Category: Table Tennis Camps

International Table Tennis Training Camps

Have you ever been to an international table tennis training camp? 

Growing up in London enabled me to access most countries in the world (especially as a table tennis player and coach) but why go abroad if you have everything on your doorstep? Aged 14 I first began playing and naturally my level relatively low up until I was 16. Due, to my level I attended training camps all over England including; London Progress, Grant Solder, Teesport Summer camp, and many others. I must admit attending camps enabled me to learn from special players and coaches in the game. It also enabled me to train with players I had not played with before and most importantly I love the experience (I have many wonderful memories).

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eBaTT-Topspin Table Tennis Summer Camp 2018
eBaTT-Topspin Summer Table Tennis Camp

Table Tennis Camps

As I got better, I needed more from the table tennis camps and since England was limited in quality (production, coaches, and players). Because of this, I began looking for table tennis camps abroad, where I witnessed many qualities that make table tennis camps special:

  • Quality Coaches – A proven track record; producing, creating and developing players. Their playing record is irrelevant and their qualifications have little significance. I wanted to know have they produced or developed a player/players (this gave me the confidence that these coaches could bring my game on). When a coach has developed or produced good players you can rest-assure that they will have the tools to enhance your game. A common mistake people make, they assume if you are or where a top player you’ll be a good coach. Of course, it helps but it has zero significance on how you can deliver information to people.
  • Coaching Ratio – How many players per coach, anything between 1-8 players per coach is good and if the ratio is above 8 to 1, coaching attention will be limited.
  • Sparring Partner – It’s not essential but sparring partner/’s at a camp is a great addition. It enables you to train with a potentially top player (sometimes world-class) and experience a high level of table tennis, first hand
  • Table Tennis Focused Themes: Many camps have a generic and structured (sometimes unstructured) training. This is a good tool if you’re looking to enhance your fitness, focus, and consistency. But if you truly want to develop your game then you require; insight into the tactical, technical, and psychological aspects of the game. Service and receive is another vital element and lastly marginal gains. These are the small nuggets required at training camps which can be added to your game over a short period of time and upscale your game, regardless of your level. For example, if a coach can provide you with something simple like, what kind of food should be eaten prior to a match and how long before! or How to increase spin on your server, etc.
  • Playing Level: It’s very important to attend camps that either have all level’s including yours and above or a camp that caters for players similar to your level
  • Two kinds of Table Tennis Camps: Off-site, this is where you attend training only. If you love your table tennis and just want to enhance your game, this is a great way of doing it. But if you wish to truly upscale your game then, on-sight is by far the best way to grow as a person and as a player. You will experience what a professional table tennis player’s life feels like. you will enjoy your time on and off the table and can reflect with other players and coaches on the days of training. On-sight table tennis camps are truly holistic and an experience you must try as a player, nine times out of ten it’s something you will cherish for life.
UTTCT Camp Portugal Lagos
International Table Tennis Camp

Table Tennis Camps Abroad

As you can see from the above table tennis camps have so many benefits but for me personally and I believe this is the case with most people. If you experience a camp abroad you will enhance your game at a much faster rate. Why? you may ask because any country you visit will have a different mentality and culture to the one you live in. This means you will be given a completely different approach, unseen and possibly unheard of before. This gives you one element which is the fastest human development (uncomfortable position). As humans, we grow and adapt when we are in an uncomfortable situation and this is where we truly prosper. Therefore if you are willing to come outside of your comfort zone you will naturally develop, even if the effects are not seen or felt immediately.

I am not saying go abroad all the time and if you have a good club with a good coach who is constantly innovating, you will grow with them. Nevertheless, it’s still a wonderful experience when you completely come out of your comfort zone. 

Table Tennis Camps in England

I have been hosting camps in England for nearly 20 years and my ultimate goal was to host camps aboard also. This is because I wanted to show my unique style of coaching and of course, learn by picking up some nuggets from others. Today I have hosted training camps in over 10 countries and the aim is for continuous expansion for players, clubs and coaches alike. 

International Camps at Home

I have tried to bring all the above elements to my players on home soil. This is where I use my international connections to host a big camp Topspin Table Tennis Summer Camp (England). We have 10 coaches from all over Europe and players attend from all over the world. The camp was set up to provide exactly the features mentioned, to showcase the amazing benefits of a special table tennis camp.

United Table Tennis Coaching Team

I have taken my format one step further, lots of people from abroad asked if eBaTT-Topspin could come to their country. This was hard logistically due to collaboration with Topspintt therefore, I decided to link some of Europes best coaches in hope to provide special camps at any country or location in the world.

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For more info about UTTCT click here

For the full list of eBaTT table tennis camps click here

A Table Tennis Camp can often be a life experience you’ll never forget 

Table Tennis England Reveal European Youth Squad’s Line UP!

Table Tennis England has revealed their player selection for the European Youth Table Tennis Championships. Making selections for such events can be and is often an extremely difficult task.

Full Table Tennis Squad:

TTE, have yet again not selected a full squad and it has caused an uproar on social media. Many expressed their disappointments and lack of understanding, towards TTE’s selection and decision making.
Personally, I believe in selecting a full (England) squad, when it comes to major events.

The European Junior Table Tennis Championships

As a Junior, my aim was to represent my country at penultimate events and I clearly remember playing the National Championships and Master’s Event (Top 12, AKA National Cup). I had players such as Andrew Baggaley, Andrew Rushton and Michael Chan, to compete against. I vaguely remember being told if you do well at both these events and finish inside the top two at the Masters. You would highly increase your odds of a place at the European Championships and no Junior avoided those events! I can’t say for a fact, whether full teams were taken back then, due to youthful ignorance. But I do remember ETTA, expressing their will and importance of international events such as the European Champs.

Spread the love

It feels like TTE’s focus is jaded (possibly lack of care?) and they seem to currently be focusing on the senior men’s team. I appreciate we must back and support good things such as our successful senior team. But I also believe in a holistic approach catering for all, because time has a way of changing things. If we support from all angles we defy time and this all begins with our youth. In order to have another future senior team, we must invest in our youth constantly regardless of their current potential.


There’s a system called EYS (England Youth Squad). This is where the top youth players pay £1600 a year, (information provided by Chris Doran). They receive several coaching sessions throughout the year. Being a part of this squad gives these players the opportunity of possibly representing their country.

A full criterion, currently disclosed is not fully known by most and does not seem to follow its own rules.

Players are expected to attend; events such as; 4*, Junior British League, National Cup and National Championships and EYS training camps. Yet, some of the top players pick and choose events and somehow they are forgiven for doing so. Others may have legit reasons for not being able to attend and they may find themselves ousted by TTE. In fact, two players who won the National Cup (hardest event to win) and many other national events this season have not been selected for the European Championships 2018. Its mind boggling to understand what the selection committee is thinking and doing.

From a player and parent perspective.

I have been playing table tennis between 5-10 years, I go to most national events, I win national tournaments, I win the masters (hardest event to win) I’m ranked no.1 in my age group. I have committed myself to the sport and attend a full-time table tennis school or Club.

My parents invest possibly 10-20k on me over the years. I’m in a country where the economy is one of the most powerful on the planet.

I have paid my fees, attended more than most, bought equipment, have a coach and club, Yet…
Having said all that, my country won’t select me or a full squad to go to the European championships!

A Full Team Must be Entered into Major Events:

It can be hard to select the right players but it’s not hard, selecting a full team regardless of National level.

In fact, a National level is irrelevant, a full team is a MUST! Countries such as; Slovakia, Bulgaria, Wales etc. Enter full teams. These countries don’t have much money, nor do they stand much chance of competing for medals. Regardless they show up in full, ready to compete and give it they’re all. If all countries have TTE’s mindset (sending incomplete teams) big events such as Europeans and World Champs would not exist.

Setting a precedent:

If you don’t enter full squads regardless of the level you’re setting a precedent for a future crop of players. “Train hard, invest your money, win events” and you still may not be selected or go to international events!!
What kind of future are we showing our youth? Working hard, dedication means nothing?! It’s shameful, to say the least.

Top Table Tennis Nations:

Japan and China, have wonderful systems and yes, their national structure can predict possible outcomes for international representation. England and other countries don’t have this luxury, yet we must expose ourselves wholeheartedly. In doing so it will push new generations towards greater success. An opportunity to compete for your country is a gift most will never have and TTE are taking that privilege away.  Predictions of poor success on an international scene is no excuse not to take a full squad.

Don’t commit, it’s a lost cause!

Hiding from the big events because we have no chance. It’s like saying, I won’t go to school because I’ll never be a doctor! If you go to school, you may not become a doctor (true) but if you are not exposed, you will 100% not be a doctor. Exposure has other wonderful benefits, by attending a school you are giving yourself the best chance to be a doctor (if it’s your chosen field). If not, you may be something else special but without the opportunity of attending school or an event, your possibilities are significantly diminished.

We are doomed to fail without an opportunity 

Personally, I believe TTE’s selections and team decisions have been disgraceful over the past couple of year! I don’t agree with the current system and feel it’s very selfish in many ways. Ultimately being the best in your country must give you the ability to represent your country regardless of international level or capabilities.

Our juniors and cadets are admittedly of a low level at present time. Nevertheless, the youth category constantly changes. A new breed of players emerge every 2-3 years and some weaker generations develop later on due to exposure. A nation’s youth level is irrelevant when sending an international team. England’s top players deserve the opportunity to represent their country.

Whose fault is it?

It’s not the players fault the level is low currently, the nation’s level stems from the governing body, clubs, and coaches who currently implement the sports infrastructure.

I stand by my views and I stand by the players and parents who invest a big proportion of their lives into the sport and yet are rejected for very poor reasoning.

What can be done?

Transparency: TTE, must be clear with their selection Criteria and enforce the rules upon all players.
Full teams: For every major international event a full squad for each category must be enlisted, regardless of international medal hopes. This gives players hope, faith in the system and the honour of representing their country. Even if (worst case scenario) players pay their way to attend, they must attend at all costs.
ETTU (European Table Tennis Union): Should enforce a full national squad entry  where possible
Unite: Clubs, Parents, Coaches and Payers must stand for their rights. If the governing body produces a policy document (criteria) for players. TTE MUST STAND BY THEIR RULING and if they fail to do so! Table Tennis players, coaches, parents and clubs must unite to reject or enforce criteria which have not been implemented correctly or seemingly unfairly by TTE. If the above are not willing to stand or face TTE on such occasions, then elect a representative to represent them.

Success comes at a price, you can’t let good hard-working people down because it does not suit your agenda.

Written by Eli Baraty

eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
Coach Me Table Tennis
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Learn from the Best Table Tennis Coaches

This Weekend, I was privileged to work with some of the best table tennis coaches in Europe! how makes these coaches some of the best table tennis coaches in Europe?

Mario Genovese –

From Malta, Mario’s record as a coach and player is extraordinary producing top-class players with very limited resources and facilities in Malta. Mario is a current world record holder with 22 Men’s singles National titles and is still capable of increasing that record. He was an international player for many years and a professional player based in Sweden. Currently, Mario is an ITTF level two coach and he knows and has worked with many world class players and coaches. Today Mario has produced Malta’s no.1 Table Tennis club and all the nations best players have come from his base over the past 10 years. For more information click here

Afonso Vilela –

From Portugal, started Coaching in a little place called (Madeira) famous for players such as Marcos Freitas. Afonso worked closely with Joao Monteiro, in a successful attempt to qualify for 2012 London Olympic Games. They were very proud to achieve it and Afonso was Joao’s personal coach at the Olympic Games. Afonso, went on to work with many clubs across Europe gaining vast experience in the sport. Recently he took a head coach role in India, where he coached a group of young players including world no.1 ranked Junior (Manav Vikash Thakkar). Afonso aims to have his own table tennis centre soon with plans in place to develop a full-time table tennis centre catering for all players.  Alongside side a future vision of creating and developing a new batch of Portuguese Table Tennis Superstars.

Julien Girard –

From France, A former top junior and senior player himself decided he would shake the French system by producing top players outside of the national governing table tennis system. Julien believes in results, not accreditation and he wanted to prove it by investing in personal and physical investment. In France, you need to pay thousands towards a coaching diploma (to be a qualified table tennis coach). Julien redirected the money and invested it by taking himself to as many top clubs and coaches across Europe and Asia for 5 years. This was in pursuit of learning his current craft hands on, from the best in the world. Today Julien has taken a small club in a small town south of France to the top division (Pro A) with French players only. He has produced and developed 4 men’s singles titles in the past 5 years, with his players including; Alexandre Robinot, Adrien Mattenet, Jeremy Petiot and Stephane Oauiche. For more information click here

So, what have I learnt from the best tabe tenis coaches?
1. Attention to detail:

Often I go around England looking at table tennis clubs and coaches and they are content with basic play. The saying in England is “practice makes perfect” nothing could be further from the truth! It’s ‘perfect practice that makes perfect’, therefore we must look at perfecting our clubs and players not just allowing them to take part.

2. Secrets:

Each coach has one or two secrets by this guys have plenty because they are open-minded, willing and want to learn. They openly ask what do you do? and how do you do it? I often feel coaches in England don’t share knowledge and we don’t learn from one another. We need to have; open workshops, coaching collaborations and clubs competing against each other in a competitive way but with open arms when it comes to growth for our players and sport.

3. Experience: 

You may have all the qualifications in the world but if you have not been on the job experimenting and trying out the theory’s you don’t know what works best. Each coach has their particular way but with experience, you can find ways that work better than others and that takes time to implement. You must go to other clubs and coach many players. Try to visit other countries to see different systems and philosophies. This will provide you with vital experience to truly succeed.

I have been blessed to work with these amazing coaches (some of Europes best table tennis coaches) and today we are called UNITED TABLE TENNIS COACHING (Team) We have a Facebook page and soon to have a website. Our aim is to grow and develop table tennis in Europe to compete with Asia but also find ways to beat them.

We want you to be a part of our journey, so please keep an eye out for our coaching seminars, videos, developments and coaching days across Europe which will be published soon.

Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors

Written by Eli Baraty
eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
Coach Me Table Tennis
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What Makes a Good Table Tennis Camp?

Table Tennis Training Camps

I’ve held and been to hundreds of table tennis camps over the years and believe they can be the no.1 way to develop your game.

eBaTT -Topspin Summer Table Tennis Camp
Table Tennis Camps

Dependent upon:

  1. Ratio: how many coaches in comparison to players, a good ratio is between 4-6 players to 1 coach
  2. Multiball: you should receive multiball at the camp this enhances your ability to develop your overall game 10 folds if done correctly.
  3. Variety of players and levels: this gives you the opportunity to try out things against lower level, compete with players of your level and be pushed to new heights with players of a higher level than yourself.
  4. Facilities: you want good quality tables, hall, balls and lighting giving you the best chance to develop your game.
  5. Knowledge and experienced coaches: this enables you to receive good advice and generally non-conflicting information.
  6. Variety of drills: must include, footwork, service and receive, personal exercises for self-development.
  7. Time and breaks: you want to train for around 5-6 hours but with frequent breaks. This allows you to self-reflect, re-charge and still have plenty of table time.
  8. Match play: verity of match play situations allowing you to experiment and develop your new thought skills.

Camps I personally host:

eBaTT – Topspin Summer camp: Possibly the best camp in England with 10 coaches and 34 players of all ages and levels from across the globe. It’s a camp that provides all the above, see for your self by clicking on the link http:// – Join us for our next camp.

To book your place visit:

I also host camps in Europe including; Malta, Belgium, France, Portugal, Hungary etc. To find out more visit my camps page by clicking on this link:

There are plenty of camps held by various other coaches and clubs, the key is to make sure you do your homework before committing. Often, you’ll find a name is not always quality unless it’s my name of course (lol). On a serious note, I pride myself on providing the very best quality and hand pick my camp coaches.

I look forward to seeing you soon on one of my camps…

Written by Eli Baraty
eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
Coach Me Table Tennis 
Instagram: _elibaraty
Twitter: @elibaraty
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M:  07900401144