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Saxon Mount Project
Table Tennis the Way You Like It
Saxon Mount School, in partnership with Table Tennis Rother have successfully bid for a
Small England Small Grant to set up table tennis sessions for their pupils. The grant has paid
for 4 indoor tables, 2 outdoor tables, bats, balls and 36 weeks of coaching. In addition the
school have purchased an additional 2 outdoor tables and built a new area in the school
grounds where the outdoor tables will be placed.
The secondary school in St Leonards, East Sussex is designated by the local authority as a
special school for pupils with autism and associated Communication and Language
Difficulties (ACLD). In practice this means a large number of the children have ASD.
However a significant number of pupils also have speech, language and communication
difficulties and other complex special educational needs (SEN). They have approximately
The project aims to provide the children with regular access to table tennis during their
normal school day using the outdoor tables, and provide a structured, coached indoor
sessions to help improve skill development every week.
These sessions have proved popular so far, with an average of 20 pupils attending each
session. There will also be three holiday sessions. A long term aim is to create three intra
school competitions with other SEND schools in East Sussex.
Claire Noble, Learning Leader at Saxon Mount school, said “We are very excited about this
project which we hope will provide our pupils with a sporting opportunity they have not
previously had. Our aim is to allow pupils to compete with other young people and develop
the skills they will need to continue accessing table tennis into adulthood. We would like to
thank Table Tennis Rother and Table Tennis England for supporting the project.”
Kevin Haffedenden of Table Tennis Rother added “We are extremely excited to be involved
with this project. The response so far has been above what we expected and it is a delight to
witness the enjoyment the children are experiencing from this new opportunity. I hope that
for many, if not all the children, this becomes a life changing experience and builds their
confidence, which they can take forward into adult life.”
Report by Kieron Pelling - Table Tennis England SE Development Officer