Table Tennis England has launched a grant funding initiative to support clubs and community groups to deliver table tennis sessions for people living with Parkinson’s.
Thanks to funding via Parkinson’s UK, clubs and community groups can apply to Table Tennis England for small grants (between £250 – £500) to encourage people living with the condition into the sport. A total of £5,000 is available.
Growing research shows that regular physical activity can help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and there are particular benefits associated with participating in table tennis.
The very nature of table tennis allows for fully inclusive participation – a view shared by Parkinson’s UK, who are on a mission to change attitudes and improve the quality of life for people affected by the condition.
The fund was launched at a webinar for community clubs and groups on Wednesday February 8th. Watch the webinar below.
Applications opened on February 9th – see below for more details and how to apply, plus to download the supporting slides or an application form in Word if required.
Aligning with our Level the Table strategy, this initiative will help clubs and other venues to be more inclusive for people with Parkinson’s and to help club coaches and volunteers feel confident to support this inclusion.
Colin Eley, Partnerships Manager at Table Tennis England said: “We’re so grateful to have obtained funding from Parkinson’s UK. Distributing this to clubs and groups hosting table tennis sessions further demonstrates our commitment to grow and retain participation amongst those living with a disability and/or long-term health condition.”
Anna Castiaux, Physical Activity Project Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “It’s so important that we develop opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to be active in a way that is both fun and suitable for them. By working with partners like Table Tennis England we hope to grow the availability of those table tennis sessions as well as develop an awareness within the Parkinson’s community of the opportunities available.”
Click here to read more on our journey to support people with Parkinson’s. For information, advice and support about Parkinson’s, visit the Parkinson’s UK website or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.
Applying for a grant
We’re excited to distribute grant funding to clubs and groups hosting table tennis sessions further demonstrates our commitment to grow and retain participation amongst those living with a disability and/or long-term health condition.
Applications open from February 9th 2023, please click the button below to complete the application form. Applications close on March 1st 2023.
Successful projects will look to utilise innovative ways to reach and engage the audience, have impact and purpose, demonstrate sustainability and must have started by September 1st, 2023.
We aim to notify successful applicants by Friday March 10th, 2023.
Please ensure you fully complete the application, as you will not be able to pause and come back to it at a later date.
Should you need to start, save and return at a later date please download an offline version of the application form below. Once completed you can return it to [email protected]
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