Sussex and England legends visit Shoreham Academy for National Cricket Week

Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.
Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.

Former Sussex and England cricket legend Matt Prior and former England Women’s cricketer Lydia Greenway visited Shoreham Academy as part of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week on Tuesday 20 June. Matt and Lydia, along with coaches from the Sussex Cricket Foundation, surprised the Year 7 & 8 pupils from the school and treated them to a day of cricket.

The morning started with Matt and Lydia giving the pupils a coaching masterclass. Matt gave the students some of his top batting tips, while Lydia showed them how to improve their fielding. Having played cricket at the very highest level, both were able to pass on their
valuable advice and experience to the schoolchildren.

Speaking at the event, Matt Prior said “This has been a great chance to get the students excited and engaged with cricket and to give them some advice that will hopefully stand them in good stead. The work that Chance to Shine, with the support of Yorkshire Tea, does is hugely important in giving pupils the opportunity to experience the game and to allow them to push on and develop their skills.”

Matt and Lydia then joined a classroom session focusing on cricket journalism. They talked the future writers through some of their favourite cricketing moments before receiving a grilling from the pupils. The students then put their new skills into practice, filming a short video report of their day.

Competitions & Education Projects Officer at Sussex Cricket Foundation, Gary Wallis-Tayler, said “It was a fantastic day and it was great to see both boys and girls of mixed abilities gain an insight in to professional cricket, from legends of the game. Not only the cricket skills but to also benefit from the non-playing side of sport was a great addition for the students and hopefully it will inspire them to continue their sporting journey through cricket.”

Lydia Greenway added “What a great day for some cricket! We’ve been doing some fielding drills and Matt was showing them some batting skills as well. It’s so important for children to enjoy their game and take on the values of cricket as well learning skills like teamwork and communication that will help them throughout their lives.”

Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is an initiative to showcase the work of the national charity, Chance to Shine. The organisation aims to use the power of cricket to raise aspirations and provide young people across the country with the opportunity to play and learn through the sport.

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Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.
Cricketers Matt Prior and Lydia Greenway visit Shoreham Academy as part of the Yorkshire Tea National Cricket week.

Lord’s Taverners: National Table Cricket Finals 2017

Pupils from Angmering School had a day to remember last week as they travelled to London to take part in the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Finals.

The West Sussex school’s side were one of nine to compete in the Nursery Pavilion, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, for the right to call themselves national champions.

The event, which was made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and Ford, is now in its 19th year and, working with 30 county cricket boards across the UK, more than 300 schools took part in the 10 regional heats to qualify for the finals.

Angmering eventually finished third in the finals and 13-year-old pupil Jamie Chappell could not contain his excitement at playing at the home of cricket.

He said: “I think it is a great sport to play because anybody can do it. I have played for three years and it has really helped to build my teamwork and communication skills.

“I have met a lot of new people and that shows what an inclusive sport it is. I cannot wait to play in another event like this. I love batting and trying to beat the fielders to score lots of runs.”

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

The game not only gives opportunities for competitive play and social integrations, it also improves life-skills including self-confidence, independence and social skills.

And PE teacher Nat Webb revealed to sport has given her pupils a great opportunity to express themselves.

She said: “All the children have been itching to play. They were all up bright and early to get down here and take part.

“Table cricket is about giving the opportunity to children who may not be able to play other sports and express themselves. It provides so much more than just a sport for these children and they will cherish this day for the rest of their lives.”

Watching on as the school competed at Lord’s was Radio 1 DJ, cricket lover and member of Lord’s Taverners Greg James.

And he was excited to see the charity making cricket available to people of all abilities.

“I’ve never seen table cricket before on this sort of scale and it’s been brilliant,” he said.

“I’ve seen it in videos and heard all about it, but to see hundreds of kids from all over the country in one place, just enjoying it and having a day playing cricket at Lord’s, it doesn’t really get any better than that.

“There are kids who love cricket, but also some who just like the team element of it all, the community aspect.

“What I love about it, is that it’s not exclusive to people and it has its own fans.”

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose aim is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance – go to to find out more.

Take part in Yoga – International Yoga Day

Stretching out their legs and backs

Brighton Yoga Foundation in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council Take Part festival & Sussex Cricket Foundation are proud to present a day of specialist yoga to help celebrate International Yoga Day.

Location: The 1st Central County Ground – SCF Learning Room

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 10am-8pm

Bookings: no booking required, first come first served basis

Price: All classes are free, but a suggested donation of £2 is optional

Class Schedule:

10-11am chair yoga – for anyone looking for a gentler approach with Hannah Watkins

11.30-12.30 yoga to help with the many symptoms of stress – with Anika Grimm

1-1.30pm talk an introduction to the roots and practice of yoga “then and now”

2-3pm yoga for mental health – a practice to still the mind with Sabine Dahn

3.30-4.30pm yoga to free up the neck and shoulders – a practice to help with mobility issues in the neck, shoulders and upper back with Sabine Dahn

5-6pm tbc

6.30-7.30pm Beginner’s yoga – for those who have not tried yoga before

8pm event finishes


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.

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.”

Sussex Cricket Foundation Annual Review

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Sussex Cricket Foundation have released their Annual Review for the 2015/2016 year, the opening year as the charitable arm for Sussex Cricket.

The annual review sees the Foundation celebrate its first birthday since being established in November 2015, in a year which the SCF have enhanced the lives of many through their primary vision, ‘Creating Better Futures for All’. The charity focuses on three crucial areas, those being Increasing Participation, Inspiring Education and Improving Health.

Sussex Cricket Foundation Chair, David Bowden, said; “The Foundation’s aims are to Increase Participation, Inspire Education and Improve Health throughout Sussex. It is not just cricketing outcomes that drive us. We also want to maximise the societal benefits that cricket can realise. Whether that’s playing, watching or simply being inspired by cricket, we know that the power of sport, in particular cricket, can deliver positive outcomes beyond the field of play.”

In what has been a very successful opening year, the SCF has seen 40,000 cricketers playing for 245 cricket clubs throughout Sussex, as well as creating opportunities for 16,000 children to become physically active through SCF programmes. Young Leaders in Cricket saw 35 new under 16’s attending local workshops in Umpiring, Groundsmanship and Coaching. All of the Leaders delivered activity in the local community, providing 700 hours of support to local cricket clubs.

Under the Foundation’s Inspiring Education strand, 2016 saw the launch of the new SCF Learning Centre, based at the 1st Central County Ground. This facility has given the Foundation the ability to provide workshops and courses for the community, thus being in a far stronger position to be able to Inspire Education. One prime example of this is the No Boundaries, a mental health employability programme, that has allowed 92 attendees to get back in to employment.

Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, Rob Andrew said; “The overall mission of Sussex Cricket is ‘to inspire a lifelong passion for cricket in the heart of every community’. The Foundation is the driving force for achieving this and I am delighted with the progress it has made in its first year.

“Sussex Cricket is said to be the oldest professional sports club in the world. Combining this rich heritage and the creation of better futures for all provides a fantastic opportunity to strengthen communities across our County.”

In order to maintain the success that the Sussex Cricket Foundation has had during the first year, they have set their sights towards 2017. Targets include developing more bat and ball engagement across all areas of operation, as well as maximising the social impact of their work by embedding Education, Employability and Skills development outcomes into all areas of SCF.

To download a copy of the Annual Review or to find out how to donate or get involved, visit the SCF website on

Chippingdale U13’s clinch West Sussex Area Junior Cricket League

Chippingdale CC’s successful U13 team
Chippingdale CC’s successful U13 team

11 Clubs and a total of 30 teams competed in this winter’s WACA Indoor Junior Cricket League, in matches played at Davisons Leisure Centre, Worthing and the Six Villages Leisure Centre at Westergate.

This gave a tremendous opportunity to young cricketers (from the ages of 10 to 15) from across West Sussex to hone their cricket skills against their peers in a competitive and fun environment.

Worthing were the pacesetters in the younger age groups, winning both the softball and hardball Under 11 tournaments, clinching the latter in a last day thriller against title rivals, Chichester.

Chichester were again the unlucky Runners Up in the Under 13 League, as their hitherto unbeaten record was broken in a final match defeat by Chippingdale.  This completed a hat-trick for Chipps, retaining the U13 Trophy and after a previous success in the 2015 U12 Tournament.

West Chilts B were the victors in the Under 15 League, as two heavy victories, again at the end of the League programme, took them above Stirlands on Net Run Rate.

Carl Tupper, Cricket Development Officer at Sussex Cricket Foundation for West Sussex said; “Since its inception, the West Area Indoor League has gone from strength to strength and has provided hundreds of young cricketers the opportunity to develop during the Winter. I’d like to thank chief organiser for this year, James Mayne for doing a fantastic job and the West Area Cricket Association Working Group, led by Kevin Foster, for their insightful input into improving the league year on year.