Funding and subsidised equipment

Clubs and Leagues funding

Sport England Return to Play fund – open until December 2021

This £15 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that supports clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic and getting people active for the first time after it.

Return to Play: Small Grants | Sport England

Sport England Active Together Crowd Funding

A £7.5 million fund with up to £10,000 in match funding, as part of a support package to help clubs and organisations set up and run crowdfunding campaigns related to Covid-19, such as for a loss of income due to the pandemic.

Return to Play: Active Together | Sport England

UK Community Foundations

A national network of community foundations, bringing together people and organisations that want to improve their communities.

Find your local Community Foundation | UKCF (

Active Partnerships Network

There are 42 Active Partnerships across England who work collaboratively with local partners to create the conditions for an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.

Active Partnerships | Active Partnerships

Funding for Outdoor Spaces

Suggestions of useful funding streams, to add further weight/match funding to your projects, particularly useful for activation of outdoor space.

1. The Biffa Award Recreation – Projects can include new play equipment; landscaping works, including boardwalks, trees and shrubs; skate parks; woodland walks; nature trails; outdoor gyms. It generally includes projects that benefit people within their free time. Under this theme an applicant will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation

2. The People’s Health Trust Active Communities – for great local ideas of between £5,000 and £40,000 for up to two years. The programme is open in different parts of the country at different times

3. SUEZ Communities Trust Community Funding – funding programmes are designed to improve a broad range of publicly accessible amenities which benefit a wide cross section of the community. Whether improving a local play area or a nationally significant historic building, each project has the potential to transform the community in which it is based.

4. Section 106 Grant Funding – Under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended, contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure, the need for which has arisen as a result of a new development taking place. This funding is commonly known as ‘Section 106’. 5. Awards for All – A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

5. Awards for All – A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

Coaching funding

Charlie Childs Coaching Grant

Charlie was involved in our sport in a range of different capacities for over 40 years, including as a Board member of Table Tennis England, before his untimely death at the age of 69 in March 2020. Click here to read more about Charlie’s life in table tennis and the launch of the Charlie Childs Coaching Grant.

The Charlie Childs Coaching Grant, launched in August 2021, will support:

· Table Tennis England Members starting or continuing their coaching journey

· Increasing participation from young people, women and girls, ethnic communities or disability communities

· Table Tennis England Members from a protective characteristic inspired to engage in leadership positions

How the grant works

The grant will be available to applicants who are Table Tennis England members who will be using the grant to increase and/or retain participation in one or more of the following groups:

· Young people (up to 25 years old)

· People with disabilities

· People from an ethnic community

· Women and Girls

The grant particularly welcomes applications from members from one or more of the following groups:

· Aged between 16 and 30

· Identifies as a female

· Living with a disability or coaches individuals with a disability within table tennis

· An individual from either an ethnically diverse community or lower socio-economic group

Applications open from September 2021.

Applications will be awarded on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by a panel using pre-set criteria. Applications will be considered for up to 50% of grant funding towards a programme, up to a maximum of £200.

Each applicant will need to demonstrate how receiving a grant will help to increase and/or retain the number of young people (age range up to U25) participating in the sport and/or increase equality in the sport – by increasing the number of women and girls, Disabled People or those from ethnically diverse communities participating.

Individuals will be permitted to make one application every two years. An annual summary of all funded programmes will be published and shared with Charlie’s family and Table Tennis England members.

The application panel will include England International and Generation 2 Club member Lois Peake, Table Tennis England Director Priya Samuel, and Coach and Education Manager Aled Howell.

UK Coaching Click here for funding opportunities via UK Coaching

Officiating funding

Tom Blunn

Umpires and referees who are selected to officiate abroad are able to apply for financial assistance towards their travelling expenses when cost is a factor that might otherwise have prevented them from attending. The application form ‘Tom Blunn Fund application for financial assistance’ should be completed and submitted to the Chairman of the Technical Officials’ Committee (see link below).

Those umpires and referees who are recognised by the Technical Officials’ Committee as being advanced international officials or actively working towards that status are able to apply for financial assistance for attending certain international events. This financial assistance is to enable those officials to maintain this advanced status or to work towards achieving such status. The terms of this support are detailed in the attached document ‘Financial Support for Travel to International Events’.


Jack Petchey Table Donation Scheme

Subsidised table packages available for schools and youth clubs looking to develop table tennis in London and Essex.

Schools Equipment packages

Table Tennis England also have a range of high quality, great priced equipment packages for schools and community organisations.

Table Tennis England’s schools packages are designed to help schools introduce table tennis or expand their existing provision and are affordable and flexible.

Ping in the Community Equipment Packages

Table Tennis packages designed to help you bring the members of your community closer together and inspire them to lead more active and sociable lifestyles, irrespective of ability or back ground.

Loop at Work

Table Tennis England have developed Loop at Work, a package designed to directly meet the health and wellbeing needs of work places