Table Tennis England - Plastic Ball Statement

The ITTF has decided that the new plastic ball will be introduced in ITTF competitions from July 1, 2014. The ETTU has recently confirmed the mandatory use of the plastic ball in all ETTU competition from September 1, 2014. As a matter of principle Table Tennis England supports the decision and will be introducing the new plastic ball this coming season.

We wish to accommodate our players across the membership spectrum, be sensitive to the logistics of all those who are planning for next season, while not disadvantaging our elite athletes who will also be competing at the highest level here and abroad. We all recognise, along with other national associations, that this will be a transitional year.

As such, and following discussion with domestic competition committees, other European nations and equipment distributors, Table Tennis England intends to introduce the new plastic ball in the following competitions from August 1, 2014

·         National Championships (senior, junior, cadets – regional qualifiers optional); and

·         Grand Prix.

We understand that a reasonable supply of plastic balls will be available in the UK from mid-late July however we are keeping a watching brief and should there not be sufficient supply by then we will issue further guidance in particular with respect to the first two Grand Prix.

Table Tennis England expects and encourages increased use of the plastic ball as the supply becomes more available but recognises the practical difficulties during a transitional year. Therefore apart from the above competitions, it will allow those responsible for all other aspects  of Competitive Table Tennis (as defined in Regulations) to choose either celluloid or plastic balls until July 1, 2015 when use of the plastic ball will become mandatory for all Competitive Table Tennis in England.

June 24th, 2014

Summer League

I am prepared to organise a Summer League across the Guildford and Aldershot Leagues. It will be a ten week programme commencing on June 9th. Several weeks will be when the World Cup is taking place. If interested then please let me know by Tuesday May 27th with Team Name, home night, venue and captain's details.

Dave Brown

Guildford Closed Tournament

Chris Bush won the Men's Open Singles beating Matt Pernet in the final

and Fei Fei Pei won the Ladies Final beating Sarah Horsnell.

"Read More" for a full report and Roll of Honour.

Photos courtesy of John Upham and James Sellen

Open Practice each Wed.

Open practice available from this Wednesday (15th Jan) onwards - see link for more details

Broadmoor win Vets Final

Broadmoor won a tight and exciting Vets final 5-4, with Mark Handcock getting the better of Gordon Holmes in a tense and enthralling final match. 

Full scorecard

KO Cup Results

I have put live a facility to allow you to enter KO Cup scorecards in a similar way to League scorecards. Although you can enter matches that are played after the result is known, only the matches played until someone reaches 5 will be counted in the result.

Any unplayed matches should have an entry of VOID in the field.

Any problems just let me know.


Division 3 Player wanted

Challoner are looking for a Division Three player to join our club where the emphasis is very much on enjoying your table tennis.

Interested? Please contact Crispian Knight via email at or by phone on 0781 507 5403


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