Coronavirus and table tennis: FAQs

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Paul Stimpson

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This page was last updated at 10am on Wednesday, April 8.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect table tennis and society at large, we have put together a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) based on what our members have asked us.

These cover clubs, coaches, competitions and general advice.

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Where can I find out the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Table Tennis England continue to follow the latest guidance and advice from the Government, and are working closely with Sport England. A dedicated page has been created on the Table Tennis England website to ensure that members are able to find the latest statement.

Clubs may find the following links useful for keeping up to date with the latest:

Government information

Table Tennis England

Sport England

Clubs

What are Table Tennis England doing to continue support Clubs?

Table Tennis England will be working hard to stay up to date with the latest information, and ensuring that relevant support is provided to the Club network.

The support for Clubs will focus on 4 key areas:

  • Providing Clubs with the latest up to date guidance and information
  • Identifying and supporting the most at-risk clubs
  • Helping Clubs to stay connected
  • Helping Clubs plan for the future

Although we recognise it is a difficult time, Table Tennis England welcome conversations with Clubs; whether this be relating to coronavirus, or your Club’s development plans.

Please get in touch with your local area officer, or if you are unsure who to contact, please contact Sharon Evans – sharon.evans@tabletennisengland.co.uk

How can we feed in our concerns about our Club to Table Tennis England?

Table Tennis England will be working to take on board the questions, queries and concerns of the Club network. We will use your feedback to build on this FAQ document and the support provided.

If you have concerns for your Club, please get in touch with us and let us know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Your club’s name
  • How the Coronavirus is impacting or will/could impact your club
  • The type of support that could be beneficial
  • The level of concern you currently have (high, medium or low)

Please send your information to Sharon.evans@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Table Tennis England will continue to work with Sport England to guide and advise Clubs at this time. If you would like to contact Sport England directly, you can do so via coronavirus@sportengland.org

Should Clubs still be training?

No. In the light of the March 16th announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, social gatherings of more than two are not allowed and club facilities are likely to be closed in any case. However, we strongly back the position that physical activity is important and encourage all our members to stay active in a safe and healthy way.

Many clubs are keeping in touch with their members by digital media and some clubs have been able to organise virtual training sessions. Some ideas for this can be seen here.

How can Clubs keep in touch with members online?

Table Tennis England have started to see some innovative and creative ways Clubs are staying in touch online. From social media challenges, to sessions via Zoom, we encourage the membership to stay connected.

If you have some fun table tennis video content, Table Tennis England would love to share this. Please connect with us on Twitter (@TableTennisENG) or via our Facebook page

There are also some great apps and software for online meetings to help you stay in touch. Table Tennis England will continue to build guidance in this area, but have you considered:

Setting up a Whatsapp Group

Hosting a Club catch up via Zoom

The Club Matters website has good advice on this and many other areas – click here to see more

Is there any financial assistance available for Clubs?

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis, including a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.

Click here for more details

What events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus?

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all members of our community, it is with regret that all sanctioned Table Tennis England events have been cancelled and sanctioned Table Tennis England leagues (British Leagues, County Championships, NJL/NCL) postponed until April 30th 2020.

Click here to see a list of cancelled or postponed events

We will keep this end date under careful review and make a decision regarding events in May and onwards no later than April 17th.

How can we stay active?

Table Tennis England strongly backs the position that physical activity is important and encourage all our members to stay active in a safe and healthy way. We are currently looking into content that we can share to help keep you and your members active.

Sport England have also compiled some hints and tips on how you can get active whilst you are at home.

Coaches

What are Table Tennis England doing to continue support to Coaches?

Table Tennis England will be working hard to stay up to date with the latest information, and ensuring that relevant support is provided to Coaches.

The support for Coaches will focus on:

  • Providing Coaches with the latest up to date guidance and information
  • Identifying and supporting the most at-risk coaches
  • Helping Coaches with Continual Professional Development
  • Working with external partners

Although we recognise it is a difficult time, Table Tennis England welcome conversations with Coaches; whether this be relating to coronavirus, or your Coaching development plans.

Please get in touch with the Coach and Education department, or if you are unsure who to contact, please email  – coaching@tabletennisengland.co.uk

How can we feed in our concerns about Coaching to Table Tennis England?

Table Tennis England will be working to take on board the questions, queries and concerns for Coaches. We will use your feedback to build on this FAQ document and the support provided.

As a coach, if you have concerns please get in touch with us and let us know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • How the Coronavirus is impacting or will/could impact your coaching
  • The type of support that could be beneficial
  • The level of concern you currently have (high, medium or low)

Please contact coaching@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Table Tennis England will continue to work with Sport England to guide and advise Coaches at this time. If you would like to contact Sport England directly, you can do so via coronavirus@sportengland.org

How can I continue my Coaching Development?

Table Tennis England are setting up a series of Coaching Webinars based around a variety of Coaching topics. These will be led by a number of our staff, tutors and qualified coaches. For further information on the Webinars please click here

Will my Coach Licence expire?

We understand a number of coaches can’t complete their Coach Licence over the coming months and are advised not to coach.

If your Licence is currently suspended due to Safeguarding then there are two options in place. You can:

Complete an online Webinar that is hosted and run by UK Coaching. For further information please click here.

Complete an online renewal Safeguarding course by UK Coaching. This for coaches who have already attended a workshop but their Safeguarding has expired. For further information please click here.

What is the advice for self-employed people?

UK Coaching have developed a forum to support coaches. For more information please click here.

Click on the links below to see the government’s advice for self-employed people, or to make a claim. If you would like help to make a claim, please contact coaching@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Government guidance for employers, employees and businesses

Claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme

General

How can I look after my mental health?

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

Mental health charity Mind have put together information specifically to help us all look after our mental health at this time.

Click here to view this information.

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