Funding and subsidies

How to secure some financial assistance for your club, league, organisation or to help with your coaching or officiating expenses.

Funding for clubs, leagues and community groups

There are many funding pots and organisations that may support those looking to develop their table tennis offer.

With a pot of £7 million from 12 April 2022, the fund matches successful crowdfunding campaigns of up to £10,000 as organisations look to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to improve places and spaces to get active.

Visit: Sport England Places & Spaces Fund

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Visit : Sport England Queens Platimum Jubilee fund

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.

Visit: Sport England Active Together Crowdfunding

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

Find your local Community Foundation

Hosted by the Yorkshire Sport Foundation, the site provides a list of potential sources of local & national funding streams specifically for clubs. The resource also includes a list of Non-traditional funding streams.

Find funding for your project: Funding for Clubs

There are 42 Active Partnerships across England who work with local partners and clubs to help increase physical activity and wellbeing. They have extensive knowledge of local and national funding opportunities, that could support your project.

To find local funding opportunities for your club select your Active Partnership and type in “Funding” into their search function, or contact them directly.

Visit: 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.

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.

Visit: Biffa Award

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.

Visit: The People’s Health Trust

Funding programmes 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.

Visit: SUEZ Communities Trust

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’.

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

Visit: Awards for All

Coaching and Officials

Financial assistance is available to coaches, while officials travelling abroad can apply for help with expenses.

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.

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 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.

If you wish to make a donation to the grant, you can do so through Paypal.

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.

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’.

Find the documents and more information here.

Subsidised equipment

Affordable equipment for schools, community groups and workplaces is available from Table Tennis England through various programmes and schemes.

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

Find out more.

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

Find out more

Table Tennis England’s Ping in the Community programme offers table tennis packages designed to help bring the members of your community closer together and inspire them to lead more active and sociable lifestyles, irrespective of ability or back ground.

Ping in the Community

Introduce table tennis into your workplace with a Loop at Work table package, designed to directly meet the health and wellbeing needs of employees.

Loop at Work