EKTTC Club Blog- Virtual Coaching Programme

The past few months have probably been the most challenging since the start of the pandemic. Having come so close to a mainstream return of the club, alongside wider society, last autumn; we instead found ourselves experiencing the dark winter days fixed firmly at home with no certainty or hope for a quick change.

As a club, we have tried to remain optimistic and be creative to keep members engaged. Across the year we have learned this is not for everyone online and we look forward to hopefully seeing as many people back in person sooner rather than later. Despite this, our duty will always be to support our membership in whatever way we can…….but there were only so many quizzes you could do right?!

So after some brainstorming early in the year we took a different approach. We have been very fortunate over the years to have some fantastic players come through the club, but we are equally as lucky to have so many tremendous coaches as well. Our commitment is to unlock a persons potential and maximise their performance and enjoyment from the sport. So why not try and do this to inspire the next generation of coaches for the club too!

Truth is, the return to sport is going to be so tough. Reduced capacity, increased protocols, the club won’t be the same one we last held a session for 13 months ago. So we need as much support as we can get to build us back up again and be better than ever. So we sent out the bat signal (homonym intended) and were really fortunate to have six members sign up to take part in our very first coaching programme (online or in person).

The Programme

We designed a six week programme that would introduce participants to various concepts of coaching and the club. Our intent was for this to be light, easy to digest, and open for questions and discussion each week. With homeschooling etc a priority throughout, we made these sessions snappy at an hour or less. Topics were:

Session 1 (22/01)- Coaching at EKTTC

Session 2 (29/01)- Health & Safety/Risk Assessment

Session 3 (05/02)- Bats, Balls, Rubbers & Equipment

Session 4 (12/02)- Rules, Competitions & Formats

Session 5 (19/02)- 5 C’s of Coaching/ Coaching Methodology & Philosophy

Session 6 (26/02)- Session Planning

Each session would include a short presentation element to go over the topic to participants. We then included various methods to encourage chat and build understanding. This included: breakout rooms, inviting guests along for certain topics, quizzes and videos.

The Participants

As a first attempt, it goes without saying the programme would have been nothing without the participants. We were a little uncertain what to expect, but what we have seen has gone beyond what we ever could. Excellent attendance each week, contributions and feedback all in abundance. The future is bright for them all and we are delighted they have enjoyed the experience.

Robbie MacKenzie

Bruce Roberts

Bobby Gray

Thomas Gray

Jack Brown

Ellis Keogh

What Next?

We have kept momentum going this month with two further weeks on session planning. Testing participants to develop sessions for a variety of groups, aims and objectives.

We will end the programme on April 21st as the participants go on a ‘Introduction to UKCC’ course, being held by friend of the club and recently appointed Director of Coach Education at TTS , Stephen Gertsen. This certified course will give participants the recognition they deserve for their efforts, in addition to further knowledge and resource for their coaching skills. Looking forward to it.

Club News – 22nd March 2021

Hi everyone,

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Week 8
– Enjoyed another great session with the players online this week.
– We continue session planning this week.
– Thanks to Chris for his support.
– Looking forward it.

Introduction to UKCC Award
– Currently we are in discussions with Table Tennis Scotland to put in place an Introduction to UKCC Award online course.
– The course is presented by Stephen Gertsen TTS National Coach.
– If you would be interested in attending this free 2 hour course let me know.

EKTTC Committee Meeting Monday 29th March 2021 7pm
– Club meeting and if you would like to support, please let me know.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 17th April 2021 7- 8pm
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Finally TT is FUN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOU5NAj5AOE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fsBIMRNhOE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9sSiXEFoqs

Thanks for your support,

Peter

Club News – 14th March 2021

Hi everyone,

Hubs, Clubs and Communities Award
– Delighted to receive a Hubs, Clubs and Communities Award of £250 which will be put to good use on our return.
– Many thanks to Brendan for his support in achieving this award.

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme
– We will return with our weekly coaching programme this week.
– Looking forward to it.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th March 2021 from 7- 8pm
– Enjoyed Stephen’s workshop this week with lots of good advice from other club coaches online.
– Next workshop 17th April.
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Finally Chen Meng – Women TT Seniors World No.1
https://youtu.be/-e2cmNkLps4
https://youtu.be/MgAPhp_R1aM

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 8th March 2021

Hi Everyone,

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme

  • Over the past 7 weeks we have worked with a group of club players on coaching at our club.
  • We have covered many aspects of coaching with slides, video links and with great engagement from the players.
    • Session 1 – Coaching at EKTTC
    • Session 2 – Health & Safety/Risk Assessment
    • Session 3 – Bats, Balls, Rubbers & Equipment
    • Session 4 – Rules, Competitions & Formats
    • Session 5 – 5 C’s of Coaching
    • Session 6 – Session Planning
    • Session 7 – Planning a taster session for beginners
  • Both the coaches and the players have learned so much from these sessions that we plan to continue after a short break.
  • We will keep you posted on next steps we plan to take with the group.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th March 2021 7- 8pm

  • If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Anna Hursey at TT

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 28th February 2021

Hi everyone,

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Session 6
– Pleased with how session 6 went last week on Session Planning, great engagement from the players.
– We will keep you posted on steps we plan to take with the group going forward.
– Thanks to Euan for his support.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th March 2021 7- 8pm
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Finally – Well done Anna for stepping up to the challenge
– Anna Hursey doing her bit for climate change.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56203565

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 21st February 2021

Hi everyone,

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Session 6
– Delighted with how session 5 went last week on C’s for Coaching, great engagement from the players.
– This week’s topic will be on Session Planning with our guest Euan McLaughlin.
– Looking forward to it.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th March 2021 7- 8pm
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Finally
– Kristian Karlsson v Mattias Flack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_oepAL1NOc
– Mattias Flack Serve Challenge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p0D5dkQmO4

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 14th February 2021

Hi everyone,

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Session 5
– Pleased with how session 4 went last week on Rules, Competitions and Game Formats.
– Always worthwhile these sessions in that we are all learning from the topic of the week.
– This week we look at C’s of Coaching.
– Looking forward to it.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th February 2021 7- 8pm
– Another engaging session from Stephen on Wednesday night.
– A different format from previous workshops which encouraged the coaches to discuss themes for the night.
– What makes a good coach ? and How do you measure success as a coach ?
– Next session on 10th March 2021
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward on your details.

Finally
– Best of Table Tennis @ Rio Paralympics 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX7w192suqM

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 2nd February 2021

Hi everyone,

Club AGM Wednesday 27th January 2021 @ 7pm
– Thanks to everyone who attended our Club AGM on Wednesday night.
– No changes to roles within our committee.
– Good to see that everyone is up for the challenge when we return.

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Session 3
– Delighted with how session 2 went last week. Great to have a group that are keen to learn and engage in these sessions.
– This week we look to improve the participant’s knowledge and understanding of Blades, Rubbers and TT equipment.
Bill Cummings joins us to give us the benefits of his experience and technical expertise in this area.

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 10th February & 10th March 2021 7- 8pm
– Club coaches or any club member who is keen on coaching is invited to join Stephen on both 10th February & 10th March 2021 (7- 8pm).
– Pleased to see these workshops return as I know they have been of great benefit to our club coaches.
– If you would like to attend the workshops please advise me so that I can forward you the details.
– Looking forward to it.

Finally
– Calderano v Karlsson 2021
https://youtu.be/ydJJ0Rjy1vw

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 25th January 2021

Hi Everyone,

Club AGM Wednesday 27th January 2021 @ 7pm
– The AGM will take place using Zoom and all members and supporters are encouraged to attend what is likely to be a short meeting.
– As well as going through the formalities of the AGM, we would also like to share our plans for 2021 and get your feedback on those.
– See link below for Zoom virtual AGM meeting
– Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM London
– Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92214407240?pwd=S0NueWVOb2RHN0V4UDlWd2VucUpaUT09
– Meeting ID: 922 1440 7240
– Passcode: 733332

EKTTC Coaching Virtual Programme Session 2
– Pleased we had a good start to our first virtual coaching session on an Introduction to Coaching at EKTTC.
– This week we will look at why there is a need for club coaches to understand Health & Safety and Risk Assessments at our club.
– Looking forward to it.

Finally
– Chris wants me to break the bank to sign up this 3 year old for next season !!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg3YY5WdBPg
– and there’s more…..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F7xoJu12fY

Thanks for your support

Peter

Club News – 17th January 2021

Hi Everyone,

Session 1 – EKTTC Coaching
– This week we start our first session online with club players who have agreed to attend a block of 6 sessions on coaching at our club over the coming weeks.
– Delighted with the response and although this will be a challenge for everyone we believe it will work.
– Looking forward to it.

Club AGM Wednesday 27th January 2021 @ 7pm
– The AGM will take place using Zoom and all members and supporters are encouraged to attend what is likely to be a short meeting.
– As well as going through the formalities of the AGM, we would also like to share our plans for 2021 and get your feedback on those.
– If you have any matters to raise at the AGM or would like to volunteer for any of the office bearer posts (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary or Parent Rep), then please email eastkilbridetabletennis@gmail.com by 5pm on 22nd January 2021 at the latest.
– A Zoom link will be distributed to the EKTTC email distribution list in advance of the meeting.

Table Tennis goes Techno
– Bill will have this blasting in the garage when he is on the TT Robot.😁
https://youtu.be/7dIR9DLZAeg

Thanks for your support

Peter