Weymouth & District Table Tennis League
Springfield A Winners of the 1st Division 2016.
Thomas Babler, Andy Millar, Craig Stenton
Weymouth & District Table Tennis League serves Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester in sunny Dorset. At the present time there are some 30 teams competing in three divisions pproviding a high standard of competitive table tennis. However, it is not all about the league, there is a social table tennis club situated at Preston where there is plenty of opportunities for beginners to come along and see if they like the sport.
If you are visiting on holiday then you are welcome to call any one on the committee and they will be able to point you towards the nearest table tennis club where you will be made very welcome.
The Weymouth & District Table Tennis League itself is affiliated to Table Tennis England
Saturdays start at All Saints next week - September 3rd.
Mondays start at All Saints on September 5th. Matt Ware will be running his youth and adult sessions. We are pleased to welcome Sanja Clements who will start to help girls on some Mondays as well.
Wednesdays also start at Wey Valley on September 7th.
Weymouth League sessions remain a 'pay as you play' activity and no booking is required. We are pleased to say that we have kept the prices the same as last year at most of the clubs, which range from free to a maximum of £2.50. We are a non profit organisation and we will continue to plough profits back into school visits and the continued development of table tennis in the area.
Many thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of our volunteer coaches. We are pleased to announce that 3 further coaches will be attending training courses before Xmas.
Please click on Latest Coaching Flyer link in box to the right for the latest times.
2015-16 Development Secretary's Report
This season has seen a wide range of opportunities for all ages and abilities, including increased efforts to develop adult practice. We have seen an expansion of our regular practice days and external funding has helped us to deliver table tennis sessions five days a week.
Our main asset is our volunteer coaching staff and firstly I would like to pay special thanks to all of our coaches including regular coaches at Saturday league training Mark Heasman and Alec Brown, also Neil Hardisty at Budmouth and Lily Cherry at girls coaching. Many league players have also given up time to assist at Sportivate sessions at Wey Valley and All Saints, which is greatly appreciated. Many thanks also to Matt Ware for his dedication in travelling from Poole each week.
Thanks to an increased number of coaches, Saturday's are a superb platform for young players to be introduced to the game and then develop.
Monday youth training at All Saints has been expanded and young players are benefitting from Matt Ware's experience at an early stage.
Monday adult training with Matt Ware has become established with a mixture of league players from Division 1 to Division 3 and other adults who are looking to improve and keep fit.
Primary school and female only sessions continue at All Saints.
Two free Open Day events were held, one on a Monday and a Saturday.
Table Tennis was once again a popular sport at the 4th Weymouth Beach Sports Arena last July. This year's event takes place on July 23rd - 24th.
Players travelled to Denmark and Sweden for training last August and recently to an international tournament.
Two girls projects in Weymouth and Dorchester. Over 50 players of all ages took advantage.
Wey Valley Adult Project. Over 20 players took part in a very enjoyable course and it is hoped that Wey Valley will become an established practice and league venue next season.
This is a 3 year funded project which has been established at four venues, ALl Saints, Budmouth, Wey Valley and Dorchester Middle Schools. As well as each club operating an all ages/abilities open play policy, we will be looking to focus on specific objectives over 3 years, including disability, adult, primary school and all girl initiatives.
Table Tennis England - Pilot Adult Satellite Club - this ran at Dorchester Sports Centre. This has identified a need to establish regular adult table tennis in Dorchester though a suitable venue in Dorchester has been difficult to find.
Cancer Rehabilitation - Stepping Out Project - this started in January and is now established to run every 3 months at Bridport Leisure Centre.
If anyone knows of any other projects that the League could get involved in then please let Andy Millar know.
Matt Ware is a fantastic addition to our coaching staff and his experience, enthusiasm and dedication are making a real difference to Dorset players and teams which has been evident at competitions from youth to adult level.
A record eight youth sides entered the Weymouth League.
The Schools Junior League ran at Wey Valley with 19 teams over 3 boys divisions and a girls division. Wey Valley were the boys team winners, Budmouth were the girls team winners. Budmouth retained the Ronald Burke Memeorial Trophy as overalll winners. (The schools individual competitons will be held in July this year).
Rob Taylor Trophy - League Junior Champion - Will Jolliffe.
National Cadet League (U15) - 3 teams took part. The A Team were runners up in Div 1, B Team were winners of Div 2. C Team were promoted from Div 3.
National Junior League (U18) - A team were runners up in Div 1, B Team were 3rd in Div 1 after being promoted from Div 2.
National School Team Events - large Weymouth School's entry and significant success for Budmouth Boy's under 13's and 19's qualifying for the regional finals. Budmouth hosted the county girls events.
The league now has UKCC/1st4sport Level 2 Table Tennis qualified coaches. We currently offer youth coaching for beginners and intermediate players. Our coaching sessions are run at All Saints school in Wyke Regis on Mondays and Saturdays. Please see the coaching sidebar for session timings. The league also runs an adult practice session at Wyke Table Tennis Club on Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm.
If you wish to play table tennis in the league or even just for fun you're more than welcome. The league has players at all levels right from beginners to advanced and also several clubs in and around Weymouth and Dorchester offer social table tennis evenings.