At the Supporters Club Annual General Meeting last year, it was agreed to make membership open to all Sussex County Cricket Club members and you are, therefore, all members of the Supporters Club. It is hoped that this change in the constitution of the Supporters Club will encourage more people to get involved and enjoy the various fund raising events held during the year. Unfortunately our main fund raising event, the annual fireworks display had to be cancelled due to the ground renovation work that had been carried out by Andy and his team.
Nevertheless, we were able to make donations to the Cricket Club during the year of over £37,500, including a new tractor for the groundstaff, indoor school bowling machines and a contribution towards the cost of the new Centenary Memorial Plaque. We also gave funds to assist with the Winter Academy pre-season tour to Desert Springs and made it possible for the young and newly-contracted player Matthew Hobden to travel with some of the senior bowlers to gain valuable experience. Finally, we also contributed towards some portable cricket equipment that will be used to offer a much better quality of cricket to young people to enthuse and encourage them into the cricket world. This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
We are indebted to all members of the Supporters Club who have made contributions in the past that has allowed us to achieve so much. However, to enable the Supporters Club to continue to make these valuable contributions to the Cricket Club, we would ask that you consider making a donation by completing the form below and posting it to SCSC at the Clubs address, handing it in to the Clubs’ reception or paying by clicking the 'DONATE' button below, to donate online. All contributions, however big or small, would be most welcome and help us to continue the support that we have given over the years.
Our main target for this season is to raise £4,500 to allow Andy Mackay, our Head Groundsman, to replace the Club’s tractor-mounted sprayer. Purchasing a new one would enable us to pass our old one to Blackstone for use there. The sprayer gets a lot of use, generally every fortnight for applying liquid fertiliser and potions to the outfield.
Our first two events this season will be a coffee morning on Saturday 4th April in the Pavilion Dining Room and the Annual FUN DAY which will take place in the Boundary Rooms on Monday 11th May. Should anyone wish to contribute a raffle prize for either of these events, please leave them in reception?
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Dickie Lancaster – Chairman
If you would like to make a donation to the Sussex Cricket Supporters Club:
- By CHEQUE or CASH or CREDIT CARD please collect a donation form from the Club Shop or download a form (Click Here) which please hand in to the Club Reception or post it to SCSC at SCCC Eaton Road, HOVE BN3 3AN
- Cheques should be made payable to 'SCSC'.
- By INTERNET please click on the 'Donate' button below.
It was back in the late 1970s when the then President of Sussex County Cricket Club, Spen Cama, suggested that it would be a good idea to start a Supporters Club to help raise funds and the profile and membership of the Club throughout the County. Prior to the formation of the Supporters Club, it is believed that a group was formed to offer welfare assistance to players and our former player Don Smith can recall that this group also provided support to George Cox’s benefit year in 1951. They subsequently organised a football pontoon to help raise funds for the welfare of the players.
In the last 30 years the Supporters Club have contributed over £330,000 helping the Club to purchase a number of capital items, many of which are still being used today as can be seen by the photographs on this page. These include the ‘Blotter’, which has been well used recently, the new electronic scoreboard on the Pavilion, the mobile scoreboard and the newly purchased tractor. In addition, other less obvious items are the steward's and ground staffs' uniforms and communications equipment. The Supporters Club is also a Vice President of the Sussex Cricket in the Community Trust (SCCT). The Museum and Library have also benefited from generous contributions to allow them to enhance the experience that they offer to members and non members alike.
Click HERE to download the Sussex Cricket Supporters Club Constitution (PDF download)