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Tony Cottey, Business Relationship Manager
at Sussex County Cricket Club

Staff blog, Tony Cottey, Business Relationship Manager at Sussex County Cricket Club

Sussex CCC staff blog

16-Oct-2013

I have been in my current role of Business Relationship Manager since April 2009. My background has always been in Sport starting with three years as a Professional Footballer with John Toshack’s Swansea City, before enjoying thirteen seasons as a Professional Cricketer with Glamorgan before moving on to Sussex for my last six seasons. The highlight is being a Member of Sussex first ever Championship team in 2003.

I am responsible for the Sponsorship numbers at Sussex CCC, so in the Winter months I am very busy looking to retain the large number of Sussex Sponsors who, along with the Supporters, are the lifeblood of the Club. These range from our Shirt Sponsor and Ground Sponsor, through to our Corporate Partners, Perimeter Board Holders and unique Player’s Club.

I also help Robbo and his Pro Squad with some Coaching Duties. In the Winter helping out with specific Batting Coaching including playing against spin. During the Summer I was part of the Coaching team for four of the LV=CC Championship Matches, both home and away.

My role in the Summer is to continually introduce new potential Sponsors to Sussex CCC whilst making sure our current Sponsors have a great time supporting their Club. I am MC at our thriving Networking Club, The Boundary Club for our Monthly Lunches. I also put on 5 Hospitality Events under the Banner Where Cricket Meets.... We have had some fantastic guests at these Dinners such as Sir Viv Richards, Jason Leonard, Paul Merson, Lewis Moody and John Francome to name but a few. Once again I source the speakers, help sell these events, conduct the Question and Answer sessions and generally MC the Lunch.

In summary I see my role as maintaining our loyal band of current Sponsors, introducing as many new Businesses to Sussex CCC as possible and making sure they have a fantastic time.

I feel very lucky and privileged to work for such a fantastic Club such as Sussex and to be involved in the thing I love the most, Professional Sport.

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