Corby sports club wins regional award after setting up partnership with Kingswood Academy

Corby Table Tennis Club with their award.
Corby Table Tennis Club with their award.

Corby Table Tennis Club has been named as the best satellite sports club in the East Midlands after inspiring young people to get into and continue playing sport.

The satellite club brought table tennis to the heart of Kingswood Secondary Academy, having been launched in 2014 to attract young people who had not been involved in other extra-curricular sports in school.

And now it has been recognised for its efforts at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards.

Club coach Henry Arthur said: “The satellite club has been a great success in bringing a minority sport into a school that has not had the provision in the past.

We have reached young people that may never have tried our sport due to various barriers and we are delighted that some of the young people from the satellite club will now form a team to compete locally.”

Sport England’s director for community sport Mike Diaper said: “I’m delighted that Corby Table Tennis at Kingswood School Satellite Club has won this regional award.

“They’ve created a formidable pathway to help get young people in their community more involved in sport.”

At the Corby Table Tennis Satellite Club, more than 30 young people have regularly attended and continued to play sport since the launch last year.

Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs, which use different venues such as a secondary schools or colleges to offer a range of sports to young people who may not be regularly active, or lack the confidence to join a sports club.

Using £49m of National Lottery funding, more than 6,900 satellite clubs have been established across England, helping to get almost 300,000 young people into sport since 2012.

By 2017, every secondary school in England will have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site.