Disability Day 2016

Sussex Cricket is delighted to announce the return of its annual Disability Cricket event, which will take place on Wednesday 10th May at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

This year the event has been renamed to #DIScoverABILITY Day to reflect our aim to promote disability participation in cricket through a variety of fun and innovative activities where we focus on ability not disability. The event is open to schools, day centres, community groups and individuals.
For the last seven years, the Sussex Cricket Foundation has been extremely proud to organise one of the largest mass participation events in the South East for people with disabilities and reinforces our commitment to making cricket accessible to communities and individuals across Sussex.

Attendees will be able to get involved in a wide variety of activities including Coaching Zones run by our qualified coaches, The Lord Taverners Table Cricket Single Wicket competition, the Sussex Cricket Inflatable “Fun Factory’ and Sid the Shark’s Biggest Hit Challenge!

Rob Andrew, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, said: “Our annual Disability Cricket event has been one of the flagship days in the calendar at Hove for the past seven years, and we are delighted to be once again opening our doors and being accessible to hundreds of people from across the whole of the South East.

“The Sussex Cricket Foundation focuses very much on ability and that has been reflected in the name change to #DIScoverABILITY Day. We’re looking forward to another hugely successful event and continuing our involvement in all of our local communities.”

Sussex Cricket Foundation Support ESFRS and the CFOA Water Safety Week


SCF are proud to be Supporting ESFRS and the CFOA Water Safety Week. CFOA Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week is running from 24 – 30 April. The week will be focussing on key issues highlighting safety advice around leisure activities generally perceived as low risk. Nearly half the people who drowned in 2015 didn’t mean to go into the water.

The week-long campaign will highlight awareness around what to do if someone falls into deep water, the dangers of cold water shock and the unexpected power of the water.

Andy Cornford, Watch Manager from Roedean Fire Station said, “This campaign highlights the dangers associated with water. ESFRS is committed to raising awareness and preventing further loss of life. We urge everyone to respect the water and consider how quickly conditions can change”.

The campaign will be split into seven days, and will focus on associated safety messages each day:

24th April – Launch

25th April – Anglers

26th & 30th April – Runners and Walkers

27th April – Dog walkers

28th & 29th April – Young adult drinkers

SCF are fully supporting this campaign to help spread the ‘Be Water Aware’ message to our local communities.

Vanessa Potter, Head of Education & Health at the SCF said, “The health and well-being of Sussex communities is at the heart of the Foundation and the work we undertake. SCF are in full support of this important campaign and will do all we can to share the important messages.”

Drowning is one of the most prevalent causes of accidental death in the UK. Water related fatalities will often have complex and multiple causes, but they are often preventable with simple and coordinated action. In East Sussex there have been nine water related fatalities since July 2016. Locally the group most at risk are young males, with accidental deaths being most prevalent during the summer months. Drowning in the sea is the cause of the majority of local, water related fatalities, however nationally, almost two in every three fatalities (62%) happen at inland waters such as canals and rivers, lakes, quarries and reservoirs.

Matt Lloyd, Station Manager at Roedean and Hove said, “The City of Brighton & Hove has seen a number of preventable deaths with people entering the sea after drinking and so I would strongly urge people not to do this #dontdrinkanddrown.”

ESFRS has a strategic aim of reducing the number of people who are injured or lose their lives from water related emergencies across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove by 50% by 2026 (based on 2016 figure).

The 1st Central County Ground welcomes Safety in Action


Nearly three hundred children from Brighton and Hove are to take part in Safety in Action to help them cope with possible dangers as they grow up.

The events take place on 24 and 25 April 2017 at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, home of Sussex Cricket.

The ten and eleven year olds are given the chance to learn about some of the risks they may face as they become more independent and prepare to move up to secondary school.

Co-ordinated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the partnership project also involves
Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service,  RNLI, Safety Net,  Brighton and Hove City Council, City College Brighton, Southern Rail , Brighton Buses and UK Power Networks.

A number of scenarios are set up, designed to make the children consider a whole range of potentially dangerous situations. In this way, they learn important safety advice about roads, electricity, railways and water. They will also find out what to do if someone is hurt, how to report a fire reporting a fire and about personal safety.

A competition will also run through the two days, with a chance for a school to pick up prize money kindly donated by Brighton Lions Club.

David Kemp, head of Community Safety at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:

“Safety in Action is a very important project for all the partners involved. It gives us the chance to reach these young children when they are just about to take a big step forward in their lives. Getting them to think about their safety and have a discussion about what they can do to keep safe helps them develop their decision making skills. We are really pleased to see so many partners return time and again to deliver this vital work.”

Vanessa Potter, Head of Education & Health at Sussex Cricket said,

“The Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF) are delighted to host and offer Health and Well-Being Workshops at this year’s Safety in Action event. SCF aims to create better futures for all by increasing participation, inspiring education and improving health within our communities. We strongly believe that the Safety in Action partnership will have a tangible long term impact on the health and well-being of local primary school children for years to come.”

Schools involved include Coldean, St Bartholomew, St Andrews, St Mary Magdalene, Brighton and Hove, St Mark’s, Lioncare School, St John’s School and Hillside.

Gary Page completes Brighton Marathon in aid of SCF – Well Done Gary!


Congratulations from everyone at the Sussex Cricket Foundation to Gary Page on completing the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9th April in 5 hours, 19 minutes and 21 seconds. So far, Gary’s amazing effort has raised over £500 for the SCF.

There’s still time to donate – visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GMan-Page. Or, visit our Fundraising page to find out how you can get involved.

Well done Gary!

Jon Filby named new chair of Sussex Cricket Foundation

Jon Filby new

The Board of Sussex Cricket is pleased to announce that Jon Filby will become Chair of Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF), its charitable subsidiary, with effect from 1 April 2017.

SCF’s programmes within the community are aimed at ‘creating better futures for all’ by increasing participation, inspiring education and improving health.

Jim May, outgoing Chairman of Sussex Cricket, said, “Jon is an experienced Board member of Sussex Cricket who has the mixture of passion and skills to drive SCF forward.

“Jon is an HR consultant who has a background in recreational cricket and has been a key figure in developing the strategy for cricket in Sussex. He will take over from David Bowden who has done a remarkable job as the first Chairman of SCF and deserves our thanks.”