Community News


On Saturday the 15th August, Sussex Cricket in the Community held the first ever LGBT cricket festival. The event took place at the County Ground from 10pm - 2pm, and included a 6 a-side tournament, a raffle and a BBQ.

The event was a great success, with around 50 participants taking part in the tournament. 8 teams entered the soft ball competition, including Grace’s cricket club, the Brighton lesbian & gay sport society (BLAGSS), LGBT switchboard, the Brighton honeybees, Grassroots suicide prevention and the Staff Sharks. 

Tim Shutt the Head of Sussex Cricket in the Community: “The event was a great success. One of Sussex Cricket in the Community’s key aims is to make participation in our game fully inclusive and accessible to all of our Sussex communities. Saturday was a great example of this and judging by the feedback, this will now be an annual event, with various additional activities to further engage with the LGBT community throughout the year.”

Viv Woodcock from BLAGSS described the impact the festival had. She said “It was great fun, and I'm pleased to let you know that several people have contacted BLAGSS about setting up a cricket group within the society. We might even be ready for the community cricket league!”

Jonathan Hardisty from Grace’s CC, the only gay cricket club in the country, commented that, “it was a really unforgettable day that has been a highlight of our season. One of our club aims is to promote the beautiful game amongst the LGBT community and the festival did this to an unbelievable degree!”

Paul Skelly from LGBT Switchboard said ‘Such a big thank you to and everyone at your club for Saturday's event. It was amazing. It was a very special day and the raffle raised an amazing £168 to support the work that LGBT Switchboard are doing. Thank you again to SCitC and to Artoffielding for their kind donation for the raffle.

We’re delighted with the success of the day, and well done to Grace’s Cricket Club who came first and won the first LGBT festival. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year!