“The Dream Starts Here”

The Hopes Program is the ITTF High Performance & Development department’s talent identification program, which unites young players and coaches from across the globe. It continues to be the building block of the ITTF High Performance pathway, which targets Global Reach and Overall Growth of Table Tennis.

Hopes is a 4 day training camp followed by a 1 day round robin tournament - 5 days of table tennis!

In January each year in Australia, there is a series of camps around the country for Juniors 12 years or under. Participants in the State Hopes are eligible to attend the National Hopes Week & Challenge held in April in Geelong.

The winners of the National Hopes are eligible to participate in the Oceania Hopes and may progress to the World Hopes.

The pathway for an Australian junior who is 12 years or younger is State Hopes -> National Hopes -> Oceania Hopes -> World Hopes.

Mini Hopes is for Juniors 10 years or younger.


Please refer to the information below regarding the State and National Hopes program:

Deadline for Online Entry Form to be submitted and registration fee to be paid (online payments only) is 4 weeks before the start of the camp.

NOTE: TTA strictly enforces a ‘no pay, no play’ policy.

National Hopes: Entries close Sunday 17 March 2024

National Qualification Events - States

South Australia Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 January SA SA Online Entry Form >
Victoria Monday 8 to Friday 12 January Croydon & Districts TTA VIC Online Entry Form >
New South Wales Monday 15 to Friday 19 January Sydney Olympic Park NSW Online Entry Form >
Queensland Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 January Brisbane TTA News Article >
Western Australia Saturday 27 to Wednesday 31 January TTWA WA Online Entry Form >
ACT Monday 22 to Friday 26 April TTACT ACT Online Entry Form >

National Hopes Week and Challenge

National Hopes Week  Monday 8 to Friday 12 April Geelong TTA AUS Online Entry Form >

Hopes Camp (8-11 April)

Key Contact: Jens Lang (jens@tabletennis.org.au)


Hopes Challenge (12 April)

Key Contact: Claire Montgomery (events@tabletennis.org.au)

National Head Coach - Ricardo Oliveira

National Assistant Coach - Hongbo Liang


Each Hopes Week & Challenge follows the same 5 day format (days of the week subject to change, please refer to the specific camp for specific days): 

Day 1 Training Camp Monday
Day 2 Training Camp Tuesday
Day 3 Training Camp Wednesday
Day 4 Training Camp Thursday
Day 5 Competition
Hopes Challenge and Mini Hopes Challenge, with matches being livestreamed through the TTA Facebook page for the National Hope Week

NOTE: All players must attend the full 5 days. Partial participation is not permitted.

To be eligible to participate in the Nationals Hopes Week & Challenge, players must have participated in a National Hopes qualification event in their State/Territory.

NOTE: Tasmania and Northern Territory players exempt from this requirement due to no National Hopes Qualification events being held there. Other players may be exempt at the sole discretion of TTA.

To find your closest National Hopes Qualification Event in WA, SA, Victoria, NSW and ACT, please go to: https://www.tabletennis.org.au/our-events/events/

To find your closest National Hopes Qualification Event in Queensland, please go to: https://www.tabletennisqld.org/news/qld-junior-hopes-training-camps/

TRAINING CAMP COMPONENT – National Hopes Week: Open to players born in 2012 or later.

COMPETITION COMPONENT – National Hopes Challenge: Only open to players born in 2012 and 2013. This is an ITTF Regulation.

COMPETITION COMPONENT – National Mini Hopes Challenge: Only open to players born in 2014 or later.

The cost to enter the 2024 National Hopes Week & Challenge is $575 per player. Included in the fee:

  1. 4-day training camp with TTA National Coaches, including 8 training sessions and educational activities.
  2. 1-day competition, competing for National Titles.
  3. Guest appearances from National Team players. 
  4. The opportunity to interact with the best Hopes level players and coaches in Australia.

NOTE: Results from the 2024 National Hopes Challenge and 2024 National Mini Hopes Challenge will count towards selections when the 2024 National Squad Mid-Year Review is undertaken.

TTV advises that the 2024 Victorian Open Junior will be played on Saturday 6 April in Traralgon. The Entry Form and will be available on the TTV website from 19th February: https://www.tabletennisvic.org.au/events/

TTA advises that the 2024 TTA Tour – Geelong event will be played on Saturday 13 April and Sunday 14 April at the same venue. The Entry Form and Event Prospectus will be available on the TTA website: https://www.tabletennis.org.au/events/

Players are encouraged to also play in both the 2024 Victorian Open and 2024 TTA Tour – Geelong events to maximise their participation opportunities.

Any cancellations on the close of entries or earlier will be entitled to a refund for entry fees.

Any cancellations after the close of entries will not be entitled to a refund for entry fees.

Flights are the responsibility of the individual player.

NOTE: Two airport options are available for the National Hopes in Geelong. Melbourne Avalon Airport is located in Avalon (20min drive from Geelong) and Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located in Melbourne (1 hour drive from Geelong).

Accommodation is the responsibility of the individual player.

There are multiple hotels and accommodation options available near all the venues.

Transportation is the responsibility of the individual player

Food is the responsibility of the individual player. Supermarkets and restaurants are available near all the venues.

TTA will not be liable for any additional expenditure incurred by individual players due to COVID-19. Any additional expenditure incurred as a result of COVID-19, e.g. quarantine requirements, flight changes, flight cancellation fees, accommodation cancellation fees etc., is the responsibility of the individual player.

NOTE: No COVID-19 vaccination requirements are in place for this event.

The Event will be conducted in accordance with the current Laws of Table Tennis and ITTF Rules and Regulations.

Players must wear clothing that complies with ITTF Regulations.

State/Territory Team uniforms are encouraged, but not mandatory.

All rackets need to be compliant with the latest ITTF regulations.

Participants release all rights, or rights held by their agents or sponsors, in all matters relating to television and web casting coverage, video and motion picture coverage, and photographic coverage of any kind to TTA.

In the context of betting, participants shall not, by any manner whatsoever infringe the principle of fair play, show unsporting conduct or attempt to influence the course or result of a competition or any part thereof in a manner contrary to sporting ethics. Any violation of this principle shall be disciplined according to provisions of ITTF Regulations 3.5.3.

All members, participants and non-participants are required to read and understand and agree to abide by the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective from 1 January 2021, and found on the Sport Integrity Australia website (https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/what-we-do/anti-doping/world-anti-dopingcode/australian-nationalanti-doping-policy), being the anti-doping policy adopted by TTA and applicable to all members, participants and non-participants.

Table Tennis Australia Ltd. (TTA) are the sole commercial rights holder of the National Hopes Week & Challenge