More LIVE Table Tennis
Thank you to those who travelled to the K2 Centre in Crawley last month for the two England International matches. It was great to see more than 1,000 fans getting behind the team at the K2 and thousands more tuning in on TTE.TV and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the team of staff, volunteers and partners who made these events happen.
Our attention is now turned to the Mark Bates Ltd Senior National Championships taking place at the David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham, from 24-26 March 2023 – with player invitations for singles, U21s and para categories being issued this week.
Ticket information can be found here and I look forward to seeing many of you in Nottingham next month.
Area Network is launched
On 1 February, we had the pleasure of announcing one of the key pillars of Table Tennis United – the Area Network. Seven Local Organising Groups will be established around the country with a single aim: growing table tennis locally. We will release details of how to get involved with the Local Organising Groups shortly.
Full details of the launch announcement can be found here.
New Committee Structures
We have been delighted to see such great interest in the expanded advisory committee structure.
Over the next few weeks, we will begin the process of welcoming new, and additional, expertise, experience and passion into our governance structure.
When we have confirmation of the new committee membership, we will publish.
I was pleased to take part in a podcast discussing digital transformation and our plans to extend the reach of new and existing fans and the broadcast opportunities, particularly through our new platform TTE.TV.
The podcast can be accessed here.
Many congratulations to Fusion TTC for being crowned Women’s British League champions! The final rounds of both Junior British League and Veterans’ British League also take place in the next few weeks, with all still to play for.
We have been contacted by some interested parties keen to explore joining the British League from next season. Further details of how to progress interest can be found here.
National Ranking System
Following my comments in last month’s update, I’m pleased to say the revisions to the ranking system are on track and I look forward to updating you further in due course – keep an eye on our website too as all details will be posted there.
During the strategy reset consultation, we made a commitment to provide more opportunities to engage with the membership and I am pleased to say that February 15 provides an opportunity for members to virtually meet members of the Board and Senior Leadership Team to have an open discussion about table tennis.
We aim to host four virtual meetings a year and enable an open platform for members to ask questions in a ‘Question Time’ style. Details of the first event can be found here.
The Prime Minister has announced a new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Lucy Frazer replaces Michelle Donelan in the position.
A further change was announced with ‘Digital’ was moved from the DCMS into a new Government Department.
It has been a busy period of recruitment since my last update as we have set about building the team to support Table Tennis United.
Roles including Head of Performance Development, Head of Pathway Development, Head of People, National Coaches, Area Manager (South West), Digital Content Creator, Digital Engagement Manager and Safeguarding Officer are all in the recruitment process and I will confirm new appointments in my next update.