A Brighton table tennis club has been praised for its “groundbreaking” work with refugees.
The club was praised by Mike Diaper, the executive director of Sport England. He said the club had been doing “groundbreaking” work to help refugees integrate into the local community.
After visiting the club’s Kemp Town home the Sport England boss said: “I came away inspired. It was fantastic to visit the Brighton Table Tennis Club and see first-hand the innovative approach to getting diverse communities across Brighton active.”
In regards to their work with refugees he said: “The work the club is doing with refugees using table tennis to integrate them into their new community, improve their English language skills and just have fun is ground-breaking.”
Mr Diaper added: “Sport England is proud to support the club.”
During his visit the executive director tried his hand at table tennis with a short coaching session from club member, Naqeeb. Naqeeb plays for Team Afghanistan within the Brighton Table Tennis League.
The table tennis club is open seven days a week and is situated in the Fitzherbert’s Centre, in Kemp Town. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Hoping to be as inclusive as possible, two women only sessions are available each week alongside King Alfred 50+ sessions.
Amongst other things, the club runs sessions in local schools: Five primary and eight secondary within the city.
The club has also been awarded the prestigious Club of Sanctuary title by the international City of Sanctuary network for its good work with refugees in the Brighton and Hove area.