Author Archives: Chris Main

Leagues Start Date

With the up and coming season about to kick off this month, we are looking forward to the leagues starting back up both regionally and nationally.

3 teams in West of Scotland League
4 teams in National Scottish League
3 teams in British Senior League

West of Scotland Senior League
First round of matches will be on the WC 27th September. We have entered 3 teams into this seasons WoS league which sees matches home and away on a weekly basis.  ‘A’ team in Division 1, ‘B’ team in Division 2 and ‘C’ team in Division 3. Our home matches will be held at St Matthews Academy and will be on a Monday night with a start time of 7.15pm.

Scottish National League
This seasons SNL will take place at Bells Sport Centre with NATTC entering 4 teams. We will have two teams in Division 1, one team in Division 3 and one team in Division 5. In Division 1 our ‘A’ team will be going for an eighth title alongside the B teams most recent promotion from Division 2.  Our C team and D team will be pushing for wins and titles in their respective divisions so we are hoping for another successful season in SNL.

Day 1 : 9th Oct
Day 2 : 27th Nov
Day 3: 6th Feb

British League
British Premier League starts for our A team on 18th September at home at St Matthews Academy with our B and C team starting their campaign the following weekend (25th/26th) at Halton TTC, Widnes.

British League is the premier club competition in the UK with teams from all the home countries competing, so we are always proud to take part in it and is always a great challenge for our players. British League website which you can view fixtures, club ranking list and dates – https://british.ttleagues.com/

St Matthews & West Kilbride – Reopening

Monday Night TT is Back !!
Our first Monday night club session at St Matthews was Monday of last week which was the first since March 2020. We have the familiar set up of 8 tables and can take up to 16 players per night. This is our main club night and is open to all members and anyone wanting to pop in and play regardless of level and ability. Covid procedures are in place.

Every Monday 7.15-9pm in the main hall at St Matthews Academy, Saltcoats

West Kilbride TT Club Opens its Doors
It was a busy first night back for WKTT which seen 3 tables downstairs and 4 tables upstairs being set up and played on the full night. WKTT is a community club which has an open door policy and welcomes families, kids and adults to come along and play. Qualifed coaches on hand to help out.

Every Friday 7-9pm at West Kilbride Community Centre

Competitions & Calendar

See below competition and league calendar from now until the end of the year. Individual competitions, team competitions, VETTS plus club activities. Links to TT Scotland website for tournament entry forms and full Scottish calendar at bottom of page.

September
1st – St Matthews reopening
3rd – West Kilbride TT reopening
3-5th – Inverclyde National Training
12th – VETS Comp at Bells
18th – British Premier v Fusion
25/26th – British Senior League
27th – WoS Senior League starts

October 
2nd – British Premier v Ormesby
9th – Scottish National League
10th – Perth GP
23/24th – National Championships
24th – Scottish VETTS Bathgate
30th – British Premier v Ormeau

November
7th – Club Competition at St Peters
13/14th – Home Nations
19-21st – Inverclyde National Training
27th – Scottish National League
28th – Scottish Primary Schools

December
4th – British Premier League
4-5th – Inverclyde National Training
11th – British League
18th – Club Christmas night out
20th – Club Christmas Night

TT Scotland Calendar – https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/calendar-update/
Tournament entry forms – https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/competition-is-back/

NEW Club Sponsor – Teessport

We were delighted to welcome Marketing Manager, Phil McCallum to the club to kick start our new sponsorship with TEESSPORT. Tees Sport is the country’s premier supplier of table tennis equipment who have been in the business since 1976 and have agreed a deal with North Ayrshire TT to supply our club clothing and equipment such as tables, barriers and bats.

Phil McCallum, Teessport Marketing manager comments “We are delighted to welcome one of Scotland’s leading clubs and current Scottish League champions North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club to the Butterfly family. We are looking forward to working with North Ayrshire over the coming years.”

We have made one of our biggest purchases in recent years with a delivery of new tables, barriers, nets for 3 of our venues (St Matthews, St Peters and West Kilbride). This is an investment in our club so we have the best available equipment for the players who attend our sessions and for the years to come.

Butterfly clothing and equipment can be ordered through our club agent, Chris Main, so please get in touch with him if you need anything ordered or priced. The Teessport website is available to view here which has a full range of products – https://www.teessport.com/

Girls / Kids TT Classes

Girls / Kids class continues to be a busy and fun session every Sunday 12-1pm at St Peters in Chains, Ardrossan. Our qualified club coaches Billy & Chris Main run the weekly session with the help of National Squad member Holly McNamara. We have 4 tables up with a variety of fun games and TT activities for everyone who attends.

All bats, balls and relevant equipment is provided. We operate a casual booking system so if you want more information or to book a space please drop us a email, message via any one of the following.

Email : chris@nattc.co.uk
Phone : 07395295630
FB : NorthAyrshireTableTennis
Twitter : @NorthAyrshireTT
Insta : @NorthAyrshireTT

Article in Local Paper – Return to Competitions

“North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club (NATTC) Development Officer Christopher Main says he is thrilled about the return of competitions next month after a long year out.

Table Tennis, like all sports, has been restricted over the past year with COVID-19 protocols stopping the sport from going at its regular, high pace intensity.

NATTC also lost access to their main training base at St Matthews Academy in Saltcoats with it being shut during the pandemic.

So the club have been running sessions at St Peter’s church hall, which is a three table venue, since they restarted in May.

Alongside the potential reopening and return of some training facilities next month the club are looking forward to a return on the competitive side as well.

The club has a wide variety of players from beginners to Scottish internationals and compete in regional, Scottish and British leagues.

Main says he is delighted with the competitive return for all his sides as they have a busy fixture list to take care of next month.”

For full online article see here – shorturl.at/guL01

September Club Sessions

We continue to build up more sessions during the week with venues such as St Matthews and West Kilbride back open. See list of club sessions for the month of September.

For Monday Night TT at St Matthews no need to book in as we have plenty of space for tables and up to 16 players. With the St Peters sessions on a Friday and Sunday, please book in for the session as its limited to 6 players. 1-1 sessions starting back up on Thursdays starting from 23rd with more times being available going forward.

Monday
7-9pm – Club Night at St Matthews

Thursday
5-9.30pm : 1-1 sessions at St Matthews*

Friday
1-3pm : Over 50s class at St Peters
3-4.30pm : Club session at St Peters
4.30-6.30pm : Club session at St Peters

7-9pm : West Kilbride TT Club at WK CC

Sunday
12-1pm : Kids class at St Peters
1-3pm : Club session at St Peters
3-5pm : Club session at St Peters

* Starts 23rd Sept

Return to TT – Booking a Table

Glad to announce we will be back in action from Friday 30th April and running our usual times from Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We continue to play at St Peters Church hall, where all the Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place entering, during play and exiting the venue.

As well as St Peters Church hall, we have a new venue we will be using “The Training Station” in Saltcoats will be used for smaller training groups, 1-1’s and a number of Kids TT Classes.  This will be available from Monday May 3rd.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the club and back at the tables playing.

Booking your session
Please see below times at our current main base, St Peters Church Hall Ardrossan.  We will operate a first come first serve basis.  You can let Billy or Chris know what times you want to attend. You can organise your own training partner or we can assist in that too so just let us know. Email billy@nattc.co.uk, DM us on FB, twitter or phone 07979806571 to book your place.

Friday
1pm – 3pm : Over 50s – 6 spaces
3.15pm – 4.15pm : Over 50s – 6 spaces
4.30pm – 6.30pm – 6 spaces

Saturday
4pm – 5.30pm : 6 spaces
5.30pm – 7pm : 6 spaces

Sunday 
12pm – 1.45pm : 6 spaces
2pm – 3.30pm : 6 spaces
3.30 – 5pm : 6 spaces

Monday
3pm – 3.15pm : 6 spaces
4.30pm – 6.30pm : 6 spaces

Tuesday – At The Training Station
1.30pm – 5.30pm : TBC

Wednesday – At The Training Station
1.30 – 5.30pm : TBC

FREE Womens / Girls TT Classes

A new programme which we will start early summer will be a block of FREE weekly Women’s and Girls TT classes which will run in 3 different venues across North Ayrshire. See all info below on where the classes will be, how to sign up and more about who will be helping out at the sessions.

– FREE Weekly Womens / Girls TT Sessions
– Various venues across North Ayrshire – Saltcoats, Largs & West Kilbride
– Any age and ability
– Bats and Balls provided
– Try out a new sport for free

Holly McNamara who has been at the club for just over 6 years, is currently ranked one of top U18 players in Scotland and part of North Ayrshires British League team. She will help promote the programme and be at a number of the sessions to help out and knock with whoever attends.  Holly posted this video this morning letting everyone know why we are doing classes and how you can sign up – https://fb.watch/4IBLJViFly/

“Today is World Table Tennis Day where our club along with hundreds of other clubs are promoting womens table tennis and coming up with ideas and projects of how to get more girls playing regardless of age and ability.

Today on behalf of NATTC, I would like to announce that as soon as we can get playing table tennis again, we will be running a number of women’s and girls only TT classes in various facilities in North Ayrshire for a 6 week block. 

I am passionate about the game here in Scotland and will assist in coaching and playing at these sessions where we hope in getting more women and girls playing. All sessions will be FREE of change and we provide all bats and equipment.

You can sign up and show interest today, by getting in touch on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. “

Sign up or ask for more info by messaging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also email us chris@nattc.co.uk or phone 07395295630.

Thanks to our sponsors of this programme – TACT, NA Paricipatory Budgeting, NA Venture Trust & ITTF Foundation.