Louis Price, Stan Shilton and coach Dan Ives have just returned from the 26th andro Kids Open, held from the 21st to 23rd August 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Over 1400 kids participated in 8 different age categories from 1999 to 2006.
Last Friday the 21st August, myself, Louis Price and Stan Shilton travelled from Bristol to Dusseldorf in Germany where the boys took part in the Andro Kids Open. The Open is Europe’s biggest Table Tennis event with over 1400 youth participants.
In the under 12 category Louis Price had a great run to the semi-finals where he lost to the eventual winner 11-9 in the fifth. A great result with lots of matches over the weekend gaining Louis a bronze medal. Louis has been training very hard leading up to he event having taken part in training camps in Belgium and France. With over 40 countries represented, this marked a great end to a successful summer on Louis hectic table tennis schedule.
In the under 13 category Stan Shilton made it through to the last 16 losing a tight 5 setter to a strong opponent from Germany. The duo gained excellent experience with a lot of matches against a wide variation of players with different styles. An excellent International debut for Stan Shitlon.
Bristol Table Tennis Coach Dan Ives, commented – “their hard work is paying off, a great result competing against some very good European players”.
Stan Shilton (left) and Louis Price (right) taking on Holland in the team event.
This June saw Bristol Table Tennis Coach Daniel Ives team up with 10 x Scottish Table Tennis Champion Gavin Rumgay in an exciting new training camp at the Civil Service Table Tennis Club in Bristol.
The camp took place on Saturday 20th June 2015 and gave players a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best coaches and players in the UK.
Thanks to the amazing assistance from training partner Christoph Zickert and Miles Ross.
Stay tuned for our upcoming training camp in London in August.
Here is a video from the training camp below:
Thanks to everyone who took part, plenty more camps to follow!
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On Wednesday Ben Larcrombe from Expert Table Tennis interviewed myself about my trip to China. The podcast is broken into 2 parts, with the second part being released next week.
In January 2015 I travelled to Beijing, China with STIGA to film a four-part documentary series called ‘STIGA Presents The Journey Through Chinese Table Tennis’, which you can watch here on TableTennisDaily.
You can listen to part 1 of the podcast below.
In this episode you’ll learn:
What a recreational table tennis club in China is actually like.
All about the Chinese pyramid system and how it works.
How the ping pong schools select and train their young players.
Which drills and exercises they do.
What happens if they are dropped or kicked out along the way.
All about the discipline and strictness of the training environment.
How the training fits around academic work.
About the transition from school to provincial table tennis.
What life is like as a Chinese provincial table tennis player.
How Dan fared against the young Chinese players.
The level of these young players compared to UK standards.
Stay tuned for next weeks part 2 of the interview. I hope you enjoyed it.
Here is the full video series below which is in 4 parts:
Last Sunday on the 8th February the 2015 Bristol Closed took place at the WISE Campus in SGS College. The day had a fantastic turnout with over 300 games taking place with a staggering 21 events!
It was a great to see so many players from all ages participating. I was there helping and giving advice to players I coach who were also representing my website TableTennisDaily throughout the day. In particular TableTennisDaily’s Dean Cundy who won the prestigious Men’s Singles title for a fourth year in a row. This is the first time this has been achieved since the 1970’s.