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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Ping Brighton - Making a Stand

There is no doubt about it; Brighton Table Tennis Club have created a template for every sports club in the country to follow. What Brighton have achieved isn’t rocket science but it did take enormous courage in the early days – the courage to make a stand – to stand up against the flow and declare unambiguously for your fellow man. Brighton Table Tennis Club – we salute you and we pledge to be inspired by your example.

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BTTC - A Club of Sanctuary

First there was Anh. In January 2015 I was introduced to Anh, a Vietnamese 16 year old in foster care in Brighton. He was a victim of trafficking, from Vietnam in the back of a lorry from China. His journey had taken a year and he arrived in November 2014. The Virtual School for Children in Care asked if Brighton Table Tennis Club could provide some 1 to 1 Table Tennis and English tuition for Anh. I had no idea that this was the beginning of something big, of which we are both the front line and just the start.

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Why Ping Pong has Soul

While recently watching a very powerful and moving documentary made by Clark Carlisle, Chairman of the PFA and ex top flight professional Footballer, ‘Football’s Secret Suicide’, it struck me just how different the world of football is from the world I am part of, Table Tennis.

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