NEW Weekly Session – Tuesdays
We have had a good return to table tennis the past few weeks at our new venue, St Peters Church hall in Ardrossan. As you know we have had sessions running Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon. We will continue to run the sessions there on those days but we now have a bigger Tuesday session organised at the Portal 7.30pm – 9pm.
6 tables will be set up so we can accommodate 12 players and is book-able through Billy Main (email@example.com / 07979806571).
This session will run separate to Irvine TTC, as every Tuesday Irvine TTC will run 6pm – 7.20pm. Then NATTC will start at 7.30pm – 9pm.
North Ayrshire TT Session – Portal Info
– Every Tuesday 7.30pm – 9pm
– NATTC players only
– Limited to 12 players
– Book in advance, let Billy know if you are attending
– £4 per session
– No set up or set down of tables
– KA Leisure / TT Scotland Covid-19 rules to be followed and adhered to
– Entrance through main door, exit through fire exit in main hall
– Temperature check on arrival
If you plan to attend this week or the following, drop my dad a message and he will put your name down for the session.
Back in Action
Great first week of table tennis post lockdown and a smooth return to club activity at our new venue, St Peters church hall in Ardrossan. Sessions ran Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and we do the same again this week, with slightly longer days and busier timetable.
All players were great at adhering to the new Covid-19 rules that we have put in place. The hall was looking good with the increased court size and the 3 tables set up. We have opened up our sessions this week to include players from different clubs, such as Irvine TTC and West Kilbride TTC as their venues aren’t open yet.
Our first two weekends have seen over 40+ players walk in the door and we continue to operate a book in advance timetable. Anyone wanting to book a table, confirm times or get more information, please contact Billy Main on 07979806571.
VIDEO : Jamie Johnson playing well after his first weekend back, making the topspin exercises look easy as usual … shorturl.at/akoMT
Support from ITTF Foundation
The ITTF Foundation has been set up specifically to promote humanitarian projects around the globe, creating positive social change and solidarity through table tennis. Events such as World Table Tennis Day and the first ever ITTF World Parkinson;s Table Tennis Championships have been organised by the Foundation and are growing year on year. They have focused mainly on projects involving women, refugees, and people with disabilities.
New for 2020, and in response to the COVID-19, comes TABLE TENNIS UNITED. Those involved in table tennis affected by the pandemic, can apply to the scheme for support. Support can be in the form of financial, equipment or knowledge that is deemed helpful to the applicant. Club member, Graeme Stevenson, learned of the project through the ITTF website and suggested that our club, North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club apply for funding.
We set about collating information on how the pandemic had affected our club. The cancellation of the North Ayrshire Open and several other planned activities significantly reduced our income over this recent period. We applied to the ITTF TABLE TENNIS UNITED Fund for support and a few weeks later we were delighted to be offered some $3,500 worth of equipment for the club. This donation in kind will without doubt help the club continue now with many activities, including kids pre and after school clubs, and also a planned promotion of women and girls in table tennis. Whilst we are aware the pandemic will still cause some disruption to our future plans we are very grateful to ITTF Foundation and their partners for the support we have been given.
Return to TT
North Ayrshire TT – Return to TT – Friday 4th Sept
NATTC will be back in action and return to limited club activity from this Friday 4th September at one of our newly secured venues, St Peters Church Hall in Ardrossan.
Club coaches / volunteers have been working hard over the past couple of weeks sorting out our return to table tennis. We have secured a number of venues where we have moved tables and equipment too. However, some remain shut for a few weeks and while they are in the process of re-opening, we will be using St Peters main hall starting with sessions running this Friday 4th Sept, Sat 5th, Sun 6th and Mon 7th.
– The main hall is perfect size and will hold 3 tables (5m x 10m court size) where 6 players can play at the same time. 1 coach will be in attendance who will not enter the playing area.
– Session times will be emailed to members tomorrow and people can contact Billy Main to book their session. Each session will be an hour and a half with 20 mins between sessions to clean the equipment and change over to the next slot.
– 2 players per court at one time and we will provide new balls for each session for each table.
– Cost will be £5 per session, with upfront online payment preferred. When booking sessions with Billy let him know if you intend to transfer online. Makes it so easy if people continue to use online payments.
– All TTS and Scottish Govt policy and procedures will be met with temperature check, hand sanitiser and register for each member’s details for track and trace on entry. Graeme Stevenston is our Covid Officer who has been doing risk assessments of venues and purchasing all relevant PPE equipment.
– Table Tennis Scotland – Ready to Return guidelines are available to read on their website on the link below which has all the procedures / policies we will be following. https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TTS-Return-to-Table-Tennis.pdf