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Information for Schools

Table Tennis the Way You Like It
Starting a school club for the first time can be a difficult task, particularly for many primary schools where space and financial resources may be limited or stretched. PTA’s are the traditional source of additional funding but even their resources can be stretched to meet the many demands form other area’s within a school. The main costs for setting up a club are for tables, nets, bats and balls. This can cost between £2,000 and £3,000 just for the most basic of equipment based on a 4 table setup. This can be a lot of money to spend on a new venture but being part of the Table Tennis Rother can be a great advantage as schools do not need to access internal funds. Funding a Club Table Tennis Rother can work with schools to obtain funding to furnish a school club. We can help put together and support an application to Sports Englands Small Grants Programme, as well as obtain the equipment, organise delivery and assembly of equipment where necessary. Currently funding is only available for projects that benefit young people aged 14 years and over so favour secondary schools. There of course may be alternative sources for Primary schools. For this reason Table Tennis Rother have a number of spare tables and other equipment which we can loan with prioriity going to primary schools which develop links with us and set up a satellite club in partnerhip with our club. We have been involved in 14 successful grant applications in the past 15 years obtainsing awards from various sources including the recent Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Awards 4 All (part of the National Lottery, Active Sussex, Active Rother and Sports England Small Grants Programme. To help schools get a club off the ground as soon as possible, and to aid the application for funding, we have a total of 12 spare tables available to kick start a club, allowing upto 16 pupils at any one time. Equipment will be provided on a short or long term basis, as long as a school contiues formal links with our club All we ask is that schools make sure the equipment is safe. Staffing a Club Table Tennis Rother Sport England Club Mark Accredited and is a Table Tennis England Premier Ability Club. As part of these progreammes we are encournaged to support links to local schools. We are therefore, subject to availability of coaches, able to offer to run an extended schools club as part of our statellite programme. All our coaches are licenced by Table Tennis England and will have undertaken an Enhanced DBS check as well as undertaken Children Protection training. Most will have current First Aid qualifications.