Press Release: November 25th 2012
TABLE TENNIS NURSERY MALTA REGISTERS GROWTH AND SUCSESS
Registering growth year after year, TTN Malta this season has entered the National Association team's league with no less than eight squads all composed of young, teenage and adult students, male and female players ranging from ages 11 up to 50 year olds. "As a result of our internal growth we are contributing towards the popularity and expansion of our sport in Malta, we are continuously introducing new paid up memberships to our National Association, all this apart from the high standard to which we coach and train our students. Our coaching and training set up has produced players which the MTTA has recognized by selecting the likes of Jessica Pace, Bronze Medalist in the Small Nations Games, Adam Zouari - Daniel Said - Jurgen Sammut for the COJI Games, Amy De Gaetano - Karl Wismayer- Luca Balzan for the FISEC Games, Kurt Craws - Sacha Pace - Raoul Fenech for the Junior World Circuit ,to represent our country " David Pace, director of TTN Malta goes on to add that only recently in March did the National Association approach him for his assistance to coach at a Junior World Circuit. TTN Malta students are recruited from as an early age of 7 years and by the age of 11 some are already of a high standard, the likes of Sacha Pace who in the last Malta National Championships was the winner of the open seniors Plate final event.
After school programs are also being implemented to the extent that TTN includes transport arrangements at no cost for the students. Growth is also being registered on the availability of centers and facilities where to practice, presently located in Tarxien, Tal Qroqq and Cottonera the organization has plans to operate from another three strategic locations. On October the 27th at the complex in Tal Qroqq TTN Malta will be staged its 5thDonic Grand Prix tournament for the season. Students compete in three categories, Beginners, Emerging and Advanced / Intermediate. The tournament was directed by Mark Zammit I.U who is the appointed and official tournament director of TTN Malta. The general public was invited to come and follow matches free of charge with the possibility of getting to know more about the set up. For those who like to browse one may find more information by logging onto www.tabletennisnursery.eu or joining the FaceBook group trough the homepage of the website. Alternatively for a more personalized approach on + 356 9944 6916.
Press Release 13th May 2012
TTN Malta in Vienna
On the 6th of May a selection of TTN Malta players together with Head Coach / Director returned from Vienna after an international training camp at the Werner Schlager category A training center in Schwechat. The Maltese athletes were greeted by Werner Schlager, ex World Champion and currently still active on the Austrian National team, who explained to the contingent that the professional set up in the Multiversum complex is enough to offer the best frame of mind to motivate competitive table tennis players together with a variety of high level sparing partners and top world ranked players to make the best of the training camp. The high profile coaches who were responsible for the Maltese that week ensured that the sessions and advice was being passed on effectively. Overlooking TTN Malta students were the likes of Dmitriji Levenko, Martin Doppler and Provas Mondal each coach highly regarded on the international Table Tennis scene. Training was conducted twice a day each session lasting 2 ½ hours which also included an element of physical conditioning.
The Maltese students also had the opportunity to watch and learn from the professional Table Tennis players who are training in the new facility, top world ranked players like Daniela Dodean, Robert Gardos, Chen Weixing, Jean Laueric, Junior national team of Japan and many others. When asked to comment about this international stage TTN Malta director David Pace told us that it ultimately boils down to offering its present and future students the best opportunities to advance. The WSA is the best European training facility at present so much so that world champions China have already been there twice in preparation for the world championships. David also mentioned that he was exceptionally pleased with the support from the parents of the players who recognized the importance of such a camp. David told us that other international opportunities are in the pipeline. TTN Malta has currently opened a third training center at De La Salle sports complex.
Press Release: 6th April 2012
TTN Malta Annual Awards
On Sunday 11th March TTN Malta held the annual awards presentation at the Osborne Hotel Valletta. Mr.Paul Dawson, Vice President of the Malta Table Tennis Association before handing out Achievement Certificates to students addressed players, parents, friends and TTN Malta associates. Director of TTN Malta, David Pace, also addressed those present. David mentioned that 2011 was a positive year for the organization and he highlighted a few points for 2012 such as the opening of a new center at De La Salle College in Cottonera, the introduction of more teams participating in the National League, the setting up of a Facebook group, Euro 100 Donic vouchers reward scheme for Junior National Championships accomplishments by students together with an internal incentive of 25, 50,100 euro Donic vouchers for Donic Grand Prix Tournament 2012.
David went on to mention the project for Gozo and the Gozitians. He said that the organization is moving towards a new center in Gozo which will shortly be in operation. TTN Malta works towards raising the standard of Table Tennis in Malta, it is for this reason that this year a selected group of students will be travelling to Vienna for an international training camp at the Werner Schlarger category A training center. The official international apparel was also launched on this occasion. It is to be noted that students who started taking up coaching sessions with TTN Malta have not only reached top National level but also on various occasions have been selected to represent Malta at International events, the latest being TTN Malta student Daniel Said to play for Malta in the next edition of the COJI Games in Sardinia, student Adam Zouari was selected for the same International last year, Jessica Pace represented Malta at the last edition of the Small Nations Games in Lichtenstein, Luca Balzan was selected for an ITTF pro - tour in April.
David ended his address by thanking all TTN collaborators, coaches, players, parents and sponsors namely St.Brigids Family Center - Malta Sport Online - Eurosport - Tip Top.
The following awards were claimed: Achievement on a National Level: Daniel Said, Luca Balzan, Adam Zouari, Christian Degorgio, Sacha Pace, Amy Degaetano, MichealaScerri, Jessica Pace, Jurgen Sammut, Karl Wismayer, Luke Cassar, Raoul Fenech, David Fenech, Jacob Camilleri and Kurt Butters. Females Award: MichealaScerri, Amy Degaetano, HaylieBartolo, Nicole Galea, Lisa Fenech, Clarissa Friggieri. Exemplary Adult Student: Mr.PaulSimonini. Parent/Student Easter Doubles: Runners Up Micheala& Edwin Scerri, Winners Matthew & Bernard Cassar. Parent/Student Xmas Doubles: Runners Up Amy & James Degaetano, Winners David & Anthony Grima. Donic Grand Prix Beginners: RunnerUpHaylieBartolo, Winner Nicole Galea. Emerging: Runner Up Andrea Mulgiett, Winner Luke Cassar. Advanced & Intermediate: Runner Up David Grima, Winner Daniel Said.
Press Release: 3rd December 2011
Table Tennis Nursery: New De La Salle Centre
Since 2008 Table Tennis Nursery Malta has been committed to developing the skills of junior player's trough the coaching programs it has laid out. Operating from two centers, equipped with over 20 tables, state of the art facilities and professional coaches the school has succeeded to bring its students in the front line of the sport. Presently TTN is also set up with 5 teams all composed of its students who on a regular basis compete in the National League. TTN holds its own closed competitions, namely, the Donic Grand Prix which runs over six annual competitions. Coaching sessions are based on, technique, ball control, speed, footwork, power, services, physical fitness and mental preparation. Fun games are also part of a typical session. International training camps at category A centers are also organized so that students broaden their knowledge of the sport and also have the opportunity to practice with foreign players. Table Tennis Nursery is proud to announce that as from January 2012 it will be expanding operations to offer Table Tennis coaching services at De La Salle College Sports Complex. Boys and girls aged between 9 and 14 years will have the opportunity to practice the sport seriously at the new centre. TTN promises to offer top quality coaching, fun and competition. TTN will also be seeking to bring forward Table Tennis in Cottonera by means of other events such as Table Tennis for adults including leisure Table Tennis. Director of TTN David Pace told us that this project has been part of the vision he has for TTN and for table tennis in general, David said "I believe that De La Salle College is a hub for hidden talents, many of our top existing students hail from the sport oriented College, in fact the present u13 National rank no1 Jurgen Sammut has been receiving coaching from us since he first picked up a bat."In the beginning the school will be receiving a limited number of applications to ensure and maintain high standards therefore enrollment will be seen to on a first come basis. Those who wish to enquire more about Table Tennis Nursery De La Salle center may send an e-mail on email@example.com or call on + 356 9944 6916. All enquiries will be handled swiftly. Other general information about events, activities, competitions may be viewed by logging onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/
Press Release: 9th October 2011
Maltese Table Tennis Schools Engage Serbian Coach
Table Tennis Nursery and PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre have boosted their private table tennis schools for this season by engaging Mr. Zeljko Demitrijevic from Serbia to assist in the development of their respective students. Zeljko is a qualified coach and a skilled player who has guided a number of Serbian boys and girls to National level in Belgrade. He has over ten years experience, speaks good English and has a good understanding of the Table Tennis set up in Malta.In a joint statement directors of PBC Table Tennis Coaching Centre and Table Tennis Nursery told us that this venture is a first of its kind in Malta whereby the two schools found a common ground to work hand in hand with the ultimate objective to develop further the students who attend to their ongoing coaching sessions. David Pace and Peter Borg Cardona also said "we believe that Zeljko is an asset to our centers, students will definitely receive valuable tips, his contribution at junior national tournaments will also be welcomed" The directors went on to say that the Serbian coach will also be available to all Maltese table tennis players for private tuition on a one to one basis in a separate project. For further information regarding one to one sessions in Sliema individuals may call on + 356 9942 9351
Press Release: 1st July 2011
ROLE MODEL ATHLETE
Table Tennis Nursery organization has elevated the status of their student Jessica Pace to that of Role Model Athlete. Following her success at the Games of the Small states in Lichtenstein where Jessica together with her partner Lu Ping Fei won two Bronze medals, the TTN board was unanimous in the decision. TTN director and head coach David Pace explained that the proposal was welcomed by one and all. David explained that the status is there for a double interpretation, one to acknowledge Jessica for her dedication, results and sporting behavior in this first experience achievement at 16 years of age and the other for all the TTN students including other junior players from the local Table Tennis community to be inspired and push their personal barriers to the limit. Recently TTN students David Grima - Karl Wizmayer - Luca Balzan, captained and managed by Martin Borg participated in the Malta national league 2nd division, it was their first experience and TTN Rockets finished the season by being promoted to 1st division. Jessica Pace won the Malta Ladies title at the seniors National Championships and together with David Pace won the Malta mixed doubles title for 2011. Various plans to move forward and give a new dimension to table tennis are being put into action by TTN the latest being to offer the opportunity to the Maltese table tennis community to travel abroad and follow ITTF sanctioned championships live. Recently at the Malta Junior National Championships honors by TTN students were claimed as follows: Boys u13 Plate event was won by Luke Cassar - Boys u13 Main event Jurgan Sammut finalist - Boys u15 Plate event Christian Degorgio finalist - Boys u15 Main event Adam Zouari finalist - u18 Plate event Luca Balzan winner. In the girls u18 round robin TTN girls obtained 1st place Jessica Pace, 3rd place Amy De Gaetano and 4th place Micheala Scerri. The summer period for Table Tennis Nursery includes two in house Grand Prix tournaments, continues enhancement of skills at all levels during coaching sessions and the beneFIT pre season physical preparation program, however further information on TTN may be accessed by logging onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or calling on + 356 9944 6916
Jessica Pace in action at the Small Nations Games in Linchienstien
Press Release: 28th April 2011
Parent - Student Easter Doubles
On Saturday 16th April Table Tennis Nursery organized a Parent - Student Doubles Tournament. The event was a first of its kind in Malta and proved to be very popular as there were no less than twenty entries. Seasoned student players teamed up either with their mother or father to compete with other parents and students in a round robin tournament which eventually lead to a final in which Bernard Cassar and Matthew Cassar overcame the runners up Edwin Scerri and daughter Micheala Scerri. Prior to this event TTN held the 2nd Donic Grand Prix for the season which brought together its students from Msida Centre, Tarxien Centre and Marsaskala Centre. In the Beginners Level we saw Haley Bartolo placing 1st and Krista Spiteri Lucas 2nd. In the Emerging Level Andrea Mugliett placed 1st and Daneel Abela 2nd. In Intermediate & Advanced Adam Zouari placed 1st and Luca Balzan 2nd. Recently at the 4th Junior National Ranking Tournament U15 TTN player Karl Wismayer worked his way up to the final where he then obtained a 3 - 1 victory over Andrea Portelli while TTN player Adam Zouari also succeeded in reaching the final of the 5th MTTA seniors ranking plate event. He was defeated 3 - 2 by Daniel Portelli in a close encounter where a high standard of Table Tennis was witnessed. Table Tennis Nursery has moved into the second coaching / training term where together with all collaborators remain committed in guiding youngsters to play the Elite Way. Due to the strategically spread out centers access to professional coaching is at hand for those interested. The Nursery profile may be accessed by logging onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or calling on + 356 9944 6916
Press Release: 6th March 2011
Table Tennis Nursery Supports Dar San Guzepp
Following the annual awards presentation in the name of all the guests TTN director Mr. David Pace presented a donation to Fr.Frankie Cini mssp at the home in Sta Venera which is currently being occupied by 20 boys. Dar San Guzepp is constantly upgrading its facilities in order to offer a higher standard quality of living to the residents.
Fr.Frankie Cini receiving the donation from TTN director Mr.David Pace
Press Release: 12th Feburary 2011
TTN TO OPEN MARSASKALA CENTRE
On Sunday 30th January TTN director David Pace together with Marsaskala local counselor responsible for sports Mr.Daniel Spiteri during the Annual Awards presentation announced that Table Tennis Nursery will be offering its coaching / training services in Marsaskala as from the 15th of March. Presently TTN operates from two centers, Theresa Spinelli Gym in Tal Qroqq and Immaculate Conseption Sports Complex Tarxien. After a short speech delivered by Mr.Spiteri who praised the work being done by the TTN board mentioning also that he is optimistic about Table Tennis in Marsaskala David went on to announce that Sala St.Anna in Marina Street will be the base for the further expansion and development of TTN and Table Tennis in the southern part of Malta. On the occasion David also presented the new TTN competition apparel which is being sponsored by St.Bridg"s Family Centre and Malta Sports Online. The highlights of the afternoon were the awards to the protagonists of the Nursery, in other words the students, who are improving rapidly and advancing in the sport David tells us. Certificates were presented to all boys and girls. The following awards were also handed out: Parents Easter tournament runner up Edwin Scerri winner Bernard Cassar - Parents Xmas Tournament runner up Anthony Grima winner Bernard Cassar - Achievement on a National Level went to Adam Zouari, Daniel Said, Micheala Scerri, Jessica Pace, Luca Balzan, Christian Degeorgio, Jurgen Sammut, Raoul Fenech, Luke Cassar, David Grima and Matthew Cassar - Most Dedicated award was presented to Gabiriel Melillo - Best Technical Intermediate to Raoul Fenech - Best Technical Emerging to Sacha Pace - Best Improved Emerging to Matthew Cassar - Best Improved Intermediate to Luca Balzan - The award for Best Conduct during competition went to Micheala Scerri and Warren Zammit - An award for diligence was presented to TTN team captains Robert Mizzi, Dr.Martin Borg and Anthony Grima - Donic Grand Prix Beginners & Emerging runner up went to Elena Pocock and winner to Sacha Pace - Donic Grand Prix Advanced & Intermediate runner up went to Jurgen Sammut and winner to Karl Wismayer. Table Tennis Nursery will also be making a donation from part of the proceeds of the Annual Awards to Dar San Giusepp later on this month. Meanwhile for the month of February students are gearing up for the first Donic Grand Prix and also looking forward to practice with special guest player Guo Ming in a session from which much is to be accomplished. The Nursery events and activities may be accessed by logging onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ . or by dialing on + 356 994
Mark Zammit presenting award to the Donic Grand Prix overall winner - Karl Wismayer
Press Release: 2nd January 2011
TTN Season 2010
Season 2010 was positive for the Table Tennis Nursery organization. No less than six Grand Prix Tournaments were held in two categories, Beginners & Emerging Level and Intermediate Level. The annual Parents Xmas and Easter tournaments proved once again to be a popular event with new faces on the scene. Coaching sessions continued throughout including the summer months. TTN introduced the beneFIT pre season physical training program to its youngsters which was held prior to the beginning of the competitive season but which on demand is always available for the students to apply additionally to their regular on table sessions. This year TTN introduced three teams to play the Malta National League thus offering more experience to its up and rising players. TTN opened a second centre in Tarxien, a state of the art sports complex for the coaching and training of boys and girls hailing from the south of Malta. The constant upgrading of TTN website allows all students and interested parties to follow in depth all the various activities including photographs which ultimately speak for themselves with regards to the success of the school. To keep up with modern trends a Facebook group was also created were individuals are invited to post their comments. TTN Director David Pace tells us that "ultimately the main satisfaction is when we see the big smile on the faces of our players soon after they win an important match, be it a closed competition or a National competition. It is a great feeling which motivates us to keep implementing our development program" David also mentions that the competence of TTN collaborators reflects the high standard which is being maintained. On a final note TTN congratulates the following students for their respective achievements in 2010: Adam Zouari winner at Malta Championships Boys U15 - Jessica Pace winner at Malta Championships Girls U15 / U18 - Jurgen Sammut winner at Malta National Championships U13 - Raul Fenech winner at 1st U13 National Ranking Plate Event - Luke Cassar runner up at 1st U13 National Ranking Plate Event - Micheala Scerri runner up at 1st National Ranking U15 Girls - David Grima winner at 4th National Ranking U15 Plate Event Luca Balzan winner at 1st National Ranking U15 Plate Event - Matthew Cassar runner up at 1st National Ranking U15 Plate Event - Daniel Said MTTA Youth Training Camp 3rd - Christian Dedorgio National Ranking U13 winner Plate Event - Karl Wismayer Overall winner at Donic Grand Prix Intermediate - Sacha Pace Overall winner at Donic Grand Prix Emerging. For more information regarding coaching and events one may log onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or contact + 356 9944 6916
Press Release: 17th October 2010
Table Tennis Nursery - Successful opening encounters
On Friday 8th October TTN introduced two new teams to play the National Table Tennis league 2nd division alongside their third team which is competing for the second season.TTN Comets captained by Robert Mizzi together with Daniel Said, Michela Scerri and Jurgan Sammut registered a well earned victory 9 - 1 in their first encounter with Table Tennis Academy Top Table where all players performed to the expected standard. Luck of the draws wanted that the first match between the other two TTN teams be played against each other and therefore TTN Rockets captained by Martin Borg alongside David Grima, Luca Balzan and Karl Wizmayer played in a derby against TTN Meteors which is captained by Anthony Grima composed also of Bernard Cassar, Matthew Cassar and Raul Fenech. The result of the match was 8 - 1 for TTN Rockets. Besides undergoing coaching / training at Msida Gym and Tarxien Sports Complex the TTN players were introduced to a pre season physical fitness program "benefit" whereby Mr. Mizzi conducted evening sessions in summer so as to prepare the boys and girls for the season. This was very successful and the Table Tennis Nursery directors are continuously taking new inisatives to enhance their student's performance and development. Meanwhile TTN players Adam Zouari and Jessica Pace (u15 National Boys Champion & u 18 National Girls Champion) will also be playing in the MTTA league however Adam is teaming up with Dream Team and Jessica although this season was offered renewal of contract to play the ladies Sicilian league serie B decided to sign for the Maltese Premier division team Valletta. We augur success to both of them. A comprehensive understanding of the TTN coaching, player development program and events may be accessed by logging onto http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or by calling on 9944 6916
TTN Teams - Comets - Rockets - Metors
Press Release: 10th September 2010
New Table Tennis Centre
In an endeavor to promote and attract more boys and girls form the Southern part of our Island to take up Table Tennis seriously the directors of TTN, presently located at the Theresa Spinelli Sports Complex Tal - Qroq which has been operating successfully from 2008 decided to open a second centre at the new state of the art Immaculate Conception Sports Complex Tarxien. The inauguration session will take place in October.TTN directors believe that allot of potential talent is out there and with the new centre they are making it simple for children from the South end of the Island to have access to professional coaching in a professional surrounding with the opportunity to form part of a larger organization.Table Tennis Nursery lives by its mission statement "learn to play the elite way" in a short statement David Pace told us that just as fruit is bearing from the Theresa Spinelli Centre the same will happen from the Immaculate Conception Complex because it will be run exactly on the same system by the same personnel.Future students attending Table Tennis Nursery either at Tal - Qroq or Tarxien may look forward to developing the basic bat & ball skills - developing basic strokes - developing advanced strokes - physical fitness - mental strength - tournaments - training with Donic robot - workshops - making new friends and allot of FUN !As is customary parents too get their dose of Table Tennis and have the opportunity to show off their skills during the parents Easter and Xmas tournament....At this year's edition of the local championships TTN students Adam Zouari and Jessica Pace were crowned the local champions in the boys U15 and girls U15 category. Trough out the season other TTN students achieved prestigious results on a National level. David Grima winning an U15 ranking plate event - Christian Degorgio winning an U13 plate event - Daniel Said finalist in no less than three U13 tournaments - Matthew Cassar in his first debut reached the U15 plate final - Micheala Scerri placing 4th in the U15 Girls and Elena Pocock putting on a good performance at her first girls U13 competition - Raul Fenech ,Jurgen Sammut , Bernard Cutajar and Sacha Pace also had a promising season.Interested parties may learn more by logging on to http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or reserve a trial session by calling on 9944 6916
Our center at Tarxien
Press Release: 11th April 2010
The Sicilian Experience
On the weekend of 21st March 2010 the ladies round robin league in Sicily came to an end and our Maltese junior player Jessica Pace contributed positively towards her team Pol Liotro so much so that together with team mate Maria Pia Prestifilippo succeeded in securing second place in the overall classification. In all 30 females were competing from different clubs and matches took place in Catania, Pedana, Palermo, Zafferana and Acireale. Encounters were played on a davis cup system. Both in the singles and doubles close and exciting matches were witnessed each time Jessica and Maria Pia were in action. In the singles their strongest opponents to overcome were Loridana Rampelli - Marzia Bucca - Franka - Paola - Cipprioli. The participation in Sicily has served to strengthen our local youngster physically, mentally and tactically when competing against female opponents. On her last trip Jessica had to compete with a wrist injury which is still in a recovery process. In Malta she is eligible to play in U15 and U18 mixed categories except once a year at the National Championships where she has the opportunity to play the ladies open in which till today she holds the 2008 champion title and the 2009 runner up title. Presently ranked no 1 in the U15 boys and girls local classification Jessica on behalf of Table Tennis Nursery promotes the sport by conducting demonstrations in girl's schools in an endeavor to attract more participation by girls in such an age group. Recently TTN held its first Donic Grand Prix and players competed in three categories, Beginners - Emerging and Intermediate. Adam Zouari is heading the Intermediate table, Raul Fenech leads the Emerging group and Matthew Cassar is first in the Beginners category. Meanwhile parents had the opportunity to show off their skills during the Easter tournament. Bernard Cassar as seen in photo emerged as the winner over Edwin Scerri in a 2 - 1 final. This together with the Xmas tournament has become an annual appointment on TTN calendar and attracts new faces every time. Interested boys and girls may approach us by logging on to http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ or calling on 9944 6916
Press Release: 21st Feburary 2010
News from Table Tennis Nursery
On Friday 12th February, 3rd division table tennis team Comets Errea, made up of Robert Mizzi, Martin Borg, Daniel Said and Michaela Xerri, encountered the leading club of the division, Dream Team, in the second round of the national league. With a combination of talent, skill, determination and character Comets Errea managed to win the match 6-3. It was an exciting match from start to finish and it took over three and a half hours of table tennis before Comets Errea finally managed to emerge winners and inflict the first defeat of the season on the Dream Team. The turning point of the match was when Martin Borg made a superb comeback against Olaf Magri, wining the match 3-2 despite being 2-1 and 10-7 down at one stage.During the match, the Comets Errea players showed great character and tactical awareness in overcoming difficult situations. Both Robert Mizzi and Daniel Said came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Ryan Tabone and Miguel Balzan respectively. All players, including Michaela Xerri who was a reserve on the night, received words of praise for their top performance and the team spirit shown during the match. Team Comets Errea is serving as a platform to introduce Table Tennis Nursery intermediate players to the local national league and plans for the future include the introduction of one or two other teams. On another note, Malta's top ranked Under-15 player, Jessica Pace continued with her excellent performances with Catania based club Pol Liotro, and together with her partner Maria Pia Prestifilippo obtained two wins from three matches in another round of the Sicilian Femminile league played recently. The best individual encounters of the round were against opponents Claudia Licardi, Sabrina Grasso and Marzia Bucca. In the doubles Prestifilippo and Pace encountered difficult opposition from club Paolo Sidoti players Fiore and Licardi, but succeeded in winning 3-2, with the final score of the last match being 11-9. The national airline Airmalta is supporting Jessica with her travel requirements from Malta to Sicily and back.The Table Tennis Nursery administrators would also like to congratulate Jurgen Sammut and Daniel Said for their performance in the 3rd National Junior Under-13 Ranking tournament held recently. Jurgen Sammut starting on a positive note with a 3-0 victory over Jake Galea before being defeated at the semi-final stage, whilst Daniel Said made it to the final and after an exciting match, lost 3-1 to Andrea Portelli, the eventual winner. Finally, on February 27th, the first TTN Donic Grand Prix event will take place and the nursery players will be taking part at 3 different levels: beginners, emerging and intermediate. This is a new format being introduced this year with the objective of placing players in a competition according to their skill rather than their age. Interested boys and girls may contact the Nursery on 9944 6916 or visit http://www.tabletennisnursery.eu/ for more information.
Press Release: 24th January 2010
TTN Round Up
Recently at the TTN annual awards evening David Pace director of the Nursery highlighted some of last year's events and achievements which the school together with the boys and girls succeeded in attaining. He mentioned that coaching table tennis was not limited only to the conventional method but told us that the Nursery offered a comprehensive approach to the development of its young talents by organizing talks, seminars and workshops all related to the discipline of table tennis. He also mentioned that the Nursery organized its first Donic Grand Prix whereby players gained ranking points and thus had the mechanism to measure their improvement in Mini Cadet and Cadet Categories. Various international players / coaches were invited to conduct sessions and share their experience with TTN students in particular Mr.Holtz and Mr.Auruda from Sweeden and Portugal respectively. The introduction of Daniel Said and Micheala Scerri into the 3rd division National League was another step forward and this was an initiative by Nursery board member Robert Mizzi together with Dr. Martin Borg. In such a short span Nursery players last season also began to make their own individual mark at local junior ranking tournaments and David went on to mention that players like Jurgan Sammut , David Grima , Karl Wizmayer, Micheala Scerri and Ryan Cachia are knocking on the door of more established youths. David also mentioned that the Nursery was proud to see Adam Zouari win the National U18 ranking plate event and witness Daniel Said as runner up in the local U13 category. The TTN has strengthened its relations with Sicilian club Pol Liotro so much so that one of its players, 15 year old Jessica Pace, competes in the Sicilian league. Last season the Nursery also organized a Parents Xmas and Easter tournament which proves to be very popular and David thanked all parents present for their interest and support in TTN issues and activities. The introduction of a Donic robot was another sensible step as it helps coaches and players to work on technical difficulties to be overcome. The sponsorship renewal with Malta Sports Online endorses that TTN is not alone in the development of Table Tennis in Malta and David thanked Mr.Rizzo for the support. Last year the Nursery promoted table tennis by means of school exebithions and by constantly updating www.tabletennisnursery.eu Looking forward David told gusts, parents and players that the same momentum will be in force for 2010 with new competitions and training camps abroad to be high priority. The round up came to an end with the presentation of awards to Jurgan Sammut for Best Improved - David Grima for Best Technical - Micheala Scerri and Daniel Said for Most Dedicated followed by Donic Grand Prix Mini Cadets runner up Elena Pocock, winner Sacha Pace and Donic Grand Prix Cadets runner up David Grima, winner Daniel Said.
Daniel Said receiving award for Donic GP Overall Winner