A new Junior Club Developing in Essex

Coach and Players take a break

Coach and Players take a break


David Humble has been involved in Table Tennis for more years than he cares to mention. Here in his own words he talks about setting up a new club in an Essex village where he had moved to a couple of years ago.

Having run a table tennis club  in the Redbridge area- juniors taking a major focus for more than the last 20 years with many hundreds going through the system,I have to agree that youngsters at a loose end can be a challenge but when given a focus they are almost always brilliant so surely it is up to us to provide the healthy outlets young people have a right to expect.

With that in mind I approached the Parish Council with plans to set up a village table tennis club.

The Council kindly gave the idea their unanimous and enthusiastic approval and support.

The result is that we now have an established facility with Table Tennis for 10-19 year olds operating every Tuesday evening from 4.45pm-6.45pm at Tipps Cross Remembrance Hall,Blackmore Road, Hook End. My early experiences are that the youngsters attending are extremely  keen and of impeccable behaviour (plenty of noise of course-that is a healthy sign).The cost is modest  at £3 per person or £2.50 each for siblings. Bats and balls are provided.

We are extremely keen to expand and new prospective Members will be warmly welcomed.Our usual format is both competitive and social. So  parents can come and see for themselves what is already happening and join in the fun. Skilled players and beginners are equally welcome with ongoing coaching provided.

Who knows,we may just have a future superstar waiting to be discovered for this Olympic Sport. However the main objective is to provide an excellent facility which youngsters can feel proud to be a part of. It matters not one jot whether the youngsters’ goals are social and/or competitive as long as they enjoy themselves as part of a Club.

It has so far proved self funding regarding hall hire and minor incidental costs are concerned-and that is primarily down to the numbers of keen young attenders; without them there is no Club. I also have to thank in particular Brentwood TTC for the free use of their table tennis tables and the Management of the Tipps Cross Remembrance Hall for the facility to hire their splendid Hall and the use of their table tennis table.

Essex County Table Tennis Association gave their unanimous approval to a grant of £250 which enabled some essential equipment to be purchased.As we progress more money will be needed and Grant avenues are being explored with the ETTA Regional Development Manager also providing support.

John Andrews
November 9, 2011