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New National Hopes & Development Programme being launched

05 July 2019

TTI are launching a new initiative for the nurturing of young talent in our clubs. TTI will support the re-emergence of a newly structured National Hopes & Development Programme, commencing with Hopes Trials to be held on the 31st of August 2019. The concept is for Clubs to nominate two boys and two Girls (born 2007/2008 or later) to take part in the Hopes Trials in a bid to be selected for the National Hopes & Development Squad. There will be approx 14-18 places available in the squad for Hopes players and 6-10 places available for development players. The development players are those who have been on the fringes of the National Squad in the past.

The final squad will be required to attend monthly training sessions with their assigned National Coach. In early 2020, the squad will be reassessed and depending on results/attendance at TTI ranking tournaments, results/attendance at squad training and development of traits mentioned below, players will retain their place in the squad for the second half of the season. New players may be introduced at this time should places become available. Selections will be made based on more than just individual performances in the tournament at the Hopes Trials. Overall levels of Technique, Fitness, Coordination, Balance, Training Ability, Match Play Ability, Attitude, Focus, overall potential and more will be taken into consideration on the day and for the selection of the National Hopes & Development Squad.

Club Coaches will be welcome to stay for the duration of the trials and get involved by means of sparring, multi ball training or just their own observation of the trials and tournament. No coaching will be allowed once the tournament begins. We would request that Clubs nominate players from their own club by emailing manager@tabletennisireland.ie before Friday 26th of July 2019. All requests for additional nominees should be sent when emailing initial nominations.

We look forward to seeing you on the day and working with your players. 

Details of National Hopes & Development Squad Trials: 
Date - Saturday 31st August
Venue - IWA, Blackheath Drive, Clontarf
Time - 10am-5pm (Please Arrive by 9:30am) 
Cost - €20 Per Child 
Schedule - 10am-12:30pm Training Session; 12:30pm-2pm for Lunch & 2pm-5pm Camp Tournament 
Coaches - Gavin Maguire and more TBC
Age Restriction - Players born 2007/2008 or later 
Limit per Club - two boys & two Girls

Please note: Clubs can apply for more spaces via the office and will be offered further places dependent on uptake from other clubs. All Players must be affiliated to TTI at the time of nomination

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