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.

 

Andrew Rushton at EMTTC Session 1

 

 

After weeks of preparation we kicked off session 1 of Andrew Rushton’s coaching with a bang!

It was great to see so many new faces as well as old ones benefitting from the wisdom of such a great player like Andrew.

For the 6 weeks he is here, he has developed key areas to work on over the course and week 1 was all about movement. He told us all we would be sweating and he didn’t disappoint.

His ability to communicate to such a large group was phenomenal and his experience shone through as he led everyone on an amazing two hour session. We saw beginners master the basics with ease and confidence under his guidance. Even our more advance players progressed throughout the night and by the end of the session everyone felt a great impact into their game.

Not only did all of our players benefit greatly but we as coaches, learnt so much from Andrew. His approach is friendly, concise and masterful and if you haven’t signed up for his other sessions I would highly recommend you do so. If you have an interest in joining any of his sessions please use the contact us page to book your place.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to the 5 weeks we have left with Andrew.

The EMTTC Team

 

 

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Come on EMTTC!

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So here we are! Only 3 games left until the end of the season and we are sitting comfortably second in the league with a game in hand.

Our next game is against the team currently sitting top, shall we say “Our Rivals” Affinity 2nd.

This game is detrimental to us securing our place at the top of the table. It will take place at Belle Vue leisure centre on the 26th of February at 7pm. Please feel free to come along and support us.

We have played some tough games and all of our players have given it everything to be in this position and fingers crossed we can bring the title home on our debut season in the Manchester league.

We are also playing in the semi-final of the Handicap cup on Monday the 22nd against Christie’s 1st and still have the final of the Leslie Cohen cup to play after the end of the season.

I would like to wish all of our players the best of luck and fingers crossed EMTTC will be shopping for a trophy cabinet fairly soon.

Well done and lets keep up the good work.

 

EMTTC

End of year review!

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So here we are, its now 2016 and we are approaching almost 1 year of club operation.

Firstly we would like to thank all of our coaches, volunteers and members for all of their continued support and help every week. You guys are what makes our club great and we cannot thank you enough!

We have finally moved from the dance studio into the main sports hall and now operate 4 tables over a badminton court. We are pleased to see a strong turnout every week and it is fantastic to see old faces returning as well as new ones turning up. Fingers crossed we will be expanding soon and adding two more tables to the mix to accommodate more players.

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Iain and Steven have also passed their UKCC level 1 and are now looking to expand their knowledge by completing their level 2 as soon as it becomes available. This means that all of the players at our club will receive a higher quality of coaching and hopefully progress on to teams to compete in local and national leagues. With our continued growth we are always looking for Volunteers/Coaches to get involved and help with the smooth running of the club so if that appeals to you please make contact to info@emttc.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Our team in the Manchester league is also pleased to announce that we are currently on track to win the league and gain promotion in to division one for next season. We are also in the final of the Leslie Cohen trophy which will be played towards the end of the season so please keep your fingers crossed for our victory. EMTTC would like to thank all of their players for their hard work and dedication and wish them the best of luck in the remainder of the season. If playing in a league is something that interests you please send us an email or see Iain and Steven to register your interest. The new season starts in September and entries need to be in to the league secretary by the end of June.

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Finally we would like to thank all of the staff at Belle Vue Leisure Centre for all of their hard work and support in helping the club to expand and run efficiently. We are eternally grateful for all of your support and look forward to watching our partnership flourish.

 

Best wishes,

 

Iain

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.