Tim Shutt to leave role at Sussex Cricket Foundation

We regret to advise that after 9 successful years, Tim Shutt, Managing Director of the Sussex Cricket Foundation has decided to leave Sussex Cricket, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities. Clearly to lose someone of Tim’s calibre is a massive blow but we do wish Tim all the very best of good fortune for the future.

During his time with us, Tim has shaped recreational cricket, built a solid team around him and been pivotal in the merging of our recreational and professional boards. He has developed the strategy for the Sussex Cricket Foundation and built excellent stakeholder relationships. His work in making cricket more accessible in particular to those with disabilities, and in developing programmes using cricket for social good, form a big part of his legacy. Tim has been a valued member of the leadership team and will be very hard to replace.

David Bowden, Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Foundation, stated “Tim Shutt has been an inspirational leader, with huge drive, energy and commitment to the Foundation’s many objectives. This matched with his imaginative and innovative approach to the charity’s objectives resulted in him being held in very high regard by all those involved in the Sussex Cricket Family and beyond, not least the England & Wales Cricket Board. In particular, he is always willing to embrace change and his contribution to the unique, successful merging of the professional and recreational Boards was quite outstanding. The Trustees will miss greatly his wit, charm and positive attitude. We wish him well!”

Tim Shutt said “With the Sussex Cricket Foundation now established, and with the merged Sussex Cricket model now in effect, I have taken the decision to leave to pursue new opportunities. I have had 9 great years at Sussex Cricket and feel a that fresh pair of eyes would be beneficial to take the Foundation to the next level. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some excellent people, in particular the inspirational army of volunteers working in the clubs and leagues around the County, as well as those individuals seeking to use sport as a vehicle for social good.”

Play Deaf Sports this October half-term

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On Tuesday 25th October the Sussex Cricket Foundation are teaming up with Albion in the Community and Brighton & Hove Hockey Club to produce a day of deaf sports.

The day will be held at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing and will begin at 11am. The day will include the likes of deaf cricket, deaf football and deaf hockey and is open to anyone under the age of 16.

The event will provide young people with a route in to deaf sports and to encourage those that have not tried it to give it a go and see the benefits they can reap from it.

The day is expected to conclude at 2pm, for more information or to book a place, please call 01273 668590 or email disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

David Bowden wins Lifetime Achiever Award at NatWest OSCAs

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Sussex’s President and Sussex Cricket Foundations Chairman, David Bowden, has won the prestigious Lifetime Achiever award at the ECB’s NatWest OSCAs event, which rewards cricket’s unsung heroes.

The event, hosted by Jonathan Agnew, BBC Cricket Correspondent and Test Match Special commentator, at Lord’s yesterday, brought together over 400 people from across England and Wales to celebrate the heroes of the recreational game.

David moved to Sussex in 1973, when he joined Preston Nomads CC as a 1st XI player and subsequently became the club’s captain, and was then Chairman for a number of years. He served on the Sussex Premier Cricket League’s Council for over 20 years and is now the League’s President. David has also served the Sussex Cricket Board as its Honorary Secretary and as an elected member of its Management Committee.

David was co-opted as a Director of Sussex CCC in 2004, and then became an elected Director. At that time he proposed to the two cricketing bodies that they should merge to provide a single integrated organisation for the benefit of both recreational and professional cricket in Sussex. He has since devoted an immense amount of time and energy to bring this concept to fruition.

Bowden became President of Sussex County Cricket Club in March 2015 and the two bodies, Sussex CCC and the Sussex Cricket Board, merged in November of the same year to form Sussex Cricket Limited. At this time David became the first Chairman of a new charitable subsidiary, Sussex Cricket Foundation, responsible for recreational cricket and community activities.

On winning the award David said, “I am thrilled, honoured and proud to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award, not least because it reflects well on the Sussex Cricket Family. Like all volunteers in cricket, we give our services freely because we have a deep passion for the sport and because we feel that we can do something to help make a difference. We do not give our time and commitment in order to achieve accolades such as this, but we get real joy and pleasure sometimes from seeing some of the youngsters we support thrive in their chosen path.

“One of our desires is to use the power of cricket to give young people better life-skills to prepare them for their futures. The mission for Sussex Cricket is to create a passion for cricket in the heart of every community and that can only be achieved through the 7,000 volunteers who already devote their services in the 245 local cricket clubs throughout the County. Long may they flourish and I thank all of them most sincerely for all they do!”

Sussex Chairman, Jim May, said ” We are all delighted that David has won national recognition which is well deserved. He is an inspirational figure who has carried out a wide variety of roles with great distinction in the cricketing world. David’s legacy will be to have played a leading role in putting in place the structure and strategy for Sussex Cricket which will be beneficial in creating opportunities for cricketers of all ages and sexes throughout the county.”

Click HERE to view a video with interviews from Sussex’s Jim May, Keith Greenfield and Zac Toumazi regarding David Bowden.