A extra localised, reasonably priced and accessible competitors construction shall be delivered as implementation of the Competitors Evaluation continues into the subsequent two seasons.
Since we announced the first steps to roll out the Competition Review, work has been persevering with in key areas, together with revamping the construction of 1*, 2*, 3* and 4* occasions to create a brand new panorama of nationally-regulated open tournaments.
Quite a few modifications shall be phased-in for the 2024/25 season and for 2025/26 – and potential Event Organisers can apply for monetary help subsequent season to assist kickstart the highest tier of All-Ages (Senior) tournaments
Organisers are invited to attend a discussion board on the modifications – see particulars under.
The phased modifications over the next two seasons are:
- Tiered open tournaments shall be hosted concurrently on designated dates at native and zonal ranges, with help offered domestically by means of Desk Tennis England space workers
- Hosts shall be authorised by Desk Tennis England each quarter and allotted towards designated calendar dates, so as to keep away from clashes and supply better assurance of a selection of occasions across the nation. The allocation course of will incentivise most popular codecs and classes, equivalent to inclusion of U11/U13 at Cadet Opens, U23 at All-Ages (Senior) Opens, or Ladies and Ladies’ classes
- At native degree, non-designated dates might also be authorised with county help – occasions might select to be rating or not, a simplified flat-rate levy shall be launched, and necessities for venues and officiating shall be diminished
- There shall be fewer however enhanced nationwide open tournaments, which is able to obtain useful resource from Desk Tennis England at U15, U19 and All-Ages (Senior) ranges as pinnacle occasions. Nationwide Opens will comprise the qualifying path to Cadet, Junior and All Ages (Senior) Nationwide Championships
The emphasis shall be on versatile occasions, with enjoying codecs, singles/doubles/groups occasions, age-group sub-categories and pricing to be set by Organisers.
Desk Tennis England will create detailed pointers to help supply of Open Tournaments and illustrate preferences to event organisers – together with size of day, most popular codecs, most popular classes, provision for gamers and spectators. These pointers shall be based mostly on the sensible processes of occasion allocation, plus particular member suggestions from Section I of the competitors evaluate
A few of these modifications shall be applied for subsequent season, together with diminished officiating and bodily necessities on the lowest degree of tiered open tournaments, and a easy flat-rate levy for 1*/ Native & 2*/ Zonal Open occasions.
Please obtain the doc on the toot of the web page for additional element on what’s deliberate to occur and when, plus an outline of the three new tiers, and an outline of the quarterly evaluation and allocation course of.
Neil Rogers, Desk Tennis England’s Head of Competitions and Occasions, mentioned: “These modifications will lead to extra localised, reasonably priced and accessible competitors for contributors and hosts – the bread and butter of event play. We count on that entrants in addition to organisers will see the good thing about this strategy.”
As a part of the transitionary season in 2024/25, we’re looking for established Event Organisers to develop into the brand new Senior Open Event house (eg Senior 4* occasions) from August 1. We’d welcome a dialog with events – please contact Neil Rogers.
Organisers on this house will be capable of apply to Desk Tennis England for as much as £1,500 seed funding to assist guarantee these occasions are viable and delivered to an acceptable normal. In season 2025/26, it will revert to a standardised degree of economic help to organisers, and these occasions will moreover type the qualification route for the Senior Nationwide Championships, with all gamers outdoors the highest 10 required to attend at the least one so as to be eligible.
Present Event Organisers are invited to attend a discussion board on these modifications at 6pm on Wednesday February 7 – click here to register to attend.
As implementation of the Competitors Evaluation outcomes proceed to maneuver ahead, additional bulletins in regards to the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons shall be made in the end.
For extra in regards to the Competitors Evaluation, together with FAQs, please click on here