How Brighton Table Tennis Club is helping children improve their maths

Leon Mason and Nick Kreel with pupils Olivia and Alfie
By Logan MacLeod

Moulsecoomb Primary School has become one of three sites to benefit from Brighton Table Tennis Club’s successful bid for government funding.

The Integrated Communities Innovation Fund from Sport England will pay for a year-and-a-half’s worth of sessions at Moulsecoomb, Hangleton and Whitehawk and aims to improve integration in the area.

Adam Sutton, head teacher at Moulsecoomb Primary School, said: “We’re really excited to be in a partnership with BTTC and it’s fantastic that we are able to offer support to an increasing number of children.”

The sessions incorporate table tennis with other subjects to help children learn in a fun and interactive way.

Ping Maths includes simple times tables while playing and is currently being taught to four children at the school with the sessions run by qualified coaches, volunteers and apprentices.

BTTC founder, Tim Holtham, said: “It’s more than just table tennis there’s lots of social outcomes. It’s about working with locals, different types of people and engaging disenfranchised sectors of society and giving them an opportunity.”

Tim believes table tennis is a great medium to offer to people as it has a very low barrier to entry but a high ceiling for achievement.

Nick Kreel, community outreach officer and coach, said: “People learn differently and it’s not one size fits all when it comes to learning.”

According to Mr Sutton the Ping Maths has been excellent and both the confidence and achievement of the children have flourished.

Olivia and Alfie in Year 4 said they now look forward to coming to the school on Saturdays for the table tennis sessions.

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