At the Annual General Meeting of the Sussex Cricket Supporters Club last year, it was noted that as a result of the integration of Sussex County Cricket Club and the Sussex Cricket Board in November 2015, Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL) had been established, with a wholly owned charity, titled Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF).
Following discussion at the AGM, it was considered that it would be sensible and practical to look at the possibilities of merging the Supporters Club with the fund-raising section of the SCF.
Both the SCF and the Supporters Club have the same aims and that is to raise funds with the primary goal of cricket being fully inclusive, accessible, and being used as a vehicle for social good.
Subsequently further talks have taken place between the officers of the Supporters Club and the trustees of the SCF and it is now proposed that this merger should go ahead in 2017, with the Secretary of the Supporters Club, Barbara Eagles being elected to the committee of the Fundraising Committee of the SCF.
It is important to emphasise that the events and lunches previously organised by the Supporters Club will continue in the same format with little change other than to gain the support of the SCF in terms of advertising the events and offering guidance when necessary. Any funds raised at these events will go straight to the SCF with an additional benefit of some donations being eligible for ‘gift aid’ as the SCF is a registered charity.
Events already in place for 2017 include our first coffee morning on Saturday 15th April in the Dining Room and our popular ‘Fun-Day’ on Sunday 4th June. Dates for further coffee mornings and the Christmas Lunch will be announced during the season.
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 and sincerely hope that you will continue to support us in the future.
If anyone would like further information about the Supporters Club or would like to volunteer to help or even donate, then please call Barbara Eagles on 01273 778988
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 Sussex Cricket, The 1st Central County Ground, 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)