Brighton Table Tennis Club
Registered Charity Number: 1160103
Brighton, Brighton & Hove
Brighton Table Tennis Club is a small charity which exists to transform young lives by providing positive role models, increase engagement with education and community and improve health and well-being. The Club has recently been named Winner of Table Tennis England’s National Club of the Year Award and Brighton & Hove Council's Club of the Year for 2014.
The club benefits from a diverse membership which creates a vibrant atmosphere in which strong friendships have formed across social and cultural barriers. The club not only provides young people with positive role models and a place to train, but also with an identity, a sense of belonging and a purpose.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that regularly playing at the club has a positive impact on the attitude, behaviour and school attendance of the young members. As a club we have had successes with a particular mould of young person; excluded from school and mainstream society, in trouble with the police and at school, labelled from a young age as a future problem and a failure. Through the nurturing of the Table Tennis club and being surrounded by probative role models, the lives of numerous young people have been turned around.
The measurements of success aren't only whether an individual has gone on to represent their County or Country, or qualified for the Olympic Games; but in what are surely more important yet more difficult to quantify yardsticks of 'success', such as learning the ability to control anger and cope when under pressure, or how to work as and support a team, or what it means to be a positive role model for the youngsters around you.
BTTC has monitored the impact of its work through Sportworks and results show that the £2,240 cost of sessions in rent and coaching at the Table Tennis Club from September 2013 - January 2014 made a Projected Social Cost Saving of £2.54 million to society for outcomes including crime, obesity and well–being.
We have a particular interest and desire to help those children who are underprivileged, have special needs or have become disengaged from school. We have therefore formed links with several organisations within Brighton, such as Virtual School for looked after children, the Alternative Centre for Education (ACE) and local Pupil Referral Units. Decisions regarding what organisations to support have been made on the basis of local knowledge and research.
In addition to programmes aimed at children and young people we also have a broader remit to address social exclusion and marginalisation among adults in the community. We do this by providing voluntary work to ex-offenders, those with a history of substance abuse and the disabled, as well as providing coaching and mentoring opportunities to players once they are too old for the junior sessions
Brighton Table Tennis Club
The Fitzherbert's Centre
St John the Baptist School Hall
Upper Bedford Street
Brighton & Hove
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