How to Join
Lunchtime Table Tennis
Evening League Table Tennis
Coaching Videos DVDs and Robot
The RAL Table Tennis Club's (RAL TTC) roots go back to the mid sixties when the
Rutherford and Atlas Labs were establishing and developing on site.
The RAL TT Club is probably one of the longest surviving clubs on
the RAL site and is still very active.
The club is affiliated to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Recreational
Society (RAL RecSoc). This society looks after many aspects of all the clubs on this
site, including the RecSoc buildings, lounge etc.Objectives
(a) To promote and encourage the playing of table tennis at the
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
(b) To organise table tennis competitions and associated
(c) To enter table tennis teams into local leagues.
RAL TT Club membership is open to all Full and Associate members of
the RecSoc. The Club's annual membership subscription is £3. This membership fee
goes towards maintaining good standard table tennis tables and other auxiliary
table tennis equipment. Information on how to join is available below.
For all prospective new members, joining is simple.
(a) All you need to do is to come along one lunchtime to
the table tennis club room in building R58 and have a look around
and if possible speak to the players that might be there; or maybe
bring a like minded friend who is also interested in table tennis
with you and bring your own bat and ball. Feel free to start playing
table tennis. Switch on the flood lighting when playing and at the
end of the table tennis session please switch off the flood lighting
The idea is that potential new members can try out playing table
tennis at the RAL TT club. These visits can last for a few weeks
before actually joining and paying the annual club subscription.
(b) Another way is to telephone anyone on the
RAL TT Club committee, who can then make arrangements to meet you in
the club room and to show you around and explain how the club is set
(c) Fill in and return the club membership application form.
Remember you must also be a Full or Associate member of the RAL Rec Soc.
Our club has an annually elected Executive Committee which runs the affairs of
the club to a set procedure governed by the Club Rules with its Constitution and
Annual General Meeting/Extraordinary Meeting proceedings etc. The AGM is held in
June. Within this framework our club operates on two main fronts viz. (a)
Lunchtime Table Tennis and (b) Evening League Table Tennis.
We have an excellent club room which has
enough floor space for two tables with dedicated flood lighting over
Some bats and balls are usually available in the cupboard,
however most participants find it beneficial to bring their own
table tennis bat which they are more familiar with, and to bring
some balls in case there are not enough around. Players are
recommended to bring sports shoes to get a better grip while playing
and avoid leaving marks or dirt on the floor.
We also use the larger Sports Hall in the evening. This room also
has dedicated flood lighting and is used mainly for league matches. It is booked out to our club to cover for scheduled
match nights etc. The match table is meant for league use only.
R58 has a lounge. Male and female changing rooms
with shower facilities are located in the amenities building next door.
Lunchtime table tennis is run informally depending what the
participants want and how many come to a particular session.
Typically, we would play singles and stay on the table for two games
then let the next player have two games, this way it works out like
a round robin approach to games which ensures that everyone has a go
and meets different players. It can have a competitive edge if you
want it to or at other times it could be stroke play
practice etc. However, if the club room was crowded then we would go
for playing doubles.
We also run box leagues which can be played at lunchtimes if wanted. See
box league section below for more information.
Table tennis is a very skilful sport at the highest level.
However, all standards of player from complete beginners through to
the various levels in local table tennis league divisions are
welcome. So it does not matter what standard you are, you are most
welcome. You will be surprised how well your playing skills will
improve with practice. If you wanted to develop your playing skills
further you could consider playing evening league table tennis.
objective of the league is to provide social exchange between
players of similar standard. All standards are catered for from
beginners to experienced players.
Further details are available or contact the League Organiser -
Hiten Patel, Diamond Light Source, Room 1.187(Z12), Ext 8930, Hiten.Patel@Diamond.ac.uk
Tennis is a winter sport so the league fixtures season runs from
September until April. A team consists of 3 players which are picked
usually from a larger squad of say 4 or 5 players registered for
that team. These additional players cover when arrangements clash or
for sickness etc.; it also caters for those players who want to play
occasionally for the team.
There are usually 10 to 12 teams in a division; each team plays
home and away. This means about 22 evening league matches are played
throughout the season. The league also runs two handicap
competitions (optional) and tournaments, which means a few more matches may be
The committee runs the evening league side of our club and
individual team captains run the teams. Therefore, for those
interested players who would like to take part in more serious table
tennis play, then evening league maybe the answer. It has the best
of both worlds, it has that competitive edge, yet it also has a
friendly and sociable side. It is a way of meeting a network of new
The Club would like to thank the RAL Rec Soc for providing funds to:
Enter teams in the local leagues.
The club is pleased to announce that:
RAL A (Neil Hurford, Erik Wahlgren, Chris Lansley L to R) were runners up in the DDTTA Division 1.
RAL E (Matt Chambers, Eric Thomas, Kevin Knowles, Dale Faircloth) were runners up in the DDTTA Division 4.
Club Rules are available here
The RAL Table Tennis Club AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.
The draft AGM
2015 minutes are now available.
The club has purchased several coaching videos and DVDs namely
'Learning to Play the Game'
'Advanced Stroke Play'
'Playing with Pimples'
We have also purchased a TT robot to help club members practice strokes.
If you wish to borrow any of these please they are in the locked
cupboard in the TT room. All paid up club members will be given the
code. Please enter your loan in the book provided and return as soon
as you have finished with it.