It will probably come as no suprise that the decision has been taken to cancel the VETTS Southern Masters scheduled in early 2021.
VETTS continues to work closely with venues, suppliers and Table Tennis England to enable us to return to play when both local and national governance allows.
In the most recent announcement from TTE dated 03rd December 2020, the following was announced regarding events:
1* events are able to resume again as of December 2 when TTE reverts to Stage IV of the ‘ready to return’ pathway’; this will be in all tiers for U18s, but only in Tier 1 areas for over 18s due to Gov’t restrictions. There are some events scheduled on the calendar later in December and in January, and whether these go ahead will in part depend on the Gov’t re-tiering announcement for the host areas. The next Gov’t announcement is scheduled for 16 Dec, and every 2 weeks thereafter.
2*, 3* and 4* events remain dependent on TTE moving to Stage V of the ‘ready to return’ pathway’, and on Gov’t restrictions.
- Dependent on TTE moving to Stage V of the ‘ready to return’ pathway’, and on Gov’t restrictions, and subject to stop/ go policy Competitions: Cancellation and refund policy announced— Table Tennis England. This includes the remaining rounds of the Senior British League, the Cadet & Jnr Nationals and U10-13s Nationals.
Our venues continuing to be flexible, however they need confirmation that we are working in accordance with the guidelines of our sporting governing body and that our sport has reached Stage 5 of the return to play pathway. Unfortunately we are not there yet. The next review from the Government is due 16th December, and every two weeks thereafter.
The VETTS Committee, tournament teams and referees continue to plan on your behalf, looking at alternative formats and venues for tournaments, to enable a controlled resumption of play when possible. The significant numbers that we enjoy at VETTS tournaments constitutes and our age demogrpahic means that we must demonstrate that stringent controls are in place, enabling a safe competitive environment.
Apologies that we can't bring you better news at the current moment. Roll on 2021...and a safe return to play!