It is that time of year when we ask for nominations for all our representative squads across the County. These nominations are open to schools and clubs and are for boys and girls who you feel have the potential ability to represent Sussex at any level of the Sussex Cricket pathway in 2017.
All players who played for either an Area U11 side, District U13 or U15 side, or full Sussex age group side this summer will automatically be asked back to be assessed so you do not need to nominate them again, but we are keen to receive nominations for new players who you believe should be assessed against our criteria, used to judge our young players ability, potential and long term athletic ability to push on to potentially play County Cricket for Sussex.
For the GIRLS pathway, we run a variety of age groups of which are all played with a hard ball so we ask that any nominated players have had experience playing hardball Cricket.
For girls being nominated at U15 and U17 level, we strongly recommend only nominating players who have been playing Cricket for some time and play regular hardball matches.
The deadline date for these nominations differs for the boys and girls so please make sure that you are aware of this, when submitting any nominations, and if you are not the person best placed to complete the nomination form, please ensure you gain as much information about the player you are putting forward, from whoever has the best knowledge within your club or school.
Please also note that the youngest age we’ll accept nominations (for boys and girls) is 8 years.
St Mary’s CofE School in Pulborough rounded off a Summer of cricket this week, with all of their Key Stage Two classes taking part in an inter-house kwik cricket competition. The day saw over 150 students taking part in cricket activities as part of the Chance to Shine initiative, with the ‘Green’ house eventually coming out on top.
Over the summer term, nearly 200 children have taken part in curriculum cricket activity, with a large number of those youngsters joining local cricket clubs like Pulborough CC & West Chiltington & Thakeham CC, as a result of the coaching they have received.
As part of the competition day, the school also embraced the ‘Sussex Cricket Foundation’ and its appeal year. They ran a non-uniform day, in which all children were invited to wear their house colours and raised £220.00 for the SCF.
A huge thanks to St Mary’s, the staff and pupils for supporting the SCF’s appeal year.
Cricket Development Officer
Sussex Cricket Foundation
Sussex Cricket Foundation were proud to welcome back Boundaries for Life, a national health charity, who offered free health screenings for all attendees on Saturday 9th July, day two of our Tour Match against Pakistan.
The Boundaries for Life initiative was devised by a small consortium of health and sports stadia professionals, with the screening service provided by a team of volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses. On the day over 40 adults were welcomed in to the Santander Learning Centre where they underwent the free health screening process measuring blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index, cholesterol levels and all key indicators relating to chronic diseases. They also offered a free mouth and dental check.
Steve who was present on the day and was able to get a health check said “This may not be the case for everyone but I have rarely seen free health screening being offered out, so when I did I jumped at the opportunity and I’m so glad I did it at a place where everyone was so welcoming. It was much less stressful than visiting my GP.”
A huge thank you to the Boundaries for Life team, who volunteered their time to come to the 1st Central County Ground to offer free health checks to all the attendees.
In partnership with the ECB, we are delighted to announce four new SHARKZ IN2 CRICKET TANKZ for children in Sussex aged 5 to 7 in Portslade, Southwick, Horsdean and Polegate! Come to one of our TANKZ to receive a new ball, t-shirt and a drawstring bag!
It’s £7.50 to attend one of our TANKZ, or £30 to attend all four sessions.
We hosted our inaugural Schools Day on Monday 4th July during the Specsavers County Championship game v Glamorgan. Over 650 children across 24 schools attended the day, which included a tour of the ground, having a go on our 1st Central inflatables and playing cricket on the outfield during lunch!
We also had our ‘Sids Big Write’ winners, Rocks Park Primary in attendance. Congratulations to the students on their stories!
Also, we announced the winners of our ‘World Cup Project’ on the big screen during the lunch interval. Congratulations to Sompting Village Primary, whose presentation on Pakistan was superb!
Thanks to all of the children, teachers and adults for making this a great day. We are all looking forward to making next year’s Schools Day bigger and better already – hope you are too!
Sussex Cricket Foundation are delighted to announce that 1st CENTRAL, the new ground sponsor at the home of Sussex Cricket, has become the charity’s new Roadshow Sponsor.
The Foundation,which is the charitable arm of Sussex Cricket following the successful merger of Sussex County Cricket Club and Sussex Cricket Board last November, utilise three inflatable rigs in a variety of settings across the county, to introduce children, young people and adults to the game of cricket.
The new partnership was launched at the Ansty Cricket Club Holiday Roadshow recently at Harlands Primary School in Haywards Heath, which was supported by 1st CENTRAL employees on the day.
Tim Shutt, Managing Director of the Sussex Cricket Foundation, said, “1st CENTRAL’s strong community ethos has been very visible in their support of our efforts to continually engage new groups and communities in cricket. This is a fun way we can introduce the game and its participation opportunities, and also the rapidly emerging range of education and health programmes, with the game as the vehicle, to support individuals and communities. We are very grateful for their support.”
Jo Harrison, Communications Manager at 1st CENTRAL said, “We were delighted to be able to get involved and support the valuable work provided by the Sussex Cricket Foundation. Despite the wet weather, the children were all really engaged with the range of activities on offer. Thank you to the coaching team who made everyone feel so welcome.”