Laleham Gap Table Tennis Club Receives Double National Recognition!

Staff at Laleham Gap School are this month feeling extremely proud and celebrating getting national recognition for their staff table tennis club from two sources! The club has received national accolades from Table Tennis England and ‘The Teacher’ magazine for the amazing successes of the club.

The club is run by Paul Ursell, a teacher and table tennis coach at the school. He explained

“Having run table tennis clubs for pupils for years I have always been aware of the well-being benefits playing the sport can bring. So a couple of years ago I set up a club for staff and it has thrived.”

Table Tennis England were so impressed by the results Paul has achieved with the club that they have cited the Thanet club on their website as a reason why other workplaces should set up a club and as a model how to go about it! The facts speak for themselves! 40 staff have attended. 79% say it has improved stress levels.74% cited improvements in physical health and 100% said it was good for social mixing and fun!

When they heard about it ‘The Teacher’ magazine (the magazine of the teaching unions) decide to get in touch and have run an article advocating the Laleham Gap club as a way to combat stress in schools. So successful has it been that on the day the magazine came out a Headteacher from Norwich contacted Paul wanting advice on how to set up a club like the Laleham Gap model.

Paul Ursell said,

“We are really proud at Laleham Gap of the excellent PE we provide all our pupils. But it is great to now extend that to staff. Improving staff well-being in this way is great for staff and a happier staff is great for the pupils too. It is win-win and well done to all my great ping pongers!”

If any workplace is keen to follow Laleham Gap’s lead, Paul would be happy to help. Just contact us here and we will pass on your details.


Thank you to Laleham Gap School, for sending us your press release. It is so important to wind down after a busy day at work and Laleham Gap are proving that table tennis is a terrific way to do that!

We’re looking forward to hearing and sharing more of your positive news about the activities your staff and students are involved in.