The Sussex Council of Training Providers Celebrate their 30th Anniversary at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove


The Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP) celebrated reaching 30 years and 100 members in style at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

SCTP is one of the largest local training provider networks in the country and provides a range of support, information, training and business opportunities to its members who are engaged in the local delivery of apprenticeships and pre-employment programmes.

The membership is made up of key stakeholders across Sussex Training Sector including Independent Training Providers, Further Education Colleges and Universities.

Over 70 members attended the event recently, which saw former Chair, Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott OBE lead tributes to SCTP’s development and achievements and those that had contributed to its success.

Peter Kyle MP also joined the celebration alongside Sussex Skills Sector representatives from East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Brighton and Hove County Council and the Association of Employment & Learning Providers.

Zac Toumazi, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, and Chair of the Greater Brighton Employer Skills Task Force said, “We were delighted to host the event; the local skills agenda & employer task force is very important to the local economy, our business and employers. It is critical that we all collectively contribute to this very important topic.”

The Greater Brighton Employer Skills Task Force was set up in September 2015 to find ways to boost opportunities and productivity in and around Brighton & Hove by growing a workforce with the skills that local businesses need. Formed from over 30 leading businesses and education providers in and around the city it has challenged the city’s employers to create at least 1,000 new apprenticeships in 1,000 days, asking businesses to pledge their support.

Paul Mitchell, Executive Director SCTP said, “What an excellent day! We are delighted that so many members and partner organisations joined us on the day to celebrate our double milestone. Congratulations to our members and everyone who has contributed over 30 years of SCTP’s development. We will continue to support our members so that they can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of local people and the skills of local businesses.”

Vanessa Potter, Head of Education & Skills at the Sussex Cricket Foundation said, “We were delighted to welcome SCTP’s member training providers to our facility as these are the organisations who will help to transform the skills provision across the City and the whole of Sussex.”

Pett Cricket Club Community Day


On Saturday 24th September The Sussex Cricket Foundation supported Pett Cricket Club who held a community day that saw the club host a French Barbarians Cricket Team.

The day ran in two parts with Pett Cricket Club firstly hosting a French Barbarians Cricket Team in a 35 over per side game. The fixture was a unique one as the French team was made up entirely of French players and was part of a tour that they were on, but this fitted which helped to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The French Barbarian team also managed to fit in a T20 game the day after when they played Battle Cricket Club.

SCF supported Pett Cricket Club by providing their inflatables and ran activities for everyone and anyone within the local community. Pett CC also used the event as their Waitrose Club Open Day. The activities were well received throughout the day and we know Sid the Shark can vouch for that!

As the day came to a close the French visitors were delighted to see a full spread of very traditional English cuisine laid on for them, which we hope carried them towards an enthralling encounter with the Battle Cricket Club the following day.

NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs)


On Friday the 16th Septemeber the Sussex Cricket Foundation held their annual NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards, also known as the OSCAs. This yearly event is held to recognise those individuals that club, and league cricket, would not run the same without.

This year saw a change to the format in which we ran a ‘Question of Sport’ styled evening including Build a Burger for food, Roger Dakin hosting the night and a Q&A with Olympian and SCF Trustee Donna Fraser. The winners on the evening, of the Sussex awards, can be seen below and can now look forward to being invited along to the national awards at Lord’s on Tuesday 4th October  in what promises to be a fantastic occasion as the ECB celebrates the contributions and efforts of grassroots volunteers from all over England and Wales.

Sussex NatWest OSCA Winners 2016

GROUNDSMAN AWARD: Congratulations to Alan Best of Northiam CC for his 30+ years service to the club.

NATWEST CRICKET FORCE: Congratulations to Stuart Ware of Pett Piranhas who worked towards building a new pavilion for his club.

OFFICIATING: Congratulations to Tony Whittington Winner & Angela Hobden highly commended. (This award is given to an official who has made outstanding contributions to the recreational game through their long standing services).

GET THE GAME ON: Congratulations to Pete Atkins of Poynings CC for all his work at the club this year, this individual is often the proactive person who is instrumental in going the extra mile to ensure the game is played rather than it being called off.

YOUNG VOLUNTEER: Congratulations to George Biggs of Portslade CC for all his work at the club this season, this volunteer must be  between the ages of 16 and 25 as of the 2nd October 2015 and gone above and beyond of what is expected of them.

LEAGUES: Congratulations to Robbie Divall for his work with the Midsussex CL over the years. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by leagues which help and support an increase in participation and getting more people playing more often.

HEARTBEAT OF THE CLUB: Congratulations to Jim Burroughs – Mr -Who has undertaken every job at the club. This award goes to a volunteer your club simply couldn’t do without.

LIFETIME ACHIEVER: Congratulations to David Bowden for his work over 40 years with Sussex CCC & Preston Nomads.



620km success – SCF trustee completes epic Iberian bike ride


After 10 long, challenging days and over 600km, SCF trustee Katy Cooper finally arrived in the beautiful Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela. She was delighted to have reached the sponsorship that she did and have such strong support along the way.

“As I write this, I have already raised £1,500 of my target of £2,000, and I am still in the process of persuading friends and colleagues to donate! It’s been a good excuse to talk to many people about Sussex Cricket Foundation and the great work that it does – and I know that my contribution will be put to excellent use:, if you are able to spare a few quid (and donating online means that Gift Aid can be added).

The scenery in the second half of my journey, from Porto up the Portuguese and Spanish coast, was very different from the first half – typified by wild and beautiful Atlantic coastline, and with a welcome sea breeze taking the edge of the very high temperatures. As I approached Santiago, there were more and more pilgrims on the paths – very different from the isolation of the first few days of cycling. And then, on the last morning, the rolling green hills of Galicia, and I knew I was nearly there!

Santiago de Compostela has been a major pilgrimage (and, now, tourist) destination for over 1,000

years, and it is wonderful destination. Twisting medieval streets, wonderful architecture, and an amazing buzzy atmosphere – fuelled by the excitement of the many hundreds of pilgrims who arrive on foot, bike or (occasionally) horse every day. I’ve been singing an ancient chant in many of the churches along the way (a chant that would have been sung on this exact route from the 12th century onwards), and I was given permission to sing in a side-chapel in Santiago Cathedral itself – a real highlight of the trip. The photo (in my SCF T-shirt, of course) is of me on arrival, outside the Cathedral.

Taking on a journey like this – especially on my own – has been a big undertaking, but I loved it. Cycling has an extraordinarily calming effect on me, perhaps because it is impossible to think about anything other than the path immediately ahead, so any other worries dissipate and disappear. I’m sure that the effect of walking the route (although of course that takes – much! – longer) can also be profound. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like to know about the Camino or if you want to take it on. I also blogged in detail at

I’ve been home for a few days now, and I only wish I could be back on the road: I miss it. Now, to bolster that sponsorship total…”

Katy Cooper – Sussex Cricket Foundation Trustee

Brighton & Hove Open Door 2016 Ground/Club Museum Tour


On Friday 9th September, Sussex County Cricket Club was a part of the Brighton & Hove Open Door 2016, and many people joined us for a behind the scenes tour that included the Sussex Cricket Museum and other areas that are commonly closed to the public.

The tour around the 1st Central County Ground went down excellently amongst the people that took part and one attendee emailed the club after the event to say;

“Being something of a sports nut I’ve been on many stadium tours both in the UK and North America and I think yours was the most comprehensive, informative and revealing one I’ve been on.”

This was the first time Sussex Cricket opened our doors during the Heritage Open Days and we look forward to doing it again in the future.

Sussex County Cricket Club was the first First-Class County formed in 1839 and is the oldest professional sports team in the world.  Sussex have played at the ground in Eaton Road since 1871, after acquiring the land from the Trustees of the Stanford Estate.  The first county match was played at Eaton Road on 6 June 1872 against Gloucestershire, when WG Grace was amongst the opposition.



4th September 2016 Inaugural Finals Day


On Sunday, 4th September 2016 the inaugural finals day of the Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup took place at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Having successfully reached the final of the hub events at Henfield and West Chiltington earlier in the season, St Peters, Glynde & Beddingham, Arundel and West Chiltington & Thakeham cricket clubs battled it out at the home of Sussex cricket. Each team was managed by a member of the county playing staff and an exuberant crowd comprising family and supporters saw St Peters and West Chiltington & Thakeham victorious in the semi-finals. The 3rd/4th play-off match was won by Arundel with a massive six securing victory.

The final itself, like the competition as a whole, was hard fought yet played in the spirit of the game. West Chiltington & Thakeham batted first under floodlights and posted a total of 68, the highest of the day, without losing a wicket. In reply St Peters openers started frenetically and easily kept pace with the required run rate. Following a couple of enforced retirements, 18 was required from the last over. With only 6 coming from an incredibly tight over, West Chiltington & Thakeham proved worthy winners.

Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Foundation Appeals Committee, John Abbott, said during his closing speech that the “Sussex Cricket Foundation Cup embraced the foundations objective of using cricket as a vehicle to achieve social good and had raised around £1,000 to support disability cricket within the county”.

On behalf of Sussex County Cricket Club & Sussex Cricket Foundation, a large amount of thanks goes to sponsors Wilson Sandford Chartered Accountants for their generous support.

Planning for an enlarged event in 2017 is currently underway and clubs are being invited to show their interest in hosting a hub event. A finals day is once again being scheduled to take place at Hove.


The journey continues for SCF trustee Katy Cooper


As Sussex Cricket Foundation trustee Katy Cooper continues on her 620km cycle through Portugal and Spain in aid of the SCF, Katy provides us with an update of how she is getting on and the troubles she is facing.

“As I am more than half-way through my bike trip north through Portugal and Spain (620km in 10 days, from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela), and I am also (just) over half-way to my fundraising target (£2000) for the Sussex Cricket Foundation, I thought it was time for an update. If you would like to sponsor me (and I would very much appreciate it, especially as I set off up the next big hill…), please go to For the cost of a posh London pint (£6.20) you could sponsor me 1p per kilometre… It’s such a good cause – I hope you feel you can give something, and it will undoubtedly spur me on!

It has been well worth the effort so far – although when I got a flat tyre, and as I’ve struggled up the umpteenth ridiculously steep hill (with loaded panniers – it’s really not as easy as I’d hoped, despite being pretty fit before I left), you might have forgiven me for swearing under my breath…

I began in Lisbon last Tuesday, and sped along for the first day, which was along the river and almost entirely flat. Thereafter it’s got a whole lot hillier – but the destinations are uniformly gorgeous. I’m hard-pressed to give highlights, but Tomar with its *vast* castle and monastery, and then Coimbra and Porto (both seemingly built into cliffsides) have been wonderful. Perhaps partly because I am cycling on my own, all the guesthouse owners have been particularly friendly and helpful – which means a lot at the end of a long day. I have also found time at the end of a hard day’s biking to listen to some of the England v. Pakistan ODIs (though I was sorry to hear about the County Championship result against Kent).

Now I’m biking up the coast for a couple of days – and at least I can’t get too lost if I keep the sea on my left… Only three days to go – and all contributions welcome!

Thank you so much for the support.