Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on Table Tennis England membership.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions, if you have a query not answered below, please email us.
Your membership benefits not only you as an individual table tennis player, but helps support the sport by contributing to its development at all levels in England. The majority of affiliation fees are reinvested in Table Tennis England events for players; the provision of insurance cover, child protection, coach development, and support and development for table tennis at all levels from grassroots juniors, cadets and seniors through to international matches.
It depends what sort of environment you play table tennis in. If you play competitively in national or local tournaments and leagues, you will need either a Compete (formerly Player) or Compete Plus (formerly Player Licence) Membership. Compete Plus is for those who wish to compete in the British League or any national tournament rated 2* or above. Compete Membership is for those who compete in local leagues, County Championships or 1* national tournaments. If you only play in closed tournaments at your club, or socially, then Club Play (formerly Associate Membership) is for you.
If you try to compete without a membership, tournament orgainsers and league managers shall refuse entry to the tournament and affiliated leagues. Competition organisers have support from head office to check the current status of membership records based on every player’s unique TT ID (formerly membership number).
If you have an existing Compete membership (formerly Player Membership), for instance for local leagues or 1* events, and you wish to compete as a one-off in a higher-level national event that requires a Compete Plus membership, you have the option of either upgrading to Compete Plus for the rest of the season or paying a one-off ‘Single Competition Licence fee’. A single competition licence (sometimes referred to as a ‘Day Licence’) is a temporary upgrade for just one specific event, such as a Grand Prix or 2*.
No. Your membership is valid for all leagues and tournaments across the country.
In most instances, affiliated members of Home Countries associations are able to play competitive table tennis in England on a reciprocal basis (ie using their existing affiliation to Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland or Wales table tennis association). A similar arrangement exists for players affiliated to table tennis associations elsewhere in the world, though some fees may also be payable depending on the event. Please check with the tournament organiser before you confirm attendance. You will be required to provide evidence of your current existing affiliation.
Table Tennis England are the only organisation with permanent access to your information. When you register with a league or tournament, the organiser will also gain access to your information saved. This is to ensure that you hold a valid membership and that they are able to contact or identify you in case of emergency. No one else is given access to your data without your prior permission.
Yes, the Table Tennis England membership platform, is hosted by Amazon Web Services within Europe. The servers are encrypted and monitored using a number of professional software security tools. The information that flows between your browser and the platform is protected using HTTPS encryption.
No. We use Stripe to process your online payment. We do not store or even hold your credit card details on our servers, even temporarily.
We use your date of birth to establish your age, so that we can ensure the correct fee levels are paid. We also use your date of birth to allow us to track the age profile of our membership and ensure that you are listed correctly in the monthly ranking and rating lists. In future, we may want to offer specific member benefits to specific age groups.
This is optional information, but we are asked to collect this data as part of our funding arrangements. This is so that Sport England (in particular) can analyse the diverse nature of the people who participate in sport – and in our case table tennis.