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COMMUNITY: SUSSEX PROVIDE YOUNG FEMALE CRICKETER WITH A CHANCE TO SHINE


Sussex Cricket in the Community surprised a young girl from Sussex with £150 worth of free kit to help her continue with her training.

Serena Nappi from Brighton was provided with the package including pads, gloves, bats, a helmet, thigh guards and a cricket bag. Serena was presented with the donation on the pitch during Fridays Women’s T20 Ashes at Hove by Charlotte Burton, director of Sussex Women’s & Girls Cricket, and her coach Bernie.

Her journey began when she saw a Street20 hub advert on Facebook, which was due to start in Moulscoomb. She had never played before but thought it sounded fun and turned up with a friend to try it out. She enjoyed playing and bowling, and Bernie (the SCitC coach) noticed she was a natural.

Bernie introduced her to St Peters Cricket Club where she has continued her coaching and plays for their girls team, however the start-up kit was quite expensive and her parents couldn’t afford to buy it for her.

Charlotte commented, “The Street hubs are a real opportunity for more people to access cricket in areas where there isn’t an easy access to a club. It’s pleasing to see that the hubs are appealing to both boys and girls and it is great to be able to support Serena moving on to a club with a girls section and enjoying developing and playing her cricket.”

A big thanks to Newbery Cricket for their addition to the donation and good luck to Serena on her cricketing journey.