Hyde Foundation boosts Mondays

Posted on 29 March 2023

Thanks to Hyde Charitable Trust’s Booster Fund, pupils from Queens Park Primary School, Brighton, are enjoying a Monday after school club with a difference. This is a club with both table tennis and cooking on the menu.

There is fresh excitement at Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC), thanks to Hyde Foundation’s Brighton communities team, and Hyde Charitable Trust (HCT). A new Monday after school club has started and the new venture also includes a partnership with the Real Junk Food Project in the Fitzherbert Hub Café next door.

At the after school club, the children learn table tennis skills with BTTC coaches and also try out their cooking abilities with experienced chefs in the new cafe. After the session, everyone sits down together with their families to sample the delicious ‘Fitz’ made food and talk about the fun they’ve had learning new table tennis skills.

The club runs on Mondays from 3.30pm to 6pm, and plans are now being made to repeat this success on other days of the week.

Tim Holtam, Founder Director of BTTC said: “Thank you to Hyde for the support to get these sessions started, via the HCT Booster Fund. It’s great to know that pupils have got somewhere safe to go after school – where they’re not only having fun, but learning new skills and having something nutritious to eat.”

Kerry Starling, Hyde’s Director of Communities and Social Impact said: “Since December 2022, we’ve pledged £250,000 in grants to our community partners through the Booster Fund. Our partners deliver a wide range of services to our customers and communities, and each requires different support. Working closely with our partners, we’re finding different ways to reach people in need. Here, the fund was used in response to the cost of living crisis.

“I can’t wait to pop in and brush up on my table tennis skills, while enjoying a meal from such a worthwhile community food project.”

Find out more about Hyde Charitable Trust.