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New Milton Rugby Club Fun Day Saturday 8th June 2013

Just to let you know that NMTTC are taking part in a ‘Have a Go, Fun Day’ at New Milton Rugby Club in Ashley this Saturday 8th June. The event is from 10am until 4pm and lots of sports and clubs will be there so you try out new activities and have fun! All club members, friends and family are welcome to come and join us for FREE .
For further information you can visit the Rugby Club’s web site

The club is situated in Norman Road, Ashley, BH25 5FN
Hope to see you there!

NMTTC links with local Schools.

New Milton Table Tennis Club was selected to run two taster sessions for the ‘gifted and talented’ children from local schools. Children with particular sporting talents were chosen from across the region and have been given the opportunity to try out several sports, including table tennis. Shaun Newcomb and Julie Smillie introduced the group to the basics and then they were given a carousel of activities to try out. Even after the short session the children made good progress and more importantly had good fun playing the game. Hopefully one or two may be motivated enough to come and join the junior club coaching evenings at Arnewood on a Tuesday.

A note to our regular juniors, there will be no coaching next Tuesday (5th March 2013) as Arnewood have a parents’ meeting in the hall, the next session will be Tuesday 12th March when several juniors will be completing their umpiring award. The junior tournament this season will be on Tuesday 23rd April.

Launch of Table Tennis in Druitt Hall, Christchurch

Next Monday, 28th January 2013 at 12.30pm, the Mayor of Christchurch, Peter Hall, will be at Druitt Hall to open an U3A table tennis club.  Our chairman, Shaun Newcomb, will also be there to officially launch the new club.  One of our members, Elliot Marks, has worked really hard and obtained a table from the ETTA’s Ping Project to set up this club.

If you can spare half an hour or so to attend and show your support for Elliot and the club it would be much appreciated, hopefully see you next Monday!  The Druitt Hall is in the centre of Christchurch, just behind the library in the High Street.

PS Sybil has pointed out that this is not a U3A club, but something organised for local residents, thanks for pointing that out Sybil.

Pageant of Sport

Just to remind everyone that this weekend, the 21st July, is the Pageant of Sport on New Milton Recreation Ground. The event is from 10.30am until 5pm but there are two big slots for the club between 11 and 12 noon and then later in the afternoon, I think at about 3pm.
Throughout the day we will have a table to advertise the club, if anyone can spare half an hour or so to man the table and give out leaflets etc that would be really appreciated.
It will be a great day so please do come along and support your club and look at the other attractions on offer too.

Ping Project comes to New Milton

To All Members -Your Club Needs You!

New Milton has been chosen as one of the New Forest venues to have some outdoor tables for the public to use; this is part of the Ping Project, an incentive designed to promote sport within the community.

Two tables will be positioned by the skate park, next to the recreation centre,and spare bats and balls will be held at Bo’s Chinese Herbal Medicine shop.  The tables will be there for a month.  Members of the public are going to be encouraged to play but of course it would be really helpful to have some ‘experts’ to hand.  If any club member is available to help/encourage/give information about NMTTC/coach at any time it would be fantastic, and if you could wear your New Milton Club shirt that would also help with promoting our club.

We particulary need help on these days, Saturday 14th July 11-3pm, Saturday 21st July (same day as The Pageant of Sport) 10-4pm, Wednesday 25th July 10-2pm and Wednesday 1st August 1-3pm.

If you can only spare an hour during that time it would be greatly appreciated.

Please do try and go along, we are always looking for new members and you just might be the person who persuades someone to join!

If you need any more information or if you think you can spare some time to help, please contact James Lewis on

James Lewis | Dorset Development Coach
M: 07975 976637

Table Tennis Assembly at New Milton Junior School

Last Wednesday, 30th May, Shaun Newcomb, James Lewis and Julie Smillie went into New Milton Junior School to give a Table Tennis Assembly; this was linked to the School’s Olympic week.
The assembly started with a playlet set in 1880, where ‘Hugo’ (Shaun), ‘Marmeduke'(James) and ‘Reggie'(Julie) were in the Officers’ Mess supping champagne after dinner. The play went on to use the champagne cork as a ball, a cigar case as a bat and then Hugo suggested that the game might be played on a table, with books used as a net. This was to show the children watching that table tennis was indeed first played in this way and was called ‘Wiff Waff’, which echoed the sound of the cigar box wafting, and wiffing and waffing through the air!
It was quite a sight to see all three wearing authentic army uniform over their New Milton TT shirts, but the fake moustaches were quite difficult to keep on!
The assembly then fast forwarded to the present day, showing the children how the bat has developed. The coaches were pretty sneaky and chose an unsuspecting member of staff to try and return sidespin serves, thankfully his returns went everywhere apart from the table!
After a short demonstration of various shots and a competition involving some of the chidren Shaun then told the assembly about GB’s Olympic hopes and of course he then talked about the Paralympic competition.
At the end it was great to be able to advertise our club and give the children details about the new website.
I (Julie) would like to say a huge thank you to both Shaun and James who gave up their valuable time and who were superb in the playlet.
We are hoping to repear the performance at Hordle School in early July.