OUR TIMELINE

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2006

2006 Tim, Harry and Wen Wei meet playing table tennis at an open session at Brighton University.

Tim, Harry and Wen Wei meet playing table tennis at an open session at Brighton University.

2007

Our first session is held at Brighton Youth Centre. It was very rough and ready: there were two broken tables and two teenage players. We’re still in touch with one of them.

BTTC is awarded its first grant from the Scarman Trust - £2,000 for some new tables and t-shirts.

BTTC is awarded its first grant from the Scarman Trust – £2,000 for some new tables and t-shirts.

BTTC Logo 2007

2008

We run our first school outreach session at Patcham High School. These days, we’ve worked with nearly all the primary and secondary schools in Brighton and Hove.

We run our first school outreach session at Patcham High School. These days, we’ve worked with nearly all the primary and secondary schools in Brighton and Hove.

2011

The first Virtual School session for Children in Care at Patcham High school. Hundreds of children in care have played at the club since then.

The first Virtual School session for Children in Care at Patcham High school. Hundreds of children in care have played at the club since then.

The first Virtual School session for Children in Care at Patcham High school. Hundreds of children in care have played at the club since then.

Wen Wei in 2011

Wen Wei in 2011

2012

Ping! Brighton & Hove 35 permanent outdoor tables are put across the city.

Ping! Brighton & Hove 35 permanent outdoor tables are put across the city.

BTTC at London Olympics 2012

We take 50 young people to the London Olympics to watch the table tennis.

2013

Our first session with Grace Eyre for adults with learning disabilities.

Our first session with Grace Eyre for adults with learning disabilities. Almost everyone in this photo still plays at the club, including Harry Fairchild who is the first person with Down’s syndrome to gain a level one coaching qualification in any sport.

2014

BTTC is awarded Club of the Year for its work with young people at the Brighton & Hove Council Sports Awards at the Royal Pavilion.

2015

We move to our full-time venue at the Fitzherbert Centre and start opening seven days a week.

BTTC New venue 2016

Funding secured for major refurbishment of the club.

2015 Hoang is the first asylum seeker referred to BTTC

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2016

BTTC becomes the first Sports Club of Sanctuary in the UK for its work with refugees and asylum seekers

BTTC becomes the first Sports Club of Sanctuary in the UK for its work with refugees and asylum seekers

BTTC gets its first national press coverage with a feature in The Guardian about working with young asylum seekers.

2017

BTTC runs its first ever session at HMP High Down.

BTTC runs its first ever session at HMP High Down.
There was an 83% reduction in the number of negative behaviour reports in the group after having
played table tennis. We now run sessions with four prisons and are introducing AllStars across more.

2018

BTTC takes part in its first Pride parade celebrating the diversity of Brighton.

BTTC takes part in its first Pride parade celebrating the diversity of Brighton.

'Believe That' cinema release, watch the film here.

‘Believe That’ cinema release, watch the film here.

2019

Sessions start in an underused classroom block at Moulsecoomb Primary School to expand our delivery of classes in the area.

Sessions start in an underused classroom block at Moulsecoomb Primary School to expand our delivery of classes in the area.

2020

When the club had to close for lockdown, BTTC reacts immediately, setting up a food hub that eventually feeds 12,537 people.

When the club had to close for lockdown, BTTC reacts immediately, setting up a food hub that eventually feeds 12,537 people.

BTTC runs the first summer camp for children with SEND at Moulsecoomb Primary School.

AllStars TT launches July 2020 with the principles of anyone, anywhere, any table, anytime.

AllStars TT launches July 2020 with the principles of anyone, anywhere, any table, anytime. Inspired by parkrun, it’s completely free, inherently competitive and players are rewarded with milestone t-shirts for playing 50, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 1500 and 2000 matches of table tennis.

We launch Building a Grassroots Community course for other grassroots clubs and organisations to share experience and fast track learning.

We launch Building a Grassroots Community course for other grassroots clubs and organisations to share experience and fast track learning.

Sinh helps plant the BTTC Community garden

Sinh helps plant the BTTC Community garden.

2021

SuperTonic TT sessions begin for people living with long-term health conditions.

Will Bayley starts coaching and training full time at the club after winning two silver medals at the Tokyo Paralympics.

BTTC 'Above and Beyond' Brighton & Hove Buses bus on the road.

BTTC ‘Above and Beyond’ Brighton & Hove Buses bus on the road.

2022

Wen Wei Xu breaks the Guinness World Record for most number of consecutive opponents in a table tennis rally.

Wen Wei Xu breaks the Guinness World Record for most number of consecutive opponents in a table tennis rally.

The Fitzherbert Community Hub is refurbished: this means a café run by the Real Junk Food Project can now serve delicious surplus food. Everybody at the club and in the local community benefits.

Digna Baynes wins a bronze medal in the Parkinson’s World championship in Croatia. So far three players have competed, with more to come.

Digna Baynes wins a bronze medal in the Parkinson’s World championship in Croatia. So far three players have competed, with more to come.

Bly and Ryan’s selection for England and Team GB means they are representing their country in multiple international competitions.

Bly and Ryan’s selection for England and Team GB means they are representing their country in multiple international competitions.

2023

Play AllStars TT and upload your scores in the brand new AllStars TT App!

The launch of the AllStars TT app allows it to reach more people.

The launch of the AllStars TT app allows it to reach more people.

Teresa Bennett wins national Coach of the Year.

Teresa Bennett wins national Coach of the Year.

We win the 2023 National Lottery Award for Sport.

We win the 2023 National Lottery Award for Sport.

2024

…and in 2024, we will launch a new full time venue in Moulsecoomb.

…and in 2024, we will launch a new full time venue in Moulsecoomb.

… Watch this space for more ….