Grand Prix are very busy tournaments aimed at anyone and everyone. They give players the opportunity to play lots of games throughout the weekend and the equal prize money attracts some of the country’s biggest names to enter. Grand Prix can have anywhere between 130 – 240 players entering over the weekend.
Saturday is the banded day. Events are banded on ability level using the Table Tennis England ranking list. The men have 6 bands and the women 4. This gives amateurs and beginners a chance to experience a competitive tournament without being discouraged by always losing.
Sunday morning is the open events (men’s and women’s singles) and in the afternoon there are categorised events - Under 21’s (both men and women), Veteran’s (mixed gender) and doubles, for those looking to work on their partnerships or have some fun. Players umpire the majority of the matches, with umpires being drafted in to complete quarter finals and onwards.