Coronavirus update

Paul Stimpson

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Last updated on Friday January 8 at 2.50pm (elite athlete section)

Please note, this is an ever-changing situation and our advice may change at short notice. We recommend that you check our website regularly for the latest advice.

January 5 update

Following the Government announcement regarding lockdown 3.0, all clubs, league, competition or coaching activity stops with immediate effect.

This includes all previous exemptions with regards to indoor and outdoor play. The only table tennis that is able to continue is within your own home if with members of your own household or support bubble.

We therefore move back to Stage 1 of our Ready to Return pathway. We will confirm as soon as we can what stage of the ready to return roadmap we will be able to return to once lockdown 3.0 ends.

Remember, there are a range of ways to keep active on the play at home section of the website. For general advice on coronavirus, please visit our advice section.

Please stay safe as we wait for our sport to resume. If you have any questions please contact our helpdesk.

For clubs and leagues where the Government announcement will create further financial challenges, please ensure you take a look at the Sport England funding pots now available. Table Tennis England is offering support to clubs with submitting a bid.

Any coaches or clubs who would like to talk about their options and their next steps, please do not hesitate to get in contact via our helpdesk, or by requesting a one to one session with one of our development team on the link here.

We will continue to provide updates on what the latest Government announcement means for our competitions over the coming months.

Please see the current guidelines and timescales connected to the return of national competitions, plus our refund policy, by clicking here.

Elite athletes

Elite athletes are exempt from the current lockdown for the purposes of training and competing. For the avoidance of doubt, elite athletes are defined by DCMS as someone who is one or more of the following:

  • an individual who derives a living from competing in a sport
  • a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body
  • a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body
  • on an elite development pathway.

Table Tennis England have further defined this as a person identified by the National Men’s or Women’s Coach who is a potential player (or sparrer for players) in the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 who can train in a specific training venue, currently the David Ross Sports Village at University of Nottingham.

Table Tennis England will also recognise those players defined by the other Home Nations as elite for the purposes of accessing the current elite training venue

Only players meeting both DCMS and Table Tennis England definitions will be cleared as elite athletes.


When any updated Government guidance is published, we will move as soon as we can to consider what it means for table tennis across the country. We will aim to respond to any changes promptly but we may have to wait for the Government to provide the precise details of their guidance and advice.

Our series of stages through which we anticipate table tennis activity outside of the home resuming are below:

  • Stage 1 – Play and exercise at home and limited outdoor play (where we are now)
  • Stage 2 – Limited club activity
  • Stage 3 – Preparing for localised competition
  • Stage 4 – Local competition resumption
  • Stage 5 – Restricted national competitions

In all matters, the health and wellbeing of all our members, volunteers, suppliers and staff remain the key priority for the Board of Table Tennis England at this time of uncertainty and change.

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