© Table Tennis Rother (2021)
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
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
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.