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→ Inclusive development of table tennis in centres for physically disabled children.

During an ITTF mission for a Level 1 coach training, Sarah HANFFOU visited the Saint Kizito Institution, in Bujumbura. This centre for disabled children was created in 1965. Today, the centre includes a physical rehabilitation department and the prostheses are made on site. It welcomes 236 students, 196 of whom are permanent residents with a physical disability. 40 children without a disability are enrolled in the same school for an inclusive development of the kids’ lives.

During her visit at the centre, Sarah realized that only a few activities were being offered to the children because of a lack of funds and equipment. Floride, a Level 1 coach from the International Table Tennis Federation, volunteered within PING SANS FRONTIÈRES in order to initiate a table tennis activity in the centre.

A handcrafted table tennis table was built on site which enables Floride to organize some initiation trainings on a regular basis. A tournament was organised during the World Table Tennis Day on the 6th of April 2017.

On the mid-term perspective, we wish to develop this project in the 3 centres of this kind in the country (Bujumbura, Muyinga and Gitega) and organize some initiation practices and tournaments.

On the longer term, our goal is to provide to these children the opportunity to go to table tennis clubs so that they can keep on improving their table tennis skills and hence participate in both national and international competitions.