Category Archives: County Coaching

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County training day – Saturday 2 May

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A training session was held at Hullbridge TTC under the direction of Head Coach Stuart Gibbs, assisted by Howard Grant, Josh Dye and Richard Jackman. All the players got plenty of table time with specialist multi-ball coaching from Josh and practice against the extreme defensive play of Richard. Some of the current County players were in attendance and they and all players worked hard throughout the day.  Thank you to everyone who took part – you were all credit to your Clubs.

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Essex county coaching session continues against the odds !

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On the 30th November 24 juniors with 4 coaches and 3 sparing partners attended the coaching session lead by Essex Stalwart John Mansfield . The session was without Stuart Gibbs and both National junior league and national cadet league taking place it was thought we would have to cancel the session . But with some hard work from the counties clubs and coaches the session continued .
The players spend 5 hours working on footwork and speed as well as looking at some serve and return options.  Players were able to make use of multi-ball training and had the chance to benefit from practice with the adults who kindly gave up their time.  The session finished with a competitive team event.
Aside from the coaches (John ,Jason, Graham and Josh)  and sparring partners, sincere thanks should go to Batts for hosting as usual and to Neil B , Mel Jones and Paul Jeffery for their assistance on they day.
There was a great atmosphere around the session no doubt to John’s amazing sense of humour and I hope that we can keep this great momentum up .
The other sessions will be by invitation only so keep working hard and I will be looking forward to seeing you at the next session .
Thanks
Josh

Essex Junior Coaching and Development Programme 2014-2015

Essex Coaching and Development Programme training sessions will be held at BATTS, Harlow on the following dates:

12th October 2014
30th November 2015
11th January 2015
22nd February 2015
22nd March 2015
26th April 2015
24th May 2015
21st June 2015

Please note that these training sessions are by invitation only. Invitations will be forwarded to parent of selected players by email. If you require any further information, please contact either Stuart Gibbs (stuart.gibbs12@sky.com) or Simon Lowman (simon.lowman@btinternet.com). As always, ECTTA are grateful to BATTS for their generous support in hosting training sessions.

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Josh Dye reports on the Essex training.

Essex junior coaching continues to move forwards with the Development Squad meeting on Sunday 6th July at BATTS. With County Coach Stuart Gibbs on a well deserved holiday a handful of volunteers helped run a 5 hour training session which looked at footwork, anticipation and service practice before finishing with some match play.

Many thanks to John Mansfield Paul Morris, Howard Grant, Dave Bowles, Martin Edwards, William Do, Reece Seddon and Mr Multi-Ball Graham Frankel for their time and effort. I would also like to thank Ann Lowman who not only manned the cafe all day but provided valuable help throughout.

There continues to be a good atmosphere within the squad and credit should go to Stuart Gibbs and Simon Lowman who instigated these sessions.

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Essex Junior Development and Training Squads

Well done all younger players in the county who recently attended Under 13 training at BATTS. Stuart Gibbs (ECTTA Coaching & Development Officer) was impressed by the commitment and effort shown by everyone. We would also like to thank our coaches for the day, namely Martin Cole, Josh Dye and Graham Frankel. Thanks also go to Mel Jones of Rawreth Juniors TTC for help in administration and ensuring that training sessions run smoothly.

Please note that training dates for the remainder of the summer are as follows:

Sunday, 18th May: Essex Junior Development Squad (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, 1st June: Essex Under 13 Training Group (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Sunday, 6th July: Essex Junior Development Squad (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

There will be no training sessions in August. All training sessions will take place at BATTS Table Tennis Club & Sports Centre, Harlow (http://www.batts.org.uk/). We are grateful to the trustees of BATTS for their generous support in providing a venue for our training sessions. An email will be forwarded to all Essex Junior development Squad and Essex U13 Training Group members to remind them about these training sessions. We are aware that our player database requires an update, an exercise that will be undertaken at the start of the new playing season. If any club coaches believe that a member of their club has been omitted from the circulation list, we should be grateful fi they would contact either Simon Lowman (simon.lowman@btinternet.com) or Stuart Gibbs (stuart.gibbs12@sky.com) by email.

We look forward to seeing you all at the three remaining training sessions.

All players should note that the Essex Junior Trials will take place at BATTS on Saturday, 27th September and Sunday, 28th September. The procedure for determining county junior ranking for 2014-2015 and subsequent seasons in currently under review and information will be published prior to the trials taking place. While county rankings are not determined solely by performance in the trials, they are an important factor in determining a young player’s ability. In future seasons, greater commitment to participation in the Essex Junior Trials will be expected and young players will be expected to take part in this event if they wish to secure a county junior ranking or be considered for selection for one of the county cadet or junior teams.

We are delighted to inform our young players that a new Performance Squad will be established in September this year. This squad will target a smaller number of players likely to be selected to represent Essex in the ETTA Junior Inter County competition. This new squad will be coached by Stuart Gibbs. Stuart will be focusing on match play techniques and we are sure that those players invited to join this squad will benefit from his experience of playing our sport at international level.

Essex Under 13 Training Group

There will be training for the Essex Under 13 Training Group at BATTS on Sunday, 13th April from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. for a prompt start. Cost for the session is £5, payable on the day. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and sufficient drink for the day. We look forward to seeing you all at the session!