Table Tennis surrounds
We were established in 1924 and are the National table tennis body for Jersey . We endeavour to evolve with the demands of our every changing society and our aim is to promote table tennis as a sport and a social activity to all ages. We run a variety of different classes and training sessions throughout each week and hold Masterclasses during school holidays. We also compete in National competitions when possible as well as holding our own tournaments throughout the year in our own bespoke table tennis centre called the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre. To find out why it is called that and who Geoff Reed was.
In 2012 the ONE Foundation agreed to purchase for the Association, 12 Butterfly tables and nets/posts, 100 Butterfly surrounds, 12 umpire tables and scoring machines, 24 towel/multi ball holders and 2 surround holders, at a total cost of £8, 000. Katie Griffiths, Commercial Director of the ONE Foundation said; ‘We are delighted to be supporting the Jersey Table Tennis Association with purchasing new equipment for their centre and forthcoming competitions. We hope that by distributing the old tables to local schools, this will encourage more young people to the sport.’ The Department of Education Sports and Culture then matched this generous donation with an extra 50% of all the products for £4, 000 which has given us a total of 18 tables, 150 surrounds etc.
In 2014 the Association was able to completely redecorate both the Canteen and Kitchen, thanks to a kind donation from Cannacord Genuity. In the same year, with the Island Games in mind, the Association were granted a loan, by a private benefactor, of £20, 000, and were able to install Championship standard LED lighting. Resulting in the Centre being one of a handful in Europe, which can boast state of the art LED Lighting
We were also able to purchase a NAXOS modular floor, which was transported to us straight from the European Table Tennis Championships in Portugal, in September 2014. The NAXOS floor has a top layer of robust high grip plastic tiles, which rests over a biomechanical rubber membrane. This creates an air cushion under the tiles, greatly increasing the shock absorption and therefore preventing the risk of injuries within athletes’ joints.
In 2015 much of the Centre, including the playing hall, was re-decorated, completing the refurbishment of the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre and providing an excellent venue for both local and visiting table tennis players alike.