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Foundation funds new nets in Brighton

19 Jun 2024

Sussex Cricket Foundation Helps Fund New Indoor Net Facility in East Brighton

The Sussex Cricket Foundation is delighted to announce the opening of a new four-lane indoor net facility at the Stanley Deason Leisure Centre in East Brighton.

The project also included financial contributions from Brighton & Hove City Council & Freedom Leisure, who helped fund new LED lighting in the indoor facility, as well as funding from Rottingdean Cricket Club, who will use the venue to deliver training sessions for their junior, men’s and women’s teams.

The indoor nets are the first major facilities project as part of the Foundations Urban Cricket Plan for the City and represent a major improvement to facilities in the local area. The facility now provides a training hub in a part of the city where facilities were previously lacking.

On Tuesday 11th of June, Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, paid a visit to Stanley Deason Leisure Centre to officially open the nets. 

Mayor  Asaduzzaman, who pledged his support to the Sussex Cricket Foundation when he was recently elected, was joined by representatives from Stanley Deason Leisure Centre, Brighton & Hove City Council and Gary Wallis-Tayler, Community Director for the Sussex Cricket Foundation.

Speaking on the opening of the new nets, Gary said: “We are working hard to improve the quality and quantity of facilities, both indoor and out, across the city. 

“This new facility provides the local community with a place to train or play during the winter months and also acts as a facility for the Foundation to use for our community-based programmes such as Super 1s.”

Councillor Mohammed Asaduzzaman also added: “The Sussex Cricket Foundation does some amazing work in the city and when I became Mayor, it was an obvious choice for one of the charities I will be supporting during my mayoral year.

“It was a real pleasure to visit Stanley Deason Leisure Centre and see the new indoor nets and hear about the collaboration between the council, the charity, Freedom Leisure and Rottingdean Cricket Club which made them possible.

“Cricket – like all sport – has the potential to do so much good, not only helping people get active and improve their health and wellbeing but bringing the community together and promoting important shared values. I look forward to hearing how well-used the new nets become over the coming months.”

Tim Devitt, Chair of Rottingdean Cricket Club, added: “Rottingdean Cricket Club was thrilled to add financial support to the recent investment by Sussex Cricket Foundation in upgrading the indoor cricket facilities at Stanley Deason. 

“This significant enhancement aligns perfectly with our mission to foster cricketing talent and support the growth of the sport within our community. 

To read more about the Foundations plans for the Brighton & Hove area, please read over their Urban Cricket Plan - https://sussexcricket.co.uk/sites/default/files/file-downloads/greater_brighton_hove_urban_cricket_plan_2021-2025.pdf

To find out more about the Foundation or to support please contact Community Cricket Director, Gary Wallis-Tayler on gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk 

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