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    25/09/05 - Welcome to the new 2005/06 table tennis season.

    Foreword by the Chairman

    Welcome to the new season.

    Some interesting local developments in our sport have occurred in recent

    times and they continue to evolve. The most obvious has been the emergence

    of Portsmouth TTC – an ETTA Advanced Premier Club (formerly ALNS TTC)

    based at Admiral Lord Nelson School, which had well over 100 members last

    season, with a good spread of age groups. Usually a minimum of 10 tables are

    used at every session.

    Table tennis now features regularly in Portsmouth's holiday sports

    programmes, in the School's Sports Activity week, and in the Children's

    University programmes.

    Local coaches have increasingly contributed to after school sports

    development programmes based at Secondary Schools but which focus on

    clusters of Junior and Primary schools.

    This year we shall seek to develop a Youth League.

    Recently a full time professional Solent Community TT Coach has been

    appointed via the ETTA to work closely with the three Premier Clubs in

    Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton. The appointee Frenchman Eric

    Duduc has been operational since June. In Portsmouth his input has

    concentrated on the St Paul's Primary School at Paulsgrove, Charles Dickens

    Junior School at Buckland and at Portsmouth Table Tennis Club (PTTC).

    In the autumn term some of Eric Duduc's time will be allocated to children at St

    Georges Primary School at Portsea but using the new John Pounds Centre as

    a coaching centre.

    With the Olympics being staged in London in 2012 there will be more

    emphasis given to sports promotion and we should be ready to advance our

    cause on the wave of opportunity. "Extended Schools" for community

    purposes and out of school activity is already on the government's agenda.

    Table Tennis is seen by Portsmouth City Council as one of the most proactive

    sports in the City. Hundreds of children have reaped the benefit of our

    coaching programme. So a lot of TT development work has happened with the

    support of just a few voluntary TT coaches. Building on their considerable

    pioneering work is now a priority with a need to spread the load. I would ask

    you to think about making a contribution to our sport. Sustaining the

    development momentum requires a wider base of trained and qualified

    volunteers – coaches, feeders, administrators etc. I would be pleased to

    discuss this matter with you.

    A Level 1 and Level 2 Coach Education Course is planned at Fareham on the

    24th and 25th September (closing date 19th September) and for younger

    players a new TT Networker project is just about to be launched. Details can

    be obtained from me – Tel 023 92371141

    Brian Hall

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