Year starts, London the destination

Nigel Eckersley, winner of the men's singles over 50 years title (Photo: Mike Rhodes) by Ian Marshall, Editor Established in 1984 for players over 40 years of age, the Veterans English Table Tennis Society, known universally by the acronym VETTS, now boasts some 1,000 members; each year six regional tournaments are staged in addition to a National Championships. The most recent was the VETTS Southern Masters held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January at the Redbridge Leisure Centre in London. A total of 222 players competed in five age groups ranging from over 40 years to over 80 years; the events being Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Notably 1,153 matches on 32 tables were played over the two