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Registration for the National Umpire and Tournament Organiser Course 21/22nd of August

Table Tennis Ireland are hosting a National Umpire Course and Tournament Organiser Course in Dublin. Karen and Ken Tonge will be delivering the course in the Conference Room at the Irish Sports HQ in Dublin (in person). We are delighted to have Karen and Ken deliver these two courses to our Umpires and Referees. They both have a great deal of experience umpiring and refereeing at the Top Level, we are looking forward to the sessions in August.

1. The National Umpires Course (L2) and exam will on Saturday 20th of August from 10-4pm.  Candidates must have completed the County Umpire Course to take part in this course.

2. Candidates for the International Umpires exam in September should still attend on both Saturday and Sunday as previously arranged. 

3. The one-day Tournament Organiser (TO) (L2) course will take place on Sunday 21st of August, 10am-4pm. The candidates should be aged 18 or over and need not necessarily be umpires.

Everyone attending the National Umpire Course is welcome to attend the tournament organiser course on Sunday if they wish. Both courses will be good preparation for anyone intending to sit the Referees course later in the year and enable existing umpires to refresh their skills ahead of the coming season. 

If you wish to attend this course, you are required to register for your desired course (or both) by 12pm on the 10th of August.

If you are attending this course, please register at the following link:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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Tribute to John Bridgeman

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Bridgeman, a former top senior player, coach and volunteer, and friend of all who had the good fortune to meet him.

The peak of Johnny’s playing career was during the halcyon days of the 1970s when Table Tennis was regularly reported on in the papers and international players were well known by the public, the era of Caffrey and Langan, when tournaments played out across the Ireland every weekend. He fought many battles on a table tennis table and won more than his fair share. As young man, Johnny played in the famous Crofton club on Suffock Street, in the centre of Dublin.

As well as being in the top cadre of players during that period, Johnny was recognised as one of the best tacticians in the game, a skill he used as a coach. In the 1980s, Johnny became the head coach and leader of Baldoyle TT club, a junior club that developed many underage boys and girls who represented their club, province, schools and country. The club enjoyed an equal mix of boys and girls, many of whom still play, including several para players due to the proximity to the hospital in Baldoyle on the Willie Nolan Road. The friendliness and inclusivity of the club was legendary, and this was due to Johnny’s good nature.

In the 1990s Johnny’s interest grew in the Para side of the game and his shrewd tactical insights and motivational skills helped to shape Irish Para teams that travelled abroad and won many victories.

For those who knew Johnny well, they will remember his stories of bygone games and players, and the sing-alongs for which he was famous. For past members of the Baldoyle TT club, they will remember a generous and wise man who freely gave them countless hours and enriched their teenage years.

TTI offers its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Reposing in Jennings Funeral Home, Springdale Road, Raheny on Tuesday evening 22nd February from 5pm to 7pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to St Lawernce O’ Toole Church, Baldoyle, arriving for Funeral Mass at 12.30pm followed by Burial in St Fintan’s Cemetery.


Communication and Leadership Webinar – Monday 17th of January

Table Tennis Ireland are delighted to announce that we are resuming our online coaching seminars in 2022. We wish to advise you that the next Coaching Webinar will take place on Monday 17th of January at 7.20pm, this webinar will finish by 9pm. This webinar is free of charge to all TTI members, players, coaches, officials and volunteers.

We are delighted to announce that we will have Andy Burke from Blue Vista, who will be discussing the topic of Leadership and Communication Skills within Coaching. During this 90-minute session Andy will cover topics in various areas, such as; Developing Leadership Skills and awareness, Engaging & managing your teams, communication skills and much more. We are very excited to be hosting Andy for this session.

This is a webinar not to be missed! To register, please email [email protected] by 5pm Friday 14th January and we will send you login details for the webinar by Monday 17th of January.  A CPD Certificate will be issued to those who attend!


Upcoming Umpire Course

We are pleased to announce that we are hosting an umpires course in November. The course will take place via Zoom on the dates and times as follows:

  • Monday 8th November 7pm – 10pm
  • Monday 15th November 7pm – 10pm 
  • Saturday or Sunday 27/28th November – Practical Assessment during the Ulster Open in Lisburn Racquets Centre

This course is designed for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of the rules and regulations of table tennis, and will prepare them to become a qualified County and Junior County umpire.  This course will also serve as a refresher course for all existing umpires.

Anyone who has already expressed an interest in this course will be contacted by the tutors with the necessary joining instructions at a later date.  

Please note this is free to members who are affiliated to Table Tennis Ireland.

There are still spaces available, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you wish to become an umpire. 
If you are interested in attending this course, please email Shauna in the office at [email protected]

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for Umpire Course

We are seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to complete an Umpire Course which is run by Table Tennis Ireland.

There is a constant demand for umpires at many events, and once these new candidates complete their training, they should have ample opportunity to develop their skills and progress in umpiring and get involved at many of our events. This course is suitable for participants from age 12 and older, and for all abilities.

The course is 6 hours long. Courses will be conducted at a central venue in each Province and if possible, arranged to facilitate the majority of participants.  In the event that Covid prevents such course being held in a single venue, arrangements will be made to deliver it using Zoom over 2 x 3-hour sessions.

The course also requires a supervised practical assessment at a tournament before certifying each candidate.

Please contact the office ([email protected]) with your name, area you are based and your club to express your interest in completing the Umpire Course, and for any further details about the course

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Upcoming Umpires and Referees Seminar

Table Tennis Ireland wishes to advise you that an Umpires and Referees Seminar will be taking place on Monday the 5th July 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom. 

TTI Umpires and Referees Association is hosting this seminar in order to update current match officials, tournament organisers, Provincial Chairs and anyone interested in this area of the sport on a number of matters.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss the recent review and related matters as well as the roles of umpire and referees.  Training and development for match officials is one area for discussion.  Plans are at an advanced stage in relation to training, but this always depends on enough volunteers stepping forward.

To register for this seminar please email [email protected] by Sunday the 4th of July at 5pm. You will receive the log in details by 1pm Monday the 5th of July.

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International Women’s week and Women in Officiating Webinar Friday 12th – 13:00 – 14:00

Join Sport Ireland Coaching as we explore the officiating pathway for females in Ireland and how can they can be improved.

Speakers on the day include Michelle O’Neill, a League of Ireland official and FIFA International Assistant Official and Maggie Farrelly, GAA and Ladies Gaelic Football official at provincial and national level.

Both speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and will discuss their experiences of progressing through the ranks of refereeing and officiating and their hopes for the future and the development of a pathway to encourage more women in to refereeing and officiating in all sports.

Registration for the event through this link:

The webinar is open to all with an interest in women in sport and particularly suitable for anyone currently officiating, those who have an interest in the pathway and NGB staff interested in developing more female officials in their sport.


The death has occurred of Joe Finnegan

Joe, known to everyone as one of the sport’s gentlemen, died yesterday after suffering a stroke recently. He had a long involvement in table tennis in various roles serving the Bray & District League on the Leinster Branch for many years. His commitment to the running of the large Bray Open event every season was a significant contribution to the sport. In later years he was appointed as a Vice President of the Irish Association.

Joe umpired at the World Veterans Championships in Dublin in the 1991/2 season and later at Special Olympics events in Ireland. He qualified as an International Umpire and travelled to officiate at a number of international open events outside Ireland with his friend, the late Kiron Choudhury. He was Chairman of the former Leinster Umpires Association and played a major role with his friend, Kiron in the establishment of the its successor, the Irish Umpires Association.

In 2009 Joe’s long service and administration in the sport was formally recognised by the Irish Association when he was awarded the highest accolade in Irish table tennis, the Joe Veselsky Award.

The Association expresses its deepest sympathy to his wife Dorothy and family.  His funeral will take place privately on next Monday at 10.30am in “The Vevay”, Queen of the Peace Church, Bray, Co. Wicklow.


Ken Strong receives a Volunteer in Sport Award

Pictured are Mary O’Connor (CEO Federation of Irish Sport), Ken Strong and Richie Gernon(EBS). The Volunteer in Sport Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 in Farmleigh House in Dublin. At the ceremony, Ken Strong was announced as the overall winner of the Volunteer in Sport Award for Co. Tyrone respresenting the sport of table tennis. Ken has been involved in many capacities in Irish Table Tennis for 50 years, from Chairman of Tyrone Table Tennis to National Senior Men’s coach at World, European and Six Nations Championships. He has served as Chairperson, Secretary and International Director on the Board of Table Tennis Ireland, as well as on the management committee, followed recently by 4 years as President. His longevity, dedication, personal sacrifice and professional contribution continues to this day. The Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards recognise the contribution of the 450,000 people who ensure sport in Ireland happens each week. It is estimated that 37.2 million hours of volunteering, across Ireland’s 14,000+ sports clubs and associations, occurs each year.