As part of the Sussex Cricket in the Community’s initiative “Get Smart” we have linked two important historical milestones in 2014.
The 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I and 175 year anniversary of Sussex County Cricket Club!
As part of our celebrations Sussex County Cricket Club and Juice 107.2 teamed up to run a history project for West Hove junior school, supported by Yes Promo Products Ltd.
34 students from years 5 & 6 were challenged to design an A2 poster, in groups of 4-5, depicting Sussex Cricket over the last 175 years including the periods over World Wars I & II.
All students were invited to take a tour round the Sussex Cricket museum which contains many cricket artefacts, including a display from World War I and II, giving the students the opportunity to collate the information needed to put a poster together. The students then enjoyed a cricket training session put on by our Sussex Cricket coaches!
The competition was closely contested; however representatives from Sussex cricket, Yes Promo Products and Juice 107.2 picked a winner! The winning group was then invited back down to the club for the winner’s ceremony, which was held in front of the club’s new war memorial plaque. The children were presented with medals and prizes from our very own Sid the Shark, and kindly donated by ‘Yes promo products’.
The students then enjoyed a sunny day watching Sussex in the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire as well as being interviewed by the presenters on Juice 107.2!
The winning poster has been proudly placed within the Sussex Cricket Museum amongst the surrounding World War I and II memorabilia.
Debbie Tabor, primary school teacher from West Hove junior school wrote a few words about the trip:
‘Thank you for a wonderful visit to the Ground. We had a fantastic day. The variety of the tour, coaching and museum was the perfect mix to keep the children’s attention and keep them interested. The Sussex cricket staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and everyone made us feel very welcome. I would recommend this experience to other schools. We had such fun’.
As part of the Sussex Cricket in the Community initiative ‘Feel Good’ the club teamed up with ‘Boundaries for Life’ (a health promotion intervention), to launch a free match - day health check service for fans attending the LV County Championship game against Northamptonshire CCC.
The Boundaries for Life initiative has been devised by a small consortium of health and sports stadia professionals, with the screening service provided by a team of volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses.
On the day a total of 56 adults underwent the free health screening process which is similar to a car’s annual MOT check – measuring blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and cholesterol levels, all key indicators relating to chronic diseases.
Jim May the Sussex County Cricket Club chairman said "The free health screen checks provided by Boundaries for Life are first rate. It is very important that we take responsibility for our own well-being and a simple health MOT is very helpful."
The responses the club got from fans and staff that underwent the health screening was extremely positive and the club is very eager to do it again!
Former Sussex player and current employee of the club Tony Cottey also attended the event
“When I turned 40 I decided I’d like to take a Health Screen every year to monitor my Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes levels etc... The main reason being my father and paternal grandfather had heart problems in their middle age. My father had a heart attack at 60 with a triple bypass at 63 and sadly my Grandfather died aged 52 from a massive heart attack.
In Swansea I had a complimentary MOT each year, however since moving to Hove, I have found it more difficult to find the same opportunity, so when Boundaries for Life brought their Health Screening to Sussex County Cricket Club, it was a great chance to get my Annual Check.
It was carried out with great efficiency (about 10 minutes in total) and I was made to feel very much at ease, throughout the Check-Up.
The Cricket Club is a great catchment area for people of my age (48) and over, and males (who aren’t that good at visiting the Doctor!), to encourage them to have a health screening and nip any potential problems in the bud.
I would heartily recommend this screening to all and genuinely hope it is an Annual Event at Sussex CCC”.
Sussex County Cricket Club were delighted to hold a Street20 cricket taster session for BLAGSS (Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society) to support the ECB’s promotion to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender) community to the exciting world of cricket!
15 somewhat hesitant members of BLAGGS were accompanied by the very friendly Sussex Cricket Club coaches at Preston Park to give the sport a go!
Viv Woodcock co-ordinator of BLAGGS was kind enough to describe her first encounter of cricket!
‘We gathered at the cricket ground knowing we had only been told “wear what you like, but make sure you wear shoes you can run in!” We met the coaches and soon kicked off with some catching practice – we quickly learned there is actually a technique to catching a cricket ball! Some of us began to settle into the sport, as we found we could both throw a ball, and catch it. But then, we turned to learning how to overarm bowl! Hmm, some more practise on this will be needed, but we learned the basics. We were having such fun – laughing so much, and suddenly we found ourselves playing a game of Street 20 Cricket – fast, furious and great fun.’
‘We enjoyed it so much, we have arranged for Sussex County Cricket to be involved with the Pride Sports Day in Preston Park on 27th July.’
If you would like to come along to the Pride sports day please visit www.brighton-pride.org or just come along to the park and join in - all are welcome!’
The sunshine helped draw hundreds of people to the annual Sussex Cricket Disability Day, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground today.
Now in its fourth year, the event is aimed at reaching out to disabled children and adults across the county.
Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket Development at Sussex, said: “It is a real showcase of the fact that cricket is for everyone.”
“Over the last 4 years we have really grown disability cricket to the point where wherever you live in Sussex and whatever your ability there is somewhere to have a go.”
Over 300 people of all ages and abilities took part in cricket coaching sessions, including Krazy Katch stations, table cricket, and some small sided matches.
The participants were also given the chance to test their skills and cricketing ability at the English Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Factory, which had batting, bowling and catching tests.
Nikki De Boo, Manager of the ECB Cricket Factory, said: “We obviously have all abilities here today but the whole idea is that everyone can partake.”
Schools and centres gathered from across Sussex, bringing classes of disabled participants to enjoy the weather and learn to play cricket.
Jane Garrett, a teaching assistant from Downs View Link College, said: “Even our shyest, most reluctant pupils have come out and had a really good time.”
“It is a chance to get them out of a classroom environment and really a time for them to shine.”
Robert, from Aldingbourne Country Centre, said: “We have done a variety of things here. We have done the batting and bowling and catching practice. It is all going very well and no problems.”
Local schools provided volunteers to help run the event including students from Worthing High School and Brighton and Hove City College.
Chloe Winchester, of Brighton and Hove City College, said: “It is just really nice helping. It is rewarding.”
For pictures and a video of the day, please click HERE
The annual Disability Day at Sussex County Cricket Club will take place on June 10th between 10am and 2pm. The event is one of the largest mass participation events in the south east for people with all types of disabilities.
Up to 500 disabled people of all ages will take part in a wide range of activities across the County Ground including small sided games, the ECB cricket factory, Krazy Katch Stations, Table Cricket, Skills Zones, Street 20 Zone and VI Skill Zone.
The Disability Day, supported by Santander corporate banking, is in it’s 4th year and forms an integral part of Sussex Cricket’s overall disability strategy and has become an important date in the calendar of many schools and groups working with people with disabilities.
Roger Newman cricket development manager for disability said “We’re pleased to have so many people getting involved again this year, there is so much cricket available for people with disabilities across the County and this is a great opportunity to showcase some of what we offer.”
If you are interested in finding out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 827104.
As part of National Cricket Week, three local primary schools gathered at West Wittering Beach for the inaugural Sussex Cricket Beach Bash, supported by West Wittering Estate.
Teams from St Richards, Sidlesham & West Wittering took to the sand to show off some of the cricketing skills they learnt through the Chance to Shine cricket programme, with the addition of some acrobatic diving catches!
After a thrilling final, it was West Wittering primary that returned back to school as victors - making use of the home advantage!
Carl Tupper, Cricket Development Officer said ‘We are always looking at new and inventive ways of raising awareness of cricket. We run a similar Chance to Shine showcase event in Brighton during National Cricket Week, which is always a success and thought it would be good to try here in West Sussex. We hope that next year we can build on the successes of this tournament and have more local schools involved'
The second day of Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week started with us arriving at a very soggy looking Brighton train station, feeling decidedly nervous about whether beach cricket was a good idea! My mood wasn’t helped by my taxi driver looking at me incredulously when I told him that we were hosting a beach cricket on the seafront tournament today.
Thankfully, the weather started to clear almost as soon as we arrived at Yellowave beach centre and in Matt Parsons, Cricket Development Officer at Sussex Cricket Board, own words: ‘it was meant to be’.
Soon the sun was out and the children were flinging themselves through the sand in the company of Lydia Greenway, Matt Machan and Rob Key.
Whilst the kids were impressed by the cricketing stars, it was nothing compared to the look on their faces when Sid the Shark turned up. One boy had no idea what his name was but was still enraptured by him: ‘It’s the mascot, it’s the mascot!’
The children seemed to love the whole day and it was very inspiring to see their enjoyment and skill levels. Several of the kids were regularly hitting the ball out of the arena whilst my one and only contribution was to stand at slip for one ball and drop a catch. Safe to say, Rob Key was not impressed!