The Future Stars
of British Para Table Tennis

An online recruitment initiative set up to find future Paralympic Champions

Future Stars will be promoted through various social media channels, with support from all Home Nations and key partners. The online recruitment initiative will remain active, with an increased focus around the Paralympic games and the Commonwealth Games.

Impaired Muscle Power

Athletes with Impaired Muscle Power have a health condition that either reduces or eliminates their ability to voluntarily contract their muscles in order to move or to generate force.

Impaired Passive Range of Movement

Athletes with Impaired Passive Range of Movement have a restriction or a lack of passive movement in one or more joints.

Limb Deficiency

Athletes with Limb Deficiency have total or partial absence of bones or joints as a consequence of trauma (for example traumatic amputation), illness (for example amputation due to bone cancer) or congenital limb deficiency (for example dysmelia).

Leg Length Difference

Athletes with Leg Length Difference have a difference in the length of their legs as a result of a disturbance of limb growth, or as a result of trauma.

Short Stature

Athletes with Short Stature have a reduced length in the bones of the upper limbs, lower limbs and/or trunk.


Athletes with Hypertonia have an increase in muscle tension and a reduced ability of a muscle to stretch caused by damage to the central nervous system.


Athletes with Ataxia have uncoordinated movements caused by damage to the central nervous system.


Athletes with Athetosis have continual slow involuntary movements.

Intellectual Impairment

Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment have a restriction in intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour which affects conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills required for everyday life. This Impairment must be present before the age of 18.

What will be the process?

1. Registration of interest

If you believe that you are eligible to compete in Para Table Tennis, please register your interest with Shaun Marples.

2. Questionnaire

Shaun will then be in touch with you to go through a questionnaire. It is important that you can provide as much information as possible. You will also be asked to sign a BPTT consent form, allowing your information to be shared with the BPTT classification team.

3. Classification team

The BPTT classification team is made up of 2 technical and 2 medical experts. Every month, the classification team will review each questionnaire to confirm eligibility. Athletes who are eligible will be given guidance as to which class to enter, when competing in their first domestic competition. Athletes who aren’t deemed eligible at this stage will still be invited to Sheffield at a later date, when a more thorough observation will take place.

4. Invitation to Sheffield

Once the lockdown period is lifted and a suitable date/time can be agreed, all athletes will be invited to Sheffield.

5. Become a Future Star

Once an athlete has been seen by BPTT, he or she will then be encouraged to become a BPTT member. Any athlete demonstrating talent will be put into the BPTT Futures programme.

Register your interest now

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