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Emily Boddington, Marketing Intern

Staff blog, Emily Boddington, Marketing Intern

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Staff blog, Emily Boddington, Marketing Intern

I’ve been with Sussex County Cricket Club for a mere two weeks, starting just after I finished my second year at university. I am still currently a student studying a BA in Arts and Culture at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

As part of my degree the first half of my third year is a ‘free semester’ where I have the choice of completing an internship, studying abroad at another university or doing a minor at Maastricht University.

From the outset, I was very keen on doing an internship; I think it’s really important to gain work experience for finding a job after university, so I went about the long process of trying to find myself a suitable internship.

I have always had a great passion for sports, especially cricket, and over the last few years that I decided I wanted to turn my love of sports into an actual career, hopefully working in the sports media industry. I was extremely lucky to be chosen for this internship as this is precisely the job I would love to do after finishing university.

The first few days here were somewhat of a whirlwind as I tried to undertake the task of understanding everything that goes on behind the scenes at Sussex, and the difficult task of trying to learn everyone’s names! But I now feel very settled in and I’m getting used to day-to-day life working here. So far my responsibilities have been fairly wide-ranging, but mainly focused on the online side of things in the marketing department, such as updating the website and sending out newsletters to all our subscribers.

I am really happy working here and feel part of a great team. I am hoping over the following eight months that I will be at Sussex that I will continue to learn about all aspects of marketing an established sports club. I am also looking forward to working on some of the bigger projects at the club and hopefully contributing some ideas of my own.

Recruits to the Royal Sussex Regiment parade on the County Ground outfield in 1914

Sussex's Lost Heroes

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Sussex's Lost Heroes

This Sunday, Sussex will honour the ten players and one member of staff who were killed in action on the battlefields of Europe.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled at lunch time on the first day of the LV=County Championship match against Northamptonshire in time to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in August.

Sussex historian Roger Packham spent many hours trawling through minute details in books and newspaper archives to find out more about the players who made the ultimate sacrifice.

They include Lewes-born bowler Ken Woodroffe, who took 6 for 43 just before the War before being being killed in action at Neuve Chapelle in 1915. Ken's brother, Sidney was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in Belgium in the same year.

Also being remembered is Ernest Relf, one of three brothers who played for Sussex. His brother Albert went on to play 500 games for Sussex and 13 Tests and was one of the best all-rounders in Sussex's history.

Wicketkeeper Arthur Lang was killed in action in France in 1915. There is surviving film footage of wicketkeeper Arthur Lang playing for the county at the Horsham cricket weekend in 1913 showing him coming down the pavilion steps.

Jack Nason was killed in action in Belgium. As a 17-year-old he scored a half-century for Sussex.

In all, eight Sussex players and secretary Francis Oddie were killed during the Great War, and two players lost their lives during the Second World War.

Roger Packham said: "There were nine who were killed in the First World War but there were others who were badly injured or had hair-raising experiences who won't be on the memorial but who will be in the book."

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