Satellite Clubs

Satellite clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs that specifically target the 11-25 age group.

What is a satellite club?

Satellite clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school, college or community centre, and specifically target the 11-25 age group.

Coaches and volunteers from a community sports club work in partnership with the satellite host venue to create a new community satellite club.

Between 2013-2017 Table Tennis England supported the development of 159 new satellite clubs engaging over 9000 young people. We have since secured Sport England funding to support the development of an additional 132 satellite clubs between 2017-2021.


Satellite Club model

We know that the step from school or college sport to community sport is often too great for young people. This is why so many 11-25 year olds drop-out of sport.

Satellite clubs make it easier for young people to stay in sport, or to start playing sport for the first time.

They provide a stepping stone to a community club or regular participation through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities for young people.


How do we develop a successful satellite club?

The guidance document below provides useful hints and tips, as well as links to partner websites to support in putting together an application for a successful satellite club.


Satellite Club funding

Clubs are invited to apply for grants of up to £850 to develop new and creative sessions for young people aged 11-25.

The application window is currently closed and will re-open in Spring 2019.

To register your interest, please email


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Satellite Club Guidance Notes 2018-19

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