Brighton City Table Tennis Club

Brighton City Table Tennis Club is a vibrant and exciting community group that runs table tennis sessions across the city in a number of different youth clubs and schools.

The club enjoys a diverse membership, with young people from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds coming through its doors.

BCTTC has proved that table tennis can be an extremely effective tool in engaging and motivating young people and has developed a strong track record in turning around the lives of young people who have been excluded from mainstream education and in trouble with the police.

The club doesn’t measure its success on the number of games it wins or young people representing their county or country; rather, the more difficult yardsticks of personal development and skills such as team work, focus, dedication and discipline. As such, it needed a much more reflective and holistic way of demonstrating the club’s true impact on society.

The Results



    Using the Sportworks Light tool, Brighton City Table Tennis Club was able to prove that its twice-weekly sessions saved society £2.6 million in the cost of would-be negative outcomes for its participants, if they were not engaging with the club’s sessions.


    The greatest impact is demonstrated to be in the area of improvements in well-being, which delivered a measured social cost saving to society of £402,263.

How did the Sportworks findings help?

As with many small community sport groups, paying rent for venues, keeping on top of the club’s finances and attracting funding are some of BCTTC’s biggest challenges running the organisation.

In order to help attract funding, BCTTC uses the data from Sportworks to quantify - in monetary terms - its impact and provide potential funders with the business case for investment. Most notably, the club used Sportworks data in its funding application to the Police Crime Commissioner's Safer Sussex Community Fund and successfully secured a £5,000 grant as a result.

Thanks to this funding BCTTC is now able to deliver intensive one-to-one coaching and support to a small group of hard to reach young people, helping to build their confidence and change their behaviour through positive relationships and role models.

How did Brighton City Table Tennis Club use Sportworks?

From September to December 2013, Club Leader, Tim Holtam, used Sported’s Sportworks Light tool to measure the impact of the club’s weekly Monday and Friday night training sessions at Brighton Youth Club, which are typically attended by around 30 young people aged between 9 and 21.

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