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PG Mutual National Championships broadcast revealed

Author: Jamie Gordon of Table Tennis England

Table Tennis England has agreed broadcast rights deals with two of the UK’s biggest broadcasters this week in a new sign of the sport’s resurgence.

The 2017 PG Mutual National Championships will broadcast live on TheSPORTbible after Table Tennis England signed a deal with Europe’s largest and most successful social video publisher, TheLADbible Group.

Highlights of the tournament will also be shown on Sky Sports, home to some of Britain’s best sporting content.

The men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles finals will be shown live on TheSPORTbible Facebook page on Sunday March 5th, from 2.15pm.

The deal builds on the success of England Leopard’s European Qualifying match against Greece in November, which attracted a record 2.2million unique viewers on TheSPORTbible Facebook page.

TheSPORTbible is one of the UK’s most visited sports media websites. It has more than nine-and-a-half million fans on Facebook.

The production will be provided by 1080 Media via six cameras trained on the court, with full commentary and player interviews.

In addition, highlights of the PG Mutual National Championships will be shown on Sky Sports Mix at a later date.

Sky Sports Mix is a new sports channel on Sky TV which is free to air for many viewers and shows a diverse range of sports.

Mark Taffler, Head of Commercial at Table Tennis England, said:

“I am very pleased to be working with TheSPORTbible again. The fact the leading sports website in the country wanted to take another of our live broadcasts is a real indicator as to the health of our sport in England.”

“Recent figures published by the government show that 450k people play table tennis a month. We are in the top 20 of participation sports in the country. By having a true partnership – which is what we have with TheSPORTbible – we continue to disrupt broadcast market, take our sport to new audiences and offer real value to our commercial partners.”

“2.2m people watched our England Leopards play Greece. We are very excited to see how many people will tune in to see the best talent in England battle it out!”

Paul Rayner, Publisher, TheSPORTbible, added:

“As our previous partnership with Table Tennis England demonstrated, there’s a massive global appetite for many of the mass participation sports that traditional sporting TV networks have chosen not to cover.”

“Many established players suddenly woke up when they realised over two million people watched our last tie-up, with many staying online for longer than average. We even heard from our viewers who decided to give table tennis a go at their local club.”

“We have exciting plans for 2017 and will be working with a number of sports bodies and rights owners to stream their content, but we look forward to continued co-operation with Table Tennis England, a pioneering partner.”

The PG Mutual National Championships is the most prestigious event in the English domestic calendar and is being staged in Nottingham from March 3-5.

The best 32 male and 32 female table tennis players in the country, including up to six Team GB members from London and Rio, will battle it out in singles and doubles competitions. There are also a number of para competitions on the Saturday, featuring up to eight members of the Paralympics GB squad from Rio.

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A limited number of spectator tickets are still available through our ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory. Click here to get your tickets.

Sovereign Health Care Partners with PG Mutual to Launch Income Protection Plus

Bradford-based cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care is expanding its product range by offering an income protection product in conjunction with PG Mutual through its newly created subsidiary company, Sovereign Assured Partners Ltd.

Income Protection Plus will pay a regular income if the policyholder is unable to work due to illness or injury, but the plus is that it also has an investment element which pays out when the policy matures.  The partnership between the two organisations will see Sovereign act as an introducer to individuals and businesses, with PG Mutual acting as the insurer.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sovereign Health Care’s chief executive Russ Piper said: “After meeting PG Mutual chief executive Mike Perry through the Association of Financial Mutuals, we quickly realised that there was a lot of synergy between the two organisations, and that Mike’s approach to business was closely matched to my own. 

“Sovereign has a history of supporting individuals and businesses with the cost of everyday health care, helping people to stay fit and well. An income protection product is a natural addition to our product offering because it can also provide financial support following accident or ill health.

“Working together to offer Income Protection Plus makes perfect sense for our organisations and I am confident that this will be a very successful working relationship for both parties.”

Income Protection Plus provides policyholders with a tailored plan that pays a regular income to those who find themselves off work due to illness or injury; Government statistics show that around 300,000 workers fall into the welfare system because of health-related issues.1 The plan is designed to try and avoid this from happening by helping to pay bills such as rent or mortgage repayments while the person recovers. Cover lasts until the policyholder returns to their career, or reaches the age of 65.

Mike Perry, PG Mutual’s chief executive said: “At PG Mutual we are always looking for ways to introduce our services to more people, and so I began expressing an interest in working with other companies in similar sectors which share our values.  Meeting Russ presented us with an excellent opportunity to achieve this and I am very excited about the future of this shared initiative.”

PG Mutual is a not for profit membership organisation that has specialised in income protection since 1928.  As a Friendly Society, PG Mutual does not have outside shareholders and returns any profits to its policyholders. 

Similarly, Sovereign Health Care doesn’t have shareholders and any surplus it makes is reinvested in the business or donated to good causes. Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest established health care cash plan providers.

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Table Tennis England welcome PG Mutual as Official Partner

PG Mutual have signed a three-year deal to become the Official Income Protection Partner of Table Tennis England, the sport’s National Governing Body.

It follows the St Alban’s-based company’s successful title sponsorship of the PG Mutual National Championships in 2016, when the latter stages of the tournament were televised live on ITV4. 

PG Mutual will continue to put its name to the Nationals as part of the new deal. In addition, the company will have the opportunity to play a key role in staging the Cadet & Junior Nationals and the U10-U13 Nationals.

Mike Perry, CEO of PG Mutual, said: “Table Tennis England organised a very professional PG Mutual Nationals last year which were well received by spectators, the TV audience and the wider table tennis family, so we were keen to extend our involvement in the sport.”  

“I know what an exciting and family-friendly sport it is, as well as being a great way to be active and socialise with others. It fits in perfectly with our family-focused business approach.”

Table Tennis England Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe said: “We’re delighted to extend our relationship with PG Mutual.

“Mike Perry and his team have shown outstanding commitment to help us develop our sport – this really is a partnership in every sense and we look forward to continuing to work together to help get everyone talking about table tennis.”

Table Tennis England plans to name further Official Partners in the coming months.


Protect Today and Save for Tomorrow

PG Mutual has been recognised as our highly coveted Membership Organisation of the Year, we are excited to reveal here at Business and Industry Today.

The not-for-profit mutual, which was originally founded in 1928 as the Pharmaceutical and General Provident Society Ltd, has rapidly developed, diversifying progressively to become the preferred income protection specialists of choice for working professionals.

Click here to download the full press release in PDF format.

PG Mutual to sponsor table tennis National Championships

PG Mutual, the specialist income protection provider, has been unveiled as title sponsor of the 2016 table tennis National Championships.

The St Albans-based company has invested in the event, which will be called the PG Mutual National Championships.

The latter stages of the event from March 18-20 will be televised live on ITV4, giving both the sport and PG Mutual national exposure.

Mike Perry, CEO of PG Mutual and an enthusiastic table tennis player, said: “We were looking for a sport which fits in with our ethos as a business.

Our support for the National Championships shows what you can achieve through sport. From a recreational sport which you might pick up on holiday, with hard work, dedication and the right support, you can achieve and compete at the top level.

We are very much dedicated to families and work hard to give them the right support when they need it, so it’s a very good fit for us.

We see this as the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Table Tennis England.”

Sara Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of Table Tennis England, said: “We are delighted to welcome PG Mutual to the table tennis family and thank them for their commitment to and investment in our sport. 

With the England Leopards currently performing heroics at the World Championships and the PG Mutual National Championships to be televised live on ITV4, this is an exciting time for our sport

We very much look forward to working with PG Mutual in the months and years ahead.

I would also like to thank our commercial partners at Female Sports Group for their hard work in securing not only TV coverage but also bringing a title sponsor to the table.”

Fraser Houlder, Female Sports Group Director, said: “We are proud to be working with Table Tennis England as their commercial partners as Sara and her team continue to grow the sport and raise its profile. 

Having secured ITV to broadcast the championships we are now delighted to have brought on board a title sponsor. Table Tennis is a family sport and has a huge participation and fanbase and in our discussions with PG Mutual we have found a company who can share this passion with supporting families. They see that table tennis is a sport on the up and they want to be a part of this. 

“We see this as the start of a long-term partnership between PG Mutual and Table Tennis England.”


Around 300,000 UK workers fall into the welfare system because of health-related issues each year, with those on long-term sick leave missing out on £4 billion a year in lost earnings.

February 2016