The Sussex Cricket Foundation are expanding their Young Leaders in Cricket Programme across the County in 2018. This exciting initiative, run in partnership with the ECB, will be made available to young players at clubs & secondary school pupils aged between 14-16.
The programme is comprised of six face to face/web modules including Leadership, Team Building, First Aid, Officiating & Scoring, Groundsmanship and Fundraising and will give students a chance to learn about the different roles available in cricket and sport. Unlike other courses students are asked to raise half of the course fee by fundraising at their local club or school, or in the local community.
This programme has run successfully in clubs for the past two years where 84 leaders have successfully completed the programme which concludes with a presentation at Lord’s. The Sussex Cricket Foundation would now like to pilot the programme in a handful of schools as well as clubs in 2018.
Gary Wallis-Tayler, who leads the project, said: “This programme is a fantastic way of learning about different roles that are available not only in cricket but in sport in general. The opportunity to fundraise & volunteer through the programme will hopefully help students decide on their future career pathway”.
During the half term the Sussex Cricket Foundation through the funding and support of the Aldridge Foundation put on a four-day holiday camp for girls at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre.
Over the four days girls from the age of 8- 11-year olds were coached cricket with fun games over three hours per day, followed by a two-hour session with girls aged 12 – 16 working on hard ball skills, drills and fun games.
All the sessions were free to the girls, as this was done through the sponsor of the Aldridge Foundation project which the Sussex Cricket Foundation are running. The four days were a success with 10 girls coached for the younger age group each day and 21 girls coached for the older group in the afternoon.
Sussex Cricket Foundation Women and Girls Development Officer, Charlotte Burton said, “The girls’ half term camp was a huge success, yes we would like to encourage more girls for the younger session, but the girls who came to both sessions enjoyed the four days, showed real improvement over the days and took a lot from the camp as well as having lots of fun. Having the opportunity thanks to the Aldridge Foundation to give girls the chance to try cricket at no cost, at a high-quality facility and coached by high quality Sussex Cricket Foundation coaches is great for girls’ cricket in Sussex.”
There will be more holiday camps in 2018, with one being held in February half term. Please keep an eye on our website and social media sites to register your daughter on the next half term camp.
In the meantime, the Sussex Cricket Foundation are still running the girls Aldridge Foundation Hubs at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, Portslade Leisure Centre, Worthing High, Plumpton College and The Triangle in Burgess Hill.