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26/09/05 -Looking for players or a Team ?
Contact the League Secretary Pete Woodacre or Divisional Secretaries Phil Eardley Divs 1-2 or Roland Grant Divs 3-4. See handbook or contact section for details.
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
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
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