DIScoverABILITY Day 2017

End of the day

We had 250 attendees supported by a team of 80 volunteers, 8 members of the County Disability Squad and 13 coaches and of course…glorious sunshine! 


The day encompassed the volunteers gathering for a briefing before setting up a number of different stations for participants to practice different cricketing skills. Visitors were greeted by Sid the Shark and worked their way around the ground (anti-clockwise) visiting different zones before finishing off with a skills assessment where they were awarded a gold, silver or bronze stickers and leaving with some goodies after completing Sid’s Big Hit challenge. A number of our guests then stayed on to play matches with members of our County Disability Squad.


New Cricket Nets Opened at Lewes Priory CC and Southwick CC

Sussex Cricket Foundation are delighted to report that two cricket clubs recently opened new cricket nets in their respective communities.


Lewes Priory Cricket Club, situated at the Stanley Turner Ground in Lewes, saw 80 club members turn out at their net opening on Friday 21st April. As well as Sussex Cricket Foundation representatives, the club welcomed Sussex CCC’s Phil Salt and Ollie Robinson to the opening, along with the Mayor of Lewes Dr Graham Mayhew. The attendees were treated to the first ball in the new nets bowled by Mr John O’Connor, President of Lewes Priory.

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Southwick Cricket Club officially opened their nets on Friday 28th April in partnership with Shoreham Academy, where the nets are situated. This innovative partnership will give students onsite constant access to cricket, as well as Southwick CC members. Representatives included Shoreham Academy, Sussex Cricket Foundation, Rob Chambers, ECB Regional Clubs and Facilities Manager (South Central) and Sussex CCC’s Chris Nash, who bowled the first official ball to Vice Captain Ben Brown in the new nets.

Well done to both clubs for raising funds for two excellent cricket facilities!


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 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

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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.