and Clubmark are linked within this programme.

If you wish to discuss PremierClub Programme and/or the Ability Programme to understand more about the schemes then please contact John Andrews on 07958 462806 or by email john.andrews@etta.co.uk.

 Change for Life Clubs

During the past year the ETTA have provided equipment including kit bags of bats, balls and nets to change 4 life clubs. Part of the package was 50% funding towards a level one coaching course and one day training for coaching/development . The aim is to develop a new ‘breed’ of fun focused clubs on School and College sites across England. The focus of these clubs will be to engage and increase participation among young people aged 13-19. Close to 800 clubs were registered across the country with 111 of those being in the East Region. The breakdown of clubs by county is Beds (12), Cambs (10), Essex (27), Herts (32), Norfolk (18), Suffolk (12).

If you are intereted in forming links with a change 4 life club in your area and there is a good chance that you will have one near to you then please contact me to establish the nearest C4LC to you.

Support activities that could be provided:-

  • Additional coaching in the school club
  • open evenings at your club to provide a different experience for C4LC players
  • Provide additional competition outlet for C4LC players
  • Exit route for C4LC players into TT club
  • Mentor young players 

Change4life Sports Clubs

Sport England Inspired Facilities

The Sport England Inspired Facilities pot is part of the Places, People, Play legacy programme. The programme wants to “touch and reach” as many communities across England to help connect them to 2012 and create a lasting legacy.  Inspired Facilities will be receiving £50 million lottery capital investment between now and 2013. The funds will be divided into rounds with up to £10 million being awarded per round.

1- 1st August to 28th September 2011

2- 1st February to 2nd April 2012

3- 23rd July to 17th September 2012

4 & 5 – To be announced in 2013

Up to 70% of the funding will be available for community & voluntary sector projects and up to 30% of the funding for local authorities and other statutory bodies. Grants to community and voluntary sector projects will range from £20,000-£50,000 and grants to local authorities and other statutory bodies will range from £20,000-£150,000.

What will the programme fund?

– Upgrades and improvements

– Works to bring non sports buildings into sporting use

– Indoor lighting and flooring

– Outdoor floodlights

– Sports equipment (non personal)

– Items that help reduce running costs- rain harvesting, solar panels, windmills

– Social areas and car parks

What the programme will NOT fund?

– Revenue items

– Small routine maintenance & repairs

– Personal sports equipment

– Retrospective funding

Eligibility criteria, further guidance and the application form is available on the Sport England website – www.sportengland.org

Sport Makers

In October, Sport England will be launching a programme called ‘Sport Makers’ as part of the Places, People, Play legacy strategy. The programme, funded by the National Lottery until September 2013 will recruit new sports volunteers who are 16 years and over to organise and lead community sport across the country.

Everyone who signs up to be a Sport Maker will be required to attend an inspirational workshop within their county, and will then be supported to find local volunteer opportunities. The idea is that Sport Makers will organise and support hundreds of thousands of new hours of grassroots sport for adults.

For further information, please go to the Sport England website- www.sportengland.org  

John Andrews
September 27, 2011