Bat and Chat

Bat and Chat supports clubs and leagues to run successful programmes aimed at the 55+ market

Bat and Chat was launched after research revealed that targeting this age group with a relaxed, social session can help clubs and leagues attract new members.

The Bat & Chat product is free of charge to PremierClubs and Leagues, and £15 to Associate clubs. It provides organisers with guidance and tips on how to set up a session, and marketing materials to help recruit participants.

It can be ordered by filling in the simple form below.

After completing our request form and confirming you meet some basic criteria for delivering the programme, you will receive a digital download with the product guide and marketing materials. We will also then post out to you 20 glossy A4 customisable posters, a set of flyers, and a hard copy of the guidance document.  We will also add your session to our table tennis finder website tool, and you will become part of a wider network of clubs and leagues delivering the Bat & Chat programme.

Before downloading or purchasing the product we suggest you read our good practice guide on customer experience, which forms a key part of our objective to improve the experience of all those playing our game. The good practice guide can be found here.

One league to already launch the programme is Castleford and Pontefract. The league started a Bat & Chat session it to address the steady decline of members in recent years, and after anecdotal evidence revealed existing squash club members would enjoy a different racket activity. The session was advertised through a flyer and the local press.

Dennis Shaw, league press secretary, said:

Numbers at the sessions have been consistently high and most of the players have been either new to the sport or returning from playing previously. Most have been signed up as associate members and a few are progressing to the League in September.

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