All Saints Table Tennis Club
by Alasdair Coles
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All Saints TTC is based in Bedfordshire, England, and is located between the adjoining towns of Dunstable and Houghton Regis.
It was launched in 2013 with a grant from Sport England and aims to provide good quality facilities at a reasonable cost. We use the Sports Hall of All Saints Academy, Dunstable, and welcome members from around the area of Luton, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard.
Membership and playing rates are really good value and there is also a Pay & Play option for visitors or those trying out the sport.
Our address is All Saints Academy, Houghton Road, Dunstable, LU5 5AB. On entering the site, follow the roadway around to the right and use the main car park. The sports hall entrance is adjacent to the car park and there's a bell to push to gain entrance.
Pay & Play is £4 per session for adults, £2 for u-18s. Membership is currently £40 per year for adults, £20 for u-18s, with a playing fee of £2/£1 for each session attended.
Currently we play on Wednesday nights from 7.30-9 although we're looking at starting at 7 in the new year.
We have ten tables: 9 with 22mm tops and 1 with 18mm. They are excellent quality ITTF competition tables and all are wheelchair user compliant. With good table surrounds, we spend our time playing rather than chasing the ball. The lighting is excellent and the environment comfortable for the activity.
We have about 15 members with perhaps 10 others who are less regular. Of these, seven are affiliated with the Luton and District League: we're in our first year so are working our way up from the bottom ... quite rapidly, it seems. We offer a good mixture of social and competitive play, under 10s through to veterans.
Unlike most clubs in Bedfordshire, we have a resident coach (UKCC Level 2) who doesn't interfere too much but offers structured coaching for beginners (yes, we welcome beginners) and intermediate players and well as technical and tactical advice advice for those who ask. We're hoping to have another couple of Level 1 coaches trained before long to support the sessions.
Our website is www.allsaintsttc.weebly.com and you can find us on Facebook too - look for All Saints TTC.
Mobile contact: 07729 962723.
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