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 http://sussexcricketfoundation.co.uk/about-us/.