We are delighted to announce that North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club have secured funding from SportScotland through their Direct Club Investment Programme to appoint a part time development coach for a 3 year period. This is a major achievement for us which will enable us to focus on increasing club membership for the future growth & sustainability of the club. The Direct Club Investment programme supports our ambition to encourage more people to be active and take part in sport. NATTC will be running a dedicated 32 week programme to give as many youngsters in our area the chance to be active, play table tennis and join a local club.
The new investment for the regional development posts is to ensure that there are more professional people working directly to support local sport clubs, which will help improve the overall quality of the school to club to performance pathways. This focused work enables Scottish Governing Bodies of sport to work more closely with their member clubs, and with local partners, to improve the opportunities for clubs to flourish. Using National Lottery funding, the DCI is designed to support large-scale club development projects over a two to four-year period, with a focus on either growing club membership or enhancing club environments to allow the development of high performance athletes.
Over 50’s table tennis
We have secured a new venue at St Cuthbert’s Church hall in Saltcoats which we will to use for table tennis training sessions and our new dedicated afternoon over 50’s class. We will be using this hall during the day, twice a week for our new over 50’s class which Phil Greenham and Bruce McLellan who are both club members will be running. Table Tennis is a great way to keep fit which will burn up to 200 calories per hour playing casually with a group of friends. 4 tables will be delivered to St Cuthbert’s Church hall where the 1st Saltcoats Boys Brigade will be using them as well for their hourly slot of table tennis.
North Ayrshire Open – Table Tennis Week
The North Ayrshire is a Scottish ranking tournament which we organise each year and is held at St Matthews Academy, Saltcoats every November. Over 120 competitors play over 2 days of competition where competitors can range from 9 year olds who have just started the game to senior Scottish internationalists. This is a great opportunity for our players to test themselves against the best players in the country, right on their doorstep.
Each year on the run up to the North Ayrshire Open, we run a “Table Tennis Week” where our coaches promote table tennis in numerous local schools and hand out over 300 free tickets to local school children where they and their families can come along to our event, get up close and watch top class table tennis. Several Commonwealth Games players were in attendance in 2014 with Sueng Ming Chen (Taiwan) winning the Men’s Singles event, and Lynda Flaws (Shetland) winning the Women’s Singles event.