The Project is to build a whole new building to cater for the needs of the club and the community. Bishop Barrington School is currently having a new school build and the old one demolished, except the hall were in and the main school hall, which for now is staying, however it is the oldest part of the current building and hasn’t really been touched since the 1960, the planning department at the council couldn’t and wouldn’t confirm but they said it seemed likely that when something major goes wrong with the halls they will knock them down, but we have no idea of timings of this leaving us in a kind of limbo for the future of the club.
The new facility will see 15 table tennis table hall with grade 4 Table tennis England courts, which gives us more space in each court something our performance players are in need of, the option to run sessions side by side so we can double or offer to the community, but also give us day time access to allow us to run Disabilty groups, more sessions for older people, Alzheimer’s sessions, even stuff for single parents something we can’t currently do as the school has the hall in the day.
The hall would also be a 12 table tournament hall, which gives us the option to host British Leagues, National Leagues and National Cups etc added prestige for the area and club providing an extra income for sustainability of the club and facility, while acting as inspiration for the clubs members.
In addition to the increase playing area and increased availability for use the build will have a kitchen area, large social area/training room (workshops and courses) changing rooms, toilets and showers and small office and storage.
the large social space allowing a comfortable and welcoming space for participants to relax before, during and after sessions providing us with a less formal space to welcome new participants and run more informal social sessions for inactive people.
The space will also allow parents to interact further with club officials, helping to recruit volunteers and making them feel further part of the club helping with sustainability
The space will also allow us to run further training courses for volunteers and the community, such as first aid and run further projects such as a recycling and charity collections to fit within the clubs aims of community support. a small kitchen to allow the club to sell refreshments providing added value to users, providing another income to help maintain the facility and develop the volunteers.
Advertising internal opportunity, Training days, tournaments, Social and Charity events, as well as external training, community events and opportunity's will also be utilized in the social area to help with community cohesion and community development. along with displaying club successes to build community pride and teaching documents to help people improve and improve self-esteem.
We have no access to changing facilities or showers in our facility and only have 1 toilet, We know this has been a factor in people not returning especially females, something were keen to develop within the club. The new build will have clean and fresh facility with both male and female toilets changing and showers both of which will be disability friendly not just wheelchair accessible allowing us to further develop our disability sessions, special Olympic sessions and attract more females.
a large storage area for our equipment to stop any further damage from school events, while a office will provide the club a place for club meetings, with partners and parents when needed and a place to keep up to date with paperwork and admin