Cramlington Table Tennis Club is pleased to be selected by ETTA (English Table Tennis Association) to work in partnership with Newcastle United FC on the Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) programme which is a government initiative to address their 5 hour a week sport for children strategy and the drop-off in sport participation when young people leave secondary school.

This item gives further information on the PL4S programmes as it applies in the CTTC and NUFC partnership.

What is PL4S

PL4S is a government funded scheme launched through the Department for Culture Media and Sport, promoted through the Premier League football clubs and supported financially by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust. The Premier League football clubs are already involved in action with local communities through various projects such as the Creating Chances community initiative operated by clubs in the 2008-09 season. PL4S proposes to build on this work by encouraging young people who love football to think about taking up another sport.

Sport England sees the PL4S project as playing an important part in enabling young people to do five hours of quality sport per week. It also sees the project as supporting their strategy to create a community sport system. Sport England work with the National Governing Bodies of sport on many initiatives. They see the NGB’s as being at the heart of delivering their strategy to develop a community sport system. Four Olympic sports have been chosen to participate in the PL4S scheme. The sports are Badminton, Judo, Table Tennis and Volleyball.

How does the scheme work?

Each National Governing Body (NGB) of the 4 chosen sports identifies an existing sports club within the vicinity of each of the 20 Premier League Clubs (as at the 2008-09 season) that has the capacity and willingness to commit to the project and form a partnership with the Premier League Club. The identified Community Sports Clubs will be referred to as “Hub” clubs. The NGB for table tennis is the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA).

The identified Community Sports Club for table tennis is Cramlington Table Tennis Club (CTTC) with Newcastle United FC (NUFC)) being the Premier League Club. Newcatle United Foundation (the charitable arm of NUFC will be co-ordinating the project in partnership with CTTC and the School Sports Partnerships in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside).

For more information about the PL4S project and the 4 sports covered please contact Lisa Bell – Premier League 4 Sport Project Co-ordinator, Newcastle United FoundationContact number – 07747567121. Email Address:

The  School Sports Partnerships have  identified 4 school sites to link with CTTC (the Hub Club). The Hub Club will commit to establishing a “Satellite Club” in their sport at the school site. The identified satellite sites for table tennis for the year 2011-2012 are Walbottle Campus (Newcastle); Bothal Middle School (Ashington); Newminster Middle School (Morpeth) John Spence Community High School (North Shields) and Monkseaton Community High School (Whitley Bay).

Over the years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 satellites have been based at Churchill Community College ( North Tyneside ); St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School ( Newcastle ); All Saints College (Newcastle); North Tyneside YMCA (North Shield): Heaton Manor School (Newcastle) and Whickham School and Sports College (Gateshead ).

ETTA Approach to the scheme

The ETTA has selected Hub Clubs to work with each of the 20 Premier League football clubs in England. The criteria to qualify as an ETTA Hub club is very demanding . Every selected Hub Club must be a registered ETTA PremierClub committed to achieving accreditation at Advanced level and ClubMark within twelve months of the commencement of the project. CTTC are an ETTA Premier Club with ClubMark creditation. The object is to set up 4 satellites in the secondary schools nominated by the local SSPs.

Within these satellites typical activities will include:

Coaching: (Butterfly TT skills awards, Butterfly TT skills circuits, delivery of coaching sessions, coach development)

Competition: (Ladder board, individual tournaments, National Cadet & National Junior League teams, teams in English School’s Table Tennis Association and/or School Sport Partnership competitions.

Leadership & Volunteering: (TT Networker, Young Officials, Junior Umpire award)

Implementation of the Scheme

In the first 2 years of the scheme  ETTA appointed a  Club Support and Coaching Officer  who was responsible for working with the various partners to implement the Scheme. All coaches are  required to hold a minimum ETTA Coach Level 2 or UKCC Level 2 and be on the ETTA approved coaches list. For the first 2 years  Alan Hedley, Chairman of Cramlington Table Tennis Club and an ETTA Level 3 and UKCC Level 2 Coach occupied  the part time role. For year 2011-2012 Alan is acting in a voluntary capacity as co-ordinator of the table tennis element of the PL4S scheme. Steve Ralph and Andrew Dryden, UKCC Level 2 coaches are supervising the sessions at the satellites.


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