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Meet New Milton’s Coaches

We are lucky as a club to have several qualified coaches.  In case you haven’t met them here is an up to date list, including our two junior players, Andrew Stainton and Peter Daish, who have recently completed their Level 1 UKCC award.New Milton Table Tennis Club coaches page May 2015


First Aid

First Aid Kits are located at both New Milton Table Tennis Club’s venues. (The Grange and Mudeford Wood)

Both kits are in the club’s storage cupboards, located within the main storage area.  Along with the First Aid Kits are Incident files, these need to be completed if an incident occurs and the Welfare Officer and Secretary should then be notified.

There are several trained First Aiders who are members of the club, currently these players are: Julie Smillie, Lyn Willrich, Shaun Newcomb, James Lewis, Peter Daish, Andrew Stainton, and Bev Scott-Johns.

Please note, all players must wear appropriate footwear and clothing when playing at either venue and all safety procedures must be followed, such as keeping paying areas clear and removing spare balls from the floor,

No junior player may go unattended to the toilet block at The Grange.  A DBS adult, or parent must accompany them, and wait outside before accompanying them back into the main playing hall.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Julie Smillie (Welfare Officer May 2015)

Coaching at The Grange School, Somerford, Christchurch.

We are just in the middle of our Christmas break, but could I remind any keen juniors out there that top quality coaching is provided for any junior for only £2 each session.

The sessions are on Thursdays, between 7 and 8 pm in the Grange School sports hall.  Our main coach, Matthew Ware, is in the top 10 ranked men in England, and our second coach, Julie Smillie, is a Level 2 UKCC coach and local teacher.

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and improve your game, have fun and take part in friendly competition.

We start back on Thursday 8th January, so come and give it a go!

Junior and Club Member Coaching for the coming season.

As some of you probably know, we have changed our venue to The Grange School.  We are now resident in a brand new sports hall, with top of the range tables and plenty of space!

As a result of this change our junior coaching sessions have changed time and day.  Junior coaching will now be on a THURSDAY, starting Thursday 11th September 2014, between 7 and 8pm.  The cost will still be £2 per session and will be run by two UKCC coaches, myself and Matt Ware, who is an international player.   Any junior player is welcome to attend, you don’t have to be a club member, and we have boys and girls from a selection of local schools.  All you need is yourself, your £2, a pair of trainers and suitable clothing, bats can be provided, so please come along and have a go!

Matt will be giving individual coaching, from 6pm until 7pm, and then from 8pm until 10pm.  At the moment his rates are still £15 an hour for individuals, and £20 per hour for a small group of up to four players.  These individual sessions are available to any club member and are well worth the investment.  Matt comes highly recommended and it is a great opportunity to boost your game and learn from a real professional.

Any coaching queries please feel free to ask me on 01425 614784.


See you soon


Julie Smillie (Coaching Officer New Milton Table Tennis Club)

First Aid

You may not have noticed but in the past few months we have updated our First Aid kits. They are all situated in the storage cupboards at each venue.
In each box there are also emergency First Aid posters, with actions to take in a medical emergency.
Also, Hampshire does run First Aid courses quite frequently and I would thoroughly recommend any club member to take a course, as you never know when it could come in handy!
Here is a link to an aid memoire on First Aid, it is worth looking through to refresh your memory with recent procedures and techniques.

Hampshire School Games

Hampshire School Games June 22nd 2014

Last Saturday I took up nine boys and one girl to Aldershot to compete in the Hampshire School Games.  The group were mainly from our Tuesday evening coaching sessions at Arnewood School.

All the children played brilliantly, I was so proud of their professional manner and the way they all stepped up their game for tournament play.

Three of the boys won, or came second in their group and went through to the quarter final round. Elliot Stor-Smith and Luke du Preez played really well but were then knocked out, but the star of the show was Kai Major who won his semi-final and then went on to win the event.

Our girl competitor, Katie White, also played excellently, the girls event was organised into a round robin play off.  Katie won all her games, bar one, and ended up with the silver medal.

Well done to all the competitors, you should be really proud of yourselves. Also a big thank you to Craig Major who was the parent helper for the day.

Julie Smillie

Ashley Fun Day

Ashley Fun Day June 14th 2014

On Saturday 14th June another successful ‘Fun Day’ was organised at Ashley Rugby Club.
Many sports were available for the public to try and New Milton Table Tennis Club was again very well represented; with three tables being provided by Jamie Burton, our Hampshire Sports and Development Officer.
For most of the day the tables were being used by young and old alike and we had several enquiries about NM club.
I would like to thank Steve Hemmings, Malcolm Floyd, Gerard Redman, Sylvia Smith, Bev Scott-Johns and Shaun Newcomb for their help on the day; and of course Jamie Burton for bringing the tables.
Julie Smillie


Junior Coaching at Arnewood starts next week 10th September 2013

Junior Coaching at Arnewood School will start again next Tuesday 10th September.  The session is from 7.30 until 8.30pm and will cost £2.

This term we have Matt Ware coming in to coach small groups, he is currently ranked No 8 in England, so it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of his amazing skill and talent.

Matt will be staying on after the session to do individual and small group coaching which costs £15 per hour and £20 respectively.  He is also prepared to take half hour sessions.  This coaching is available to any club member, regardless of age or ability.  At the moment the 10th and 17th September are fully booked but there are spaces later on in the term.  Please let me know (01425 614784) if you would like to book in for a session or two!

Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday.


PS Please note there will no coaching on Tuesday 24th September as Arnewood are using the hall/gym.

A Fantastic Coaching Opportunity For All Members!

We recently have been lucky enough to have been given some money towards club coaching. As a result we have been able to employ Matt Ware, an international player who is going to coach both juniors and any other player who would like a ‘boost’ to their game.

Matt will give higher level coaching to juniors at the weekly session at Arnewood School, starting on the 10th September 2013. This will be between 7.30 and 8.30pm. He will then stay on for a second hour and give coaching to individuals or a group of up to four adults.

Matt charges £15 an hour for his individual coaching, and £20 an hour for two or more players, so two players would pay £10 each, or a group of four players would all pay £5 each. We could also book half hour slots; there would be three available between 8.30 and 10pm.

The sessions will be organised on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and payment would be needed on the night.

If any member, of any standard, would like to take advantage of this coaching opportunity and book a session with Matt, or indeed need more information about the coaching, please contact me, Julie Smillie on 01425 614784, as I need to plan Matt’s schedule for the September term.

Hampshire School Games

On Saturday, 22nd June, a team of five boys travelled to Aldershot to take part in the Hampshire School Games.  It was an early start, as the coach left the Leisure Centre at 7am, but we arrived at the military stadium well in time for the ‘Athletes Parade’ and introductory welcome by the Olympic judo bronze medallist, Karina Bryant.

We then went off to the venue to play in a very well supported and slickly organised tournament.  Our boys were representing The New Forest, competing against other teams from all over Hampshire.  The boys did us proud with Campbell Golding and Kai Major actually winning their group before coming second in the next round.  Every member of the team won at least one game and all the boys played their best and were a credit to the club.The eventual winners were all from Portsmouth.

A big thank you to Mr Craig Major who came along and helped with the team organisation, but thanks to the boys too and of course Jamie Burton, the Hampshire Development Officer and Nico Caltabiano, who organised the whole event.Image