Please see below dates for various competitions from now until December.
West of Scotland Senior League starts back up on WC Sept 18th and recently updated Table Tennis Scotland calendar is available to view – www.tabletennisscotland.co.uk/calendar which includes full list of training opportunities, competitions & entry forms. Any questions or queries about what competitions to play email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to one of the club coaches.
West of Scotland Junior League ( All Sundays )
Drumchapel High School
National Senior League ( All Saturdays )
14th Oct : Bells SC, Perth
25th Nov : Bathgate
10th Mar : St Matthews Academy
British League ( Both teams )
7 / 8th Oct
4 / 5th Nov
21st Jan ( Sunday Only )
14 / 15th Apr
Sept 17th : North Open – Aberdeen SV
Sept 24th : Edinburgh Banded – Bathgate
Sept 30th : Dumfries Youth Open
Oct 15th : Perth Grand Prix – Bells SC
Oct 21 / 22 : Glasgow Open – Drum High
5th Nov : Edinburgh Banded – Bathgate
19th Nov : U13 National Assessment – Royal HS, Edinburgh
3rd Dec : Scottish Primaries – Bathgate
NA Open : TBC – St Matthews Academy
Club Kit, Classes & Competition Info
Club sessions & 1-1 sessions will begin next week with West Senior League & West Kilbride TT Club starting mid September. Our main club night will be on Monday night 7-9pm as usual, and we encourage all players of all levels to attend the Monday night sessions. Club coaches Billy Main, Chris Main, Richie Main, Ian Macpherson, Jordan McGinlay & Jim Love will be attendance with various coaching sessions running back to back and catering for all levels.
1-1 sessions are available to book via club coach (check times below) and are available weekly or fortnightly. We encourage all players who want to improve & develop their game to get regular 1-1 sessions. KA Leisure is open 6-10pm every night of the week, anyone can book a table tennis table to use for themselves for an hour or more, contact 01294 465267.
Club kit will be arriving from Bribar next week, with shirts & hoodies available on Monday nights to try on and get the correct size.
School sessions will be starting back up in September in a number of secondary schools across North Ayrshire, with the NA Secondary Schools TT Festival booked in for Thursday 30th Nov at St Matthews Academy. See weekly schedule below
7pm – 9pm – Open Night
7pm – 8.30pm – Arran TTC
4pm – 6.45pm – 1-1 coaching
6.45pm – 8pm – Intermediate Class
8pm – 10pm – 1-1 coaching
6pm – 7pm – 1-1 coaching
7pm – 10pm – West Senior League Matches
starting mid September
3pm – 6pm – Small group sessions
6pm – 7pm – 1-1 coaching
7pm – 9pm – Advanced coaching
7pm – 9pm – West Kilbride TT Club
starting mid September
NATTC Fundraiser / Race Night
North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club are running a Racenight & Awards Night on Saturday Sept 2nd at Ardrossan Accies Rugby Club 7pm – 12pm, and is open children, juniors & adults.
We will have a licensed bar, buffet, music, raffle, race night and awards for variety of our players and committee and will be a great night for everyone to catch up & socialise.
These fundraising events are important to any club and will ensure we keep the costs low with the increase running costs we are seeing. NATTC are hoping to buy new equipment such as tables, barriers, nets this season and can only do so with more funding.
We currently have 80+ people confirmed , but are hoping to have 100+ and are encouraging everyone to attend ( parents, players & friends ) if its only for a few hours or the full night.
We will have flyers & racesheets available at the club tonight, and racesheet / flyer also attached to this email.
Visit from North Ayrshire Council Leader
Councillor Joe Cullinane paid our club a visit recently and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the afternoon session, chatting to and taking on a number of our junior members. Club committee and coaches updated Joe & North Ayrshire Council on our future plans, with regards to the development of community table tennis clubs, British League and the progress our top juniors are making.
Joe commented ‘ Great achievements being made by North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club, a club full of inspiring young talent. Thanks for everyone at the club for today’
NATTC Summer Camp
North Ayrshire TT Summer Camp will be running from Monday 17th July to Friday 21s July at St Matthews Academy, Saltcoats and we welcome members of our club and players from other clubs to book their place.
Intermediates : Monday & Tuesday 10am – 1pm
Advanced : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 3pm.
Coaches : Chris Main, Richard Main plus sparring partners
Spaces very limited, with discounted price for attending the full camp.
Full information, cost and flyers available below –
To book a place, contact us via email, facebook or telephone.
f : www.facebook.com/northayrshiretabletennis
t : 07590470426
NEW K:A Leisure Summer Sessions
North Ayrshire TT Club ‘Summer Sessions’ will be running through-out the summer holidays, with week 1 starting on July 3rd and finishing on week 7, Aug 14th. Every session will run on a Monday evening at St Matthews Academy, from 7-8.30pm and will be under the guidance of our qualified coaches, with all relevant equipment such as bats and balls being provided.
Our Summer Sessions have been a huge success in the past, with great squad of enthusiastic players turning up each week and enjoying their table tennis. Its open to anyone from age 8 up to 14 years old, and is aimed for recreational players and complete beginners.
Spaces are filling up fast, with a few remaining, please contact us via email, Facebook or phone to book a place.
f : www.facebook.com/northayrshiretabletennis
t : 07590470426
GOLD at British School Championships
Martin Johnson (Stevenston) from North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club and Harvey McDonald (Ayr) from South Ayrshire Table Tennis Club joined together to form the Scottish A team at the British School Championships in Jersey on 23rd-25th June in the under 14’s event.
In the group stages, they were drawn against Ireland A, England B, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. Martina and Harvey started the competition very well, brushing aside Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man 5-0 with relative ease. Then they were up against a very talented Ireland A side, who were one of the favourites for the event due to their strong national development programme. However, Scotland took the first 2 singles and then Martin and Harvey won the crucial doubles match 3-1 to win 3-0. This was a superb win for the Ayrshire boys.
Next up were England B. This was a very closely fought match and after 4 tight matches resulting with 2 wins for each team, Harvey won the decider 3-0 to qualify for the semi finals! Here they would play their team mates Scotland B in an all Scotland clash, which they would go on to win 3-0 and gain their spot in the final against England A – the strong favourites for the event. First match on was Martin against England no.2, with Martin playing some of his highest level of table tennis to date winning 3-0. Harvey then lost to the English no.1, but Scotland bounced back well winning the pivotal doubles match 3-1 to take the lead in the overall match score 2-1. Martin then lost to the strong England no.1, to make the match level with one deciding match to go. Harvey, playing some incredible table tennis against the English no.2, won the match 3-0 in spectacular fashion to win Scotland the gold medal – an amazing achievement for the Ayrshire boys. The boys coach at the event, Richard Main, who also works closely with the boys at North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club on a weekly basis, reports “This is an unbelievable achievement for the lads. To win such a prestigious event competing against Britain’s elite players is highly rewarding and is a result of Martin Harvey’s dedication and commitment to the sport”.
In the singles event on the Sunday, Martin also reached the semi finals, losing to eventual winner and England no.1 Joshua Weatherby. He collected a deserved bronze medal for the singles to add to the gold medal in the team event.
Martin’s attention will now be on the European Championships in Portugal in 3 weeks time where he will be representing Scotland in the under 15’s event.
International Medal for Ryan Henry
Medal success was celebrated in Eastern Europe by Ardrossan table tennis ace Ryan Henry. The 16 year old secured a bronze medal in the mens class 9-10 event at the Romanian International Table Tennis Open with team mate Shae Thakker.
A victory against Russia took them through to the QF where Ryan beat Elias Monden to secure victory against a combined team from Germany & Luxembourg before the young GB pair lost their semi final to the eventual gold medalists from Italy and Denmark.
Ryan said ” I was happy with the way I played and felt it was a great learning experience all round. I am really pleased to have won a bronze medal in the team event with Shae”.
Words from Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
Table Tennis in May
3 – 4pm : After School Class
7 – 9pm : Open Club Night
4 – 6.45pm : 1 to 1 sessions
6.45 – 8pm : Intermediate Session
8 – 9pm : 1 to 1 sessions
1 – 1.30pm : Ardrossan Academy LT Club
3.45 – 4.30pm : Ardrossan Academy AS Club
3 – 7pm : 1 to 1 sessions
7 – 9pm : Advanced Sessions
12.30 – 1.15pm : Irvine Royal LT Club
12.30 – 1.15pm : St Matts LT Club
7 – 9pm : West Kilbride TT Club
All above classes running from 1st May, if anyone would like to know more info about a class, book or cancel 1 to 1 sessions let a club coach know, message us on our FB Page or email email@example.com.
No Wednesday sessions running through May, as no league matches. KA Leisure always available to book a TT table from 6pm – 10pm every night of the week.
West Kilbride TT Club runs every Friday, Seniors 7-8pm and Juniors 8-9pm.
British Premier v Drumchapel
North Ayrshire TTC hosted newly crowned League Champions Drumchapel Glasgow in Saltcoats on Saturday 15th April. The atmosphere was electric for this local derby as it was NATTCs last home match of the season and there was a lot of travelling support from Glasgow.
NATTCs team consisted of Richard Main, Craig Hardie, Chris Main and Andy MacPherson. Drumchapel had yet to lose a match in the British League as they boast world class players such as Liu Song, He Zhi Wen , Huang Yen Che and Chris Wheeler. Richard battled gamely against past Olympians Liu Song and He Zhi Wen, but ultimately losing 3-1 to both in closely fought matches.
Chris also battled hard losing close 4 set matches to Huang and Liu. Craig battled well agaisnt Chris Wheeler, but just falling short at key points to lose 3-1. Andy held his own in his matches in his only 3rd match of the premier league, however the Chinese contingent was too strong for the Ayrshire locals.
NATTC travel to London on Sunday 30th April to play BATTS which is the final match of the league and is of significant important to NATTC, as a draw would almost guarantee them finishing in an amicable 5th position in the league and will set them in good stead for next season.