As you will be aware, you are viewing this newsletter on our new website!
Over the last few months we have been busy creating a new website which we are very happy to have gone live with. A lot of time and effort has been put into this from volunteers within the club and we had the support of Luke McCarthy from Pim-Pam Creations who was an incredible help to get the website up and running so smoothly.
Out with our Home Page, we have seven headings; News, Achievements, Profiles, Gallery, Sponsors, Policies & Procedures and Contact.
A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes to gather all the information/data from over the years and also to input all the information onto the website. A huge thank you to our volunteers who took the time out of their schedule to complete this, a fantastic job was done by those involved!
Please feel free to have a look around our new website.
Throughout lockdown and Phase 1 we have been closely monitoring the updated guidance from the Scottish Government, Sport Scotland, ITTF, TTE & National Governing Body – Table Tennis Scotland. At this time we can only follow the guidelines set out by the above.
We are in the process of setting out a ‘return to table tennis’ plan which will allow our members to play in a safe environment. We will introduce a booking system and players will only be allowed to have 1 practice partner per session and only using their own allocation of balls. We will also be increasing the court size and decreasing the number of tables and players in the playing hall at once. We have done the calculations on our hall and we can accommodate 4 tables, each court will be 10m x 5m with a 2m walkway between each court.
New members will not be welcome at this time but as things progress this will change. It is looking likely that we could hopefully be returning within the next 2 months (Phase 3-4) if we get the go ahead.
We have been working closely with our sponsors, Tees Sport. The need for different colour balls is also an additional requirement, we have ordered a supply of DHS 3-star balls in orange.
Link to TTS article - https://tabletennisscotland.co.uk/covid-19-update-3/
ITTF Guidance - https://www.ittf.com/covid-19/
Another new requirement in the present circumstances is the need to keep the tops of tables clean. The Butterfly Table Cleaner is a vaporizer liquid which meets modern day health requirements. It dissolves dust and dirt from the playing surface. It is suitable for cleaning table tennis tables as required as part of the International Table Tennis Federation and Table Tennis England safety guidance.
A bottle of Butterfly Table Cleaner will clean a table 25 times and the recommended number of sprays when cleaning a table is 24 per table.
Butterfly have launched their new ITTF approved ball under the name of the Butterfly R40. This ball is the best ball that Butterfly have ever produced and will be used for the 2021 World Individual Championships in the United States of America. The Butterfly R40 has also been selected by Table Tennis England as the official ball of the Association.
It will be used the British League for the coming season. It will also be used for all Scottish National Championships.
These balls will be available to buy at the club at a special price.
During the lockdown we have set up Q&A sessions on our Instagram page for our players & coaches to take part and talk about their journeys within table tennis.
Every Monday and Thursday over the period of 6 weeks we have 12 different players/coaches taking over our page.
This has been a fantastic wee project that has kept the table tennis community together and we have received positive feedback. Not only does it bring us new viewers to our Instagram page, the players/coaches have loved being part of it and enjoyed sharing their experiences in table tennis with everyone.
Everybody is welcome to follow our page and ask lots of questions in relation to table tennis & experiences in the sport.
You can see who is still to take part on the following link:
Each Thursday at 7.30pm starting on Thursday 2nd July 2020, we will be holding a quiz on Zoom. All club members are welcome and encouraged to participate in this.
The teams will be individual or per household. Choice is yours.
If you are interested please message Drumchapel Table Tennis Club’s social media pages which can be found on the footer of this page. Please make clear who will be in your team when signing up.
Recently there has been announcements of ‘Volunteer Week’ where volunteers are thanked for the work they do.
Drumchapel Table Tennis Club have not promoted this as we believe that our volunteers are valued for the work they do. We don’t feel that we need a specific week in the year to thank the people who go out their way to help the club. Our volunteers are appreciated and thanked often for the incredible work they do for the club.
Without these selfless people, the club would not be where it is today. These wonderful individuals are praised and recognised for the work that they do to make sure the club is the best it can be!
Drumchapel player, Martin Perry, is using his time well at the moment. He has created his very own podcast (PerryPOD) where he talks about how he got into table tennis and what he loves about the sport.
You can check out Martin’s podcasts on Spotify on the following link: