Coronavirus and table tennis: FAQs

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Paul Stimpson

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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

To assist in the above, the following pages have been created on the Table Tennis England website:

  • Ready to Return: This contains the latest guidance and information for Clubs and Leagues relating to a return to play. Click here to visit this page.
  • Club Webinars: Since April 14, Table Tennis England have hosted weekly Club webinars on a variety of topics from Sport England Funding to Club Matters, and Be TT to ClubSpark. Clubs can catch up on previous sessions, or book onto future sessions by clicking here.

Although we recognise it is a difficult time, Table Tennis England welcomes 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 [email protected]

How will Table Tennis England support Clubs & Leagues to return to play?

When table tennis activity outside of the home resumes, we anticipate this to be through a series of stages, where restrictions are lifted gradually, whilst closely following Government advice at all times.

It is unknown at this time what each stage will look like in detail and how long each of these stages may last, but we hope it is useful to start providing some thoughts on this area, as to how we anticipate table tennis returning.

The stages outlined are as follows:

  • Stage 1 – Play and exercise at home and limited outdoor play (where we are now – June 1, 2020)
  • Stage 2 – Limited club activity
  • Stage 3 – Preparing for localised competition
  • Stage 4 – Local competition resumption
  • Stage 5 – Full play and spectating in place

All information relating to Ready to Return, including the associated guidance can be found by clicking here.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Should Clubs still be training?

There should still be no indoor Club activity.

Groups of six can now meet outside for exercise, if social distancing guidelines are maintained – click here to see the Sport England advice on this.

Playing is permitted on outdoor tables if with members of their household or one other person only. No more than two people at any one time should be playing on the same table, unless with members of the same household.

One to one coaching is permitted outdoors. From June 1st, one to coaching with an under-18 or vulnerable adult can now take place if a parent/guardian/carer is present and maintains social distancing – click here to see the Sport England advice on this.

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.

To support in the preparation of the return of Club and League activity, Table Tennis England have produced Ready to Return Guidance. For information on the latest guidance and an overview of all 5 stages, including where we are now, click 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.

Ready to Return Stage 1 Guidance includes information on Member Engagement and Planning for the Future. This can be viewed here.

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

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 £35 million Community Emergency Fund, which made grants between £300 and £10,000 available. This fund is currently paused to new applications, but you can find out more about it by clicking here.

Sport England Active Together

Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Sports clubs that have had to cease operations due to the ongoing pandemic and in doing so are experiencing short-term financial difficulty, can set up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding. Click here for more information.

Table Tennis England Be TT Funding

Support for clubs and leagues to re-engage existing members and potential new members. Be TT funding to fund activity helping clubs and leagues to be in a good position to re-start when restrictions have been lifted.

More information can be found by clicking here.

What events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus?

For the latest list of cancelled or postponed events, please click the link below.

Click here to see a list of cancelled or postponed events

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.

Table tennis clubs, coaches and individual members are devising ways to stay in touch and keep training during these unprecedented times.

From online coaching sessions to inventive at-home training ideas, it is clear the table tennis community is determined to keep working together to stay positive and help each other adapt to the alien conditions under which we are all now living.

Some examples can be found here.

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  – [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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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