Return to Play: How Clubs and Leagues are adjusting

Paul Stimpson

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Clubs and Leagues have been adjusting to the coronavirus restrictions to resume play in covid-safe conditions. Here, we share some examples of how individual Clubs and Leagues have been  getting players back on the table.

Let us know what your Club or League has been doing and share your successes and challenges with others around the country – email [email protected] and we will add to this page.

Rowhedge TTC

St Neots TTC

Clacton & District League

A total of 26 teams will be competing in the Clacton and District League’s new Winter Friendly League.

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Leicester & District

With local lockdown curtailing the start of table tennis in Leicester when other areas were able to get back to playing it is good to report a building up of activity, especially coaching on various fronts.

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While traditional leagues and all other formal tournaments are struggling to get going, BATTS has successfully resumed its highly popular and flexible Open Singles League and are busy making plans to expand the scope of the competition.

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Aylesbury & District League

Brian Whitehead (fixtures secretary): At the request of members, Aylesbury & District League plan to commence their Autumn Friendly Team Competition next week. The competition will last seven weeks with 28 of the League’s teams taking part, divided into four groups according ability.

Matches are of 9 singles with sets limited to best of 3 games up to 11 pts because of early finish requirements set at some venues to meet COVID conditions. Elsewhere, best of 5 games is optional. All Clubs taking part have had to sign up to the current COVID guidance.

Ottery St Mary TTC

David Millen (press officer): The Ottery St Mary Table Tennis Club in Devon are pleased to be back in operation as one of only two clubs currently open for play in the Exeter League.

With four tables in use in half of the local LED Leisure Centre main hall, we can accommodate 12 members playing in two pods of six, one pod on each pair of tables. With external doors open at each end of the centre and with internal air circulation, a Covid secure environment can be maintained.

A strict set of protocols and booking system is in operation which unfortunately limits the number of members who can play in the two-hour session, although some members are reluctant to return to play at present. Further sessions are being considered in an additional venue at The Institute in Ottery St Mary, where we could run three sessions on two tables with one pod of six players in each session if the demand is there.

In pre-Covid times the Club ran four teams in the Exeter League, but the present situation prevents participation in matches.

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