Kingston College recently hosted its first Table Tennis Networker Award for student volunteers. Students from across different schools came together to learn the basics of table tennis coaching, how to umpire matches and oversee a tournament.
The feedback from learners was that the course gave them a solid understanding of hosting a match for primary school learners and felt able to transfer these skills to a community setting as official Table Tennis Networkers.
The success of this course represents the marked developments occurring within grassroots sports development at Kingston College. The College was awarded a five-year grant for a sports development professional in the form of a College Sport Maker in 2012, as part of Sport England’s £25 million Active Colleges Lottery fund which aims to help more college students play sport.
As a result of this investment, Kingston College launched a new recreational programme, ‘KC Active’ and an in-college sports volunteering programme to run alongside. Students are required to commit to a minimum of 6 hours in-college volunteering and in return they get to apply for free coaching course places at Kingston College. So far, 44 students have signed up to the scheme, with 16 now qualified as a sports Networker or Level 1 Coach in a sport of their choice.
Table Tennis is one of the four focus sports for this academic year at Kingston College, and so far investment from the English Table Tennis Association and Sportivate has enabled more students to participate and volunteer in this sport.
In addition to the grassroots developments that Kingston College is making with student participation in sport, the College also has a high reputation for elite sport development and offers high quality BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 Sport courses, Active IQ Fitness Instructing and Personal Trainer courses.