AWARDS: Double success for Sussex Cricket at Sussex Sports Awards

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Sussex Cricket Ltd were amongst the awards at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Friday evening as the annual Sussex Sports Awards were presented.

The black tie event celebrated the achievements of Sussex sports stars and welcomed five-time Olympian Jo Pavey as the guest of honour, and regular host, BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike.

Sussex Cricket Ltd were represented within three awards on the night and they included Sussex Cricket president and Sussex Cricket Foundation chairman, David Bowden, for the ‘Sport England Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award’, Jim Burroughs for the ‘BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award’ and Sussex Cricket Ltd for the ‘Active Workplace Award’.

David Bowden and Jim Burroughs were deserved winners on the night with Sussex Cricket narrowly missing out on their chance to walk home with a hat-trick of awards.

Bill Lucas, Britain’s oldest surviving Olympian who competed in London 1948, was also in attendance on the night to present the ‘Special Recognition Award for participants at Rio 2016’ and was greeted with a standing ovation.

All the winners on the night can be seen here at http://www.activesussex.org/sussex-sports-awards-2016-winners/.

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SAFETY IN THE HOME: East and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offer to Sussex’s Members

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East and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is proud to be working in partnership with Sussex Cricket, and will be engaging with both the academy and the Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) throughout the year.

As a result of this collaboration, the Fire Service is offering all Sussex Cricket members, who are residents of East & West Sussex, the opportunity for the fire crew to visit their home to undertake a Home Safety Visit.

The crew will meet you in your home, discuss any safety concerns, offer fire safety advice and will even fit smoke detection if required. There is no cost for the visit and smoke detectors are also free.

We would also like to hear from you if you know of anyone in the community who may also benefit from a visit. The Fire Service works with a number of key partners in the city and has links to other services for those members of our community who may be vulnerable or isolated.

If you would like to register your interest or recommend a neighbour or friend for this service, please contact:

e-mail: Janice.beckett@esfrs.org telephone: 01323 462176 (voicemail)

e-mail: Jean.moore@westsussex.gov.uk telephone: 0845 8729719

Please quote reference SCCC and remember to leave your name, address and telephone number.

The crew are looking forward to making you safer in your homes.

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Sussex Cricket Sugar Tax funds ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’

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The Sussex Cricket initiative that saw the club introduce a 20p Sugar Tax on fizzy drinks will be used towards funding a new project; ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’, which the Sussex Cricket Foundation will be delivering across schools throughout Sussex.

The sugar tax was introduced by the club back in April as part of the Brighton and Hove Sugar Smart City initiative in partnership with the City Council and Jamie Oliver. This has since helped raise an amount which is going to be used to fund a trial roll out of this programme at City Academy Whitehawk, before being rolled out across other Sussex primary schools.

The new programme ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ is designed around the five ways to Wellbeing (connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and to give) which teaches children that not only is it good for you to keep active in order to stay fit, but that there are other small actions that can be taken to make a significant difference on individual well-being.

As well as keeping fit, the new programme has a focus on other important activities. These include how important it is to eat well, with one activity allowing children to try a range of different fruits they hadn’t tried before, emphasising how important it is to connect with the world and people around you, how simple and small deeds can make such a difference for others and for you, and also the importance of keeping your brain active by learning new things.

These are a few key areas that the new programme will cover along with a range of others that link to well-being. The Sussex Cricket Foundation are looking forward to rolling out ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ to primary schools throughout Sussex and having an inspiring effect on the children that they work with.

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Companionship this Christmas with Sussex Cricket

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Sussex Cricket are holding their own Christmas Dinner, presented by Warrens Law & Advocacy, for local older people that are likely to be spending Christmas Day on their own, at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Working closely with Sharp Insight and AGE UK, Sussex Cricket are aiming to ensure that this day is as special for everyone that attends as it is for many others around the world.

The traditional Christmas Lunch will begin at 12.30 and finish around 4pm. It is guaranteed to be a fun filled afternoon with entertainment, the Queen’s speech and a few festive surprises.

The event is free to attend and a number of volunteers have kindly offered their time to spend Christmas Day helping to run this fantastic occasion.

It would not be possible to produce this wonderful event without support from a number of businesses including Warrens’, Silver Star Cleaning, Adams, Baker Bennett, Palmer and Harvey and Heineken, and the Big Lemon Bus Company are kindly arranging collection points throughout Brighton and Hove in order to help get people to the venue and home again.

Children in Sussex have more Chances to Shine

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Sussex Cricket Foundation participation numbers have soared from 12,000 children and young people receiving schools coaching in 2014/15 to a dramatic increase of over 16,000 in the 2015/16 academic year.This news comes just as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is doubling its investment in primary schools in a new deal with the Chance to Shine charity. From October 2017 at least £2.5m will be donated annually in an arrangement the charity describes as a “game changer”.

Chance to Shine funding in Sussex focuses on delivering inclusive cricket opportunities to children of all abilities, ages, genders and ethnicities throughout the county. Whilst creating pathways from schools to local cricket clubs, the funding is also used to deliver Street Cricket within communities where cricket isn’t as accessible for various reasons.

Steve Feazey, Schools and Community Participation Manager, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to have such a huge influence on over 4,000 children and young people experiencing cricket during the 2015/2016 academic year. The investment from ECB will allow our school and community programmes to go from strength to strength, providing more opportunities to create a passion for cricket in the heart of every community throughout Sussex.”

This new investment granted by the ECB – combined with continued support from commercial sponsors, private individuals, charitable trusts and foundations – means Chance to Shine is aiming to expand its annual reach from approximately 300,000 primary school children to more than 500,000 nationally from the school year 2017/18.

Professional cricket coaches funded by the charity will introduce the game to some two million children directly over the next four years, with Chance to Shine reaching many more indirectly through a new package of support for school teachers.

Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, Zac Toumazi, embraced the news from ECB by saying: “The ECB investment is most welcome. We believe that this will make a significant and positive difference to young people in Sussex. We look forward to working with Chance to Shine and the ECB on this exciting and welcome development.”

The ECB believes that viewing habits are changing and they want to reflect the way young people engage with media. But investing money into participation is increasingly significant.

In addition to the increased funding, ECB will also provide the charity with opportunities to capitalise on international events, game day experiences, digital resources and player appearances including the ongoing partnership with the England Women’s cricket team.

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