Congratulations to Glynde & Beddingham, who have booked their spot at our 6-a-side Finals Day at the 1st Central County Ground on Sunday 17th September!
Ringmer, Laughton, Seaford, Newick, Denton and Glynde & Beddingham all enjoyed some excellent cricket in the beautiful sunshine last Sunday. The final saw Seaford and Glynde & Beddingham face off, with Glynde & Beddingham the eventual victors. The raffle on the day raised over £300 for disability cricket. Thanks to all players, volunteers and spectators involved in making the day such a success!
Our next stop on the 6-a-side tour is Heathfield Park CC on Sunday 2nd July. The action starts from 10am!
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.
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 www.lordstaverners.org to find out more.
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
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
6.30-7.30pm Beginner’s yoga – for those who have not tried yoga before
Our annual 6-a-side fundraising competition is underway for 2017 and two teams, Henfield and West Chiltington & Thakeham, have already booked their place for finals day!
Teams across the county are competing in local tournaments for a place at our Finals Day on Sunday 17th September at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove. We have eight tournaments taking place and our next stop is Glynde & Beddingham Cricket Club on Sunday 18th June, which will see teams from Seaford, Laughton, Newick, Ringmer, Denton and Glynde in action.
As well as a fun-filled day of cricket, there will be coaching sessions taking place for juniors with one of our SCF coaches, a raffle and Sid the Shark is rumored to be making an appearance…!
The actions starts at 10am on Sunday. Please come and support the event and help raise money for the Sussex Cricket Foundation. Good luck to all the teams involved!
At the Sussex v Gloucestershire Royal London One Day Cup game at The Saffrons, Eastbourne on Sunday 14th May 2017 the SUSSEX CRICKET FOUNDATION made a donation of £7500 to the Matthew Hobden Trust whose aim is ‘to provide financial support for young cricketers who otherwise couldn’t afford to play the game’.
Matthew was an outstanding young fast bowler for Sussex who passed away aged 22 in January 2016.
Pictured are members of the Hobden family receiving the cheque from Stuart Whittingham and Jon Lewis, together with John Abbott, the President of Sussex Cricket and Jon Filby, the Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Foundation.’
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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).