Building Grassroots Community with Brighton Table Tennis Club

A new national course - “Building a Grassroots Community” has been developed by Brighton Table Tennis Club and is about designing and collaboratively building a new model of community in action.  Known widely for its innovative social outreach using table tennis, BTTC has based the course on its own experience, but with the aim of sharing participant ideas and aspirations towards building resilient communities. The course uses a modular framework with hourly sessions currently delivered online because of the COVID-19 limitations.

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Women at BTTC in lockdown

Without a doubt women’s activity levels have been affected by the Covid crisis and many have had to adapt and find ways of fitting in exercise and activities, along with jobs, childcare and home schooling. This has made me reflect on whether we have risen to the challenge of making sure our BTTC girls and women members have stayed in touch and joined in the online active activities that we have put on in lockdown? Have these met their needs? Have these inspired them to keep active and fit? For many I believe it has been a resounding yes.

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Down’s Syndrome World Table Tennis Championships

As Matthew Syed was at pains to point out in his ground breaking ‘Bounce’, there really is no such thing as talent, merely those that have the opportunity and encouragement to purposefully improve and those that don’t. If we stop putting people in artificial boxes, then the sky truly is the limit. The recent World Down’s Syndrome Table Tennis Championships was a poignant reminder of this indisputable truth.

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Down’s Syndrome World Table Tennis Championships

As Matthew Syed was at pains to point out in his ground breaking ‘Bounce’, there really is no such thing as talent, merely those that have the opportunity and encouragement to purposefully improve and those that don’t. If we stop putting people in artificial boxes, then the sky truly is the limit. The recent World Down’s Syndrome Table Tennis Championships was a poignant reminder of this indisputable truth.

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Ping Pong for Peace & Rollnets for Refugees

Playing Table Tennis at the Za’atari Refugee Camp 4th – 6th April 2018. I have been following the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Development Program for some years online. Over the past twenty years they have done some amazing projects in Nepal, Guinea Bisseau, Afghanistan, El Salvador and many other places that have suffered natural disasters or been destroyed by war. In 2017, the ITTF became the first international federation of any sport to develop a national association in all 226 countries in the world. A great achievement indeed.

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