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Back to Competitive Action in 2021

Bury St Edmunds League 2021-22 Fixtures

After what seems like an age (including an aborted 2020-21 season), we have started competitive league matches again.

You can see the new fixture list for the forthcoming season are available on the
BStE TT League website

Suffolk Senior Super Series tournaments ~ at Stowupland

Three Senior ranking events at our venue at Stowupland School have been approved by Table Tennis England. Click the blue links for more information, or see info about the first event below.

  1. Sunday 17th October, 2021 9.30 – 5pm The Suffolk Senior Super Series (1)  (details below)

 2. Sunday 14th November, 2021 9.30 – 5pm – The Suffolk Senior Super Series (2)

3. Sunday 16thJanuary, 2022 9.30 – 5pm – The Suffolk Senior Super Series (3)

Details of next event - Suffolk Senior Super Series (2)  Sunday 14th November, 2021 9.30 - 5pm

Covid-19 playing update-July 2020

Message to members from the STTC Committee

Hello to all Stowmarket Table Tennis Club members and parents of our junior members. I hope this email finds you well and coping with life without our sport.
 
It’s been months since the club committee had to suspend play. Some of you will now be aware that our governing body, Table Tennis England (TTE) has given approval for some table tennis to resume from July 25th.  This is obviously good news for those of us who want to get back to playing.
 
As with everything else opening up, there are very strict guidelines imposed on us in order for venues to be safe. I’ll cover some of these further down. Firstly, it’s fairly certain that Stowupland Sports Centre will not reopen before schools start the new term in September. We are still waiting for final confirmation and will keep you informed if things change. That leaves our other venue, St Peter’s Hall Stowmarket. We are more optimistic about using St Peters and expect confirmation soon. 
 
To be clear, we will not be ready to reopen by 25th July. The club committee has met (on-line) to discuss TTE’s guidance, and what actions need to be taken for us to resume play. We will organise a ‘dummy run’ in order to work out the practicalities of running a session when we have access to the hall. Some of the restrictions include:
 
  • A non-playing person must supervise each session to ensure guidelines are followed.
  • Social distancing is required at venues: Only those actually playing are allowed in the hall.
  • Members must book a place to play.
  • Larger court areas are needed, so only three tables will be available at St Peters.
  • No doubles, only singles play.
  • Less changing of playing partners. At each change, players must clean their end of the table before moving on.
 
Assuming the committee thinks it’s possible to meet these safety conditions we intend to trial a Monday session open to six players between 10.30 – 11.30, then another six players from 11.30 – 12.30. The charge would be £2 per person per hour to cover hall rental costs. Assuming this works, we can consider operating the same system on Thursday afternoons and possibly try an evening if the hall is available.
 
Until things change, similar conditions would apply to the reopening of Stowupland on a Friday. We can fit in four tables which allows for eight players per hour. There will be no junior coaching before half term in October. However if the club is able to open with adequate supervision and we book the hall for three hours, we may be able to offer the first hour of play just for juniors if there is demand.
 
As you can see, there is a lot to organise so we would welcome some help as the committee members will not be able to do this on their own. We would therefore welcome some feedback from you all, letting us know: 
 
Would you be interested in starting to play?
Could you offer to supervise a session?
Can offer to set up or maintain a booking system?
 
I hope to see some of you playing soon.
 
Richard Stokes
Chairman STTC

Covid-19 Club Policy

Please read below the club’s Covid-19 policy for playing at Stowupland. 

The Table Tennis England (TTE) guidelines are available on the TTE website, here.

OPERATING POLICY FOR STOW TTC
AT STOWUPLAND

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Following advice from the Government and Table Tennis England

Any person considered to be in the SHIELDING (high risk/clinically extremely vulnerable) group or caring for someone who is shielding, should consider very carefully whether they should attend any club session. If they do so they must accept that they do so at their own risk.

  • It is a requirement that you are a member of Table Tennis England before playing. This provides some public liability insurance cover.
  • All sessions will require to be pre-booked. If this is not done and someone turns up on the off chance they will be refused entry. The booking method will be advised separately and may include an online system with provision for those without internet access.
  • There is a QR code at the entrance for those with the Track & Trace app, please sign in with this if you can.
  • Payment for playing may be made in cash but it is requested that you have the right amount which should be dropped into the tin. It is planned to wash all coins at the end of the session. If possible, you are encouraged to pay using online banking and provision is available to pay for several sessions in advance. Details can be provided on request.
  • We ask that players do not arrive too early for their session and if they do so they should wait outside using social distancing. 
  • Equipment will be set up and taken down by the steward(s). No other players should get involved.
  • We ask that all players wear their own face covering when attending until they are at the table ready to play. If not playing then they should be worn. 
  • We expect everyone to adhere to the social distancing policy in waiting areas (both inside and outside) and especially at the reception desk.
  • We ask that all players sanitise their hands when entering and suggest that you do so before leaving. Hand cleansing will be provided on entry but you are requested to bring your own for use at other times.
  • The steward who is acting as organiser will be sat just inside the door. He/she will check and obtain confirmation from the player that they are clear of symptoms and, as far as they are aware, that they have not been in contact with anyone that may have them,  before agreeing to their entry to the hall.
  • If you need to use the toilet facilities the Disabled toilet is available on a one in, one out policy.
  • To maintain a safe distance we are complying with advice from Table Tennis England (TTE) by only having 3 tables in use, spaced at least 4.5m apart. There will be 2 chairs at each table, one for each player, where any personal effects should be stored. If moving around the room belongings should be left there until the end of the session to reduce any risk of cross infection.
  • TTE advice that we can have a “bubble” of up to 6 players who can change playing partners during the session whilst maintaining social distancing. Players will only be able to play in one of the 1hour sessions as it is not possible to be a member of two separate “bubbles” on the same day.
  • All players must have their own bat, but balls will be supplied and these will be cleaned before and after each session. TTE advise that this is not seen as a significant transmitter of the disease unless held in the hand for about 15 minutes. 
  • No hand shaking, hand slapping or fist pumping is permitted.
  • You are requested to leave as soon as possible at the end of your session and that any socialising should take place outside the building.
  • There will be a 15 minute gap between the sessions to provide time for the steward(s) to clean equipment and such things as door handles, etc.
  • Whilst the club is doing as much as possible to create a safe environment it is not possible to guarantee complete safety. It is the responsibility of each player to comply with all the conditions laid down here and anyone failing to do so may be asked to leave and refused entry in future. It must be emphasised that players attend at their own risk.
Table layout - league bubble
Table layout – league bubble