Information for parents Table Tennis Training and coaching for junior table tennis players Stockport Table Tennis Academy welcomes junior members of all ages and abilities. We train at; NEW Laurus Sports Hall Cheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme, Chesire, SK8 5GB. TUESDAYS: 6.00 until 7.00pm. Junior beginner SUNDAYS: 2.00 until 3.00pm. Junior/beginner/parent/senior. 3.00 until 5.00pm. League players "Pay & Play" Experienced coaches are on hand to ensure children are developed in the sport at the appropriate level and at a pace that suits them. Teams, leagues and tournaments We run several teams in the junior leagues and are always looking to strengthen them with new talent. If your child is selected for a team our coaches will discuss the match schedule and recommended training requirements with you and any applicable fees. Those selected for a team will need to purchase a Stockport TTA shirt. More information about the National Cadet and National Junior Leagues Clothing For training sessions your children will need to wear a T-shirt, shorts, socks, indoor training shoes and a tracksuit. Stockport TTA kit is available at subsidised prices. Bats Bats are provided for beginners. After a few months we recommend that players progress to getting their own table tennis bat with a suitable blade and suitable rubbers. There are many different kinds blades and rubbers on the market with considerably varying playing properties. Our head coach will advise players on the type of blade and rubbers that they should be using to suit their ability and playing style and players will not be able to participate with unsuitable bats. We discourage players getting bats from general/high street sports stores as these are usually toys - the club has contacts with professional table tennis suppliers able to provide the required standard of bats. Club equipment sponsor: for bats, rubbers, balls, clothing and all your table tennis requirements Global Table Tennis Refreshments The nature of training and matches requires players to pay particular attention to their hydration. Sugar-free, weak fruit juices and water are all suitable - sugary, fizzy drinks are unsuitable. Welfare officer and child protection STTA is committed to providing a safe environment for children and we encourage children to report anything that they're not happy about to one of the coaches. We have a welfare officer, trained in child protection, on hand at training sessions. Our coaches are DBS checked as required by law, trained in first-aid and safeguarding children and qualified to coach table tennis - holding the ETTA-approved UKCC coaching qualification. Fees Membership fee: £25 per annum Players may either pay on arrival at each session or may purchase blocks of sessions which offer a saving over paying weekly - speak to a member of the coaching team. If selected for a National Cadet or National Junior League team or for one of the Manchester & District League teams each player will need to pay a fee for each and will require an ETTA license. Cadet team fee: £40 per season Junior team fee: £40 per season Manchester League fee: £52 per season TTE player license: £5 or £16 depending on type Tournaments STTA supports juniors competing in Junior Open Tournaments, helping to prepare players for tournament-level competition and providing match-side coaching during events. Tournament dates and entry forms. Venues Addresses and directions Parental support Parents have a key role in supporting children through a junior table tennis career - taxi, motivator, diary manager, financial support, kit washer and not to mention spectator, with many juniors playing matches, training and competing in tournaments several times a week. The support of parents is important and valued - the club wouldn't exist without your support and commitment. Junior table tennis careers Stockport Table Tennis Academy encourages and supports juniors throughout a junior table tennis career and has prepared a guide to junior table tennis careers and a guide to the leagues and tournaments for parents.