Schools’ competition pathway

Table Tennis England organises schools competitions under the title ‘English Schools Table Tennis’.

The competition pathway for schools in England is organised by Table Tennis England as part of its wider competition structure.

Under the title English Schools Table Tennis, there are two National Schools Competitions – one for teams and the other for individuals.

Fifty-one Schools County Associations affiliated to Table Tennis England hold qualifying events in their counties across England. The winners then represent their schools counties in the Butterfly National Schools Competitions.

These competitions build upon the outstanding work of the English Schools Table Tennis Association which for 50 years organised the above events until it merged with Table Tennis England in 2017 and then dissolved itself in 2018.


Butterfly National Schools Championships
Team Championships
Pathway: Borough Finals > County Finals > Zone Finals > Regional Finals > National Finals

Entry fees are £30 per team

Zone 1
Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humber, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear

Zone 2
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, West Yorkshire

Zone 3
Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Shropshire

Zone 4
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk

Zone 5
Birmingham, Black Country, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

Zone 6
London Central, London East, London North, London South, London West

Zone 7
Berkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex

Zone 8
Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire

Note: Allocation of Counties to Zones may be altered by the Committee.

More information about the Zonal Finals can be found by emailing us.

BLACKBURN – Saturday February 5th – St Bede’s RC High School, Blackburn BB2 5BU

GRANTHAM – Sunday February 6th – Mere’s Leisure Centre, Grantham NG31 7XQ

BRISTOL – Saturday February 5th – Bristol Academy BS34 8LP

BRISTOL – Sunday February 6th – Bristol Academy BS34 8LP

Winners at Regional Finals play at the Butterfly National Finals on Sunday April 3rd at WV Active Aldersley, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW

Individual Championships
Pathway: Borough Finals > County Finals > National Finals

Under 19/16/13/11 age groups for boys/girls

National Finals: Saturday April 2nd – WV Active Aldersley, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW


Competition calendar

Details of the 2021/22 schedule will be published in due course, email us for further information.

Schools County Secretary

Each Schools County has a Secretary who is the first point of contact for your local competitions.


Selection criteria

Follow the link below to download a copy of the selection policy referring to schools international teams. NB: polices are kept under review and may be amended.

Representative teams are selected to play in:
  • The International School Sport Federation (ISF) biennial World Schools’ Table Tennis Championships (Under 17)
  • The Annual Schools’ Home Countries Invitation International Championships in Under 18/16/14 age groups
  • The British Primary Championships (Under 11)

Downloads