Club News – 1st August 2021

Good Morning,

Let’s Get Ready to Return !!!
Finally we have a date to return to JWSC Sports Hall 2 on Friday 13th August 6pm -745pm
We realise its been a long time coming for our club members and new members keen to start.
Between now and Friday 13th August our club committee will look to ensure everything is in place for a safe return.
Following Table Tennis Scotland Covid guidelines, things at our club night will be set up slightly differently as you would expect.
Hopefully going forward and within the guidelines we can begin to implement changes that will see things return to normal.

Club Zoom Meeting Tuesday 10th August
We plan to have a club Zoom meeting on Tuesday 10th August before we return. Please join us if you can.
I will send out a zoom link before that date.

Many thanks to those who have continued to support the club over the past 18 months.
If you have any questions before then let me know.

Looking forward to it.

Thanks for your support

Club News – 19th July 2021

Hi everyone

On speaking to John Wright Sport Centre last week they have advised that can expect to be notified this week as to when the club can restart.

We have seen many false starts over a number of months.
Only one venue – JWSC- is likely to be available to be used.

At the moment, week commencing 2nd August 2021 has been suggested as our return date.
I will keep you posted.

If you have decided you no longer wish to attend the club please advise as soon as you can.

Thanks for your support


Club News – 9th May 2021

Hi Everyone,

Introduction to UKCC Award
– Well done to Keith, Bobby, Thomas, Bruce and Ellis on completion of Introduction to UKCC Award online course.
– The course was presented and redesigned by Stephen Gertsen our National Coach.
– Delighted for the players who have been great throughout all our Coaching sessions. Many thanks to Stephen and Chris for their support.

Another successful funding application!
– Delighted to announce and thanks to Brendan Faulds we have been successful with another funding application and received an award of £750 from the Arnold Clark Community Fund

Pop in & Play
– We have restarted talks this week with managers at EK Town Centre to identify a new unit for Pop in & Play.
– The talks went very positively and we were encouraged by plans outlined by the managers and look forward to further discussions.

Club Link Up
– The club have setup a link with East Lothian TT Club which is located in Haddington E.Lothian.
– The link was setup with the help of Stephen Gertsen.
– I have made contact with Peter Lugton at the club and hope to speak online soon.

Club Committee – Get ready
– Having had contact with JWSC this week we look forward to reviewing our plans to restart table tennis soon.
– Given the encouraging signs of restrictions easing we hope we can all return to some form of TT going forward.

Thanks for your support


Stephen Gertsen – reminder!

Hi everyone

Just a reminder…..

Stephen Gertsen Online Coach Education 14th April 2021 7- 8pm

Here is the link to the next TTS coach education workshop this Wednesday.

The session will explore topics such as Knowing your Players and Goal Setting strategies.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the link below:

Or use your Zoom account and use:
– Meeting ID: 817 0587 1588
– Passcode: 378162

Thanks for your support


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

Thanks for your support,


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

Thanks for your support


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


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.

Thanks for your support