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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by March 1st 2019 at 8:02pm

We need a new minibus to bring people to & from the club to play table tennis, meet friends old & new & be part of this amazing community.

by Brighton Table Tennis Club in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Henry Crallan was a much loved player at the BTTC from 2013-15. He was also the Founder and Boss of Miloco Studios.

We are incredibly grateful to Miloco’s support of the BTTC and to letting us record That’s Table Tennis in the same studio used by Adele, Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine! Sensational!

Brighton Table Tennis Club has a really strong sense of community. People love playing with us and helping us. We aim to inspire everyone who plays or volunteers with us to be the best they can be and everyone is welcome. Some of our players would find it hard to get to one of our sessions because of mobility, distance or cost so we help wherever we can. Our current minibus does over 15k miles every year but it's now on its last legs and desperately needs replacing. It is a vital part of the club as we use it to pick up and drop off players and take coaches and tables to our outreach sessions. We also use it to take people much further afield at the weekends. Most recently it took 17 BTTC members to the Miloco recording studios where we recorded seven table tennis inspired tracks - the studio time generously donated by Miloco.  You can see the video of us recording one of the tracks attached.

To give you a brief snapshot of how the minibus gets used in a week:

Monday - we collect players with learning difficulties from Team Domenica and bring them to the club for a session. We have been doing this now for five years - it's a brilliant session

Tuesday - we drive coaches and some of our older players up to HMP High Down and HMP Down View for sessions with prisoners.  The older players are coached by some of the now level one qualified coaches as they contribute back to the community by coaching. These sessions are inspiring and uplifting. 

In the afternoon we collect young people from the traveller site and bring them to the club for a session - without this they simply wouldn't get here.

Wednesday - we pick up primary school pupil premium children from local schools for table tennis sessions

Thursday - we pick up young people from the Pupil Referral Unit for sessions at the club

Friday - more PRU and primary school sessions.

Then there's all the outreach sessions we go to and often take tables to - 35 a week.

Saturday & Sunday - competitions all over the country 30 weekends a year in Liverpool, Derby, Grantham

What we desperately need is a 17 seater minibus with the flexibility to move seats so we can accommodate wheelchair users and also use it to transport table tennis tables. Weekends take us all over the country to competitions, recording studios(!), local community events and visits to other clubs.

I hope this gives you an indication of how busy the minibus is and how important it is to the club and its members and just why we need a new van so much.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Everyone who makes a donation

If we are successful in reaching our target and buying a new van, everyone who makes a donation will be invited to a van launch party at the club to say a massive thank you.

£15 or more

2 of 25 claimed

£15 Reward

As a thank you we will send you a copy of BTTC's 2019 calendar

£30 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£30 Reward

You will receive a copy of the BTTC album recorded at Miloco Studio's in memory of Henry Crallan

£50 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£50 Reward

Receive BTTC's new Stiga Miloco team shirt

£100 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward

A new BTTC Stiga Miloco sponsored tracksuit as a thank you for your generosity


Let's make 'BTTC need a new Minibus!' happen