As pupils return to education up and down the country, Table Tennis England is launching two initiatives to get more youngsters taking up the sport at school.
Our new Schools Membership packages will offer attractive incentives to schools which sign up, making it easy and affordable for them to deliver table tennis.
At the same time, we are rolling out TT Kidz for Schools, which encourages pupils aged 7-to-11 to pick up a bat and learn the basic skills of the sport in a fun and engaging way.
Available now to all schools in England, we have two tiers of membership – Schools Essential and Schools Plus.
Schools Essential is our free package which supports schools through Table Tennis England newsletters and podcasts, providing guides on best practice and how you can get involved in Table Tennis England’s latest events.
Schools Plus membership, our premium package, costs £65 per year (August 1 to July 31) and supports all schools which want to develop effective opportunities for their pupils to excel within table tennis and compete within local and national competitions.
This includes access to newsletters and podcasts, but also access to exclusive webinars hosted by the schools team at Table Tennis England and by special guests – as well as discounts on other Table Tennis England school products and services including:
- Equipment packages designed exclusively for schools, including supporting resources, through the online Table Tennis England Schools Offer shop.
- Training courses for pupils and staff members including the Young Leaders Award, Young Officials Award and Teachers Award.
- TT Kidz for Schools equipment kitbags designed for primary schools aiming to deliver effective introductory programmes to table tennis.
TT Kidz for Schools
TT Kidz for Schools is an exciting new programme that introduces table tennis to Key Stage 2 students from any educational facility.
Following a successful pilot before lockdown, it is being made available nationwide. Fully inclusive and suitable for all abilities, it is easy and cost-effective to deliver, with minimal equipment.
TT Kidz aims to deliver fun, inspiring and engaging sessions to allow young people to have positive experiences in table tennis. Schools will be able to train staff members or hire external professionals to deliver an introductory programme to beginner players eager to learn the basics of table tennis.
Schools in the programme will be able to access equipment packages and resources tailored specifically for young beginners to be delivered in any location, whether that be in a sports hall, classroom or outdoors.
In fact, many schools already have a lot of the resources needed for table tennis. That’s why we’ve carefully designed three kits that will suit most schools’ needs, and more importantly, budgets.