T21TT Team GB Madeira 2018!

by Brighton Table Tennis Club in Brighton, East Sussex, England

T21TT Team GB Madeira 2018!

Following the success of our National Table Tennis team crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Brighton Table Tennis Club in Brighton, East Sussex, England

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New stretch target

Due to the overwhelming public support of getting Team Santos T21TT Team GB to Madeira in October for the World Championships, we are extending our stretch target to £6,920.

The original £5000 raised will still be for the Team's entry fees, food and accommodation which is £799 + flights per player. For each of the five players in the squad, £1000 will mean that they can afford to travel, enter and compete in what will be the biggest T21 World Table Tennis Championships ever.

The stretch target (an extra £1920) will pay for a year's worth of T21TT Rising Talent coaching sessions at the Brighton Table Tennis Club. On the first Sunday of every month from 11am-1pm, Harry, Chris & Andrew (all Level 1 qualified Table Tennis coaches) work with between ten and fifteen 5- 20 year olds with T21.

Watch this clip from March 2018 when Chris and Andrew were presented with their coaching qualification at the monthly T21TT Rising Talent session to see what a special session this is and what great role models Team Santos are.

To run these sessions properly, with Coaches and room hire for a 2 hour Sunday session once a month costs BTTC £160 per month.  A total cost for the 2018/19 season of £1920.

ITV Meridian News have featured Team Santos in training and their coaching skills are highlighted.

We're already bowled over by the amount of support we've received, and we're extremely excited about the opportunity this gives us to extend our work to those who need it most, and to keep BTTC's T21 sessions going into 2019 and beyond. Thank you.

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £5,010 thanks to 49 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep BTTC's T21 sessions going into 2019 and beyond. Find out more about our original plans below.

Believe That follows the journey of Team Santos, three players from Brighton Table Tennis Club, as they prepare to represent their country at the European Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) Championships.

Their coach, Pedro Santos, leads them through a rigorous training regime, challenging our everyday perceptions of people with Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome, and their potential. Santos leads the T21 team with astounding energy, earnestness and patience, coaching with kindness but with high expectations to best develop the remarkable players. 

The five players in the Team GB National T21 team, Harry, Chris, Andrew and also Geoffrey and Jenny, would all love to compete in this year's World Championships in Madeira, Portugal from the 1st - 8th October 2018.  This campaign has been created to help them reach this goal.

L-R T21 Team GB at the 2017 European Championships Jenny, Chris, Andrew & Harry

Brighton Table Tennis Club

Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC) was founded in February 2007 with two worn-out tables in the Brighton Youth Centre and the strong belief that table tennis can be used as a powerful tool in engaging people of all ages and transforming lives.

Today the club has its own centre with 10 tables in Kemptown and runs 100 tables across the city in parks, squares, schools, sheltered housing schemes, a centre for homeless people, sports centres and a psychiatric hospital. It works in two prisons outside the city. 

More than 1,500 people play in the club’s weekly sessions. Their number includes people with learning disabilities, young people from the Brighton Travellers site, Looked After Children, people with physical disabilities, people from the LGBT community and young asylum seekers. The youngest player is 2. The oldest is 98. The club is the world’s first recognised Club of Sanctuary, for its work with refugees. 

Four out of five of the Team GB T21 squad are all from the BTTC. Breaking new ground, Harry, Chris and Andrew are the first three qualified Level 1 Table Tennis Coaches in the world with T21. They each make a huge contribution to the club's coaching program, are great role models and ambassadors.

BTTC runs a monthly T21 session for players of all ages at which the T21 coaches lead the session, generously supported by Pride Social Inclusion Fund & Persimmon Homes.

What We Want to do Now

T21 Team GB all really want to compete in Madeira in the World Championships 2018. Currently they  are not sure how they will make it to the competition as there is no funding available from anywhere to support the team. All of the players are all training 15 - 20 hours a week and are fiercely committed to the sport, improving their own games and coaching others.

What will we do with the money raised from your support…

All donations received will go towards enabling this incredible team to build on their performances in  2017 and make it to the 2018 Championships. The entry fee, food and accommodation is £799 + flights per player. For each of the five players in the squad, £1000 will mean that they can afford to travel, enter and compete in what will be the biggest T21 World Table Tennis Championships ever.

What You Get

We've got some great rewards for everyone who wants to help the T21 Team GB out. From signed Believe That posters to opportunities to play with and be coached by the team at the BTTC. 

If we can get the team to Portugal then Caleb Yule will also go as Filmmaker so that this wonderful story can be continued to be told through film! 

Let's make 'T21TT Team GB Madeira 2018!' happen

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