Where We Are Two Years After Opening and New Changes to Operating Hours

 

Hello everyone

Well, what a year we’ve had at EMTTC! Apologies for not updating the blog on a much more regular basis, that’s certainly something that I’m resolving to be better at, as well as my own game!

Since the last blog post we have increased our participation at the club to between 20-30 people each session, increased the number of tables to 8 and included an additional team into the Manchester League bringing our total number of teams up to three.

With the increased number of people regularly coming down to play table tennis at our club we have now reached a point where we feel as though the quality of the sessions isn’t as high as we want to provide to our players. For more information about this please also see our blog post from today entitled Membership.

When the club first opened we operated on the basis that we had two sessions open to people coming to the club, namely that 6pm-8pm would be for juniors, and 8pm-10pm would be for adults. We soon found that this wasn’t working at the time, for a few reasons such as us being a new club and word not spreading quickly enough, and therefore we dropped the division in the operating times and essentially moved to an open session for all to come along at any time between 6pm and 10pm.

As we now have enough interest from enough people coming on a regular basis we now want to move back to a model where we are able to offer more meaningful coaching and development for those people that want this. We will be able to achieve this if players of a similar ability, regardless of age, attend the same session so that we as coaches can set up exercises and drills that are applicable to people of a similar ability (after all, it’s pretty pointless trying to run a drill for someone who has never held a bat before with someone at the other end of the table who has been playing in local leagues for decades).

With this in mind East Manchester Table Tennis Club is happy to announce that from Friday 21st July 2017 we will revert back to the following operating times:

-Between 6pm and 8pm we will have 5 tables open for anyone, regardless of age, who is a beginner to the game, or who is less advanced and who would like the opportunity to improve

-Between 8pm and 10pm we will have 5 tables open for our regular team players along with non-team players who are more advanced in their ability.

This is initially only going to be on a one month trial basis to see how it fits in with us as coaches and you as players, so in this respect please get in touch if you have any questions, queries or concerns.

Lastly, given the present set up of our club (where we are operating with 5 tables in a sports hall and a further 3 tables in a smaller (but still adequate) dance studio) we have taken the decision that during this trial period we will reserve the three tables in the dance studio specifically for people who are unable to come within the above time frames for whatever reason (work commitments, family commitments, holidays etc), though please note we are unable to confirm if these three tables will be really busy or really quiet, so if you come along to play on one of the three tables in the dance studio if you’re not able to fit into the appropriate session for your ability as above you may have to play on a rotation basis, cross table or as doubles.

Lastly, just to confirm, the above session splitting whilst aimed at predominantly improving the game of those who attend, will not just be a solid two hours worth of training drills and exercises, there will be fun games and challenges too where we will be putting into practice what we’ve been trying to improve upon in the session (so don’t be deterred if it sounds like you’re not interested in training and only want to play games, as this would still also be for you).

Please get in touch if you have any questions at all and we’ll be happy to help.

Thanks.

Steven

 

 

Membership

EMTTC currently operates on a no membership basis, though the club has been discussing internally about creating a membership scheme for a small nominal amount for both juniors and adults. The overarching reason for this is to try and make the quality of the sessions for all those who attend much better. 

Whilst EMTTC would never turn anyone away from wanting to play our great sport, it has been difficult sometimes to provide meaningful training drills, demos and coaching etc given the sometimes wide reaching abilities of the people that attend the club. This coupled with the fact that we do get people coming to the club for one or two times and never again, or a few months between visits means that there isn’t often a meaningful enough people of a similar standard to provide good quality sessions in terms of developing and coaching players (of all ages).

Granted this will partly be addressed once the club reintroduces split sessions for juniors/less advanced players and league players/more advanced players, but, the thinking at the club presently is that if a membership scheme was introduced it would result in members feeling more like they belong to a club, rather than a possibly disposable feeling at present/hiring equipment for a service. Membership will also predominantly bring together those people who are more orientated towards being coached/receiving coaching and generally improving their play.

Rest assured however, no membership scheme is currently in operation at present, though it does look likely that this is the way that the club will be operating in the near future. All current attendees to the club will be given a large advanced warning of any changes in this regard.

Watch this space, and keep playing table tennis, and, if you do have any comments about these proposed changes please let us know via Facebook, Twitter or as a reply to this blog post – your comments are greatly appreciated and welcomed!

Andrew Rushton Coaching Update

Andrew Rushton Coaching

Andrew Rushton Coaching

Haven’t the last 4 weeks flown by?! We’re already approaching the 5th of 6 coaching sessions run by Andrew Rushton at EMTTC and it’s going fantastically well with each session proving as popular as as the very first session. Everyone who has attended is well on their way to bettering their all round game.

Week 2 was focusing on the middle game where we got thinking a bit more about the shot we were playing, and specifically our blocks and short shots.

Week 3 centred around service focusing on a couple of basics and brushing on a really nice disguised no spin/backspin serve. For those who picked this one up pretty quickly it proved to be immediately effective with the received mistakenly lifting the no spin ball high having mistakenly believed that there was backspin on the ball – very nice stuff!

Last Friday Andrew had us focusing on our service receive including short flicks and push returns. Players also used this opportunity to put into practice the serves they were working on in the previous session.

As with the first session Andrew’s command of the session is brilliant and everyone listens to him so intently – it’s great to see!

Onwards and upwards to the final third of Andrew’s coaching at EMTTC, but who knows, there’s a chance that we’ll be signing Andrew up for more coaching at EMTTC given how popular his sessions have been!

There’s still time for you to join the remaining two sessions, so if you’re interested please get in touch with us to book your place.

 

So Far So Promising

Well it’s now been over six weeks since the first club night and I have to say that I am happy with how things are going so far. We have regular players as well as new people coming on an ad hoc basis.

I think we are well positioned to enter at least one team into the local league when it starts again in September, so this is promising as this was one of the first goals set out for the club.

I just want to say well done to Thomas, who, apart from being there week in week out, has show real improvement since the day he first walked through the door.

Rosy has also got back into the swing of playing again after about 10 years of not playing on a regular basis – and she looks right at home like she’s never been out of the game!

Our next objective is trying to secure more people on a regular basis, so please share this post and try to recommend just one person to come down, pick up a bat and have fun, even if it is just once to give it a try!

Hopefully see some of you soon!
Steven

Welcome!

Welcome to the first of many blog posts about East Manchester Table Tennis Club and everything associated with it!

EMTTC was recently founded by my friend Iain and I (Steven), two passionate table tennis players who grew up playing the sport together throughout school. Iain lived in China for over 6 years and recently moved back to England, and chose Manchester as his base to move back to. I’ve lived in Manchester for a while now so naturally we met up when he landed back in England. After a catch up we decided that we should try and find somewhere to play table tennis. At this point I had not played seriously (and regrettably) for about 10 years. Iain’s break from the game was significantly less than that.

After looking for places to play we identified that the most convenient place for us both to play based on where we both live was at the Belle Vue Leisure centre. After going a few times and getting to know the staff and manager there, and after long discussions and help and support from various people EMTTC was born.

Whilst we are only a small venture at present we hope to expand in the future. Our first goal is to enter a team in the Manchester Table Tennis League for the 2015-2016 season, which will start about September 2015.