Butterfly Newsletter – December 10


The English Table Tennis Association have again linked with the International Table Tennis Federation to present a Pro Tour Championship in this country the 66th English Open.  This Championship has been designated with Pro Tour Major status and will be staged at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield from 26 to 30 January 2011.

With the event being a major Pro Tour it is expected that it will attract entries from most of the top countries in the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Germany.  The Open will be covered in the UK by Sky TV with 3 one hour programmes being played on a delayed basis after the Championships.  Live video streaming for the latter stages will also be available via the ITTF website.

For further details of the Open, and for session times and tickets, visit the ETTA website


The top of the range Butterfly Centrefold table together with the Europa net and post set have been selected by the ETTA for the 66th English Open and to follow the ITTF recommendation for Pro Tours the colour blue for the playing surface is to be used.  All the Butterfly equipment will be available for sale for delivery after the event at the special prices below.  The equipment can effectively be ordered beforehand and if this is invoiced before the end of December the lower VAT rate will apply saving you £10.  To order this equipment contact Michael Marsden at Tees Sport.

Butterfly Centrefold Table £799.99
Butterfly Europa Net and Post Set £39.99
Butterfly Surround £24.99

This equipment can be seen in our catalogue on pages 125, 133 and 150 except that the pictures shown are in green.


We have recently circulated a range of special offers for Christmas with validity up to 31 December.  This included a wide range of blades, rubbers and clothing plus a number of products that we have identified as ideal Christmas gifts for the table tennis enthusiasts. To link to our Christmas offers, click here.


As part of the government’s austerity measures VAT is going up from 17.5% to 20% on 4 January 2011 which will mean an increase in all of our offer prices from next month.  Orders for equipment received by 31 December will attract the lower VAT rate.


Matthew Syed’s book “Bounce” has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sport Book of the Year award.  Matthew’s book goes in great detail into the attributes that take a player from an average standard up to international level.  It has been very well researched and provides many examples of special circumstances that have helped players and athletes to become the best in their sport.  “Bounce” is an ideal Christmas present for coaches and aspiring players and is available as part of our Christmas Offers at £8.99.