Young Ambassadors Programme

Discover our programme that aims to get more young people volunteering

Table Tennis Young Ambassadors

The Table Tennis Young Ambassador (TTYA) programme aims to benefit young people looking for great volunteering experiences, and table tennis clubs looking for a few extra pairs of hands.

Clubs who sign up to the programme will be given the tools to grow their volunteer base and enable young people in their club and community to gain personal skills, qualifications and vital experience to enhance their CV.

Young Ambassadors will receive a series of incentives to reward the volunteering hours they log. Incentives available are as follows:

  • 10 hours: £95 bursary for a UKCC Level 1 Coaching Table Tennis course or full bursary for; a Level 1 Umpire course, or TTKidz Activator course *
  • 30 hours: TTYA sport shirt
  • 50 hours: TTYA hoodie and special recognition from Table Tennis England
  • For each level, Young Ambassadors will also receive a Table Tennis England certificate.

*Courses need to have been completed by March 2021.

To be eligible for the programme, Young Ambassadors must be age 14-25. Clubs must assign a Volunteer Mentor to support the Young Ambassador(s). All Mentors will be required to have an up to date DBS check in place that has been completed through Table Tennis England within the last three years, and adhere to our safeguarding guidelines (safeguarding information can be found on our website by clicking here). DBS checks must be updated once every three years and if your DBS check expires whilst you are a mentor, you will be required to update this accordingly.

There are a variety of roles a Young Ambassador can undertake, and these will vary depending on volunteering requirements. Young Ambassadors could be assisting with coaching sessions once a week, helping out at events, creating a digital presence for the club or joining the club committee as a Junior Representative.

The TTYA programme is available to all table tennis clubs, with incentives funded for a maximum of three Young Ambassadors per Premier Club.

Once signed up, Young Ambassadors can log their volunteering hours and claim their incentives by emailing youngambassadors@tabletennisengland.co.uk

In 2018-19, 22 Clubs and Leagues registered for the programme. Halton TTC are one of many clubs who have supported a Young Ambassador through the programme. Volunteer Mentor Karen Tonge MBE said:

It’s great that Table Tennis England are supporting and recognising our young club volunteers, to help clubs to continue to grow and develop its membership base.

The young people are a great addition to attending club meetings, coming up with new ideas and IT/marketing support, to help our ageing population of adult volunteers within our clubs.

I would certainly recommend all table tennis clubs to sign their young volunteers up to the TTE Young Ambassador Scheme.

To register your Club, simply complete the short form below and a member of the Table Tennis England team will be in touch. Please note that spaces are limited.

FAQs

*FAQs also available as an attachment at the bottom of this page

We are not a Premier Club, but are interested. What next?

Your club are welcome to sign up to the TTYA programme and encourage young people to volunteer at your club through the programme. However, Table Tennis England cannot commit to funding the incentives for your Young Ambassadors. Young Ambassador kit will be available for purchase on the Table Tennis England website on the Young Ambassador page.  For more information on how to become a Premier Club, click here.

We are a Premier Club and have lots of potential Young Ambassadors. Can we enrol them all onto the programme?

There is no limit to the amount of Young Ambassadors per club, but clubs must commit to funding Young Ambassador incentives past the first three if a Premier Club, or all incentives for all Young Ambassadors if not a Premier Club. Young Ambassador kit will be available for purchase on the Table Tennis England website on the Young Ambassador page.

I’m aged between 14-25 and don’t belong to table tennis club but would like to become a Table Tennis Young Ambassador. How do I make this happen?

If you are a young person who is not currently a member of a table tennis club but are interested in becoming a Table Tennis Young Ambassador, please contact us on youngambassadors@tabletennisengland.co.uk  and we will help you find a suitable opportunity.

I’m aged between 14-25, belong to table tennis club but am unsure if my club have signed up to the programme or if there is a Volunteer Mentor.

In some cases, information about the programme may not have reached the correct person. Please contact youngambassadors@tabletennisengland.co.uk with the name of your club you are member of and we will speak to your club, informing them that we have received interest from one of their members interested in becoming a Young Ambassador.

What evidence is required for each Young Ambassadors award?

All evidence of volunteered hours will need to be logged (using the form sent to your Volunteer Mentor upon registration) and submitted by emailing to youngambassadors@tabletennisengland.co.uk (cc’ing your Volunteer Mentor).

Our existing volunteers are concerned that they do not have capacity to take on an additional role of the Volunteer Mentor. How much work will the Volunteer Mentor be required to do?

We want to lighten the workload of existing volunteers, not create more. The Volunteer Mentor will simply act as the point of call for your Young Ambassadors if they require club specific support with their role. You will also be our first point of call when we communicate programme updates, provide instructions and how to claim incentives. Table Tennis England staff will be able to support your Volunteer Mentors in their role when required. We have also included a basic job description for the Volunteer Mentor to aid your recruitment.

What information and support is available to ensure safeguarding best practice?

The CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit) have produced a free e-learning course about involving young people in sport which, although has been developed in partnership with the Football Association, will show you how you can increase young people’s participation in the planning and running of sports activities, and how this benefits everyone.  Whether you’re a coach, club volunteer, committee member or potentially going to be the TTYA Volunteer Mentor at your club, this training course is for you. To complete the course, or for more information click here. The course should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

For Table Tennis England’s full safeguarding information and policies, please visit our dedicated safeguarding page.

Register your interest

Young Ambassador Kit

For kit purchasing enquiries please contact youngambassadors@tabletennisengland.co.uk

Hoodies: £25, t-shirts: £15

Attachments

Total Attachments: 2

Guidance Document

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Table Tennis England Young Ambassadors_FAQ

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