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Job Opportunity: Participation and Inclusion Officer (Ulster)

Table Tennis Ireland (TTI) is the National Governing Body for Table Tennis within the 4 l provinces of Ireland. Table Tennis Vision is to make Table tennis ‘a sport for all, a sport for life’. It is a sport suitable for all age groups, from juniors to veterans, as well as able bodied and those with a disability. TTI currently has 50 affiliated clubs and works with a further 40 schools. TTIs office is in Irish Sport HQ at the Sport Ireland National Campus. Growing our team, we are looking to appoint a Participation and Inclusion Officer to develop the sport in Ulster in line with our strategic plan. Strategic Plan

Role and Reporting:

Under the Rank Foundation Employment and Skills Initiative for Sport, we are seeking to appoint a Participation and Inclusion Officer to grow participation in the sport across all age groups and both abled bodied and disabled players. This role reports to the Operational Supervisor, this role will be a two-year fixed term contract and the position will be based at Lisburn Racquets Club (36 Belfast Road, Lisburn, BT27 4AS). The postholder will receive training and mentor support to ensure that they will be given a range of transferable skills to aid their development. 

To apply for any role, please send the following to [email protected] 

  • a cover letter to include a personal statement addressing the essential criteria in the job description and why an applicant believes their skills and experience meet the requirements of the role
  • a CV outlining their previous education and work experience to date

Application deadline: 25/03/2024

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Primary School International Selections

We are delighted to announce that the following players have been selected to represent Ireland in the Primary School International which takes place in Jersey on 5th April to the 7st April. They will be accompanied by TTI coaches Sam Logue and Claire Nelson. They will also be travelling with Empires Brenda Burns and Jay McAlister

Boys Team
Karsten Close
Peter Cao
Adam Hedderly
Andrew Low

Girls Team
Polly Smith
Jane Wilson
Samantha Pusinskaite

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Upcoming events for International Womens Week

International Women’s week will take place from 4th-10th of March 2024. To celebrate we have two free events planned during the week.

    1. An Online Communication Skills workshop – This workshop will be delivered by Mr Andy Burke, founder of Blue Vista as the guest speaker to deliver the workshop.  Andy is an Executive and Leadership Coach and has been in a range of senior leadership positions in various sports, including Rugby and Judo. This workshop will take place via zoom on the 6th of  March from 7-8.30pm and is open to all TTI members (male and female), this workshop will be most suited to coaches, volunteer’s parents and committee members.

    Communication Skills, Conflict and Problem Solving

    2. WIS social table tennis event – This event is for females of all ages and will incorporate the different aspects of Table tennis (playing, coaching and umpiring) and show that there is a role in Table tennis for everyone! The event will allow all participants to play table tennis and pick up some tips, as well as showing participants how they can be involved in other aspects of the sport. The day will be full of interaction and engaging with one another through fun activities and will conclude by helping the participants to organise an in-house tournament.  We hope this fun event will not only inspire young females to take part in the sport, but also encourage parents and family members to get involved. This event is Free of Charge and will take place in Loop table tennis club in Raheny, on Sunday the 10th of March from 10-12.30. It is open to females of all ages and they can even bring their family and friends along (males included) if they would like!

     

     

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    Anybody who is interested in attending these events can register by emailing Erin on [email protected]

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    Entries for 2024 Irish Senior & Junior Closed National Championships are now open

    The 2024 Irish National Junior and Senior Closed Championships will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March in Kingfisher Club, University of Galway, Newcastle Road, Galway, H91 X53V.

    Closing Date of Entries: 10am on the Wednesday 13th March 2024

    All players and coaches are advised to read the Entry Form for full details on the events taking place and the tournament regulations.

    Eligibility Criteria 

    The eligibility criteria for players in the National Closed Championships are as follows: 

    • Affiliated to the ITTA and in good standing and 
    • Hold an Irish passport OR British passport from N.I. and/or 
    • Born on the island of Ireland and/or 
    • Hold proof of residence for 6 years or longer 
    • The onus is on the player to prove their eligibility to enter any event, if requested to do so by the Tournament Referee, at or before the event. 

    Entry Link: https://tti.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=B480A852FC25F7606E385D65254271E2B1201FAF

    Entry form and further details, downloadable below:

    Any queries should be sent to [email protected]

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    Easter Cup Selections

    We are delighted to announce that the following players have been selected to represent Ireland in the Easter Cup which takes place in Flensburg on 28th March to the 1st April. They will be accompanied by TTI coaches Sam Logue, Conn Higgins and Erin Thompson.

    Junior Boys A
    Adam Faulkner
    Ben Watson
    Tom Irwin

    Junior Boys B
    Vincent Ni
    Aedan McGivern
    Bruce Tan

    Cadet Boys
    Clifford Tan
    Toby Caldwell
    Christopher Allsop

    Junior Girls
    Anjali Singh
    Grace Looney
    Niamh Mason

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    IVTTS AGM 2024

    Venue: Drum Community Centre, Athlone

    The AGM will take place during the Masters Connacht Open on Saturday 9 March. The meeting will commence after the Over 40s final. To facilitate the efficient conduct of the meeting, formal nominations for the election of Chair, Hon Treasurer and Hon Secretary, proposed and seconded, should be submitted to the Secretary at [email protected] before 2 March, 2024. Similarly, formal motions for inclusion on the agenda, proposed and seconded, should also be submitted before 2 March. The venue for the meeting has been changed because of time constraints during the Masters National Championships at Palmerstown.

    Brian Finn, Chair.

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    Malmo Open 2024

    The Malmo Open Parasport event took place between the 9th and 11th February in Sweden where Ireland sent twelve players compete in the table tennis event alongside representatives from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the UK.  This event is an annual highlight for our growing and improving Para Development Squad and this year was no different.  

    Friday was the first day of action with the doubles event being played in the morning. Each of the Irish pairings acquitted themselves well and the rose to the challenge of the difficult doubles format. The best result of the standing doubles event was Seán Geoghegan and Aaron Mellows who lost out in the quarter final to the pairing of former Paralympic champion Will Bayley and Class 7 women’s European bronze medalist Bly Twomey who were representing Brighton TTC. The Irish team did however pick up their first medals of the competition in the Wheelchair doubles event where Gerry Commins and Kevin O’Callaghan teamed to take silver in the Plate final, losing out to another Brighton TTC pairing of Class 5 Paralympic bronze medalist Jack Hunter-Spivy and Jack Silberston.  

    Friday afternoon saw the group stages of the Performance singles event which saw players placed in ‘banded’ groups based on ability level. Each of the Irish players put in some solid performances with progression to the knockout stages on Saturday morning being achieved by many. The highlight of the knockout stages was undoubtedly Sam Brennan who came through some tight five set matches to take the gold in the Performance 2 event defeating Swedish opposition in the final. Aaron Mellows and Seán Geoghegan lost out in the quarter finals of the higher Performance 1 event while Caoimhe Folan won a silver medal in the Performance 3 Plate losing in a tight five set final.  

    Saturday afternoon saw five Irish players compete in the Youth (u15) and Junior (u19) boys events. Once again, each of the lads gave very good accounts of themselves with successful results being achieved. In the Junior boys event, Aaron Mellows secured a bronze medal, while Jude Sheldon took home the gold medal in the Plate event. Notably Jude completed a fantastic comeback win from 2-0 behind to win 3-2 in his plate semi-final match. Kevin O’Callaghan won his second silver medal of the tournament in the Junior Wheelchair event, while Sam Brennan went one step further to add a second gold medal to his collection in the U15 boys defeating Victor Gran from Sweden 3-1 in the final.  

    The team was buoyed by the great success of the tournament and heading into the last events of the weekend; the Para Class events, confidence was high. Once again, the Irish team fought and competed well against the international opposition. In Class 1-3, Alicia Winter had two excellent wins to progress to the knockouts but bowed out with a loss in the quarters. In the same event, Kevin O’Callaghan performed brilliantly to take home the gold medal in the Plate and his third of the tournament overall. Gerry Commins was close to repeating that success in the Class 4-5 Plate final but had to settle for silver after defeat in a close match to Jack Silberston from Brighton. Positive results from the Irish players continued in the standing classes with Patrick Sweeney, Aaron Mellows and Patrick McCormack all qualifying for the knockout stages of Class 11.  Aaron progressed the furthest and was unfortunate to be drawn against the eventual winner Tobias Hansson. Aaron fought hard but lost out to Hansson in the quarter final. In the Class 11 plate, Aoife Kelly took home a fantastic bronze medal.  In Class 6, Des Ryan progressed as group winner, however missed out on a medal in the knockout stages. Caoimhe Folan in Class 7 came up just short of the medals in the plate event despite some good performances along the way. Sam Brennan continued his excellent form across the weekend to qualify from his Class 8 group but unfortunately a third medal was out of reach with defeat in the Last 16 while Jude Sheldon took him silver in the Class 8 plate. Seán Geoghegan was the most successful player on the final day of play with a run to the final of Class 8 losing out to the Class 8 World Number 3 and former European Champion Emil Andersson of Sweden in the final.  

    In total the Irish team of twelve came home with thirteen medals and a clear improvement on results from last year with more players progressing to the knockout stages of events than previously. There is no doubt that the results achieved over the weekend highlight the bright future and potential of Irish para table tennis and each player conducted themselves excellently both on and off the table. A big thank you must go to National Para Coach Sam Logue and coaches Mick Cunningham and Tara Fusco who accompanied the team whose advice and support to the players was invaluable throughout the tournament. Thanks also to Para Managers Gavin Maguire and Eoin Kelly along with Sam for their continued support and development of the Para programme. Finally a special mention must go to the travelling parents and supporters whose support to the programme and dedication to their children cannot be understated and helped contribute to a fantastic weekend enjoyed by everyone. A compilation of videos taken across the weekend by Eoin Kelly to highlight the experience of the squad will be available to view on the Table Tennis Ireland YouTube channel soon so keep your eyes peeled for that! 

    The development squad look forward to next year and once again trying to build upon results and performances.  

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    Vets TT Connaught Open 9th March 2024

    Please note the above competition will take place at below address

    Drum Community Centre, Crannagh, Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 T298

    (Event times are subject to change depending on entries)

    Entry fees 10 euro for 1 event or 20 euro for 2 .

    See Link below for competition entry:

     https://forms.gle/yCqm1QqHizFwQL4D6
    Competition entry close date is 3rd March.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DEPENDING ON THE ENTRY LEVEL, THE COMPETITION COMMTTEE MAY HAVE TO RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AS IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE ALL DUE TO THE INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WISH TO TAKE PART.

    In order to compete in Connaught Open tournament all competitors must be current paid up members of both Table Tennis Ireland ( see TTI web site for payment details) and also Ireland Vetts ( see below for payment details)

    IBAN IE28AIBK93357066128010

    BIC AIBKIE2D

    Regards

    Dave

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    2023 Volunteer in Sport Awards

    On Friday February 9th, 2024: The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the list of recipients for the 2023 Volunteers in Sports Awards, celebrating the depth and breadth of volunteering in sporting communities nationwide. Supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships these dedicated volunteers will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 29th February 2024.

    We are pleased to announce that two of the recipients for the awards were Arnold Morgan and Eoin Kelly. Arnold was awarded for his work in Banbridge Table Tennis Club and Eoin was awarded for his work in Beech Hill Table Tennis Club. We would like to congratulate them both on this amazing achievement and all the hard work they have done with their respective clubs.

    Press release: