Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on Table Tennis England membership.

What is my membership fee spent on?

Your membership benefits not only you as an individual table tennis player, but helps support the sport by contributing to its development at all levels in England. The majority of affiliation fees are reinvested in Table Tennis England events for players; the provision of insurance cover, child protection, coach development, and support and development for table tennis at all levels from grassroots juniors, cadets and seniors through to international matches.

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What sort of membership do I need?

It depends what sort of environment you play table tennis in. If you play competitively in national or local tournaments and leagues, you will need either a Compete (formerly Player) or Compete Plus (formerly Player Licence) Membership. Compete Plus is for those who wish to compete in the British League or any national tournament rated 2* or above. Compete Membership is for those who compete in local leagues, County Championships or 1* national tournaments. If you only play in closed tournaments at your club, or socially, then Club Play (formerly Associate Membership) is for you.


What happens if I play without a membership?

If you try to compete without a membership, tournament orgainsers and league managers shall refuse entry to the tournament and affiliated leagues. Competition organisers have support from head office to check the current status of membership records based on every player’s unique TT ID (formerly membership number).


What if I already have a Compete membership but want to play a higher-level national event?

If you have an existing Compete membership (formerly Player Membership), for instance for local leagues or 1* events, and you wish to compete as a one-off in a higher-level national event that requires a Compete Plus membership, you have the option of either upgrading to Compete Plus for the rest of the season or paying a one-off ‘Single Competition Licence fee’. A single competition licence (sometimes referred to as a ‘Day Licence’) is a temporary upgrade for just one specific event, such as a Grand Prix or 2*.


I play in multiple leagues, do I need to purchase multiple memberships?

No. Your membership is valid for all leagues and tournaments across the country.


What fees are required if I usually play elsewhere in the UK or the world but wish to occasionally play in England?

In most instances, affiliated members of Home Countries associations are able to play competitive table tennis in England on a reciprocal basis (ie using their existing affiliation to Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland or Wales table tennis association). A similar arrangement exists for players affiliated to table tennis associations elsewhere in the world, though some fees may also be payable depending on the event. Please check with the tournament organiser before you confirm attendance. You will be required to provide evidence of your current existing affiliation.


Who will have access to my membership information?

Table Tennis England are the only organisation with permanent access to your information. When you register with a league or tournament, the organiser will also gain access to your information saved. This is to ensure that you hold a valid membership and that they are able to contact or identify you in case of emergency. No one else is given access to your data without your prior permission.


Will my information be secure?

Yes, the Table Tennis England membership platform, is hosted by Amazon Web Services within Europe. The servers are encrypted and monitored using a number of professional software security tools. The information that flows between your browser and the platform is protected using HTTPS encryption.


Do you save my card details?

No. We use Stripe to process your online payment. We do not store or even hold your credit card details on our servers, even temporarily.


Why do you need my date of birth?

We use your date of birth to establish your age, so that we can ensure the correct fee levels are paid. We also use your date of birth to allow us to track the age profile of our membership and ensure that you are listed correctly in the monthly ranking and rating lists. In future, we may want to offer specific member benefits to specific age groups.


Why do you ask for my ethnicity and disability status?

This is optional information, but we are asked to collect this data as part of our funding arrangements. This is so that Sport England (in particular) can analyse the diverse nature of the people who participate in sport – and in our case table tennis.


What is the procedure if an accident has occurred or a player or the club needs to make a claim?

Please refer to guidelines in the summary of cover. The Towergate Insurance Claims team can be contacted on 01926 439439 or [email protected]