Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: July 15, 2020
Last updated July 30 at 9:00am
Please note, this is an ever-changing situation and our advice may change at short notice. We recommend that you check our website regularly for the latest advice.
Following the successful re-opening of indoor sports facilities last Saturday 25 July, Table Tennis England is moving from the 27th of July into Stage 3 of our return to play roadmap – with a target date of September 1st to resume local league competition.
Clubs across the country undertook extensive work to prepare for last Saturday’s return, and their diligent response has enabled us to move into Stage 3 – preparing for localised competition. As part of this phase, we will be preparing further guidance and advice for leagues to support a return to local league play.
That opens the way for Stage 4 – local competition resumption – on September 1st, with social distancing and hygiene restrictions continuing to be in place.
A basic guidance document for local leagues to consider is already available and we are currently advising that local leagues and local or national competitions do not currently recommence and we anticipate that we will be in a position to move into stage 4 (local leagues able to re-start) from September 1, 2020.
We will be looking to share more detailed guidance for leagues by mid-August.
Find out more on our Ready to Return guidance on our website.
When any updated Government guidance is published, we will move as soon as we can to consider what it means for table tennis across the country. We will aim to respond to any changes promptly but we may have to wait for the Government to provide the precise details of their guidance and advice.
Our series of stages through which we anticipate table tennis activity outside of the home resuming are below:
- Stage 1 – Play and exercise at home and limited outdoor play
- Stage 2 – Limited club activity
- Stage 3 – Preparing for localised competition (where we are now)
- Stage 4 – Local competition resumption
- Stage 5 – Full play and spectating in place
In preparing for Stage 3, we have prepared a series of guidance documents, including risk assessment templates, to help clubs and leagues to plan for a resumption.
There's more information here.