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Hunts 2 Star Open
An ETTA 2 Star ranking tournament is being held on 1st September at The Burgess Hall, Westwood Road, St Ives. The winner of the Men's Singles will pick up a cheque for £250 and the runner-up a cheque for £100. The total prize money available is £900. The closing date for entries is 20th August and the entry form is available here.
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Over the last 5 weeks, Bedford was pleased to welcome the Maldives Olympic team, taking advantage of Bedford's excellent sporting facilities, although a little colder and wetter than they are used to. At home they are used to 30 degrees every day falling to 27 degrees in the evening, very similar to Bedford I'm sure you will agree. Among their party are two top table tennis players, Mueena Mohamed and Shiura Shareef. Mueena is the more experienced on the International scene having attended three Commonwealth Games, in Manchester, Melbourne and most recently Delhi. For a country whose population is about the same as Milton Keynes, they are great ambassadors as to what dedication and commitment can achieve. They were caught up with by ITV's Anglia News early this week and you can get a glimpse of their abilities by clicking on this video of them with their local Bedford coach, John Alsop from the coach2spin table tennis academy .
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Paul Birch Visits 10 Downing Street
Bedford Modern School's Paul Birch was invited along with leading young table tennis players to visit 10 Downing Street before heading off for the World School's Table Tennis Championships in Sardinia next week. In attendance were David Cameron, HRH Princess Royal, Darren Campbell, Denise Lewis, Ellie Simmonds and Jason Gardener. The Prime Minister joined in with the young players to show off his prowess on the table. The full story can be found on the ETTA website.
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Bedford Modern School is delighted that two of its current pupils, Harpreet Rupal and Nishanth Narayanan and former pupil, Josh Robinson have been selected to take part at the London 2012 Olympics as part of the Young Games Maker Programme.

“The Young Games Maker interview was a chance for me to give details of our table tennis stars, Harpreet, Nishanth and Josh as they meet the criteria of 16-18 years olds who would like to be involved in a volunteering capacity at the Table Tennis event at the London 2012 Olympics to be held in July/August at the Excel Arena,” said Bedford Modern School Table Tennis Coach, Paul Birch.

“I went along for the interview with former BMS student, Ben Gardner who will be the assistant team leader, working alongside Paul Birch, and we were shown a presentation by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited as to the requirements.

“The boys will be working on the days of the finals and semi-finals of both team and individual events. The Excel Arena covers an enormous amount of floor space and with one table set up in the centre of the hall, the boys will be involved in things like retrieving stray table tennis balls, operating in much the same way as the ball-boys at Wimbledon.

“I am tremendously excited that the Bedford Modern School Table Tennis players will be involved very close up at the London 2012 Olympic Games,” added Paul Birch.
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Trott Captures National Title
Former Bedford Modern pupil, Andy Trott, succeeded in capturing the Veteran Men's Doubles National title at Ponds Forge Sheffield at the weekend. With partner, Chris Bartram, the No. 2 seeds eclipsed the No 1 seeds Lawrence Trumpauskas and Neil Charles -10, 9, 9, -4, 9 in the final.
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Birch Selected As England Non-Playing Captain
The English Schools’ Table Tennis Association has confirmed its teams to face the challenge of the International School Sport Federation World Schools’ Table Tennis Championships in Sardinia.

In the National Selected Team event, players from different schools join together to form a team. Representing the boys will be Adam Harrison (The King’s School, Grantham), Liam McTiernan (Waingels College, Reading), Igor Morais (West London Academy) and Helshan Weerasinghe (The Judd School, Tonbridge). Paul Birch, Bedford & District TT League's Chairman, will be the teams non-playing captain. The girls’ team includes Emily Bates (Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School), Tin Tin Ho (City of London School for Girls) Vicky Smith (Devonport High School for Girls) and Emma Torkington (King’s School, Canterbury). Gail Johns will be their non-playing team captain.

You can follow the event’s progress at www.isfcagliari.it The team leaves England on 31st March 2012 to make the Opening Ceremony on the 1st of April 2012 and we wish them the best of luck.
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Eastfield Tournament - Sunday 5th February, Peterborough
The Eastfield Table Tennis Club based in Peterborough has organised a tournament on Sunday 5th February. There are 7 events in total and the entry form can be found by clicking on this article. The tournament entry closing date is 29th January.
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Are you wondering what to do over Christmas?

GVT Table Tennis are offering a Christmas Camp at Westfield TTC on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December this year. Held at the Weavers Leisure Centre in Wellingborough, Northants the event will include coaching from a host of English table tennis stars both new and old:

Current British Men's Number One Paul Drinkhall
Current English Women's Number One Joanna Parker
Former European Top 12 winner Desmond Douglas
Former European Champion John Hilton
Former England Senior International Tim Yarnall
Greg Yarnall – the ETTA Performance Coach of the Year 2010

To apply for this training click on the link here for The Booking Form

See the full promotional poster here.
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ITTF World Team Cup
The ITTF World Team Cup competition is being played in Magdeburg in West Germany. The matches that are to be broadcast on Eurosport 2 are the two men's semi finals on Saturday, the women's semi finals on Saturday and both the men's and women's finals on Sunday evening.

The top seeds in the men's competition are China who will be strong favourites to beat Russia in their quarter final. The successful team will then play the winners of the match between Germany and Hong Kong which is likely to be a much closer affair, particularly as Germany are without Timo Boll. The first semi final is to be broadcast on Eurosport 2 at 1300 hrs to 1430 hrs on Saturday afternoon.

In the bottom half the top seeds are the Czech Republic who are playing against Belarus. The winners are likely to play Japan who play the play-off winners in their quarter final. This match is also scheduled for Eurosport 2. This broadcast is timed for 1800 hrs on Saturday evening for two and half hours through until 2030 hrs.

The women's semi finals are scheduled between 1500 hrs and 1730 hrs on Eurosport 2 on Saturday afternoon. The big match is likely to be between China and Singapore who meet in the top half semi final whilst in the bottom half Japan or Korea are likely to play Hong Kong.

All the play can be seen live at http://www.ittf.com/ittv/

Acknowledgement to Mike Marsden of Tees Sport for this article.
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Next Generation Table Tennis Robot?
We think we are familiar with table tennis robots but the Chinese, as usual, have a new spin on the game. See this article and accompanying video.
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European Championships
The INTERSPORT 2011 European Championships begin tomorrow in Gdansk-Sopot, Poland from 8th-16th October and can be accessed through the ETTU website at http://www.ettu.org

Coverage is as follows:
Saturday 8 October 9.55 am UK time
Sunday 9 October 9.55 am UK time
Monday 10 October 8.55 am UK time
Tuesday 11 October 8.55 am UK time
Wednesday 12 October 1.55 pm UK time
Thursday 13 October 8.55 am UK time
Friday 14 October 8.55 am UK time
Saturday 15 October 8.55 am UK time
Sunday 16 October 8.55 am UK time
Saturday - Wednesday - Men's and Women's team events with the Women's finals on Wednesday at 2.00 pm and men's at 5.30 pm.
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Poker Face Trott Makes It A Full House
Representing England in his first Six Nations tournament hosted in Guernsey, Andy Trott made it a hat trick winning gold at the team, doubles and individual events. Read about how all they all got on by downloading the report.
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2011-12 British League Season kicks off at St Neots
The 2011-12 British League Season kicks off on 10/11th September 2011 when Premier Division action visits St Neots TTC, Riversmead, The Common , St. Neots, Cambridge, PE19 1RU. Admisssion is free and many of Britain’s best players will be taking part. Action starts at 11.00 hours on the Saturday and at 10.00 hours on the Sunday. Click on this article's title to see who will be on display.
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