Current SCF trustee Michelle Page’s husband, Gary Page, has decided to run the Brighton Marathon in aid of the Sussex Cricket Foundation. We are delighted that he has chosen to support our charitable arm and we can’t wait to see him complete it.
Gary’s JustGiving page reads; “Help my motivation by donating to this great charity. Using cricket to enhance the lives of people in Sussex, Sussex Cricket Foundation do some great work building better futures and stronger communities through the power of cricket.”
The Sussex Cricket Foundation are now recruiting for students for their Level 2 Multi-Sports programme, for its September 2017 intake. The Sussex Cricket Foundation would like to hear from any 16-18 year olds who would be interested in signing up to this 1-year course. The course is free and is open to both males and females, of all abilities.
Sussex Cricket Foundation are halfway through their first year of delivering the course to the current crop of students, and have now opened the application process for students who are looking for pathways in to sport following their final year in school.
The course is conducted at the home of Sussex Cricket, The 1st Central County Ground, and is delivered in partnership with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, where anyone who needs to retake GCSE Maths or English, will be able to do so within their sports/classroom facilities.
Gary Wallis-Tayler, SCF Competitions & Education Projects Officer who leads the project said: “This educational programme is a fantastic way of combining sport with academic study, and with the work experience that is on offer, this gives students a brilliant insight into a sport orientated working environment.”
The Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Sport is a way of earning a distinctive qualification within sport and is a positive step in the right direction for anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the sporting industry. Throughout the academic year the students’ complete various units such as practical sport, leadership, fitness testing and anatomy where they have the opportunity to expand their knowledge across a range of sports, within a professional sporting environment. Also built into the students timetable is a range of multi-sport activities, high-quality work experience placements and a Level 1 Coach Support Worker course, complementing the students’ curriculum vitae with additional industry experience and sports qualifications.
The Sussex Cricket Foundation welcomed over 100 people from more than 60 Cricket Clubs to the inaugural All Stars Cricket Launch Event at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, last week.
The evening provided clubs with all the information required to become an All Stars Centre. The presentations were delivered by the Director of Participation and Growth at the ECB Matt Dwyer, and his National Youth Participation Team.
All Stars Cricket is a nationwide programme that is designed to inspire five to eight year-olds to take up cricket and provide a great first experience of the game.
Joe Dale, ECB Regional Youth Participation Executive (South Central), who was also in attendance at the launch said, “It was great to be a part of the SCF All Stars Cricket Roadshow and witness the huge turnout of committed club volunteers. The support given to the event by professional staff and directors from Sussex Cricket highlighted just how important All Stars Cricket is to the whole county and how committed they are to investing in the future of the game by focussing on inspiring the next generation of cricket players and fans.”
Putting fun right at the centre of this experience, All Stars Cricket aims to instil children with a lifelong love of our sport. We want today’s kids to remain in cricket for the long-term – whether that’s as players, volunteers, officials or spectators.
Sussex have already had over 100 expressions of interest, and with the support of the county’s recreational cricket clubs, they will be establishing over 70 centres, engaging in excess of 2000 five to eight year-olds this summer.
Roger Newman, Head of Participation Growth for Sussex Cricket Foundation said, “We fully support this ground breaking ECB programme and our own youth participation team includes 4 All Star champions, whose sole focus is on ensuring we reach as many schools and clubs as possible to help promote All Stars Cricket.”
For more information and videos from the ECB, please click here If you are interested in finding out more about the programme in Sussex, please email our Youth Participation Manager, Adam Newman via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Directors of Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL) are seeking to appoint a Chair of the Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) to replace David Bowden who is retiring on Friday 31st March 2017. This is a voluntary post for an initial three-year term.
The Foundation was formed in November 2015, as a charity, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCL. Its main functions are to develop and deliver programmes for social change and also to be the governing body for community and recreational cricket, including 245 affiliated league clubs, across the County.
Jim May, Chairman of Sussex Cricket said, “David Bowden has done a splendid job steering Sussex Cricket Foundation since it was formed. We are now looking for a successor who has vision and leadership abilities. The successful applicant is likely to have substantial standing and influence within Sussex.
“This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to use the power of cricket to increase participation, inspire education and improve health across the County. We believe that SCF will be a very significant driver of growth for Sussex Cricket in the coming years.”
Further information on the SCF can be found via their website HERE and an application form with a detailed job description is available HERE
Sussex Cricket have been able to lend a hand in a heart-warming story of a young refugee who is attempting to become a professional cricketer.
Asad Mangal, originally from Afghanistan, is a refugee and cricket has provided him the outlet to continue with life away from his country, with him beginning a new life in Europe.
Adam Bates, of Hove, was volunteering on the Greek Island of Lesbos in November 2015, with the area having become a focal point of the refugee crisis. Adam was distributing aid to refugees but found there was a language barrier with many of the people he was coming into contact with.
It was then that he met Asad, who spoke four languages and assisted Adam throughout the night. Asad had fled the Taliban in his home country and endured a torturous journey across Europe, however instead of resting, he selflessly helped through the night, an act of kindness that Adam never forgot.
Adam knew very little about Asad other than his quest to flee his hometown, but he did find out that Asad loved cricket, and had a dream of becoming a professional cricketer. Asad made it to Denmark at the end of 2015 and although he had no direct means of communication; the pair were eventually reunited via Facebook, when Adam discovered that he had reignited his passion for the sport in Scandinavia.
Despite him having no proper cricket kit, and staying many miles from his nearest club, Asad finished the season as the highest run-scorer in Herning Cricket Club’s 2nd XI and also winning the Player of the Year Award.
After such a fantastic season, Asad will now be promoted to the first team, and the 20 year-old remains determined to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional cricketer and representing the Danish national team, however without any kit, the dream appeared to be dying.
That’s where Adam stepped in, who contacted Sussex Cricket and the club are delighted to be able to provide Asad with new clothing and kit, whilst Newbery have also helped with a new bat, gloves, pads and kit bag.
Adam said, “Asad is such a humble man and I knew that when he asked me to seek out some new kit that he would be so grateful. When I showed him online, he was incredulous and in tears. It means more to him than we can probably imagine.
“It’s a real privilege to be able to bring genuine joy to him and I thank both Sussex Cricket and Newbery for their help.”