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e have entered the year of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Something most know. So to celebrate we’ve got a 12-page Games special London Calling, featuring Sussex’s most famous Olympian, Sally Gunnell, who takes us through the whole emotional roller-coaster of winning gold. County swim stars Gemma Spofforth and Charlotte Woolliscroft also write exclusive columns for us. We get to meet athletes like Jade Nicholls (who trains in a field of animals!) and Sophia Warner and the county hockey players set for selection. It is part of our avowed intention to inform and entertain you regarding what is happening in sport all over this great county of ours because we know how it touches most lives. Whether you are either a spectator, organiser, competitor, a coach or just enjoy a decent read we’ve got something for you. This issue we have introduced a few ideas, including an in-depth feature called The Big interview, beginning with the moving tale of Brighton’s former England rugby international and first-class cricketer Alastair Hignell who has multiple sclerosis. We’ve got a few fresh horse-racing specials from top owner, Andy Stewart, Brighton and Fontwell Park overlord Phil Bell and punter Kevin Rogers. As a magazine with community spirit, we see the first of regular items on Albion In The Community with Active Sussex. Also new, as a county with a 100 miles of coastline, we want to profile the area’s sailing clubs and launch a regular feature with the lowdown on Arun Yacht Club. Schools and university sports are covered. ‘Class Act’ features Hurstpierpoint College and Brighton writer Nick Szczepanik analyses university American Football . We report on the historic feat of Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town, who have ensured the county is represented in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time and the Sussex Sharks’ t20 tournament in the Caribbean backed by Afinis. All this plus our regular columnists. Sussex Sport also has a new Editor, Mike Donovan, who wants to hear from any sporting individuals, club and leagues in the county. We want to heighten the profile of sports, increase participation and turn Sussex into an even more healthy, sport-loving county. Please email Mike on We’d like to thank founding Editor, Bruce Talbot, who has set high standards over the first eight issues. We are delighted he remains a contributor. Thanks for reading,

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THE GUARDIAN’S BRIGHTON-BASED SPORTS WRITER ON what could be dexter’s final visit to sussex



PAUL weaver


heck your diary now, and focus your attention on the fourth weekend in March. For this is when one of the greatest of all Sussex cricketers visits the county for possibly the last time. Ted Dexter, who now lives in the south of France, will be in the pretty village of Rottingdean on March 23, when he will appear on a cricket panel alongside John Snow, John Barclay, John Spencer and James Kirtley. Dexter’s visit, to raise funds for the 13th century local school St Aubyn’s and the museum at the Hove ground, has been arranged by the county’s former wicketkeeper, Rupert Webb, who lives in the village and will be 90 in July. On the following day, Dexter will be interviewed by Christopher Martin-Jenkins at Hove. This could be, some wise folk say, the last time Dexter will be seen in the county, for he will be 77 later in the year and his visits have become increasingly rare. If you never saw Dexter play then you missed a great sight. He was one of England’s finest post-war batsmen and his real glory was driving fast bowlers, off front foot or back. As a 16-year-old, still at school but wanting to become a cricket reporter, I approached Dexter for a quote on behalf of a journalist who was covering a match at Hove. Dexter looked at this hesitant youth, with his pen poised over a notebook, and thought I was an autograph hunter. “Go away, sonny,” he said, for although he often indulged young name-gatherers, he was busy at the time. Dexter, or “Lord Ted” as he was often known, had a hauteur about him, on and off the pitch. But this was not arrogance. Those who know him best know all about his shyness. He is, perhaps, best remembered for his 73-ball 70 against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1963, when he drove Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith straight down the ground. “Ted was a great player,” Sir Garfield Sobers told me a few years ago, “because he always looked to dominate the bowlers and never looked in trouble.” He retired in the mid-1960s, after he ran himself over with his own Jaguar, breaking a leg – he was trying to push the car uphill when it rolled backwards. In 1968, the year I had approached him so diffidently, he had made a comeback, hitting 203 against Kent, including Derek Underwood, and went straight back into the England team. He would have been a superstar if he had played cricket in the modern era. Tall and good looking, he married a model, flew planes, drove motorbikes, and was an outstanding golfer who won

the Oxford and Cambridge President’s Putter three times, the last time at the age of 52. But, most of all, he would have been big box office because he was a vibrant cricketer who could destroy the best attacks in the world. He was also an inventive captain who led England and guided Sussex to success in the first two Gillette Cup competitions in 1963 and 1964. He went on to become a writer and broadcaster and ran his own PR company. He owned first horses and then greyhounds and became the first chairman of the England Committee. If you never saw him play, look out for some old footage. But you can see him in person in March.

Dexter, or “Lord Ted” as he was often known, had a hauteur about him, on and off the pitch. But this was not arrogance. Those who know him best know all about his shyness He remains an original thinker on the game and writes a regular blog for his own website. Occasionally, as in the recent series between Australia and India, he becomes frustrated by the poor standard of the TV commentary. He wrote: “No wonder that I am sure I am possibly not alone in“muting” the commentary for much of the time, turning up the sound again only when there is doubt about a dismissal or near miss when the commentary team has better and quicker information to hand than the home viewer. “I recommend time spent watching games without the perpetual fictional chatter of the “men who know all”, while listening to some quiet pastoral music. A glass or two of a modest wine also goes down well - or so I am told.” Lord Ted always had style.

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SussexSport The Big Interview

Higgy’s Magic Big Kingdom The


Brighton’s a breath of fresh air for former England rugby ace and first-class cricketer with MS. Mike Donovan meets him Pictures by James Boardman


LASTAIR Hignell sat in his power chair by the sea shore and breathed in the ozone. “Beautiful,” he uttered quietly after welcoming me into his Magical Kingdom (aka Kemp Town, Brighton). The former England rugby international, Gloucestershire cricketer and television and radio broadcaster savours the moment. Appreciative of what his new home city has given him, he believes it helps him improve the quality of his existence and increases his life expectancy. Hignell’s been reinvigorated after swapping “vertical” Cotwsolds for “flat” Brighton last September. He has had multiple sclerosis, a progressive, incurable disease of the nervous system, since 1999. The 56-year-old says: “Brighton’s a magical place to live. Magical is the right word. It’s been eye-opening .” We return to the bricks and mortar of his ’kingdom’. To a large, high-ceilinged front room in a huge flat on the ground floor of a converted three-levelled mansion occupied by the district’s founder Thomas Read Kemp in the mid-19th century (according to the blue plaque on the outside wall). Light and airy, its white walls reflect the rays of the winter sun. Deep, expansive windows allow a sea view. Original features intact. Tasteful paintings and objet d’art break up the brilliant monotone. Sussex Sport is made to feel at home by Higgy’s wife of 31 years, Jeannie, who makes us all a cup of tea.

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Even the family cat, three-yearold Gladys, does her bit by posing for photographer James Boardman alongside the main subject. A more pleasing environment for an interview one would struggle to find. I’m struck by Hignell’s modest manner, wit and recall in story-telling, But what is most noticeable about him is his outlook to life. He focuses on what’s important in it. He says: “To be told when you’ve been used to a very healthy, fit, active life, that you had an incurable, progressive, debilitating disease was a kick in the stomach. I was absolutely wiped out for a while. “I went through the process of trying to create medical history and be the one who knocked it to one side. I overworked and overtrained trying to prove I was better than it, that I could beat it. I spent a lot of time getting angry and frustrated because my efforts weren’t working.

“I began understanding it, going with the flow, accepting help when it had been difficult to ask for any. With fantastic support from Jeannie who said it wasn’t ‘mine’it was ‘ours’. “I’ve got an awful lot to be thankful for. That’s worth concentrating on. In our world we should be saying this country isn’t a bad place to live. Our weather can be pretty awful sometimes but overall it is not a bad environment. It’s pretty good. There are some fantastic people we bump into and meet every day. We should treasure all of it. “I hope living in Brighton and breathing in the ozone is going to help. Some of the conclusions I’ve come to with having an incurable disease are that it is important to get your mind right about your relationship with it and reaction to it. To be positive. To make decisions. To be in control of things. One of the things we said was to make decisions before they were forced on us, like the one to move to Brighton.

SussexSport and slopes, that sort of thing. We lived in Stroud, a very vertical town, and we realised in the long term it would be more of a challenge than we would like. “I don’t drive but like to feel independent and do things without being reliant on people driving me everywhere. I’m slightly obstinate. Jeannie would say that. “When we came to visit one of our two sons Dan (the other is Adam) in Brighton last year - he’s doing an MA at university - we noticed there was a lot of the city which was quite flat, particularly when you get close to the sea. “We looked at the promenade and saw there were things we could do together and the treatment centre’s only four miles away in Shoreham.” Hignell has written an autobiography -

Matches, Microphones and MS - which details his illness. It also, of course, covers a glittering career on and off the sporting stages of the world and largely one of being in the right place at the right time. How he played first-class cricket as a right-handed bat for Gloucestershire - scoring nearly 7.500 runs - over ten years up to 1983. And how, alongside it, he earned 14 caps and played in three Six Nations tournaments as a rugby fullback with England seniors from the age of 19. The journey with the oval ball began when he made his debut as a 16-year-old in men’s rugby in Sussex. He says: “I was playing for Old Perseans who had asked me to join after seeing me in under-19 trials in Cambridge where I was born and brought up. They invited me on tour. It was glamorous and exciting.

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The Big Interview

“We’ve benefited ourselves. The fact that we’ve got the sea nearby is a fantastic bonus. I’m breathing fresh air and that’s going to do me good. Whatever the doctors might say about the condition of the disease I KNOW that I’m taking active steps to look after myself and to deal with what I’ve got. “There are drugs out there that help but none cure MS, so you have to make choices all the time about what you do and how you deal with it. I’m CHOOSING to breathe some lovely fresh air. Still enjoy the beautiful sunshine, the coast, the sea. It’s EMPOWERING me to do myself better.” The road to Brighton was a long one. Hignell says: “We’d been looking for the right apartment ever since I was diagnosed. Life is getting more difficult due to MS - steps, stairs


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LASTAIR Hignell sat in his power chair by the sea shore and breathed in the ozone. “I‘d playedhe in uttered a publicquietly schools “Beautiful,” after tournament at Whitgift in Croydon and welcoming me into his Magical Kingdom travelled to Brighton to meet up with (aka Kemp Town, Brighton). theThe team for the opening game. When I former England rugby got to the ground in a park I was there international, Gloucestershire cricketer on my own. The Brighton players came and television and radio broadcaster and asked: haveAppreciative got a team toofplay, savours the ‘We moment. haven’t what hiswe?’ new home city has given him, he “Our guys arrived on the bus and believes it helps him improve the quality they’d obviously drunk the whole tour of his existence and increases his life supply of beer on the way down. 240 expectancy. cans had gone. And they were really Hignell’s been reinvigorated after happy to see me. swapping “vertical” Cotwsolds for “flat” “They last lasted two minutes before the Brighton September. beer hold. They were puffing Hetook has had multiple sclerosis, a and blowing. I was dashing around like progressive, incurable disease of thea spring ALL the running, nervouschicken system,doing since 1999. tackling, kicking, everything. The 56-year-old says: “Brighton’s a “Theyplace told me after there was a tour magical to live. Magical is the right tradition where they name man of-theword. It’s been eye-opening .” match and I was it and I had drink of a We return to the bricks andtomortar pint. There wasTothe samehigh-ceilinged ‘tradition’ for his ’kingdom’. a large, the points I was young and fronttop room in a scorer. huge flat on the ground naïve and was well gone. I went straight floor of a converted three-levelled to bed back at the by hotel. others mansion occupied the The district’s went out on the town. I tucked into a founder Thomas Read Kemp in the healthy thetofollowing mid-19thEnglish centurybreakfast (according the blue morning they were shambling plaque onwhile the outside wall). Light and wrecks with hangovers. airy, its white walls reflectWe thealso rays played of the Lewes and, I think, Haywards Heath and winter sun. Deep, expansive windows beat against Brighton. allowthem a sea after view.losing Original features intact. Sussexpaintings was alsoand theobject scene d’art for cricket Tasteful break international appearances for Hignell. He says: “My first game for England up the brilliant monotone. Schools team came to in feel a five-wicket Sussextest Sport is made at home win over India at Hove and I got a few by Higgy’s wife of 31 years, Jeannie, who not out. We had a good team which included Paul Parker, a good friend who went on to play for Sussex, and Vic Marks. “I also got a century for England Young Cricketers against the West Indies at Arundel. Coach Les Lenham, the old Sussex player, tore me off a strip when I was run out for 133 in the last over of the first day. He told me it was irresponsible. I was miffed. He was a hard taskmaster. Maybe it all came a bit easy for me.” Hignell returned to Sussex as a firstclass cricketer to help Gloucestershire beat the hosts and send home county captain Tony Greig into a rage at Eastbourne in 1975. He recalled: “It was heading for a draw. We went out to bat without much chance of a win. They were going through the motions. Greig was affable but a few of us said ‘let’s see if we can win this’. Greig got more and more upset, shouting and swearing

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makes us all a cup of tea. Even the family cat, three-year-old Gladys, does her bit by posing for calling us ‘cheating photographer James bastards’ Boardman as we stepped it up. I carted alongside the main subject. John Snow over square leg A more pleasing for six. We won. The five environment for an lone Gloucestershire interview one would fans cheered us in. Greig’s struggle to find. team Mark Faber, I’mmate struck by Hignell’s an Old Etonian a modest manner,with wit and cut-glass accent, said ‘I recall in story-telling, sayBut twelther what is(the most12th man), couldabout you bring noticeable him my gin and tonic to is his outlook to life. the verandah? I’m not He focuses on what’s going intointhe important it. dressing room He with says:the “Tocaptain be in such a mood’.” told when you’ve been Cricket washealthy, used to a very Hignell’s firstthat sporting fit, active life, love, inherited from you had an incurable, his dad Tony (“my progressive, debilitating hero”) diseasewho was played a kick infor the Gloucestershire and stomach. I was absolutely also threw theajavelin wiped out for while. internationally. Histhe “I went through Gloucestershire-born great process of trying to create uncle Bob played first-class medical history and be cricket Gentlemen the one (for whothe knocked it to of India) andI overworked grandfather and Harry one side. once received a note from I was overtrained trying to prove Gloucestershire’s WG better than it, that Ilegendary could Grace regarding a trial. When opportunity to turn beat it.the I spent a lot of time getting professional came there was onlyefforts one angry and frustrated because my county would be joining but rugby weren’t he working. also a big part in his “I played began understanding it, sporting going life. with the flow, accepting help when it Hignell says: “I’d played for England Schoolboys as scrum-half but filled in as a fullback at Cambridge. I got a try in the Varsity match and, at the end of the 1974-75 season, was selected for the senior England squad touring Australia. The selectors had been looking for youngsters alongside old heads like Bill Beaumont, Fran Cotton and Roger Uttley. Mike Burton became the first England player to be sent off after two minutes of my debut. “I got back at 7am on a Thursday to a letter from Gloucestershire asking me to play a Sunday League game the same weekend. I went to tell Cambridge but they were short of cricketers. Five weeks later I played in the Varsity match against Imran Khan scoring a 50 at Lord’s.” Hignell developed his rugby alongside cricket when joining Bristol,

had been difficult to ask for any. With fantastic support from Jeannie who said it wasn’t ‘mine’it was ‘ours’. “I’ve got an awful lot to be thankful for. That’s worth concentrating on. In our world we should be saying this country isn’t a bad place to live. Our weather can be pretty awful sometimes but overall it is not a bad environment. It’s pretty good. There are some fantastic people we bump into and meet every day. We should treasure all of it. “I hope living in Brighton and breathing in the ozone is going to help. Some of the conclusions I’ve come to with having an incurable disease are that it is important to get your mind right about your relationship with it and reaction to it. To be positive. To make decisions. To be in control of things.

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SussexSport chucked the medals at the England players, while I was trying to think of appropriate questions as I stood there standing on my stick shaking around with two microphones and two headphones with the voices of my producers while keeping an eye on the England press officer Richard Prescott. All I wanted to do was yell ‘we’ve won the World Cup! “Jonny Wilkinson, who had kicked the winning points at the end, came over and I said ‘Hi, Jonny. You are still praying like you did before the kick off. You can release your hands now!’ I spoke to Martin Johnson and the rest but coach Clive Woodward, the most important subject, had gone back to the dressing room. Richard rushed off and told Clive ‘We’ve forgotten Higgy’. Clive came all the way back just for me as I’d been through the whole campaign with him and his squad. That was pretty special.” Hignell has no regrets. He says: “I’ve had a wonderful life in sport and met some fantastic people. If I did it all again now I wouldn’t have been able to have played rugby at all. The double hundred I got for my prep school would have focused me purely on cricket. “I’m proud of what I’ve done. Of course you’d like more. Jonny

Wilkinson has retired for England and, although he’s got 91 caps, he probably wishes he had 100. It’s part of being a sportsman who wants to achieve, you have got to have ambition.” Hignell spends his time making speeches to school children and grown-ups about his life with MS - and breathing in the ozone in his Magic Kingdom.

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winning the Championship in his first season. He says: “Gloucestershire didn’t mind. There was not much overlap in the seasons then and they thought it a good way of me keeping fit. Even when I asked if I could join an England rugby tour in the Far East in 1979 during the cricket season they said ‘please do’, When I came back they said ‘we’re not going to pay you’.” After a stint as a teacher at Sherbourne Public School, Hignell became a broadcaster after helping local radio and joined the BBC when Peter West retired from rugby commentating. He moved into television with ITV when the network had the Rugby World Cup contract before switching back to radio when Radio Five Live started and rugby was becoming more professional. Again, right place, right time. The highlight came when England lifted the World Cup by beating hosts Australia in 2003. Hignell says: “I got down to pitch side with my mobility scooter. The pitch was a mud bath and I thought I’d look stupid in front of 80,000 if I got stuck so I hobbled with my stick into the area. “The Prime Minister of Australia

Pictured: Alastair with his family after receiving the CBE

Life’s a challenge JEANNIE Hignell, Alastair’s wife, gives an insight into life living with an MS sufferer. She says: “Life is a challenge in a way that I would never have expected. It certainly focuses the mind on what does and doesn’t matter. But that doesn’t mean it’s simple. Every day is different. Some days we both cope with it better than other days. “We can laugh a lot more than we used to because you have to see the funny side of life while being aware of the days you feel angry. You can’t bottle it up. “Support from people - family, friends - is crucial. Taking offered help is difficult at times. I sometimes find it hard to ask for it for fear they might think they’ve got this person who is going to want help all the time. But people are actually so pleased to help. “I told Alastair when I found out that the problem is ours not just his. It must be unbelievably difficult for anyone who is alone to deal with it. You need a witness to your life with all its ups and downs. “We’ve tried to go through it together. We came up with a plan to have a ten-minute talk about it every day and, outside of that, get on with life. It means each of us can say what we like, even if it means me being angry with him. Or vice versa. The crucial thing is not to treat him as being different. People can be patronised. “Moving to Sussex has been hugely uplifting. People are remarkably friendly. It instantly had the right feeling. “I have been an art director and would like to get involved in the open house set-up they have in Brighton. I can no longer run a full-time business because of the circumstances we are in so getting involved directly with something like that would mean I can have my life too which is always important for both of us.”

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The county’s History Boys Albion and Crawley put Sussex on map in the FA Cup. Mike Donovan reports


USSEX have two teams in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in football’s oldest and most revered domestic competition this season. Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town drew Premier League opposition as their reward for creating county history on a Super Saturday; Liverpool away and Stoke at home respectively. And both clubs have been praised for their efforts in putting Sussex on the football map. Crawley chief executive Alan Williams said: “I think quite a few of our fans were quietly hoping for an all-Sussex clash but I’m sure Brighton are as delighted as we are with the fifth round draw. “It’s quite something when you consider that not long ago we were a Southern League club and the Albion were playing at the same level as ourselves at Withdean and is great for football in the county. “Both clubs can look forward to wonderful occasions and, who knows, we might still have two Sussex teams in the quarter-finals.” The county has been buzzing since the Seagulls stunned Premier League high-fliers Newcastle and the Red Devils shocked Championship hosts Hull City. Brighton manager Gus Poyet had revealed how much good fortune he enjoyed against the Toon as a player. And he could have added that the Geordies boss Alan Pardew suffered in Poyet’s first match as a manager in which Brighton defeated Pardew’s Southampton in 2009. Poyet’s luck certainly held as a deflected Will Buckley shot secured the Cup victory and provoked loud and long celebrations in Brighton’s new state-of-the-art home.

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The Tigers of Hull must have known Crawley would have plenty of teeth. Boss Steve Evans had pitted his wits against his managerial hero Sir Alex Ferguson last year. Manchester United’s Red Devils had a devil of a time seeing off the then non-leaguers at Old Trafford. And a goal by Matt Tubbs, who joined Bournemouth for £800,000 a couple of days later. proved Evans’ tigers were up to scratch this time round as well. But whatever the outcome of Brighton’s tussle against Kenny Dalglish’s team, in trying to emulate the victory on route to the Cup final in 1983, and Crawley’s battle with Tony Pulis’ outfit, Sussex can look back with pride on a momentous FA Cup season for good old Sussex-by-the Sea. Poyet said: “Newcastle are having a good season and we had to defend. So far The Amex is bringing everything. It feels like we’ve been here three or four years and it’s six or seven months. I hope it continues. I

played the best team I have and I’m pleased with the way we played against them.” Defender Adam El-Abd said “I love the FA Cup, it’s a great day for the club and if we get anyone down here then we have a chance of turning them over.” Evans said “This win ranks with the best of them. There was no scene afterwards from my players. Perhaps it was no shock we won” “We were disappointed not to win by three or four and that’s not being condescending to Hull.”


“This win ranks with the best of them. There was no scene afterwards from my players. Perhaps it was no shock we won” - Steve Evans

Above left: Will Buckley celebrates. Top: Buckley pulls the trigger Above: Crawley enjoy the moment. Opposite page: Matt Tubbs strikers the winner Albion pictures by James Boardman

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“So far The > Amex is bringing everything. It feels like we’ve been here three or > four years and it’s six or seven months. I hope it continues.” - Gus Poyet


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Keep calm and carry on

But super cool Mauricio Taricco tells mike donovan he doesn’t want the hot seat because of game’s hypocrisy


auricio Taricco looks relaxed. He wears a v-necked burnt orange jumper over a casual shirt and a gentle smile. “I’m calm,” he says, and he wants to keep it that way. That’s why he dismisses any notion of becoming a football manager. The time he has spent observing the existence of one from close quarters as assistant to Gus Poyet at Brighton & Hove Albion made the decision for him. “It’s not my cup of tea” he says. “For two years since Gus and I have come to Brighton I’ve been lucky to have the experience of seeing what he’s gone through But for me there are too many issues. Too many people he has to deal with. “There’s too much hypocrisy. If you switch the television on and you listen to what people say all the time it‘s there. It is everywhere. “That’s not for me. I’m more direct. I’m black or white. I’m not grey. And there’s a lot of grey in football - a lot of things that make no common sense. “Also, I like being with the players, being part of a group. Just being myself. I don’t think you can totally be yourself when you are a manager because you need to deal with other situations. You’ve got to be so many things to so many people. It’s not for me.” Instead, he would rather stay alongside Poyet for a decade at The Amex, proving the point by signing a new five-year deal last September when his boss committed himself to a deal of the same length. Taricco - nicknamed Tano - says: “Long term I see myself working with Gus if he keeps happy with being

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a manager. He is trying to build something at Brighton and I want to build it with him. That’s why we signed long-term deals. “ Taricco shares Poyet’s vision of establishing Brighton as a club known for success and playing good football. He says: “Gus is a friend of mine and has got an idea. He wants to see if it is going to work and he is driving towards it. I like his idea and if I can help him, that’s great. I love being part of it all. We work well together. Coaching, Gus and I can help a player unbelievably by getting him to play the way that suits him. “We both talk in black and white. But the most important thing about our relationship is that we are really honest with each other. “Hopefully, we can achieve what we want to achieve with Brighton but it won’t be easy. Because of the way we want to play we need help, particularly from the chairman,” (Tony Bloom, who has already thrown multi-millions at the club for the stadium, players and training ground). The 38-year-old, who came out of retirement as a player this season, admits to preferring being on the pitch to coaching. “As a player I’m convinced I can really affect things. Coaching affects things secondarily.” Formerly a defender with Tottenham, West Ham and Ipswich, Taricco believes the influences from his homeland help Brighton on and off the pitch. “It is really competitive almost from the day you are born in Argentina, starting on the streets. Then playing for teams linked with bigger clubs from the age of eight when it is

already about winning in front of quite big crowds. You have to have a winning mentality. If you lose you have to wait in the dressing room until the crowd goes home. Football is a way of life there. “Javier Saviola was 17 and played for River Plate in front of 80,000 against Boca Juniors! Three years later he was a senior player. “The aim in Argentina is always to go and play for the biggest clubs in the world and they are in Europe so Saviola, Maradona, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, myself and others have come over. All with this winning mentality developed early. It’s a contrast to England.” Tarricco does not see himself returning to live in Argentina. He says: “I will stay here. I won’t go back.I tried for six months when I retired the first time but I couldn’t get used to it again. There are things that are nice and things that are negative. The more you travel the more experience you get, and that makes it difficult to establish yourself in one place.” It seems, though, that Brighton might hold him down for a while yet. After all, Taricco and his family and kids can enjoy cinema visits, the sea and, when it shines, the sun, while the patriarch does his best to keep calm and carry on with Albion.

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Stand and deliver Crawley’s off the field rise by bruce talbot


he rise of Crawley Town shows no sign of slowing down. After winning a place in the Football League for the first time in their history they are in a great position to go up again having been in the promotion positions in League Two for most of the season so far. They also enjoyed worldwide attention after playing in front of a TV audience of millions – as well as 9,000 of their own fans – in the FA Cup at Old Trafford last February. While manager Steve Evans and his players continue on their upward trajectory, the club are matching it off the pitch too. In the summer, Crawley took over the old Leisure Centre site in Bewbush from the local council and now boast a training facility which would be the envy of a few Championship clubs. But the biggest change– and in particular their Broadfield Stadium home – will happen this Spring. In March, a new 2,145 seat stand is being erected on the east side of the ground – the club’s home since 1997 – which will raise the capacity to nearly 6,000. The structure is similar to those Albion used at Withdean for many years with one big exception – it will have a roof. It can be erected in less than two weeks, which means when fans leave after the game against Torquay on March 3, the East Terrace will still be just that. When they return for the match with Port Vale a fortnight later there will be a stand in its place. The club had little option. League regulations demanded that they needed to increase the seating capacity before the end of May and

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this was seen by the club and Crawley Borough Council, who own the stadium, as the only sensible option. Chief Executive Alan Williams (pictured) explained: “The stand was needed to comply with League regulations but also desperately needed to satisfy demand for seats. “We did a promotion over Christmas which has increased the number of season-ticket holders to more than 1,700. A lot of them want to sit down and our West Stand has just over 1,000 seats. “The limited number of seats available on a match-to-match basis were selling out within hours of going on sale, so the demand is definitely there. Having this extra seating will enable us to have a proper family area and, of course, it will make the ground itself more enclosed and hold the noise in, hopefully creating an even better atmosphere.” When Alan talks about having 1,700 season-ticket holders it is hard to believe that a couple of years ago Crawley’s average crowd was less than 1,000 and just a quarter of those were season-ticket holders. The benefits are being felt in other areas. Commercial and sponsorship revenue has soared despite the gloomy economic times with the club agreeing a two-year deal with GFS, the Billingshurst-based freight company, to become their principal backers. Alan added: “In terms of sponsorship we have bucked the national trend but businesses do like to be associated with a successful brand. “Our hospitality suite is now

completely sold out for most games and the feedback we get is very positive. A lot of clients who go to Premier League clubs think our hospitality is on a par or even better. “Last season our kit supplier went bust and we couldn’t sell any replica shirts before the Man U game. This season we have sold nearly 1,000 and our Club Shop and online shop have become important revenue-earners for the club. “It is great to be part of what is happening. We know there is a lot more we need to do but the progress we have made just in the last 12 months – since the game at Old Trafford really – has been remarkable. Just like the team on the pitch under Steve Evans, the people behind the scenes are working together and the people of Crawley and West Sussex are buying into what we are trying to achieve. “Football fans in Crawley used to go to London or Brighton but now they have a progressive club on their doorstep and are getting behind us. Little things, like seeing people in town on Saturday mornings before home games in Crawley Town shirts rather than Arsenal or Chelsea tops, shows we making progress. “It’s a long process but the encouraging thing is the number of young supporters we are attracting. They are the next generation of season-ticket holders and sponsors and the more we can encourage them the better.”

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michel kuipers H

i everyone, Having drawn Stoke City in the FA Cup we have a tough test ahead of us. They are arguably the strongest physical team in the country, but we confidently look forward to the challenge. We have proven over the last 18 months that we can achieve great results against teams from higher divisions. We have the advantage of playing at the Broadfield and the backing of our home support. Brighton are away at Liverpool so they will be looking for a reverse of the score when the two teams met earlier in the season It has been a very exciting season so far for both Crawley and Brighton. The Red Devils are riding high trying to cement an automatic promotion spot in their first season in the Football League while the Seagulls are pushing hard for at least a play-off spot to the Premiership. Both teams have added a lot of talent to their squads and Sussex football is reaping the benefits from it. Wouldn’t it be great to have another double Sussex promotion this year? Both teams are playing very attractive football and the support has been brilliant. Therefore both teams are planning to expand the capacity of thei r grounds. Coming to the business end of the season we are working as hard as ever at the Bewbush training ground. But to maximise our strength and fitness as a squad we recently embarked on a training camp in Portugal. It was the same resort we went to last season. It provides a full-size match pitch which has a very good playing surface as

well as great gym facilities with loads of free weights and cardiovascular machines. The importance of a strong finish to the end of the season has been proven to be key to a successful campaign.

Wouldn’t it be great to have another double Sussex promotion this year? While enjoying playing football for the next few years, I am planning to do my UEFA A coaching licence. This course will educate in practical and theoretical development in modern football, such as advanced skills, tactics, strategies and systems of play. It is a very hard course, but I am looking forward to getting stuck in and learning more and more about the sport that I love so much! I hope you enjoy an other great edition of Sussex Sport and will catch up with you soon! Michel

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If it’s good enough for Messi… OLIVER BENBOW on the technique and tactics of Futsal in the county


ionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Pele have something in common with Sussex – a love of Futsal. Messi, Zidane and Pele developed into three of the greatest footballers ever seen, while players competing in the Eastbourne Futsal League have more modest aspirations. The Eastbourne Sports Park regulars merely want to enjoy the game. The League’s second season kicked off last month and Sussex Sport headed over to the Sports Park to take an in depth look at the five-a-side game that’s being touted by many as the future of youth development. At face value, you could be forgiven for mistaking Futsal for traditional five-a-side football. The game is energetic, fast-paced and full of goals. But there is something inherently different about the game that has recently, perhaps belatedly, made its way across the Atlantic. The combination of the differing pitch, ball and laws of the game put an emphasis on players’ technical abilities and tactical thinking, rather than a combination of power, speed and desire that is so often attributed to the best youngsters in English football. Futsal uses a smaller, size-fourweighted ball that gives reduced bounce compared to a traditional one. This lack of bounce, along with marked touchlines, on a court of similar dimensions to a basketball one, encourage players to keep the ball ‘on the deck’, with ball control, precise passing and tactical thinking a must to be a successful team. Players in Futsal are given the opportunity to express these attributes, as persistent ‘negative tactics’ are effectively restrained by two referees, whose duties are to enforce the strict tackling rule and punishment of cumulative fouls. Similar to basketball’s multiplefouls rule, where players are punished by conceding two free throws, those

who commit five or more offensives in a half in Futsal concede a penalty kick. It is the combination of these elements that makes Futsal so desirable to young footballers, much in the same way it attracted the likes of Messi, Zidane and Pele. We took the chance to speak to Adam Wolecki, founder of the Eastbourne Futsal League and team captain of Sporting Thistle, to find out what attracted him to the other ‘beautiful game’. What made you set it up? Well, I met Kevin Tharme from the Sussex County FA when we were in the process of developing our Astroturf. Whilst showing him round our facilities, Kevin noticed our dome would be great for Futsal. After some further discussion with the Sussex FA, we decided to set up a league, applying for Sportivate funding through Active Sussex and were lucky enough to receive a £1,500 grant. This helped towards the cost of the Futsal goals and equipment and we went from there. So what’s the difference between Futsal and traditional five-a-side? Indoor five-a-side would normally have walls, meaning players can just pump the balls off the walls, with a limited amount of control. Futsal however, is around the same size as a netball court and uses touchlines, meaning players have to be a bit smarter with how they use the ball to ensure it doesn’t go out of play in such a tight area. One of the main differences - and something that certainly takes some getting used to is the cumulative-foul rule. There’s far less contact allowed in Futsal, and the referees are strict, which is great as it helps promote people’s skills and understanding of the game. You found it tough going with Sporting Thistle last year? We did, but we were very consistent. We consistently lost every

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game we played! The struggle we had last year was that we had four university teams that knew how to play and a Russian team that had experienced Futsal. What are your aims for this year? Well I was hoping to beat a new team, but we’ve played them in our first game this year and lost! So I guess we will have to revise our targets! Maybe picking up a point will be the main goal. But we enjoy it and that’s the main thing! Currently you have six teams playing in the league, but you’re looking for more? Absolutely. We are always looking for new teams and have the facilities to accommodate them. We can have eight teams on a court, so after April we will hopefully have enough to open up the second court and either run a large league running on both courts or two separate smaller leagues. How can new teams get involved? Give us a call at the Eastbourne Sports Park on 01323 649214 or email me at for more information.

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ight, now sit down and be quiet. I’m talking. A few years ago when I was player/Gaffer of my team in the Brighton, Hove and District League in the days when I donned a sheepskin jock strap instead of the more conventional attire I wear now, I played against some former professionals who were said to be ‘helping their mates out’ on Saturday afternoons/Sunday mornings. This was in the times before you needed ID cards, security checks and full-body searches before you actually got on the pitch, as is the case now. One Saturday, I remember lining up against Brighton Electricity at their fortress Braypool [local dogpoop-strewn rec]. They were looking resplendent in their sickly chocolate brown attire which blended in nicely with the hills of dog excrement across the park. In fact, their kit made Coventry’s away one of similar tone from the 1980s look like something Vivienne Westwood had knocked up in her spare time. Anyway, I digress. The No.5 lining up for them was big John Scales, former Liverpool and England centrehalf. Now, it’s a weird feeling lining up against someone you were used to watching on the telly. Some of our guys were all ‘you never played for Liverpool did you? You’re ‘s**t. But I was playing the fan boy, all respectful and misty eyed, trying to look all professional and uber cool if I came within eye shot of ‘Scalsey’. As it turned out, he was a decent bloke still with the same two left feet that he had when he played for Liverpool. However, suddenly, the aspirational world of professional football seemed to be so much more attainable. Could I still make it, even though I was 30 and felt like I needed a lung replacement after every game? The rest is history [google me]. The first time I played in the same team as a professional, though, was when I used to turn out for the most incompetent, but nicest, bunch of mustachioed gentle folk called The University Associates in the Lewes

Sunday League. Not only did we have possibly the worst team and kit in the league [a tight, nipple burning pinstripe affair, with multi-coloured shorts and socks; some of the shorts so tight they resembled thongs], but we were regularly trounced by double figures to zero by teams with exotic names such as Newhaven Taxis. One Sunday morning we turned up for our ritual slaughtering when there, sitting in the corner of the dressing room was a genial chap with a large moustache and, let’s face it, a rather rotund middle; all of which was not unusual in our team. But there was something different about this particular person. Something familiar. Heroic.

One Sunday morning we turned up for our ritual slaughtering when there, sitting in the corner of the dressing room was a genial chap with a large moustache and, let’s face it, a rather rotund middle... As the usual banter started to pollute the room along with the familiar heady brew of white horse oils mixed with curry-induced Sunday morning flatulence, it became more obvious who this ‘mystery’ guy was. With his Northern Irish burr and barrel-chested geniality, the words ‘Arconada can’t hold it, ARMSTRONG!’ came into my head, recalling that famous fixture at the Bernabau at the 1982 World Cup between Spain and Northern Ireland. Yes, it was Gerry Armstrong, the forward with the dancing feet. I introduced myself with the confidence of a school boy meeting their all-time idol. ‘Y-you’r e Gerry Armstrong?’ ‘Er, yes, pleased to meet you’ he said back. I nearly fainted. My whole morning suddenly took

on a different landscape. Could we actually [whisper it] win with a former international footballer in our side? Would me and Gerry combine in a telepathic way and net a bagful of goals? Would he recommend me to scouts who he would no doubt be still connected to? Well, as it turned out, we still got hammered, but this time it was by a respectful 6-2 rather than the usual cricket score. Gerry showed a few neat touches and moves for a big fella, and, I did indeed, get to put him through one-on-one with the keeper with a ball of laser precision which he managed to scuff Emile Heskey-like over the high fence behind the pitch. But he was still a hero in my eyes; and a bloody nice bloke to boot. These days, I can’t imagine the likes of Fernando Torres turning up for his ‘local’ side, can you? I can, however, visualise him scuffing the ball a la Armstrong into the nearby sandpit. But that’s another story... If you’ve played against an exprofessional and lived to tell the story, then write to me or email me and let me know - a bottle of white horse oils with the label signed by Gerry will await the winner of the most impressive professional...

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absolutely love my football and my rugby. I’m much more at home on the seafront in Hove on a cold, wet blustery day with the waves crashing, than in the height of summer. But I absolutely hate January! It really is the Monday of the year. I suppose a lot to do with it is that most of us have had a decent break filled with drinking and eating too much, coupled with finding it harder to get out of bed at a decent hour with each passing day of Christmas break. But before you think I’m going to do a Reginald Perrin and walk off the end of the pier, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The new cricket season was always on the horizon for me once New Year’s Day had come and gone. During the autumn of my career, I spent the winters in Wales/ Sussex and didn’t really fancy picking up a bat in October and November. You don’t want to peak too early, so to speak! Or that’s what I said to convince myself. But after a long season, the indoor school didn’t really whet my appetite, but come January and the hunger was always back. There’s a lovely saying “I’d rather be out for one, than be at my desk at nine” and I was really envious on Saturday January 7, when the Sussex CCC squad flew out to Antigua to begin their quest to win the West Indies domestic t20 competition. At the time of writing, Sussex have defeated Holland in their first group game with Ben Brown starring in a low scoring match with 42 and Mike Yardy picking up a couple of wickets to settle the contest. Me? I was sitting at my desk with my jumper and coat on, looking forward to my daily run to the Marina. I’m not bitter, the lads will be back before February and we’ll

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be all in the same boat. Oh no! I forgot, the squad is heading out for their pre-season training in Dubai!! I think you all know I’m kidding, I was very lucky as a player to experience the pre-season trips abroad and I can tell you it is so important for a team to get a great start to the new summer. I’m really excited about Sussex’s prospects for the new season. We have a lot of experience and a lot of local lads who came to the fore last season. The fixture list is exciting too. We host the West Indies on Bank Holiday Saturday, May 6, in a three-day match at Hove. We play our

I’m excited about Sussex’s prospects for the new season. rivals Surrey in a four-day match at the Horsham Festival on Wednesday, June 6, and Durham in a four-day match at the Arundel Festival on Wednesday, July 18. Unfortunately, the powers-that-be have cut our t20 competition from 16 matches down to ten. This means only five home games at Hove, two of which are on a Sunday. Again, the stand out match is versus Surrey on Sunday, July 8. This means only three floodlit T20s at Hove against Hampshire on Thursday June 14, Middlesex on Friday, June 22, and against Kent on Friday, June 29.

All in all I’m sure you’ll agree this year looks like being a cracker and I’m sure Sussex will turn the highly-competitive 2011 season into another silverware one. We’ve been at the top of the tree for ten seasons now and set some high standards. So I hope all you Sussex supporters out there get behind the lads and cheer them on to success. Last, but certainly not least, I have secured the services of an ex-teammate of mine to speak at my next “Where Cricket Meets...” Dinner in early May. This is no ordinary Joe. The May Dinner will be “Where Cricket Meets Sir Viv”, starring Sir Vivian Richards. Look out for information over the next month or so once I have the confirmed date. Please join me in wishing away my January Blues. Before you know it the cricket season will be upon us. I hope you winter well and best of luck to the Seagulls and my beloved Swans over the next couple of months. Cheers Cotts

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Matt’s Prior-ity is the Chestnut Tree House

Children’s hospice benefits thanks to Sussex and England cricketer


ATT Prior, the Sussex and England wicketkeeperbatsman, has picked Chestnut Tree House, the county children’s hospice, as one of his chosen charities as part of his benefit year. Prior, who first visited the hospice a couple of years ago with the rest of the Sussex team, said:. “I was blown away by Chestnut Tree House and the care they provide for life-limited children and their families in Sussex. “I came away that day knowing that it was a pretty special place and promising myself that as a local resident I would do something to help the hospice. “When I heard about the benefit year, I knew immediately that this was one way to help Chestnut Tree House and give something back to my local community.” Matt visited the hospice again just before Christmas, bringing his family with him to have a tour and to meet some of the children, staff and volunteers. Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at the hospice, said: “It is a real honour that Matt has chosen Chestnut Tree House as his charity for his benefit year. “As a family man himself and Sussex resident, he really understands the importance of the expert palliative care we provide to these special children and their families.” As well as supporting the hospice during his benefit year, Prior has also promised to continue helping Chestnut Tree House in the future. To cement this special relationship, the charity’s President, Lady Sarah Clutton, invited Prior (pictured with Chief Exectuve Hugh Lowson) to become a Patron of Chestnut Tree House. Linda said: “We were all delighted when Matt accepted the honorary position of Patron and we know that

he will be a great supporter and ambassador for Chestnut Tree House helping us to raise funds and awareness across Sussex.” Two events will take place to launch Prior’s Benefit Year – The Wicket Keepers Dinner on Tuesday, March 6, in the Long Room at Lord’s and a luncheon on Friday, March 9, at The Grand, Brighton. In addition, there is a programme of special events planned throught the year. For further information or to purchase tickets to the events, please visit www.mattpriorbenefityear2012. com

County clinch backing Sussex County Cricket Club have revealed as the sponsors of the Boundary Rooms at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove, after signing a four-year deal. Built in 2010, the Boundary Rooms have become a focal point of both matchday and non-matchday business activity at The PROBIZ and will now be known as the Boundary Rooms. The modern and adaptable facilities are used on matchdays and can be hired all year round fo team-building days, corporate events, celebrations, weddings and more. Launched in September 2010, has rapidly become thel hub for the city’s “best jobs and employment challenges”. Gary Peters (pictured), Managing Director of and former Albion schoolboy. said, “We are absolutely delighted to become a corporate partner of Sussex County Cricket Club. “This partnership enables us to significantly extend our reach into the local business community ensuring that recruiting staff locally is both simple and affordable for all types of business, whatever size they may be. “Our team are big supporters of the club and along with the rest of the County we wish them all the best for the season ahead!” Trevor Mould, Sussex’s Marketing and Communications Manager said, “We are excited to welcome into the Sussex Family.” * To entertain clients in the Boundary Rooms while watching first-class cricket in the 2012 season, you can contact Sussex CCC’s commercial team on 0844 264 0201 or visit for more information

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BRUCE TALBOT on Sussex Sharks’ Caribbean t20 trip supported by Afinis


n inexperienced Sussex side were always likely to find things tough when the Sharks competed in the Caribbean t20 tournament backed by Afinis in January. The experienced core of the squad – Matt Prior, Murray Goodwin, Monty Panesar, Luke Wright and Ed Joyce – was absent but this allowed Cricket Manager Mark Robinson to select a youthful-looking squad with some of the players experiencing t20 for the first time in their Sussex careers. As well as the Caribbean islands, Netherlands and Canada – two ICC associate members – took part and Sussex started the tournament by beating the Dutch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. As expected away from the traditionally quick surface in Barbados, the pitch in Antigua was low and slow but the Sharks adapted well and won by 34 runs. Ben Brown, who was to be Sussex’s most consistent batsman in the tournament, top scored with a runa-ball 42 and chasing 126 to win the Dutch soon slumped to 28 for 6 before a partial recovery to 91 all out. Naveed Arif Gondal, who had been in action in Pakistan’s domestic t20 tournament, was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 for 12 while Mike Yardy and Chris Liddle took 2 wickets two each. It was to be Sussex’s only win of the competition as we found the going a lot tougher against the West Indian islands. Eventual beaten finalists Jamaica posted an impressive 152 for 5 on another slow pitch after winning the toss and batting first was always going to be important. The wickets were shared around but Sussex’s reply folded disappointingly and they were all out for 100 with four balls of the 20 overs unused. Only

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Chris Nash (26) and Joe Gatting (20) passed 20.A third Group B defeat followed to Combined Campus and Colleges for who skipper Romel Currency cashed in as the students coasted to victory by 29 runs. Currency scored a run-a-ball 48 in their 130 for 5 and then took 4 for 8 with his off breaks as Sussex were restricted to 101 for 9 in their reply. Gatting (37) and Brown (27) were the only batsmen to get into double figures. That left Sussex needing to beat Barbados in Bridgetown and hope other results went their way to make progress. The quicker pitch at the Kensington Oval should have suited Sussex’s attack and it did – unfortunately it also helped the Barbados quicks with Fidel Edwards and Tino Best claiming three wickets apiece. Skipper Yardy made 33 from 34 balls but Barbados only needed 14.4 overs to knock off the runs for the loss of two wickets. Will Beer had the consolation of knocking over former team-mate Dwayne Smith for 18. Big Dwayne had an outstanding tournament with 165 runs – only two batsmen scored more – although it was Trinidad and Tobago

who successfully defended their crown. For Sussex it was a steep learning curve, as Chief Executive Dave Brooks admitted. He said: “At the end of the day, our young team found batting hard on turning wickets against a battery of spinners, and then we got rushed out by a pacey Barbados attack in the final game. “But it was a great trip despite the results. Our bowling stood up well and we know we have depth now for t20, and it was great to see Will Beer fizz a few past the outside edge. Our batting struggled but Ben Brown showed real nous and temperament, and Joe Gatting offered another glimpse of his growing potential.” Several Sussex supporters made the trip to support the team and a social evening with the players and staff was enjoyed by all while the West Indies Cricket Board looked after the squad’s needs extremely well. Brooks then thanked the sponsors, Travel Places and Watson Associates as well as Afinis.

SussexSport Cricket Top: Sussex Sharks touring squad Above left: Yardy takes a wicket Above: A drive for the boundary Left: Will Beer takes a wicket Far left: Mike Yardy (right) with Alan Prior (left) and Gary Pleece (centre) of Afinis

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I had reached rock bottom

Nikki’s challenge after going from shame to feeling good. SussexSport reports


USSEX’S Nikki Bailey has revealed how she has overcome a weight problem and an operation which has left her partially deaf in her right ear last November to compete in the Brighton Half Marathon on February 19. The race Ambassador’s ‘shame’ to ‘success’, as the mother of two (Mia, seven, and Poppy, four) puts it, is a moving tale. ‘After weighing in at 13 stone in December 2010 and looking in the mirror at the heavier, unhappy person looking back at me crying with disgust and despair, I knew it was time to sink or swim. Feeling low, lacking in energy, ashamed and losing my zest for life, something had to change. After reaching rock bottom, I decided it was time to take myself off to Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness class and start to get Nikki back. So that’s what I did. For some time I have been wishing to support because as helping children is close to my heart because as a child I was bullied terribly. So I undertook a sponsored diet. Over the past year I stuck to various fitness classes, walked everywhere and followed a healthy balanced diet. My lifestyle was changing. Last summer, after losing just shy of two stone, I took part in the Race For Life for the fourth consecutive year in memory of my best friend Jenny, my dad and my friend’s mum. It was my only annual run as I was always afraid of running, had a phobia of falling over and didn’t believe I had it in me. After completing it at Stanmer Park, Brighton, my neighbour Helen, a keen runner, suggested I went for a run with her at 5.50am six days later. I didn’t sleep wondering what on earth I was doing but felt fantastic afterwards. It developed into a passion which also inspired others to do it.

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I decided I needed a bigger challenge to keep me focused so I signed up for the Brighton Half Marathon. A massive decision for me as 13 miles is what real professionals do not a 42-year-old wife and mummy of two young girls who has been fighting infection for over a year. I needed a Mastoidectomy operation as a CT scan showed I had a Cholesteotoma which needed attention. So I had the operation on November 7, 2011 to have three hearing bones in my right ear removed. But I did manage to get fellow patients to sponsor my chosen causes, including The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospiice, the only one in Sussex. The government only provide 9p in the £1! Training had to stop for recovery but, after what seemed like forever, I had rehab sessions with my PT friend Kevin Motley and did my first post-op run on December 18 and eased myself back to a reasonable level of fitness. Due to my social media, Twitter and Facebook, many people on them - including celebrities and Sam Fox and Emma Forbes, who are sponsoring me - have sent messages of support. Other mums I meet at school have also backed me. Some of those mums are now training with me and more than eight have signed on for the Half Marathon. I feel honoured I‘ve motivated them to run and look after their health more. I am getting incredible advice and support from Elle at Studio 57 on my nutrition and body care. It‘s priceless. I aim to do the best I can on February 19, I am a dedicated and determined woman

who wishes to give my best at anything I set my mind to. Running is now finding a slot in my day-to-day life just like my life-style change has done. Running has helped me stay in a good frame of mind, I am finding I am not getting as low, anxious and stressed as often. The best medicine isn’t in tablet form, it’s right there when I look down at my feet, putting one foot in front of the other. It has also helped me physically - I’ve lost two-and-a-half stone - and socially And it is free!’

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Cat Woman’s claws are out

Azra is purring as she faces up to the test


zra Zakir dressed as Cat Woman in the 10k Heroes Run, the flagship fund-raiser for Pass It On Africa in Brighton last year. And she now runs the Brighton Half Marathon to claw more money out of sponsors for the charity for whom she is to become a trustee. The international relations and business consultant, 42, says: “As well as knowing I’ve helped to make a difference in the lives of many children in Africa, there’ll also be the knowledge that I pushed myself to do something I never thought I could. “Running a Half Marathon is quite a challenge for me - this time a year ago, I could only run for a minute without having to stop and walk. But give me a goal and a challenge and I’m up for it! “It’s been a personal eye-opener, seeing how disciplined I can be when I need to be and seeing how I get past any hurdles when the training’s gone a bit wonky. “Things had been going really well until I tried to run nine miles and I wasn’t able to do it, no real reason I just wasn’t able to get past six. In a slight panic, I texted James, Pass It On Africa’s Charity Manager and running expert, and he gave me some tips and words of advice. “The next time I went to run nine miles, I really psyched myself up for it. My Facebook status update talked about it and I was amazed at how much support I got from family and friends saying ‘You can do it!’ I knew I had to! ‘That run went so well that I ended up running ten. “I was ill for three months last summer. It was as if life shut down. I was on the road to recovery from early October and when I saw that a friend had signed up for the Brighton Half Marathon, I thought ‘I want to do that too!’ even though I hadn’t run for over four months and knew it would be like starting from scratch. “I have impressed myself with the discipline I’ve shown towards running. I even ran on Christmas Day! I now run

four times a week and adverse weather conditions have yet to deter me. I’m determined. Working closely with the charity adds grit and resolve.” Azra wants to raise £1,000 for PIOA She says: ‘Even a little goes a long way - £12 pays a child’s school fees for a year, £45 pays for a student’s meals for a year and £228 pays a teacher’s wages for a year. A few drinks at the weekend could send a child to school for a year! A little bit can make all the difference in a child’s life.” Go to AzraZakir to support Azra and Pass It On Africa.

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Exclusive Q and A with Brighton Marathon organiser Tim Hutchings, the former international athlete, by Mike Donovan How and when did you get involved in the Brighton Marathon? After over 30 years in the Running industry, as a racer, TV commentator, sponsor, event organiser and so on, I realised I had most of the knowledge needed to pull a big event together. I didn’t have great local knowledge of Brighton and Hove, but did know the city had enormous potential to stage a Marathon. I pulled together a team with the right skill set and hey presto – if you can hey presto anything in about five years! What is its raison d’etre? To cater for the thousands of runners who want to run a spring marathon but can’t get in to London; to seize an opportunity and do it well, before anyone else seized it and did it badly; to earn a living – for myself and several others. Any anecdotes of its benefits? The Marathon has given Brighton its first large, city-wide sports event that really pulls the populace together. But from a charity perspective, it’s obviously huge: it benefits hundreds of charities who would otherwise not have had this particular vehicle to benefit from. If I hear that Teenage Cancer Trust were able to build facilities in Surrey that eases things for teenagers with cancer when I have two teenagers of my own, or that Rockinghorse were able to expand their work that helps sick kids in Sussex and Surrey, or that we’ve been able to help kids in Africa through our international charity partners, then it does give all of us in the office a really good feeling. What are the main logistical problems in putting it on? Spreading our resources adequately,

so that we can give the impression of a first-class running event like the London Marathon or Great North Run, when actually we don’t have much; no title sponsor means financial challenges! But road closures, signage around the city, communicating with our thousands of entrants, liaising with sponsors, working with the City Council, recruiting volunteers, ensuring that all Health and Safety requirements are met takes time and co-ordinated effort. Fortunately, Tom Naylor does a stunning job on the logistical management. How do you see it going this year? Much depends on the weather of course and we’ve been incredibly lucky with the sunshine in 2010 and 2011, but I don’t think the spirit of the runners and the spectators depends on that; it’s really the icing on the cake. So assuming we have good weather, it will look much the same this coming April, though bigger. We’re anticipating around 11,000 runners on the day – that’s around 30 per cent more than last April, but we know the city can take it. More people means more spectators, more fun and more money raised for our 300+ charity partners. What’s it like working with former international athlete Richard Nerurkar? Richard brings enormous experience and clear-thinking. He’s also a very positive guy with a young family and energy that’s infectious.

puts the whole Brighton Marathon weekend experience, above that of virtually every other race in the country. Are you running and if not why not? Firstly, I don’t have the time to train consistently and after running my second New York Marathon in 1995, I never again want to go into a marathon underprepared – it’s too hard, particularly at my age! I also need to be around to assist in any major decisions during the race.

What is your long-term aim for the event? To grow the race to a size that is right for the city while still retaining that “special” feeling that we offer the entrants and which in my opinion,

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Get ready for big Expo extravaganza More than 10,000 expected. An update on plans for the Big Weekend.


he Brighton Marathon weekend kicks off with a two-day extravaganza of running, health and fitness at the Brighton Centre with the Are You Ready? Brighton Marathon Exhibition on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. It’s free to enter and there’s something for everyone, whether young or old, a committed fitness fan, or just curious; whoever would be welcomed to a “great day out”. More than 10,000 are expected to attend. Shopping is one of the highlights of the Exhibition and the Marathon’s Official Retailer, Wiggle, will have all favourite products and brands for running, cycling, triathlon and swimming. Organisers are delighted to have Wiggle and all their other supporters involved, insisting they’ve helped to make the Brighton Marathon Exhibition 2012 the “largest and best shopping destination for sports and fitness fans in the South of England“. The Exhibition also has Celebrity Runner Seminars where you can meet, see and hear some of the country’s best known athletes being interviewed, and giving tips and advice on running, fitness and staying healthy. Talking of staying healthy; a visit to the Pasta Café is recommended as it serves a variety of“great” meals, snacks and drinks. The organisers said that “with so much to do and see, you’ll need to refuel”. There will be souvenirs aplenty at the Brighton Marathon stand, while the Mini Mile stand promises to offer fun and involvement for kids of all ages. Making sport fun for all generations is the organisers’ aim, so the Exhibition is a “great opportunity” to get kids involved in new sports and activities. One of the best things about the Brighton Marathon is the vast amount of money raised for good causes at home and abroad. At the Brighton Marathon Exhibition 2012, you can find out more about the organisations and the work

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they do, learn more about how you can get involved, or maybe even sign up to run the Brighton Marathon for your favourite charity in 2013. Plans for the elite field The winners’ finishing times at the 2011 Brighton Marathon showed big improvements on those from the previous year: Kenya’s Philemon Kiprop Boit ran 2:16.07, almost three minutes faster than the winning time in 2010, and Britain’s Allyson Dixon ran a victorious 2:34.51, more than 30 minutes faster. Dixon’s result also gained her selection for Britain’s team for the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Against the backdrop of the race being awarded an IAAF Road Race Bronze Label, race organisers are looking to build on this encouraging trend in 2012 by attracting some of Britain’s top marathon runners together with a range of European and African elite competitors. Some small course adjustments have also been made to the course used for the race’s first two editions, removing a couple of the inclines in the race’s first ten miles. The weather will also play its part in achieving fast finishing times. The 2010

and 2011 races took place in warm conditions which, while far from ideal for slower runners, were generally welcomed by the elite athletes, and particularly by the east Africans. Brighton Marathon Exhibition seminars Following the success of last year’s seminars, this year’s Brighton Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, will again include a series of talks by some well-known faces from British athletics. Last year’s speakers included Olympic medallists Sally Gunnell, Steve Cram, David Hemery and Charlie Spedding together with three other former London Marathon winners Liz McColgan, Eamonn Martin and Hugh Jones. The seminars will take place on the Saturday afternoon of marathon weekend. Entry to the Expo is free to marathon participants and the public. More than 10,000 people are expected to visit the Expo this year which has been extended to a two-day event starting on Friday afternoon.

SussexSport This year is an exciting year for sport, as the anticipation for the 2012 Olympics builds and anyone aged between seven and 17-years-old can also be a part of the Brighton Marathon weekend by running in the third staging of The Grand Hotel Mini Mile Races on April 15. These races, specifically designed for children to take part in, happen on the morning of the Brighton Marathon. They will cover the last mile of the marathon route along the seafront with huge crowds cheering everyone on! The entry fee is ÂŁ7.50, every entrant will receive a T-shirt and each finisher will be awarded with a medal and a Goody Bag. The Brighton Marathon team were keen in the early days of the organisation to get kids involved in running.


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With the support of sponsors such as The Grand Hotel and the team at Brighton and Hove City Council’s Healthy City campaign, the Mini Mile races could double in size to 2,000 runners this year. It’s true kids are being encouraged to register early to secure a place and everyone hopes it will inspire and encourage young people to keep active before, during and after marathon race day. To register for the Grand Hotel Mini Mile Races log onto minimile/index.php Places served on a first come first served basis.

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Diary of a marathon hopeful More progress reports and rants from our man Day 28 - Beauty and the Beast ! Have you noticed cyclists are better looking than motorists? They are healthier and happier. For cyclists, it is the reason for a smug air of superiority over car drivers; for drivers, cause to despise peddle power. It’s road war. Pedestrians don’t come into it, they’re fodder, collateral damage. Not true of course (apart from the pedestrians bit; pedestrians, you are on the bottom rung of the travel ladder, mobility scooter users pity you). The real reason motorists resent cyclists is they get away with jumping red lights, riding free, unfettered by safety requirements and traffic queues; drivers can’t but would dearly love to. They also fear hitting one. Cyclists dislike cars because they take up the road like they own it, they’re a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, and when the bike user is being lashed with rain and blown sideways in the freezing cold the B45 T4RD driving the car looks so pleased sitting in the warmth with the radio on. On the hard grey roads the motorist and cyclist are locked in a deadly dance borne of mutual disrespect, fear and envy. If you haven’t guessed I’m a cyclist. I take my life in my hands every day on Lewes Rd, which despite having a cycle lane (motorists will more readily recognise this lane as ‘temporary car parking’) is bloody dangerous for cyclists. Today I narrowly avoided a car that turned left almost right on top of me, without using indicators until they’d already started the manoeuvre. I thought indicators were supposed to INDICATE YOUR INTENTIONS, not point out what you’re already bloody doing. John ‘rotting’ Lydon once sang, before he was castrated in a marauding dairy cow accident, ‘anger is an energy’, and getting home after my near death experience, too furious

to unwind with the planned croissant and Neighbours catchup, I knew what he meant and instead went on an enraged run. Rage quickly turned to infuriated, infuriated soon became annoyed which swiftly changed to irritated, then resentful and I headed home sullen. By the time I returned the heated pastry and the near utopian warmth of Ramsey Street was just what I needed to make me smile again. Day 46 - I am legend An exaggeration but I am worthy of small admiration. Today I moved closer to the marathon. Today I ran 8 miles. I joined the Run Brighton marathon training group and discovered the inspiring effect of running with the pack. I’d been invited since I started my training but hadn’t been for three main reasons; they were running much further distances than me, they meet Sunday, and they meet Sunday morning. Despite these very valid excu...reasons I somehow got myself there today and despite slipping over in the mud on the run up to Devil’s Dyke, and on the bloody return in the same spot, I covered the distance, twice that I’ve previously ran, and with a little juice left (enough to push the pedals on the Audi anyway). A triumph but I don’t think I could have found the strength of will without the encouragement of Imogen (pictured) who became my running partner after stopping to help me up out of face down in the mud, and the group euphoria/hysteria created by running en masse. Now the bad news. An 8 mile run only burns 560 calories. Later I cycled 6 miles, to the pub and back, burning 120 calories. I was pleased to discover there are considerably less calories in ale than lager and Guinness (pint of ale: 180 kcal, stout: 210 kcal, 5% lager:

250 kcal - bad luck lager boys) but I had four tasty pints and a delicious roast dinner at The Montpelier, where the convivial landlord Geoff had conveniently arranged the tellies so football and snooker could be watched together, and found that adds up to a whopping 1400. Take off my burnt kcals and I was still left with 700 kcal. Bugger. On this evidence the beer belly won’t be giving up without a fight but, equally, neither will I sir. Day 70 (T minus 101 days to blastoff) - Xmasy Entropy I haven’t so much as run for the bus since my 8 mile triumph. It wasn’t a boozy or lazy Mythmas, I went skiing for the first time which was brilliant but exhausting and I drank less this holiday than I’ve put away in a single night most previous years, if we exclude the accidental singlehanded one hour demolition of a bottle of Amarula (my defence - it’s very Christmassy and moreish), if we exclude that hiccup then very dry indeed sir (or madam). The sad truth is I just didn’t put aside any time for running or put another way, I simply couldn’t be arsed madam (or sir). T minus 71 days (gulp) to blastoff - Crunch time What has happened in a month? I hear you cry. I turned 41 in January and have subsequently given up drinking booze until the marathon (don’t panic landlords of Brighton, this is definitely temporary) but I’ve only been on a couple of miserable 4 mile runs. I need to clock up some serious distances, and I need to start now. Why did I agree to this torture? Read more of Michael’s training progress at

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ondon 2012 fever is warming up in Sussex. The dream is becoming a reality after years of dedication, sacrifice and hard work. We have entered the year of destiny for many county athletes striving for glory at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The biggest global sporting jamborees have been exciting,inspiring and just simply awesome up to Beijing. But those emotions should be heightened at least tenfold in July when the Olympics begin.. And the good people of this county should be carried along. We’ve had plenty to be proud of in the past, who can forget Brighton’s Steve Ovett striking gold in Moscow in 1980 while beating Seb Coe during one of the most famous rivalries to be seen on the track? And, of course, there is our own Sally Gunnell who swept to victory in Barcelona in 1992. Sally tells us all about that experience in London Calling, this 12-page Sussex Sport special to mark the entry of our county competitors into a never-to-be-forgotten year of sport in Britain, Shorehamborn Gemma Spoffoth and Storrington’s Charlotte Woolliscroft speak of theatre appearances and epilepsy respectively as they bid to make a splash in the Olympic pool. And we tell the tale of how Sussex swimming is trying to gear up to produce Olympians of the future. We describe how several hockey players from East Grinstead, along with Ben Hawes, from Lewes, are poised to help the GB team succeed

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Olympic and Paralympic Games: county countdown for the first time since winning the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Crawley athlete Jade Nicholls regales us with how she is preparing in a field of animals, including llamas, while Paralympian Sophia Warner reveals what she has given up to pursue her Paralympic quest. All the moans and groans about expense will be washed away on a tide of national euphoria when the Games come to town, especially if the home nation enjoys a rich bounty in terms of medals. And our boys and girls could be at the forefront of the charge. Now read on...

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The moment which The second of our EXCLUSIVE series of columns from Sussex’s Olympic champion


T might be the 20th anniversary of when I became an Olympic champion, but I still go round thinking ‘wow, it feels like it is yesterday’. The moment changed my life and ensured I would never be forgotten But there are still days I pinch myself and say ‘did I really do that?’ You can’t quite ever take it in. It’s weird I couldn’t believe the moment I won my gold medal in the 400m hurdles in the Barcelona Games in 1992. I had dreamed it and now the dream had actually come true but yet I still couldn’t take it in. I’d rehearsed the moment of victory in my mind many times. How I would come off the final hurdle in a good position or ahead. When it worked out that way I knew then it was my race, that I was stronger than the others. I got the whole mental side right. It had been my focus for four years after coming fifth in the previous Games. That performance in Seoul made me think ‘do you know what, the next time I can do this?’ You just live and breathe it every second of the day. It’s all about going out and performing on the day. It helped that I enjoyed what I did. There were sessions that were hard but I knew I was lucky to be able to do what I was doing. I had a massive rivalry with Sandra Farmer-Patrick, the American girl, but that was healthy. It was not until I looked back that I realised how much that spurred me on. How it made me get out of bed in the morning, moaning about being tired and that it was raining. It was then you thought ‘Well, Sandra is going to be out there training hard’. The feeling of winning makes it worth every second I spent working at it no matter what the conditions. I didn’t think about how it would make my name when I was out there training. You don’t think about the actual consequences. Nothing can prepare you for it. Nobody can say ‘when I win next year’ or whenever. All you can do is be

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prepared to do your best. What made it more special was the fact we only had five gold medallists at those Games. I believe there will be a lot more at the London Games this summer. I got interested in the Olympics by watching it on television, seeing the Seb Coe v Steve Ovett races. The first Games I remember was that one in Moscow in 1980 with Seb, Steve and Daley Thompson. I also got interested in sports besides athletics. Gymnastics with Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci, was something which captured my imagination. A lot of people inspired me. The coach who spotted me at 14, my parents, my husband Jon. They kept me doing what I wanted to do. But there were plenty of ups and downs on route and it took 12 years to get there. That’s what people have to realise. When you lose. When you get injured. The wanting to give up and walk away. Financial troubles. All of those things made me the person who DELIVERED, but I had to go through it all to become that person. I competed in three Olympics and at the first I remember thinking ‘this is absolutely amazing’. By the second in Barcelona and the third in Atlanta, where I was injured, I thought ‘God, if I could afford to, I never want to miss one of these because they are out of this world’. Now I’m looking forward to being there in London in August, working behind the scenes. I’ve got three kids - Finley, Luca and Marley - but I don’t know if they understand what I did at the Olympics. I’m just good old mum to them. That’s how I’d want it anyway. I don’t know if any of them would want to be future Olympians. They all love their sport and they are doing loads of it. Finley’s doing football, cricket, everything. You name it. Jon’s been an athlete so they’ve got the sporty genes from the two of us. It’s great to see how schoolchildren in general are getting involved in the

Olympics by doing projects on it. Everybody seems to be excited by it and I’m sure that will build the closer we get to the event itself.

Sally Gunnell was talking to Mike Donovan


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A return to sweet Seoul music? Mike Brooks reveals how eight hockey players from one club in the county could lead to another GB gold


et’s get in the time machine. There are still plenty of people around who remember getting up early one late-summer morning in 1988 to watch Great Britain’s men’s hockey team claim gold at the Seoul Olympics. Most were not really hockey fans but had become gripped by the first sniff of team success these shores had seen since England’s footballers won the World Cup in 1966. Suddenly, the names Sean Kerly, Imran Sherwani, Richard Leman and Steve Batchelor rolled off the tongue. In the 20 years that followed British hockey slumped into the doldrums. The nation failed to build on their golden moment – which had followed a bronze medal in Los Angeles four years earlier – and the sport went backwards, both in its status and public appeal. But over the last few years hockey in this country has been making great strides forward again. England were European champions in 2009, beating old foe Germany 5-3 in the final. They head to this year’s London Olympics with realistic medal hopes and it could all be built on Sussex

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foundations. If the Great Britain team get on a run this summer, like they did in Seoul, then public interest will swell again, just as it did 24 years ago, and the flags will be out in Sussex. Leman, an East Grinstead stalwart, led to a sprinkling of Sussex interest in 1988 but this year the backbone of the squad could come from the county’s premier club. East Grinstead have eight current Great Britain internationals, seven of whom were chosen for the recent Champions Trophy in New Zealand which was seen as one of the last major warm-up events before the London Olympics. Yes, it is true that none of them were born in the county but that is top level sport for you and

SussexSport A playmaker and short corner specialist, the 24-year-old is arguably the finest jewel currently in Great Britain’s crown. Barry Middleton, the current Great Britain captain, only joined East Grinstead at the start of the current campaign, although he played indoors for the club last winter. Midfielder Glenn Kirkham has been at Saint Hill for a few years now and is one of the country’s most experienced internationals with more than 150 international caps to his name. That tally is not surpassed by many but Mark Pearn, East Grinstead’s playercoach, is one of them. Pearn, who joined Grinstead in his current role in 2005, has helped the club to a string of honours during the most glorious period in East Grinstead’s history. A veteran of two Olympics (2000 and 2004), he quit international hockey to concentrate on his family and coaching but came out of self-imposed exile to play for England again last summer and the 34-year-old with more than 200 caps to his name is now focusing on playing at his third Olympics. Of the others, Niall Stott is a seasoned Scotland international who has forced his way back into Great Britain’s thinking while fellow defender Iain Lewers and forward Mark Gleghorne joined Grinstead this season. Darren Cheesman, the man to miss out on the Champions Trophy, is still fighting back from injury which sidelined him for half of last season but is very much part of the larger squad Great Britain are working with ahead of the Olympics. The Sussex interest does not end there. Ben Hawes, whose family home is at Barcombe in East Sussex, is a former Lewes player who, now 31, plays for Wimbledon with nearly 200 international caps to his name. Hoping for a call to GB’s women squad for London are regular international Ashleigh Bull, who was born in Brighton, and Canterbury defender Dilly Newton, from Hailsham, who recently made her Great Britain debut,There is a feeling building that this could be Great Britain’s year again in terms of hockey and if that is the case then Sussex could savour one of its greatest sporting success stories to date.

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should not diminish the county’s pride at their possible participation. West Ham will always celebrate their triumvirate of players in England’s 1966 World Cupwinning team but were Hurst, Moore and Peters all born in the East End? Okay, bad example. Grinstead will be proud too if the bulk of those players are – as expected – chosen for the final squad this summer. Among them are some key men, including Ashley Jackson, the 2009 World Young Player of the Year who came through the ranks at East Grinstead and made his debut as a teenager before going off to play in Holland and then returning to his spiritual home.


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Field of dreams

Jade Nicholls tells MIKE DONOVAN how she has to avoid the animals


ADE Nicholls bids for an Olympic place in a farmer’s field of llamas, alpacas, sheep and cows. She even has to ensure her concrete discus circle is not covered in animal excrement by protecting it with chicken wire. “There’s a lot of poo around,” laughs the British athletic champion from Crawley. “But the animals are fine as long as they stay out of the way. The llamas, alpacas and sheep are no trouble but the cows can sometimes get inquisitive. One stayed around me a long time as I tried to throw my discus so a friend of mine helped me to scare it away. “My ideal animals, to be honest, are goldfish because they are behind glass and you don’t have to interact with them!” The field in the village of Maplehurst near Horsham is owned by George Baker and is a godsend to Jade when her normal training base at Broadbridge Heath Sports Centre base is unavailable because of either footballers training or a county athletic squad session. She is clearly no sporting equivalent of Dr Dolittle but doesn’t moo-an about the drawbacks of dealing with livestock and the distractions it provides. Jade is 100 per cent focused on becoming an Olympian. That means EVERYTHING has to fit around her athletics: family, social and work life. Even husband Lee, although a great supporter of her dream, believes he takes second place to it. Motherhood? That is also on the back burner. The 24-year-old says: “To be excellent at anything there’s an

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enormous amount of dedication and sacrifice needed. My friends all through university didn’t understand why I didn’t drink. I didn’t party because there was either training or competition the next day. It’s about commitment and I don’t really see anything else other than throwing the discus at the Olympics. “Everything I do is related to the Olympics. When I eat, when I sleep, how I work and what I earn from my job as a personal trainer in Crawley. “It makes me feel bad that Lee feels he comes second to my athletics, which he doesn’t. “It takes a very understanding husband to appreciate what’s important to me and what it takes to get me to where I want to go. “It might be hard for him but he supports me all the way. He even comes to my training sessions in the field to help. I love him and appreciate everything he does for me. “We try to have some sort of life together but it has to be planned. That means I don’t see my friends. I haven’t seen my uni mates since I left three years ago. And yes, I feel I would like to be a mum but not now.“ Jade is coming to the end of her first four-year plan and preparing for another. She says: “I’m in the last year of one athletics cycle which I hope sees me selected for the London Olympics. It began with a European under-23 bronze medal, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and going close to making the GB team for the World

Championships last year. “After the Olympics I start my second cycle, hopefully with the experiences of being involved in London behind me. Then it’s the buildup to the next World Championships in Moscow in 2013 and then medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.” With such ferocious attention to one single aim, Sussex Sport wondered if it is all worth it. Unblinking and without hesitation, Jade says: “Yes, it’s worthwhile. I’m slightly addicted to winning so I do everything I can to be the best I can. That takes honest hard work. “The fact this year’s Olympic Games is on home turf is amazing. It’s

massive.” Then Jade is gone. This interview is just part of her day’s schedule. She is spending the afternoon in a field of livestock which happens to be her field of dreams.

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JADE NICHOLLS FACTFILE Personal best:60.76m World ranking: 33

Domestic Championships

2011: CAU Inter Counties Championships gold. Aviva World Trials and UK Championships gold. England Senior Championships gold 2010: Aviva European Trials & UK Championships gold. CAU Inter Counties Championships gold 2009: England Under-23 Championships silver. Aviva World Trials and UK Championships bronze 2008: BUSA Championships gold. Aviva Olympic Trials and UK Championships 5th. England Athletics U-23 Championships 5th. CAU Inter Counties Championships bronze 2007: England U-23 Championships silver. Norwich Union World Trials and AAA Championships 5th. BUSA Championships bronze. CAU Inter Counties 7th 2006: AAA U-23 Championships gold. CAU Inter Counties Championships 7th. BUSA Championships silver. Norwich Union European Trials and UK Championships 8th

Major Championships and International Record 2010: Commonwealth Games 6th 2009: European U-23 Championships bronze

NOT SECOND BEST: Jade with hus

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Back home and feeling nervous Gemma Spofforth continues her EXCLUSIVE blog leading up to the Olympics January As 2011 came to a close and a New Year began I had a very busy December. All starting with Duel in the Pool (USA versus Europe) after a heavy training schedule towards the end of the year. I was very pleased with where I was at, and after the gruelling training, my coach and I weren’t really expecting super-fast swimming. So to go out to Atlanta and enjoy a Duel meet (which I had become accustomed to during my time at Florida) against a lot of my teammates from America - I’m based in Florida was definitely tough in the pool. However, rooming with Fran Halsall (a European and Commonwealth Games champion and world silver medallist from Great Britain) and getting to know the Europeans better was a lot of fun. Straight from there I travelled the eight-hour flight home to England to spend Christmas with my family. My dad had organised “A night with Gemma Spofforth” where 240 people came to listen to my life story. I was extremely nervous and am a little wary of these types of events. However, the evening was a success. Myself and Mark Foster were interviewed by Andrew Castle at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester (Andrew and Mark shared their Strictly Come Dancing experiences as well as sporting ones!) I got to meet and greet a lot of younger kids from my old clubs Bognor and Portsmouth, which is always great. Training for me at home is hard, on my own with no one to push me. However, I went to my brother’s old

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school, and home to the Chichester Cormorants where they kindly allowed some filming and a lane to swim in. At the end of the practice, I raced about 20 of the young kids individually; needless to say by the end of it I was exhausted me and most of them gave me a good run for my money!! Christmas itself was fairly standard, my brother and I took the dogs for a walk in the morning and presentopening was hectic with four angry dogs interrupting a usually smooth unwrapping. I got a chopping board and a cookbook to continue my learning curve in the kitchen - something I am really enjoying. So all in all December was a great success. I am back in Florida now and straight in the pool to continue the brutal schedule of double sessions every day! Happy New Year to you all and may 2012 bring everybody something new and fabulous!

Pictured: Gemma (second left) with her dad Mark, Mark Foster and Andrew Castle at Minerva Theatre in Chichester.

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I was pushed over the edge

Sussex swimmer Charlotte Woolliscroft on how epilepsy has affected build-up in second part of her EXCLUSIVE diary


what I have to do every day.

When I went into this month there was a time - for two or three weeks - where, on and off, I couldn’t train. I spent a week completely out of the water. It was really, really bad and so frustrating. My flatmate in Stockport where I train got a bad cold and I caught it. I suffered from bad headaches and a high temperatures. I have an epileptic condition and it pushed me over the edge. I got back in the pool again but I have been left with symptoms which haven’t gone away, although it is a lot better than it was. It means I get very confused. My short-term memory is just awful and it is hard to piece things together. I get very dizzy and cannot balance very well. I can’t judge distances so when I’m crossing the road with cars about it is quite hard. My eyes take a long time to adjust when I turned my head and I don’t see anything until they do. When I first got back in the pool I had trouble seeing the wall for the turns. I’ve had to cut down on everything that’s not swimming-related. I’m spending every minute I can just trying to get well - and feel normal - for the next session. Even if I am an absolute state the rest of the time I don’t mind as long as I’m in the pool doing what I need to do. The doctors have told me the only way that anyone can control the condition I have is to take a 9-5 job and not do anything out of the ordinary. Eat well. Sleep well. Not push your body to the limit. But I’m an athlete and that’s

If I do stop swimming and try and get better my body’s going to go back to square one when I get back in the pool. I’d rather get treated now and then I can see the improvement while I’m swimming and then I’ll know it is working. It’s not a tough decision at all. I can cope with it. I’ve coped with it for a long time. It’s just something I have to deal with to achieve the things I want to do. I’ve got lots of scans coming up for my headaches to get to the bottom of everything. You have to turn it into a positive. I was at a competition the other week and one of the officials came up to me and said one of her daughters had been diagnosed with epilepsy and was 15. She asked me how to deal with it. Do I still swim? Her daughter was just starting out on the road. I said I’m still working it out myself but if you want to do something you can’t let anything stop you. It’s been incredibly hard training over the past three weeks. Just three days before Christmas we had a massive challenge, mentally and physically, with one hundred 100m swims with very short rests in between. It wasn’t too bad and I did see the wall but it was hard! We did it so we will know we’ll be tough enough when we race at the trials.

JANUARY I carried on working hard before starting to taper at the end of it and at

the beginning of February ahead of the Olympic trials in March. My main goals are the 400m and 800m. The trials will be in the new Olympic pool in London. I haven’t even been to it. It’s going to be great, people I know say it is wonderful. It’ll be a privilege to swim in it. I cut down on my volume of swimming. I’ve sharpened up. Even though I’d done all the hard work it still was an intense time. All the fine-tuning, anticipation. That you can train well and race awfully and vice versa. I have to relax and trust in what I’m doing. I’m feeling good and very happy right now, with the support of my coach, Richard Blackshaw, family and the man in my life. Life is simple given its limitations, like making pancakes with my boyfriend or shopping. A happy swimmer is always a faster one!

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Blonde ambition

Timing’s right sprinter Sophia reveals to MIKE DONOVAN


HEY say blondes have more fun and are not short of ambition. The one stood in front of me at a Sussex Sports Awards gathering has also enjoyed serendipity. “I can’t believe that the first time my events (100m and 200m) gets called for the Paralympics Games it is on home soil when I’m a competing athlete,” says Sophia Warner, a 38-year-old sprinter from Hove who has cerebral palsy. “ I heard in 2007 there were quite a few coming through my classification. It stopped me retiring.” The timing’s lucky but there’s no happy accident about the mum-oftwo having the mother of all chances to claim a gold medal or two in the capital this year. She has been touted as having the potential to be the poster girl for London 2012 with her camera-friendly looks and bubbly personality. But it is when you dig below the superficial you discover how she has put herself in a position to achieve glory. Sophia has given up a high-powered marketing career to train full-time around her children, daughter Lucca, seven, and son Felix, five, leaving husband Haydn to return to work as a builder. She says: “When I found out my event had been called for the Paralympics I walked into work the next day and resigned. My work had funded my family to come out to New Zealand to watch me win a 200m silver medal in the World Championships. They took it well and were impressed I was prepared to do it. “It’s made life a lot easier. I was training until 10.30 at night - going to the gym from the track after leaving work at 5. It got me my world silver but

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something had to give. “The whole family have stood by me and been very supportive. Haydn’s been impressed I’ve had the guts to go out and do what I wanted to do. He does make the odd joke like ‘you’d better win after all this’. “He was looking forward to going back to work. You’d have to be some kind of insane person to enjoy being home 24-7 with children. Everybody’s happy.” Persuading coach Steve King to take on his first athlete with a disability has been key. Sophia says: “I approached him. It is difficult to get coaches for athletes who are disabled sometimes. I don’t know if they aren’t comfortable with it. He’d tell you he’d be the last to coach an athlete with disabilities. “He didn’t know where to start. He was used to athletes running 100m in 11 to 12 seconds, yet he had got me ranked higher than any one of his athletes had ever been in the world running 17 seconds.” With King, she is speeding up thanks to “random” methods. Her 100m is now down to 0.01sec off the world No.1’s best. Sophia says: “Steve had always been text book. But since he’s been working with me he’s realised he can do something random which makes a difference. “He sawed a centimetre off the starting blocks because I was wonky leaning on them. It made me start faster. He gets me standing on one leg and hopping. It’s breaking things down. “Steve’s dry and tough. He’ll ‘kill’ me along with the rest of his ablebodied athletes. The best thing to help me get better is to run alongside people I aspire to run like.”

Sophia, who trains in Brighton and Broadbridge Heath, admits she owes a huge debt to Sussex athletics for putting her in prime position to succeeding at the Paralympics. Sophia says: “Without the incredible support of Sussex athletics I wouldn’t be where I am. Winning the Sussex Disabled Sports Personality Award has lifted my profile. I now go round schools doing motivational speaking.” Part of

her motivation to win in London is to promote a positive image for sport for those with disabilities. She adds: “I want disabled people to open their minds and realise they are not much different. I lead a normal life and enjoy athletics.” She confesses her events at the Paralympics aren’t easy on the eye. Sophia says: “My classification - T35 - is not the most attractive. People like to see competitors running as fast as the able-bodied, like the visually impaired. “I’ll be the only one who makes it out of starting blocks, thanks to a support under my weak arm enabling

me to do that.” Maybe she’ll replace the legendary Tanni Grey-Thompson as the respected spokesperson for sportsmen and women with physical disadvantages. She says: “I’m not sure Tanni would like that very much but I do feel people like me have got a big role to play in promoting our sports.” For now, Sophia is concerned with the upcoming Games. “I’m totally focused on it. I want gold.” Blonde ambition, indeed.

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Come together JAMIE SPOOR on why Games dreamers have been given a lift


udding Sussex swimmers with hopes of being Olympians have received a boost. Two of Sussex’s leading clubs have combined to form an elite swimming squad known as Sussex Seahawks. The new initiative by Shiverers (Brighton and Hove) and Atlantis (Horsham) is aimed at raising the profile of swimming in Sussex while providing an opportunity for county swimmers to compete in national and regional events. And Crawley has already been attracted, with East Grinstead poised to join. Seahawks look to create a highperformance environment and promote standards of excellence from which swimmers will be given the best opportunity to emerge at the highest level. Chairman Andrew Dunlop says: “The northern counties have traditionally been strong and dominated the National and British Championships, so we wanted to improve the level of competition and ability in Sussex. “The idea for the Seahawks came from East Invicta ASC in Kent. We liked the look of how they did things so decided to form our own elite club, similar to what Invicta are trying to do. “Sussex swimming has been a small fish in a big pond for a long time, but there’s a huge buzz about this whole project. “It’s a different situation for everyone and hopefully it will have a big impact on motivation, training and performance levels. “Shiverers and Atlantis got the scheme going. We’re expanding all the time, with Crawley having joined and East Grinstead having declared their interest. We’re feeding into what the Sussex Swimming Association are trying to do. “Seahawks really excites me, I’m a strong believer in our swimming community working together to raise performances and improve

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development. “Here in the South East we’re learning a lot from how other UK regions organise themselves effectively for competitive success.” The new squad train at K2 Leisure, Crawley, and members of it will continue to train and compete with their home club for inter-county competitions, including the County Championships. Dunlop says: “Improving the relations between individual clubs in Sussex was something we wanted to look at and, with the new structure, in the long term we’re hopeful Seahawks are capable of producing international class swimmers in the same mould as Sussex swimmers Karen Pickering and Gemma Spofforth.” Shiverers and Atlantis will continue with their own individual club identities, but the two clubs intend to be in a position to compete for the first time as the Seahawks at the South East Regional Championships in May and June this year. Swimmers from member clubs will compete with the combined squad at the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) South East Regional Age Group and Youth

Championships, as well as the National Age Group and Youth Championships with the Seahawks looking to attract a wide age range structured into youth and then specific age-group categories. Keith Sutton, the ASA’s South East Regional Director, said: “We’re delighted at the new emergence of the Sussex squad, and we’re keen to encourage a network of clubs pulling together for a swimmer focused approach. “I hope the Sussex Seahawks enjoy similar success as East Invicta in Kent in helping to raise the standards of competitive swimming in the South East.” Charlotte Blake, ten, a Telscombe pupil from Peacehaven, has been named Young Swimmer of the Year in the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards in Sheffield.

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I’ll ensure Brighton and Fontwell thrive New Northern Racing South East Executive PHIL BELL writes for SussexSport


am employed by Northern Racing, which operates Brighton and Fontwell Park, two of its ten tracks. In my role as South East Executive Director, my task to ensure the fortunes of Brighton and Fontwell Park continue to thrive. There are 42 race meetings split between the two venues, which are also open every day of the year for weddings, conferences, parties, car boot sales, trade shows and a multitude of other events. As well as overseeing the two Sussex racecourses, I am also working on various sales and PR projects for Northern Racing. There are plenty of challenges so I’ll start my regular Sussex Sport column looking at one of them. How do we attract more people to the races? Admittedly, our industry has just announced the fantastic news that 2011 was a record year for attendances with just over six million people enjoying a day at one of the country’s 60 courses. However, there are still millions of people who have never been horse racing and I’d like to take a look as to why this is the case. I fully appreciate we are not construed as a mainstream sport, such as cricket, rugby and football. The nation’s sports news is dominated by the latter, with racing occasionally getting a mention at the end of the bulletin. This clearly doesn’t help our case and the industry is taking notice. Racing For Change, a centrallyfunded initiative to broaden the appeal of the sport, is fighting hard for more column inches and airtime. At course level, there are talented executives who are maximising their relationships with the media. We must improve our performance in this area otherwise when I next go to a function and ask

a stranger to racing to name a jockey, I will continue to get Willie Carson – and he retired in 1996. When I ask someone unfamiliar to our wonderful sport to name a horse, I still regularly hear Red Rum, who was retired in 1978. Another area where progress has been made – but further improvement needed – is the awareness of the fixtures. Football fixtures are relatively easy. If it’s a Saturday between August and May, there will generally be matches. But if you ask yourself when is your local racecourse next holding a meeting, it becomes a bit tougher. Is it a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday? We do have established fixtures that generally take place at the same time of year (such as Royal Ascot, the Grand National, Glorious Goodwood and the Brighton threeday festival) but the day-to-day meetings are scattered through the week. This is an area Northern Racing are committed to improving. It would be easier for marketing purposes if – for example – there was racing at Brighton on the last Friday of every month from May to September and every Saturday evening in July. I’m sure people still feel intimidated at the thought of going racing with questions about what to wear and how to place a bet frequently mentioned as potential barriers. Neither of these topics should be a concern. In the Public Enclosures of all racecourses, smart casual clothes are acceptable. This is also the case in the

vast majority of Premier Enclosures too. It is only the prestigious fixtures such as Royal Ascot where slightly stricter dress codes apply. As for placing a bet, there are plenty of people on hand to assist. Finally, race day admission prices are often criticised as being too expensive but there are more and more competitive deals in the marketplace. Have a look at the various offers on racecourse websites. For example – and please excuse me taking the opportunity to plug my own courses - at around 75% of the fixtures at Brighton and Fontwell Park admission to the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure is just £10 if you book in advance. Pictured above: Phil Bell (centre) with Stuart Dorn head of sales and operations at Brighton and Fontwell Park general manager Holly Glover.

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What price happiness?

Sussex racing fan KEVIN ’The Punter’ ROGERS on megastar pilots, systems and a legendary tipster


elcome oh fortunate people of Sussex, four tracks - Brighton, Goodwood, Fontwell Park and Plumpton - and year round racing. Across the border in leafy Hampshire there are none. Border infractions are regular at this time of year! Fontwell and Plumpton tempt on a weekly basis and, although it is fair to say genuine equine superstars are a rare sight, this is not the case with their megastar pilots. AP McCoy, a stalwart of both tracks, is beyond question the greatest National Hunt jockey ever. However, in a bizarre quantum twist, Ruby Walsh is even better when both come to play. It is like either Ali v Frazier, Borg v McEnroe, or even Messi and Ronaldo turning up for regular competitive matches at Albion’s Amex Stadium. And all for about £10. When I was asked to write this column it was made clear I am not a tipster (how well you know me, Mr Editor) . This is a fanzine piece from a racing fan. The first subject I want to tackle is how important the fun factor is in the sport from the punter’s perspective. The point of going racing is enjoyment, not profit. I can assure you, whilst writing this in my tent, systems don’t work. Professional punters are as rare as honest politicians. To be one takes dedication and discipline beyond most of us. However, some basic planning is a good idea. Managing your money is a must and my chosen method is to have a Nap on which I place a larger bet

and back the other races to smaller amounts. My friend stakes each race to return £30, eg. £5 on a 5-1 shot and £3 on a 10-1. But the most satisfying system is the one adopted by his wife. Knowing little of the subtleties of horse selection, she backs two horses in each race each way regardless of price. This provides her with good enjoyment levels as regular adrenalin rushes are likely. On returning from a meeting at Fontwell recently I asked her ‘how did you do?’ She replied: ‘ I backed four winners out of six, it was terrific’.’ When I rudely enquired how much she had won she informed me she had lost about eight quid. What price happiness eh? To finish I would like to pay tribute to a great man of racing. ‘Cayton ‘ was the legendary Marxist tipster for the communist Morning Star in the 60s and 70s. As the proletarian shilling had to be stretched, he never tipped favourites and consequently could go months without a winner. On principle, he never tipped nor printed a card for Royal Ascot, preferring to tip Means of Production 2.15 at Thirsk rather than Brigadier Gerrard. I honour a great British eccentric.

All action: Plumpton tempts the Punter on a regular basis.

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believe Sussex’s own Phil Bell might one day take over the running of British racing. He’s that good. I know Paul Bittar has just taken on the job of the British Horseracing Authority chief executive from Nick Coward But I honestly feel ‘Ding Dong’ has the qualities to do it and do it well. I am pleased Phil has just been promoted within Northern Racing to No.2 to chief executive Tony Kelly, another excellent racing figure based in the county. He will continue to do a great job for the racecourse owners, I’m sure of that. Yet I honestly think he has the qualities for taking charge of racing in this country. He has run Brighton and Fontwell at the same time. That would be a big task for Superman and he has managed to do very well at both. He turned Fontwell from a funny little track which nobody went to into what it is and he persuaded the owners to invest in a new stand. He’s a very talented person and easy to get on with, but you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him. He’s a proper businessman. Paul, who took over last month, is a breath of air. I met him way back when he was working for the BHB (the British Horseracing Board) - before the BHA was put together. I found him very personable. Australians have got a very good track record in such roles. I’ve spoken to two or three people in Australia and was told good things about him. One was a Melbourne Cup-winning trainer who said he is his own man and that he’ll fix it. That’s nothing against Nick. I don’t think he did a good job, I don’t think he did a bad job. How will Paul’s appointment affect Sussex? He won’t do a regional review, but he will be fair and honest and ensure the mighty Cheltenhams, Ascots and Aintrees don’t get more of the pie than they are getting at the moment. And he will make sure that smaller tracks like Fontwell, Brighton and Plumpton get theirs. It’s a positive move. Paul coming in will be a curate’s egg for county trainers. Some will like him, some won’t, but all the horse owners are expecting a bit more prize money. That’s not going to be forthcoming with the state the Levy is and the way in horse-racing finances are. We’re going to continue to moan and groan. I had a £9,000 winner at Plumpton, Aikideau, which pays for a few months’ training bills,

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but top trainer Paul Nicholls, who trains a lot of my horses, had a winner at Worcester recently and the first prize was £1,000. That’s just about covers the cost of getting the bloody horse up there. love the Cheltenham Festival and intend to have a dozen entries including Big Buck’s, like I did last year. The festival is different class. You won’t keep me away. It was one of the reasons I sold out of my old firm. There was a board meeting which, as chairman, I had to attend. Then I found out it was Gold Cup day. I wasn’t missing that.


I love the Cheltenham Festival and intend to have a dozen entries including Big Buck’s, like I did last year. Big Buck’s will go for his fourth World Hurdle. People have told me to put him in the Gold Cup but the last time he went over fences he fluffed it and since has been top of the hurdle division. What’s the point in going back? Some say the ease with which he wins is boring but it’s like top football teams who win easily, people still turn up to watch them. At time of writing this my entries include Celestial Halo, Nomecheki, Tatenen, Poquelin,, Rocky Creek and, possibly,Aiteen Thirtythree. Before the Festival I’m looking forward to the preview events at Fontwell (March 7) and Plumpton (March 12).


HAVE had no hesitation in entering a horse for this year’s Grand National. Last year’s renewal provoked a lot of criticism due to the death of a couple of horses, including my own, Ornais. They have made changes which are completely unnecessary. It’s not a quick race. Where you are going to get the dangerous falls are in two-mile races, like the Champion Chase, when the horses are travelling at close to 40mph? Let’s get this right. Ornais has a heart attack as he was going over the fourth fence, collapsed and died. If he’d been on the gallops he’d have done exactly the same thing. The post mortem revealed his heart had failed before he took off. There have been calls to ban the Grand National after what happened last year but it is the most watched horse race in the world - the People’s Race. Everyone goes down the bookies for a

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pound eachway. The year before last everyone, including Prince William I‘m told, bet on my horse My Will. I am pinning my main hopes on Aiteen Thirtythree this year. It will be hard as he’s likely to be third top weight. Only Red Rum has won off top weight.


USSEX tracks deserve credit for being proactive in trying to get more people to go racing, something which is desperately needed. Phil Bell and Brighton’s new sales and operations manager Stuart Dorn have already come up with the a sensible idea of offering free racing on the opening day of the season on April 26. Plumpton has also come up with a practical initiative by letting in students in at cut price. One came up to me at the track and thanked me for championing such cuts, but I said ‘no, thank you for turning up, you are the new generation of race goers’.


AM a big supporter of Spinal Research and we’ve set up three race days at Sussex tracks to be named in recognition of it this year. We are doing the Goodwood ladies charity race which was confirmed after my son Paul, who had spinal injuries following a snowboarding accident a couple of years ago, had a meeting with the owner, the Earl of March. Phil Bell and I have been working out a timetable at a local curry house to put one on at Fontwell and we will continue to stage one at Plumpton. I have been impressed by the efforts of four rowers I’ve helped back in crossing the Atlantic to raise funds of more than £1m. It was tough. They had to survive on raw food after their two cookers froze but what an achievement! Andy Stewart was talking to Mike Donovan

World Hurdle: Big Buck’s with trainer Paul Nicholls and Stable girl Rosie

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Tsunami looking swell Nick Szczepanik finds American Football is growing at university


he American Football season in the United States ended with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 6, but Sussex-based fans of the gridiron game can keep their facepaint and replica shirts at the ready all year. Although American Football is a winter game across the pond at high school, college and professional level, the season in England is split, with club teams playing in summer and the universities league running over winter. Brighton Tsunami, the University of Brighton team, began their campaign in October and will finish in March, or later if they reach the play-offs. They stage home matches at Falmer – no, not in that big stadium that there has been so much fuss about, but on the university campus’s 3G Astroturf pitch. Bearing in mind the highimpact nature of the sport, which involves extreme tackling and boneshuddering impacts, an artificial surface sounds far from ideal. “It’s the opposite, it’s quite soft, with rubber on it,” Richard Cooling, the team president, says. “And a lot of grass surfaces get waterlogged at the time of year we play.” It is a surprisingly popular sport, with 56 British universities fielding teams. “We’ve had the most interest ever this season,” Cooling said. “250 people signed up at Freshers’ fair, 160 turned up at our first training session, and we registered 74. We can have a gameday squad of up to 55. Most had played football or rugby at school and wanted to do something different at university. American Football fits that bill.” Getting the players, coaches and equipment – all those pads and helmets - to away games presents a logistical challenge.

“Our first away game this season was at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. We had to get a coach for 55 players, plus 12 coaches, plus cheerleaders.” Yes,cheerleaders – after all, could it really be American Football without them? “We have between ten and 20. They come to all our games, home and away, and in return we go to their competitions. We go out every week as a football and cheerleaders team and do charity and fundraising events throughout the year. Five of us ran the Beachy Head Marathon and lots of the cheerleaders came down to cheer us on. The link is really strong.” “As yet, the women cannot play, although some universities have noncontact “flag” football or five-a-side full- contact teams and the Tsunami hope to start a team if demand grows. “Unfortunately, there is no local rivalry with Sussex University. The two used to have a combined team, but it fell foul of red tape. The league is trying to become part of BUCS, [British Universities and Colleges Sport] and to do that all the teams had to be single-institution. Sussex hasn’t got a team now, although we’ve tried to help them set one up.” Cooling is an undergraduate at the university, studying Politics and Criminology as well as a cornerback or safety in the Tsunami team. He was elected team president last year. “I had quite a lot of experience. I’ve played a lot, two years at Sussex Thunder when I was 13, 14, two years at Loughborough University, and this is my second year at Brighton. And I’ve

also played for the Kent Exiles senior team.” Like Cooling, some other Tsunami players will probably move on after the end of the university season to play for Sussex Thunder, in the British American Football Association National League division one – the second tier of the club game. They are based at the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, although for how much longer is uncertain. Horsham Council are planning to redevelop the site but the club is campaigning for a delay. “We have very good links with them. A couple of their coaches and players come and coach for us and we encourage all of our players who want to play through the summer to play for them. They are a very well-run and well set-up club. “At the moment we’re borrowing most of their equipment because they’re struggling for places to store it, so they’ve lent it to us. And our Super Bowl party this year was a joint one! Most players in the senior leagues started playing at university and they just want to keep playing.”

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ervyn Westfield. A few weeks ago, most people would never have heard that name. Some of you still haven’t. But if I tell you that he’s recently become the first English cricketer to be convicted of spot fixing, then I’m sure the penny will drop. Excuse the pun. Back in 2009, Mervyn traded in the potential of a long county cricket career for £6,000. Recently, I’ve read much condemning him, “Ban him for life”, “Don’t let him near the game again” – typical comments of admonition. It’s hard to disagree with that type of sentiment, but actually, I do. Once the judiciary have handed Westfield his sentence, he should be allowed to serve it, then get on with his life. But what that life should include is gainful employment with the very people he has wronged – the ECB. “Why?”, I hear you cry. Well, two words actually – David Millar. Millar is the Scottish cyclist who, in 2001, was marched out of a café in Biarritz by the Surete after receiving tip offs that he was a dope cheat. Dope cheating in cycling is the cancer that nearly killed the sport in the way that spot fixing potentially has the ability to kill off cricket. He did not protest. In fact, relieved of the weight of the lie being lifted from his shoulders, he sang like a canary, took his medicine before returning to the sport – cleansed, both physically and mentally, in 2006. But Millar did something far, far more important than just returning to top-level sport. Millar wrote an excellent book,

Racing Through The Dark, outlining the complete story of his descent into cheating, and has worked tirelessly to ensure other, younger, cyclists who are more likely to cave in to the pressure of crooked soigneurs to dope, do not continue tainting the noble sport that cycling is. Millar has become a paragon of virtue in his sport now, and not in some twee evangelical “I’ve seen the light” manner, but rather in a down-toearth and no-nonsense style. And this is exactly what the ECB should embrace with Westfield. I abhor this spot-fixing culture in cricket more than I can explain here and, if I were a

to stop other 21-year-old kids (for that’s how old Westfield was when he transgressed) suffering the same awful fate as you have? If his answer is yes, then, a la David Millar, he should be afforded the opportunity of spending the rest of his sporting life making amends, instructing, advising and teaching all young potential cricketers with careers ahead of them - from Sussex and around the country - on the dangers that lurk on the dark side of that boundary. To not attempt to use Westfield in the positive way that cycling has used Millar, will just compound one sad

TO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE WESTFIELD IN THE POSITIVE WAY CYCLING HAS USED MILLAR WILL JUST COMPOUND ONE SAD SITUATION INTO ANOTHER cricketer, I can tell you now that I would never be tempted. But how can I really be certain of that noble stance? I have no idea how it all works. I have no idea whether people call you in the middle of the night. Do they meet you in either pubs or hotels or wait outside cricket grounds? Is there a Mr X known to those that play the game at the highest level? Or is there a teammate introducing you to the dark side? I’ve no idea. But Mervyn Westfield knows. Ask him. In fact, instead of just asking him, the ECB should pick him up from the prison gates (should that be his fate), whisk him round to their offices and ask him one question: Do you want

personal situation into another. I have only one proviso with all of this. Millar craved redemption and possessed a determined desire to help. Westfield must possess the same. If he doesn’t? Well frankly, then he shouldn’t be allowed within half-a-mile of a cricket ground again in his life.

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We are not afraid to break the mould Close To The Wind: Arun Yacht Club


eginnings? Always a club never afraid to break the mould, the Arun Yacht Club started life with an old motortorpedo boat as its clubhouse. Founded in Littlehampton as a family sailing club in 1956, the club determined its name, designed its burgee (the flag depicts the then topmark on the east side of the river against the golden sands of East Beach), and then turned Lisboa from a houseboat into a clubhouse. From the deck of the boat, the Club ran its first dinghy race in 1956. How it has developed? The membership has grown to 550 members, and the motor-boat has been replaced by a light and spacious New England-style clubhouse, incorporating bar and galley facilities and drying pontoon berths for a hundred yachts. Dinghy racing is still to the fore and a spacious dinghy park with winch and workshop facilities awaits new dinghysailing members. The Club also retains its commitment to family sailing and boasts an enthusiastic talented body of youth sailors who often give the older, more experienced racers a run for their money. Achievements? The Club is justifiably as proud of its on-the-water activities as it is of its stunning location in Littlehampton harbour and its quick access to the open sea. The Club’s cruiser racers have posted several top-15 finishes in the Round the Island Race in recent years, including David Robinson’s third place finish in 2009, and have three times won the race’s club team racing trophy, itself donated by the Club. The same cruiser racers have dominated the Sussex Combined Clubs Cruiser Regatta in recent years, with Jack Holden, a youth sailor who began his sailing at the Club, taking top honours in 2011. There has been silverware in the dinghy racing

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department too, with Martin and Richard Keen winning the Vago Nationals in 2011. Old boy Simon Hiscocks started sailing as a cadet and ended up winning a bronze Olympic medal as a 49er crew. Ethos? What makes the Club special is the willingness of its members to share their experiences and work across different disciplines. There are few clubs where so many members race dinghies, sail cruisers, manage races and serve on-duty teams and still turn up to paint the clubhouse in their spare time. There is a great commitment to realising potential and to training, and the Club offers a wide-ranging training programme to its members and to visitors to support them in achieving their goals. This year? In 2012, the Club will host four higher regattas including a :Laser Master World Qualifier and a RS400 Grand Prix.- in addition to delivering its usual programme of club racing and cruising. The future? The Club is constantly exploring new

avenues, including motorboating, kayaking, fishing and personal watercraft sailing, as well as looking at ways to sustain a vibrant social atmosphere. The Club also has a full cruising calendar, and several club members have taken cruising to the extreme and circumnavigated mainland UK. Contact? For all enquiries, please telephone 01903 716016 or e-mail

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here are many tried and tested ways to get over a relationship break-up; go out every night and try and pull as many girls as you can is an obvious favourite; listen to Gabrielle records while gorging on tins of Quality Street is another, or a more radical choice may be to drop everything and go back-packing in a far off African country. However, my solution to being sensationally dumped was to take up boxing… My first session at an archetypal spit and sawdust gym in Shoreham involved some half-hearted skipping and shadow boxing while staring at two super-fit professional boxers laying serious amounts of hurt on one another during a sparring session of such intensity that I wished I was back in Africa nursing a broken heart and a dose of malaria (just for the record, I’d already tried girl pulling, chocolate overdosing and travelling around Africa in an attempt to mend the aforementioned broken heart, before rocking up at a dusty, sweaty boxing gym in Sussex). I felt seriously out of my depth. At the time, my physical ‘attributes’ included a dodgy ankle which swelled up at the mere thought of exercise, and that perfect upper-body combination of pigeon chest and pot-belly. Thankfully, renowned local trainer, Bert Barrow, took me under his wing and, over time, taught me the basics of the noble art. Jabs, crosses and uppercuts felt natural and straightforward, but the left hook was another matter; my attempts lacked any semblance of coordination, and were about as powerful as a speech

by Ed Miliband. However, Bert, who was in his 70s by then, came up with a practical, rather old school solution to my hopeless hooking. “For now, open your palm and slap with the left hand instead of punching, just to get the movement right,” he said. “Forget power, just pretend that you’re slapping a small child...” Even now, more than ten years on, I’ve yet to slap a small child, but the advice made total sense and I’m now a more accomplished hooker than Divine Brown. After two months of hardcore training, I was strutting around the gym

stopped in the 11th round of a thriller against the much bigger and heavily favoured Ashley Theophane. Ben, a massive underdog and late substitute, dominated the first half of the fight, but understandably faded down the stretch. I was gutted for him. Anyone who lives in Hove will no doubt have seen the diminutive Murphy pounding the streets at all hours of the day, readying himself for his next contest. He’s widely recognized as being one of the toughest, most thoroughly prepared fighters on the British scene, but, with Sussex being to professional

I felt seriously out of my depth. At the time, my physical ‘attributes’ included a dodgy ankle which swelled up at the mere thought of exercise with the cocksurety of a prime Chris Eubank, so I confidently asked Bert whether he thought I’d be able to handle myself on the mean streets of Brighton if anyone was stupid enough to pick a fight with me. “Course you could, son,” he said. “Punch ‘em in the b*******, kick ‘em in the shins and f****** run!” One of the things I miss out in Singapore is being able to watch boxing on TV; alas, it’s very rare that a fight will be broadcast here. However, one contest I did manage to catch was Hove fighter Ben Murphy’s brave, but ultimately fruitless bid for the British light-welterweight title back in December when he was

boxing what Singapore is to husky-dog racing, opportunities for Ben to move himself up the ladder have been few and far between. Murphy’s predicament echoes that of Portslade’s Mark Snipe, a hugely talented former schoolboy champion who just didn’t get the breaks his ability warranted when he made the transition to the pro ranks. Several years ago I trained regularly with Mark and the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Scott Welch, who at the time was trying to open some doors for his fellow Sussex fighter using his contacts up in London.

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Golden Generation MIKE DONOVAN meets the manager who helped ‘little’ Sussex hit big

Little’ Sussex rugby has hit the big-time by producing a Golden Generation. The county has been known as a backwater for rugby while the free-flowing river carrying top tournaments - like the Six Nations and players bypassed it. But that perception has been stood on its head. Prop Joe Marler, from Eastbourne, and Brighton’s Jordan Turner-Hall, a centre - both with Harlequins - have made the full England squad. Joe Launchbury (Horsham) and Billy Twelvetrees (Pulborough) have been selected for England second-string, the Saxons. Launchbury is a Wasps back row and Twelvetrees, a centre or flyhalf, has recently switched from Leicester to Gloucester. Chichester trio Rob Buchanan, Charlie Matthew and Kieran Low, Luke Wallace (Crawley) and Ross Chisholm (Haywards Heath) have joined them as Premiership performers. Former England Schoolboy prop Buchanan, a hooker, Chisholm,a winger or fullback, back row Wallace and second row Matthews play for Quins and Low is a second or back row for London Irish. Launchbury, Buchanan and Matthews competed in last year’s Under-23 World Cup. Chisholm, Wallace and Low have been involved with England at under-19s and under-20s. And their achievements are mostly down to the Sussex RFU. Martin Mandelbaum, who managed all but Marler and Turner-Hall through the Sussex age groups with coach Dean Dewey, is delighted. He said: “It’s nice to see little Sussex with our relatively limited scope compared to some of the bigger counties can be so successful. “Dean and I looked after the Sussex age group from under-14s and kept with them through under-15s and under-16s with county sports development officer Gary Henderson helping out. “Joe, Luke, Charlie, Kieran, Ross and

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Rob all came from the team we first had at the youngest age group. They’ve made us proud. And that’s not to mention Joe and Jordan. “They’ve all played for the county up to under-18s. What they’ve done is a credit to the county, themselves and all the people who have helped them for free. They’ve done it the Sussex way. “We had a very good team of coaches and managers doing all of Sussex youth rugby over the last ten years. Collectively all the lessons we’ve learned were shared and it helped to get the boys realise their potential to develop into great senior rugby players. Getting to the Premiership and England is a bonus. We’ve proved if you are good enough it doesn’t matter where you are from. “It took a while but the pay off is there now.” He feels Sussex schools and clubs have played a vital role. Mandelbaum said: “We are limited by the number of private schools that play rugby in Sussex, we have eight compared to Surrey’s 105, while the number of boys available to us in population is also limited. “But our state schools have improved how they do things with rugby.And all the clubs have also contributed.“That was key five, six, seven years ago along with the team of managers and coaches and a link with Harlequins. “Success tends to come once you focus people on the right stream so that everyone is moving in the same direction.” Mandelbaum is pleased the Golden Boys are reaping the benefits He said: “I coached Billy when he was four and with Pulborough minis. He used to run through everything then, so I’m not surprised he runs through everything now. They’ve all put in the effort.” Mandelbaum believes the rising stars must now start to prove they can ALL become regular members of the full England squad.

He said: “They will do. Luke’s been a revelation at Harlequins this season. All our Quiins guys have played in a successful team with the new England captain Chris Robshaw “It must help them that they’ve played alongside each other for so many years. Many went to Australia together with the county in 2007. It’s formed friendships and comradeships you can’t buy.” Mandelbaum believes they will motivate potential successors. He said: “The pay-off is still coming off because the boys are still being produced year-on-year through Sussex. We are getting more boys to trials than ever before and into South of England which can then lead to England. “They are an inspiration, just like Hove’s Alex King was to them. When you say to a young rugby player ‘see that person on the television? Well he started like you as a Sussex boy. You can do it. All you’ve got to do is put the work in’.”

Pictured above: Joe Launchbury


Strictly Come Golfing


Bognor Regis, played by 007, has a licence to thrill on a testing course


AMES Bond, Strictly Come Dancing and the Theory of Evolution have something common. Bond star Sean Connery, Strictly host Sir Bruce Forsyth and TOE naturalist Charles Darwin’s grandson Bernard have all played the course at Bognor Regis Golf Club. Connery and Forsyth, with pros Henry Cotton and Neil Coles, have been competitors at the club’s ProCelebrity competitions. In 1938, Charles’ relative, a famed golf writer and player of considerable talent, visited and wrote a hole-byhole guide about the course and location he found. Little has changed since Bernard Darwin said: “It was a charming, rustic spot with the wooded South Downs as a backdrop. “The sense of flatness is entirely gone, the greens laid out in gently sweeping curves and humps and hollows and the bunkers representing a skilful bit of landscape gardening.” Others to drive, chip and putt their way round the course include Open champion Sandy Lyle and the elder brother of the legendary, late Seve Ballesteros. Manuel Ballesteros took part in Bognor’s first major professional tournament in May 1972 when it staged the John Player Trophy, a qualifying competition for Europe’s then richest tournament. The event attracted a strong international field, also among them being Peter Oosterhuis, Christie O’Connor, Brian Barnes and Max Faulkener. Ross Whitehead, Professional at Moor Park, collected the £1,500 first prize. Bognor is a private club, owned and run by its members. In an established scenic location, it dates back to 1892, while the current one designed by architect James Braid

and FG Hawtree was first played 30 years later. The course of more than 6,100 yards offers a variety of challenges that even with the advances in golf club technology still provides a true test to all players, whatever their ability. It has more than 100 competitions. There are midweek medals and stablefords, mixed team foursomes, inter-club contests and involvement in Sussex County Golf Union events such as the PAV Trophy and Cyril Blake Cups. Ladies take part in the Sussex Inter Club Championships. Bognor stages open competitions, including the Gilligan Mixed, named after the former president and Test cricketer Arthur. There’s also the Purley Trophy, battled for by the likes of Lyle. There’s also the Junior Open, an 18-hole medal comp Matthew Kirby is the pro and there is tuition, practice, a golf shop and clubhouse available.

conkers which they had gathered locally in Slindon, one of which grew into the magnificent tree visible from the clubhouse today. Several thousand trees have been planted since and comprehensive land drainage was added in the 80s and 90s.

History The club was first formed in the winter of 1892 in the centre of Bognor Regis, approximately one-and a-half-miles from its current location. It was a nine-hole course of basic layout. In 1906 it relocated closer to its current location between Bognor and Felpham and the 18-hole course was laid out by Braid and constructed by Hawtree. In World War II just 12 holes were open for play to reduce labour costs.A Bofors anti-aircraft gun occupied the area between the 1st and 18th fairways (now the practice area), and piles were erected on the fairways to prevent the landing of German aircraft and troop-carrying gliders. The 50s saw the birth of the mighty spreading chestnut tree which adorns the Club emblem today. As small boys, Ian and Tony Pettie planted two

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arwin’s hole-by-hole course tour guide:

Hole 1, 431 yards, par 4 The first is a capital hole, with its narrow drive through a gap in the trees, and an equally narrow second shot bending to the left. Watch out to be too long from the tee, favour the left side to shorten the hole.. Hole 2, 198 yards, par 3 The 2nd is less fierce, 198 yards long, it is a good short hole against the prevailing wind. There are bunkers to right and left, but the green is kindly.. Hole 3, 321 yards, par 4 For the 3rd we have the Rife on our left and a fine large bunker on the right. The hole is 321 yards long - a comfortable drive and pitch - and not too difficult corner of the green.

Hole 4, 343 yards, par 4 The 4th does not look difficult either, but it is something of a ‘flat-catching’ hole. It is 343 yards long and appears to need just two straightforward shots that should avoid the grosser forms of error, but let us not be impetuous. There is a little stream that comes inconspicuously winding its way into the right edge of the green. Hole 5, 132 yards, par 3 A little respite at the 5th,which is no more than 132 yards long. Only a mashieniblick shot but a good shot, too, with lone trees on either side as sentinels. Hole 6, 286 yards, par 4 The 6th will give the mighty driver

his chance, but he must take a risk as well as hit a big shot. The hole is 286 yards long, and between the tee and the green stretches an avenue of willows. Hole 7, 469 yards, par 5 The 7th at 469 yards long is quite a good long hole, dog-legged to the right with a very straight and narrow way up to the green, and regiments of bunkers on either side. Hole 8, 392 yards, par 4 We draw closer to the turn at the 8th at 392 yards long, with a tee shot pregnant with possibilities of woe. We can play a straight cowardly short shot to the right, but then we cannot reach the green in two. The bold shot and the profitable one is to carry the Rife, cutting off just as big a corner as ever we dare. Hole 9, 559 yards, par 5 A good sound [par] five, for there is still the Rife lurking for us on the left and rough and uneven ground for the slicer. Be brave and aim for the tall tree with a touch of fade. Hole 10, 162 yards, par 3

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A quaint little hole tucked away in a corner. Behind the green is a formidable hedge, and we shall probably be so frightened of it that

we shall pitch timorously short with the big bunker in front of the green. Hole 11, 440 yards, par 4 The next three holes go up, down and then up again in rather a narrow space, and there is a little family likeness between them. Each has, however, some characteristic of its own. At the 11th you will find a green narrowing somewhat to a point. Hole 12, 391 yards, par 4 The 12th will probably be christened ‘The Gully’ from the way in which the green lies like a gorge between hills that are crowned by sandy chasms. It is not an easy task. Hole 13, 343 yards, par 4 The 13th has a very picturesque archipelago of bunkers in front of the green, the front-most bunker playing a cunning role in deceiving the player into coming up short of the green. Hole 14, 335 yards, par 4



Hole 16, 345 yards, par 4 To the left of the tee, you now approach a little pool overhung with branches. It is as good and terrifying a tee shot as I have seen for some time. On the left waiting for a hook is a hedge and a ditch. On the right is a bunker and lone trees impede. It wants some playing. So does the second, an iron shot on to a green. A capital hole. Hole 17, 337 yards, par 4 The 17th gives us plenty of room for our drive. Accuracy not distance is imperative for the 1st and 2nd shots Hole 18, 420 yards, par 4 And now we are close to “The Wish” again with only one more hole to play and probably a wish for lunch. It is a good, long-driving, straightforward hole that we end with, rough grass on the left, and a diagonal range of grassy knolls and bunkers on the right and a particularly nice wavy green

If we like to go for a breakneck carry over a ditch we can make this short hole. Hole 15, 217 yards, par 3 A different type of hole, what one may call a “long-shot” hole. A good shot with a wooden club should get there.

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Nobody is left on the bench CLASS ACT: Hurstpierpoint College

Spear the fish and put it in your pocket.” “You are wearing a grandparent’s woolly socks and trying to shake them off” So says Rob Kift, Director of Sport at Hurstpierpoint College, standing poolside. Around 20 pupils in the shallow end of the school’s 25m indoor pool looked up to him as one while as he issued coaching tips on how to use your arms and legs to the maximum for front crawl. They put the stand-in swim teacher’s advice into action and after a short time Kift turned to me proudly, saying: “I’ve never seen this class before but in ten minutes I’ve seen 100 per cent improvement.” That praise included the youngster who swam his guts out in a lane on his own having admitted he was a weak swimmer. Entirely in keeping with the school’s sporting ethos, promoted by head Tim Manly. Nobody is left on the bench. And, if the ‘struggler‘ is an example, nobody wants to be. We continued to watch the efforts of all the kids splashing up and down three lanes as Kift says: “What fires me up after 22 years in the job?. Quite frankly, it is what you see right now. These guys. The raw material. “The culture of sport among the kids is very strong. They love it. It then becomes a pleasure to coach them because they come to you willingly, wanting to learn. “What drives me on now is what drove me on when I started - learning and developing youngsters. “And I wanted them to be successful and try to find something EVERYONE can achieve in and enjoy. “What helps is we have a strong sense of community. “I’m full of clichés, but if you enjoy your job you never work a day in your life. I’m enjoying my job. “I lead by example, set demanding standards from my department - which

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is the largest in the school - to drive the kids forward. That’s the nature of Rob Kift. I’m inspired by watching people perform and improve .” He keeps on top of it all, in a school of around 1,000 pupils, Kift says: “The size has change quite dramatically since we went co-ed in 1996. The gender split is 60 per cent boys and 40 girls. We’ve got to cater for the physical needs of 18 year olds down to prep school kids. “We run an enormous amount of teams, which helps the kids’ social as well as physical development. We’ve got 11 in rugby and 14 in hockey, for instance.” Kift has short and long-term aims. He says: “I want to make sure our facilities and staffing are able to cope with increased numbers to continue to provide an excellent diet of sport and win prizes. “It is all achievable because in my 22 years, the quality and depth of knowledge and understanding of different sports among the teachers has never been stronger.” But Kift and his staff, which includes newcomer, former Sussex cricketer Robin Martin-Jenkins (pictured right), refuse to rest on their laurels. He says: “We’ve done well but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve.“In

short, we want our cake and eat it.” Rebecca Scott, Head of Girls Games, sings from the same hymn sheet. She says: “I want everybody to have an opportunity to do the sport they want.” Now, how do you pocket a speared fish again?….

SussexSport Athletics: Holly Webb (Sussex U17s), 21 medals at 2011 Sussex AAAs, including first places for Beth Croker (U15 75m Girls’ hurdles), James Hebbard (U15 Discus), Max Paterson (U15 Javelin), Matthew Pearson-Miles (U15 Shot Put), Max Woodward (U17 Pole Vault), Holly Webb (U20 Javelin), U20 4 x 100m relay team



Boys’ cricket: Tim Moses (Sussex Academy), Leo Cammish, George, Garton, Dom Keats and Joe Ludlow, (Sussex Emerging Players Group); James Newland (2011 Sussex U17s); Bradley Gaylor (2011 Surrey U17s); Brandon Troak and Edward Firth (2011 Sussex U13s now trialling for U14s), Ben Cooke (2011 Sussex U14s and 2012 U15s triallist). Boys’ hockey: U14s and U16s both 2012 West Sussex Champions, heading to Southern regional finals. U15s yet to play 2012 tournament. U14s, U15s and U16s all 2011 West Sussex and Sussex Champions. Marcus Campopiano (Sussex U16s), Tim Griffiths (JRPC Tonbridge U16s), Rob Cope (JRPC Tonbridge Tier 1 U15s), John Dean Mooney and Oliver Mackenzie (Sussex U15s). 2012 Sussex triallists: George Axton, Alex Cooke, Ben Cooke, Edward Firth, George Garton, Max Paterson, Max Paterson & William Wycherly Girls’ hockey: 1st XI and U14s 2011/12 National Schools qualifiers semi-finalists. The 1st XI are waiting to play semi-finals of the 2011/12 Sussex Cup Megan Edwards (England U16s 2011 and England U18 Training Squad 2012), Issy Gibson (JRPC Eastleigh and Tier 1), Zoe Griffiths (JRPC Tonbridge U16s), Alice Lewis (Sussex U16s) Charlie Francis and Robert Waite (U16s), Robert Cope, Tom Douglas, James Francis and Callum Tusler (U15s), James Hadfield (U14s) Gymnastics: Carolyn Noorderhaven, member of GB Senior Women’s gymnastics who won European Cup competition in Gran Canaria in 2011

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In the long run

Brighton and Hove Schools Cross Country Championships at Waterhall. Will they one day produce Olympians? Pictures by

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SussexSport Tennis

Double bubble with Rusedski and Wood

Southdown opening, Cash-ing in and Field in world top 20. mike donovan and marshall thomas report


REG Rusdeski is to help open a £300,000 indoor bubble at Southdown club on February 26. The former world No.4 and US Open finalist works for the LTA, which helped fund the project at the Lewes club. And Southdown are looking forward to his visit with former member Clare Wood, the former British No.1 from Sussex who works in the Wimbledon referees’ office. Other visitors scheduled are the LTA president Peter Bretherton and Lewes MP Norman Baker. The ribbon will also be cut on two new acrylic courts. Club manager Nigel Baker says: “Greg should provide fantastic promotion. A famous face will helpfully provide that. And Clare, because of her local connections and the fact she used to play at the club, should attract people along “We want to bring in new members and feel the bubble will provide it. “To have an indoor facility we hope will bring more along. The idea first came about through our coaches and committee who felt people came in the summer but not all year round “The club regularly host the Sussex Closed Championship and, as a result of our new fracilities, we’ve been

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given some inter-county junior matches. “It has taken five years from when the project was first mooted. Getting planning permission took quite a few years. Then the club had to present a business plan to the LTA before the money was got together. And now, thanks to the LTA, the Sussex LTA, the Playing Fields Association and our own fund-raising members, enough money was raised to see it become a reality. “We will encourage our juniors to come along and hopefully more youngsters will join them.” The new development means Southdown have ten hard courts and six grass.

Heathfield wheelchair tennis player Adam Field has secured a world top 20 end-of-the-year quad singles ranking for the fifth time in six. The 25-year-old clinched it by reaching his third doubles final in a year. He partnered fellow Briton Antony Cotterill to the quad doubles final at the Prague Cup Czech Indoor, an ITF 3 Series tournament on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the second seeds making a remarkable comeback to win their semi-final against Sweden‘s Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson 1-6, 6-4, (10-8). A second doubles title in a year eluded Field and Cotterill after they slipped to a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Italian top seeds Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori. Julian Cash has been selected for Great Britain in this month’s qualifier for the !6 and Under International Winter Cup in Istanbul. Cash, 15, from Fulking, has also sealed Sports Aid sponsorship. He clinched the double boost after sealing the national 16 and under title at Bolton last year.

Showing how to lead the way

Disability Sport


GARY MARLOW bares witness as disabled students teach a few lessons


isabled students from Angmering School headed for Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College for some leadership training. - but weren’t the ones being led. They were training sixth-formers doing the Higher Sports Leaders Course. I have been involved in several similar events but this was the first with disabled athletes leading the various sports. What made it more remarkable was their youth. The young athletes were Tyler Paul, Dan Ward, Lani Chester and Tim Hayes. The sports on offer were all Paralympic ones, including boccia, table tennis, fencing and athletics. Although nervous as some of them had never done it before, the Angmering youngsters soon got into their stride, becoming more confident. Tyler Paul, who featured in Sussex Sport,7, led the table tennis, in his wheelchair, Tyler surprised the students with his abilities, some commenting either “I can’t believe how good he is” or “I wasn’t expecting that”. As part of the training, Tyler talked about his achievements, competed against them, and gave coaching points. He showed leadership skills and excellent maturity to students all older than him. Lani Chester, one of the best young fencers in the country, certainly showed her abilities, but found no one could come close to her in regards to ability. So she started giving instructions on how to fence correctly. Among the major differences for many Paralympic participants, in comparison to the Olympians, is that

they compete in a wheelchair. But many of the techniques are exactly the same. Tim Hayes showed everyone how the game of boccia is played to a high level. He was 2-0 down and managed to show his class when he snuck a ball right up to the jack to win against able-bodied opposition. Dan Ward, a thrower, utilised his specifically-designed chair, to demonstrate the difficulties he has had and the improvement he has made to overcome them As this was the first time my firm, Marlow Sports, had attempted this type of training, I was a little apprehensive, although expected high quality from the students. I was delighted the Angmering pupils were so good. They were a credit to their school and themselves and my organisation would not hesitate to utilise their knowledge and skills again. The leaders from BHASVIC will now take their newly-acquired knowledge

to plan and create a competition for this year, working with a local disability group to help them participate in sports. We will follow their progress. For more details on disability sports training, please visit

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SussexSport Community

Raising awareness

DAN TESTER tells the AITC story


lbion in the Community is the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. The last 12 months has been one of the most exciting periods in the club’s long and tumultuous history. On the pitch Gus Poyet’s men cantered to the League One title, playing stunning football ,while off it the club moved to the long-awaited state-of-the-art American Express Community Stadium. Already providing a huge range of services for the people of Brighton and Hove, Sussex and further afield, AITC now has an attractive and inspiring base from which to expand their award-winning operations. From AITC founder Steve Ford organising football courses out of a Goldstone Ground portakabin in 1990, Albion In The Community has grown to employ 50 full-time staff, and over 100 on a part-time basis, in 2011, making a positive impact on the lives of over 75,000 people. AITC joint managing director, Dr Alan Sanders, believes 2012 is a key year. He says: “Moving forward, the goal is to raise awareness of what AITC does. This ranges from individuals, schools and further education centres, to sport organisations, businesses and the private sector, which dovetails perfectly with the club’s desire to increase the fanbase.” Head of Health Stuart Christie concurs: “As well as continuing to deliver and grow our ‘Make a Change’ ‘Extra Time’ and ‘Community Health Squad’ projects we are to launch two new projects for 2012; the ‘Put Your Heart Into’ project aimed at engaging men over 40 in physical activity and making healthier food choices, and our ‘Be Clear On Cancer’ Breast Cancer awareness project that aims to raise the awareness of potential symptoms and the importance of seeing a GP.”

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As well as health, AITC’s eight other departments help a huge range of people through education, fitness, sports participation and environmental projects, Teresa Sanders runs AITC’s Disability department. She says: “In 2012 we are running new weekly wheelchair multi-sports sessions in the West Sussex area where participants can take part in different sports such as wheelchair football, basketball, hockey, boccia and newage kurling. “We are also running fortnightly powerchair football training sessions for our team who compete in the national league, and any disabled young players who want to train and play powerchair football. We’re also looking forward to running more Gully’s Days Out programmes for disabled young people this year.” AITC’s furthest reaching department is International and Social Inclusion that works in some of the county’s most deprived areas, and in remote areas of India and West Africa. Department head Jacob Naish says: “Our continuing focus for 2012 is to improve the Sussex-wide provision of inclusive sport, dance and music sessions for young people and adults in marginalised areas. We’ll be in the third year of our highly successful Albion Goals project, which seeks to get unemployed adults (16-55 year-olds) back into education, employment and training. “In 2011 we launched the Albion Alliance programme which brought 20 young ‘social change agents’ to Brighton from all over the world, to learn how to integrate football into

their HIV/Aids prevention programmes. Hundreds of people have benefitted from the training back in their communities and we will increase this in 2012, beginning with a trip to Indonesia to work on an anti-stigma programme for injecting drug users. We’ll be sending Football OutReach coaches to Mali, India, Rwanda, Brazil, Costa Rica and Burkina Faso this year.” Dr Sanders concludes: “In addition to all the exciting initiatives that are happening in 2012 we are particularly excited about our Want to Work programme which, with the help of the local business sector, aims to help to get people back into work through apprenticeships, work experience and training.” For more information, please visit

SussexSport Community

I want to inspire female footballers DAN TESTER discovers Kim’s mission statement to boost participation


lbion in the Community has gone from strength to strength since the opening of the club’s stunning American Express Community Stadium in July last year. Based at the stadium, AITC employ 50 full-time staff, with over 100 employed on a casual basis and deliver projects in Brighton and Hove, Sussex, and further afield. The scheme now has nine departments including Disability, Health, Environment, Social Inclusion, International, Education and Football and Sports Participation, where their commitment to girls’ football has expanded to incorporate two new members of staff; Girls’ Football Participation Officer Luke Tyler and his assistant, Kim Stenning. “I started playing football when I was five-years-old after finding an article in an newspaper for a boys’ team – Worthing Rebels,” remembers Kim. “My friend and I were the only girls there. In my first game they put me up front and I scored two goals. They started a girls’ team when I was about eight and we won the league and a few cups. We were the team to beat. There weren’t many other girls’ teams in the area at the time.” Luke and Kim’s remit is to increase the number of girls playing football in Brighton and Hove. West Sussex, East Sussex and Mid Sussex are also areas earmarked for development and the project’s target is create enough opportunities and jobs for the department to be able to finance itself within two years. In tandem with developing preexisting participants, the scheme aims to create opportunities for new footballers through holiday courses, Saturday clubs, after-school clubs and community-based organisations. Kim’s background lends itself perfectly to the development of girls’ football in the region.

At The Amex: Kim Stenning with Luke Tyler “I progressed to the Southampton School of Excellence, as well as playing for Arun Ladies at 14,” recalls the 23-year-old. “A couple of years later we beat Brighton Ladies in the Sussex County Cup Final where I scored the winner. I then played for Southampton Ladies from 16 to 18 when I went to the States on a year-long scholarship at the Virginia

‘In my first game they put me up front and I scored two goals. They started a girls’ team when I was about eight and we won the league and a few cups. We were the team to beat’ Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. “We reached the NAIA finals, which were contested by teams from around the country. I was also head coach at Highdown Heat under-13s for a season. We trained twice a week and had a game on a Saturday. The girls

over there are very driven, committed to training and loyal to their team, always wanting extra one-to-one tuition. “I returned to Littlehampton in 2007. I was 19 and wanted a career coaching girls’ football in England. I now coach at Littlehampton Ladies and Worthing College and play up front for Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s FC.” As well as AITC’s extensive plans for girls’ football, the Albion also has a women’s first-team and reserves, the school of excellence – which is based on the 3G at Falmer – and girls’ teams from under-10 up to under-17 level. “I see this job as a great opportunity to gain more knowledge in a field in which I love as well as passing my experiences to other female participants and hopefully to inspire,” concludes Kim. If you’re interested in any of Albion in the Community’s girls’ football initiatives, please contact Luke Tyler via email at luke.tyler@, or phone on 01273 872080

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Active Sussex update by Andy Duck


ussex basketball player Luke Nelson (pictured) has been named Under-16 men’s player of the year 2011 by England Basketball, after a series of exceptional performances for club and country. Nelson started the season as point guard for the promotion-winning Division A national side, averaging a team-high 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists on a 42.1 per cent shooting average. Read on []

people in years 3 to 13 across 16 sports through three competitive levels. This expansion of the School Games legacy plan has been made possible in part thanks to £14 million from the Department of Health and a further £8 million from Sport England. Read on []

Half Marathon volunteers Brighton Half Marathon organisers have teamed up with Sport Makers and Active Sussex to offer a number of volunteer opportunities for marshals on the day (Sunday, February 19). For more details of how to become a Sport Maker volunteer at the Brighton Half Marathon, contact Roanna Simmons on [] And for young runners aged 8-16, the 1 mile Youth Races have a limited number of places available. Entry is £4. Read on and apply [ enter-now/youth-races]

Freedom Leisure £1,500 grant Sainsbury’s invests £10m The Sussex School Games at the K2, Crawley, on July 3 will be boosted by a deal with Sainsbury’s. The London 2012 Paralympic Games sponsor has pledged a £10 million package to support the new nationwide School Games Competition over the next four years. The company’s financial input, in conjunction with additional government funds, will mean an overall expansion of School Games, including investment for School Games Organisers, whose positions will be extended from two years to four years, up to 2015. Sainsbury’s backing for the county event adds to the existing support from regional sponsors University of Chichester, Rix & Kay and Freedom Leisure. The School Games is a celebration of sport that will involve all young

Are you a young, talented athlete? Active Sussex gold-tier partner Freedom Leisure is delighted to announce that applications for its training grants are now open. Working in partnership with the GLL Sport Foundation, monetary grants of up to £1,500 are available to young athletes over 13 who have the potential to succeed at international level. To be eligible for a grant, young sportsmen and women must reside or train within the locality of one of the Freedom Leisure’s sites. The Freedom Leisure sites are K2 Crawley, The Triangle in Burgess Hill, The Dolphin in Haywards Heath, East Grinstead’s Kings Centre, Woking Leisure Centre, Pool in the Park in Woking, and The Guildford Spectrum. Successful applicants will receive either funding to help towards the cost of training, travel, accommodation and equipment during the next 12 months, or will be offered free unlimited access to training facilities at one of

the designated Freedom Leisure sites. Closing date for applications: 20 February Read on and apply [ default.asp]

Bursary surge The first round of the Coach Sussex bursary, which provides individuals with a financial bursary to undertake a Level 1 or 2 sports coaching qualification, closed at the end of January after an unprecedented late surge in applications. “Despite opening in the middle of the year, we had a fantastic number of successful applicants,” said Anthony Statham of Active Sussex. “We are hoping to build on that success and encourage anyone who missed out to apply for the second round of grants.” The Coach Sussex Bursary will fund 75 per cent of the course cost, up to £150 for a Level 1 and £200 for a Level 2, provided applicants successfully complete their course and deliver coaching hours in return. A second round of bursaries will open soon. For further information and to sign up for alerts, contact Anthony Statham on [astatham@activesussex. org] or 01273 644149. Read on [http://www.activesussex. org/funding/coaches]

Brekkie club for talent coaches Sports coach UK has chosen Sussex to pilot its debut breakfast club specifically for talent coaches. The event will take place at K2 Crawley on February 24, and is open to all coaches working with athletes or teams of county standard and above. Sports coach UK’s Talent Lead Stuart Armstrong will host the club, which will focus on the specific development needs of UKCC Level 3 coaches. For more details and to book, contact Anthony Statham on 01273 644149 or [astatham@activesussex. org] Read on [http://www. events/whats-on/view/24270-debutbreakfast-club-for-talent-coaches]

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Where to watch televised sport in Sussex Brighton



Wahoo, 79-81 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RA 01273 719 364

The Blind Busker, 77 Church Road Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB

The Eagle, 57 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4UT 01323 417 799

Dog and Bacon, North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2QR 01403 252 176

Maxims, 53 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UT 01323 721 713

Haywards Heath

Belushi’s, 10-12 Grand Junction Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1PN 01273 202 035 King & Queen, 13-17 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB 01273 607 207 Rendezvous Casino, Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5UF 01273 605 602

The Exchange, 8 Goldstone Street, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3RL The Palmeira, 70-71 Cromwell Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3ES Lancing Waterside Inn, Ferry Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5RA

Horsham The Star, 108 Crawley Road, Horsham, RH12 4DT, 01403 259 890 The Queens Head, 37 Queen Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5AA 01403 252 721


Orange Square Bar, 52-54 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3AL

The Globe Inn, 1 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8DH 01243 782 035 The Nags Head, 3 St Pancras. Chichetser, Wets Sussex, PO19 7SJ 01243 785 823 Crawley

Savannah 44-46 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3AL

The Mill House, Hyde Drive, Ifield, Crawley, RH11 0PL, 01293 534 959

Q Bar, 41 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3AS

The Snooty Fox, Haslett Av, Crawley RH10 1LY 01293 619 759

Where to pick up your copy of SussexSport Brighton City Centre B’ton & Hove Albion Shop Alive Health and Fitness LA Fitness Tower Point Brighton The Lanes Coach House Brighton Media Centre William Hill Bagelman James Hull Electric Studio Cafe Coho Pub Du Vin Hotel Du Vin James Hull Cafe Coho Black Lion Pub Pho Jaime Oliver Toni and Guy Phoenix House Brighton Marina Rendezvous David Lloyds Waterside Properties Brighton Dive Centre Marina Dental Brighton Outer City Amex Stadium East Brighton Golf Club Brighton College Withdean Sports Cplex Brighton Racecourse Hove The Blind Busker Corals Ladbrokes Harry’s Intersport Clinic 9 Kings Carpets Brighton Implant Centre La Fourchette H’s barbershop Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Church Road Dental Nick Rivett Performance Foods King Alfred Leisure Cheetah’s Gym Coral Greyhound Stadium

Coral Gym Sussex County Cricket Cb Tates Harwoods Jaguar Cales & Co Flower Unlimited Oriental Village Cherry’s Newsagents Advance Glass Best Wishes James Ross Burgess Hill Burgess Hill School for Girls The Heights Health and Fitness Burgess Hill Cricket Club Burgess Hill Tennis Club Hassocks Hassock Wine Bath Travel Thatchers Barbers Curves Griffith Smith Farringdon Webb Hassocks Golf Club Hassocks Cricket Club The Weald Tennis and Squash Club Ditchling The Ditchling Tea Rooms The General The Bull The White Horse Clifford Dann Mid Sussex Golf Club Horsham Mannings Heath Slinfold Golf Club Southwater Leisure Centre Haywards Heath The Star Hamptons Leaders Look Fantastic Prezzo Zizzi’s Health News Grape and Grain The Lockeroom Haywards Heath Train

Station Blue Sky Personal Fitness Club The Dolphin Freedom Leisure Centre Lindfield Golf Club Nuffield Health Beech Hurst Garden and Tennis Centre Crawley Man Power Evans Cycles Rev ive Ladbrokes Platinum Estates Vision Express Crawley Furniture LA Fitness Spindles health club Inspire Fitness Spa Fitness Forest Gym Virgin Active Crawley FC Nuffield Health Cottesmore Golf Club Ilfield Golf Club Tilgate Forest Golf Club Seaford Diella’s The Shore Cinque Ports Harry Nat’s Sussex Kitchens Rowland Gorringe Down’s Leisure Centre Seaford Head Golf Club Seaford Golf Club Albourne Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa Singing Hills Hurstpierpoint Kiki and Cole Clifford Dann Hurstpierpoint Dental Fabulous Floors Regency Financial Handcross Handcross Park School

Steyning Steyning Leisure Centre Henfield Henfield Leisure Centre Royal Leisure Centre Pulborough West Sussex Golf Club Lewes Bone Needlemakers The Tallyhoe River Clinic Strutt and Parker Steamer Trading Bills Intersport Harveys Wave Leisure Lewes Sports Club Lewes Football Club Lewes Golf Club Ringmer Football Club Plumpton Racecourse The Half Moon Southwick Impulse Leisure Hailsham Wellshurst Golf Club Freedom Leisure Forest Row Stone Cottage Dental The Builders Store PR Vince Solicitors Holder Natural Health The Swan Barber Poles Chequers Inn Hotel Wine Discoveries Royal Ashdown Golf Club

Copthorne Effingham Park Golf Club Midhurst Cowdray Park Golf Club Chichester Goodwood Estate Meritz Sports Shop The George & Dragon Inn George Ide Solicitors Through the Looking Glass King and Chasemore Ship Hotel Present Days Number Forty Three Charming Coffee Strutt and Parker Suzuki Multi York Furniture Cotswold Shuropody No 45 Dental Sussex Camera Fired Earth County Kitchens The Real Eating Company The Landing Loewe Little Coye Little London Bakery Aston Martin Chichester Fontwell Fontwell Park Racecourse Surrey Lindfield Park Battle Seddlescombe Golf Club Bannatyne Spa and Hotel

Littlehampton Littlehampton Golf Club Rustington Golf Club

Bexhill Curves 1066 Gymnastic Academy

Angmering Virgin Active Ham Manor Golf Club

St Leonards Bannatynes


The A-Z of clubs, leagues and sports


Billingshurst Angling Society 01403 782160 School House, Weald School, Billingshurst RH14 9RX Chichester & District Angling Soc Mrs Leslie Carver 01903 713084 Clive Vale Angling Club Kevin Thornely. Copthorne & District Angling Soc Crawley Angling Society Mr S Clark 01923 467064 Hassocks & District Angling Soc Mrs J. Fisher 01444 235978 (not after 9pm) Henfield & District Angling Soc Glyn Jones, 01403 734 500 Horsham & Dist Angling Assoc Ian Petch, 01403 262 255 L’hampton & Dist Angling Club Fisherman’s Quay, Littlehampton BN17 5BL Rother Fishery Association (RFA) Mr V Gould, 07776 031 472 Southdown Angling Association Mike Richardson 01435 812854 Petworth & Bognor Angling Club 01903 770099 Pulborough Angling Society Heather Brunning 01798 815132 Rudgwick Angling Society G.Wingate, Oaklands, North Heath, Farnborough, W.Sussex, RH20 1DN 01798 873412 Shoreham Angling Squad (sea) Sean Clark 07917410332, South Coast Angling Club (sea) 01273 454388


1066 Archery Club Ann Hyde-Barnett Arundown AC Rod Brown 01903 713 747 Bayeux Bowmen 01424 425 112 Bognor Regis AC 01243 827 000 Chichester Bowmen Shelagh Nelmes County Oak AC Mike Longhurst 01273 592 795 Crawley AC Val Wickenden 01342 327 660 Ditchling AC Phil Varden 01444 241 066

Eastbourne Archers Avril Bourne Friars Gate Archers Penny Cockerton Hellingly AC Debbie Newton 01323 832 501 High Weald AC Richard Cater Holbrook Archers Chris Furmanski 01403 751 150 Meridian AC Mike Range 01342 713 048 Newhaven AC Liz Davies Plumpton Bowmen Six Villages AC Carol Bartlett 01243 545 160 Worthing AC 07983 794 997 Sussex County Archery Association Mrs D Cannon (Secretary) 01903 238 975


Arena AC Caroline Wood 01273 324 605 Bexhill Road Runners Christine Sage 01424 810 096 Bodyworks XTC Tri Store Lawrence Neill Brighton & Hove AC Robert Willows 01903 813 878 B’ton & Hove Women’s Running Club Sarah Lowe Burgess Hill Runners Stuart Condie 01444 232 187 Chichester Runners & AC Philip Baker, 01243 533 784 Crawley AC Mrs Shirley Steele 01342 713 220 Crowborough Runners Dominique Welbury East Grinstead & District AC Mary Lord 01342 316 028 Eastbourne Rovers AC Julie Jones 01323 415 409 Fittleworth Flyers Ms Sye Frossard 07710 612 233 Hailsham Harriers Lesley Underdown 01424 810 382 Haslemere Border AC David Bateman 01428 656 587 Hastings AC Andrea Ashley-Smith 07759 145 466 Hastings Runners Sally Lovell Haywards Heath Harriers Linda Tullett 01444 870 788

Heathfield Road Runners Jim Scott 01435 863 932 Henfield Joggers Richard Knight 01273 492 293 Horsham Blue Star Harriers Michael Carrington 01403 260 556 Horsham Joggers Lancing Eagles David Clubb 01273 554 946 Lewes AC Peter Miller 01444 232 083 Mel’s Milers Jogging Club 01403 247 572 Midhurst Milers 01730 814 339 Phoenix AC (Brighton) Paul Thomas 01323 490 037 Rotary Rd. Runners David Crook 01243 262 126 Seaford Striders 01323 899 033 Steyning AC Martin Coleman The Sixth Dimension Simon Wagstaff, Tonbridge AC Mrs Vicky Thomas 01732 359 669 Tone Zone Runners (Felpham) 01243 826 612 Utopia Runners (Uckfield) Richard Page 01825 769 015 Wadhurst Runners Sara Wrenn 01892 783 506 Worthing & District Harriers Maureen Lewis 07968 270 460 Worthing Striders 07834 968 533


Alfriston John Cripps 01323 898 640 Arcadian (Worthing) Janice Byerley 01903 233 330 Ashurstwood BC Jon Warren 01293 774 904 Barcombe Rosemary Carter 01273 480 944 / 466 086 Beacon (Crowborough) Bryan & Ann Duggan 01892 653 481 Bexhill Sandy Scrivener 01424 222 755 Bognor Regis BC Gary Smith 01243 828 225 Bosham Badminton Club Bruce Dupee 01243 773 744 Breakaways (Portslade) Tracy Sayers 01273 419 622 Brighton Bats (Moulsecoomb) 01273 622 266 Chanctonbury Mike Murray 01903 746 172

Chelwood Gate Sue Bailey 01825 722 588, Chichester Wing Peter Gowin 01243 860 670 Club Foot (Worthing) Matt Page 07790 686 624 Cooden Les Rowley 01424 223 998 Crawley Phil Oldfield 07966 157 450 David Lloyd Leisure (Worthing) Paul Young 01903 276 700 Dragonflies (women only) Mrs B Rutherford 01273 841 898 Virgin Brighton Julia Alkema 07798 808 626 Felbridge Jackie Burditt 01444 443 442 Forest Gill Fairham (Secretary) 01403 254 150 Hailsham Diana Burton 01323 423 093 Hardwick (Eastbourne) Alan G Smith 01323 638 620 Hassocks Penny Radford 07714 545 328 Haywards Heath Elspeth McKenzie 01444 235 318 Henfield Debbie Chambers 01273 491 445 Holbrook (Horsham) Sarah Lewis 01403 751150 Homestead (Southwick) Andrew Lock 01273 732 354 Imberwood (East Grinstead) Trevor Tolliday 01342 326 346 Lancing Stewart Byne 01903 763001 Lindfield Mrs Barbara Davies 01444 453559 Littlehampton David Beatty 01903 713217 / Middleton (Littlehampton) Colin Morris 01243 584274 Middleton (Littlehampton) Colin Morris 01243 584274 Newick Badminton Club David Palmer 01825 723299 Ringmer Badminton Club Samantha Holder 01273 812 906 Ringmer (Village Hall) Sue Hemington 01273 812 356 S S Ramblers (Eastbourne) Mr P Wilkinson 01323 640 956 Saints (Eastbourne) Kevin 01323 502 530 St Anne’s (women only, Hartfield) Sheila Puttock 01323 503 409 St Johns (Bexhill) Alison Seymour 01424 732 226 St Lukes (Brighton) Bill Brandt 01273 675 316 St Richard’s (Pound Hill, Crawley) Jan Archard 01293 531 826 St Paul’s (Crawley) Mrs Brenda Phillips 01293 420 578 St.PaulsBadminton@PLCWD.Co.Uk Southover (Rottingdean) Lesley Blunt 01444 233 965

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Want to play? Your guide to the sports, clubs and leagues in Sussex


Sussex Thunder Broadbridge Heath Athletics Stadium, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, RH12 3YS Chichester Sharks (Flag Football) New Park Rd., Chichester PO19 7XY


SussexSport Want to play? Your guide to the sports, clubs and leagues in Sussex

Stanford Penguins (Portslade) Alvin Lee 01903 831 131 Steyning/Castle Michele Mason 01273 588 444 The Denes Badminton Club (Rottingdean) Nicky Holness West Worthing Vanessa Bramble 01903 247 567 Woodlands (St Leonards-on-Sea) Secretary 07907 892 922 Worthing Nondescripts Matthew Hodgson 01903 204 386,

Sussex County Bowling Assoc Men’s Sec., David Bain 01903 742 526 Women’s Sec., Kathy Flood 01273 517 683 E Sussex Short Mat Bowls Assoc Alan Archer 01424 830 425 W Sussex Short Mat Bowls Assoc Bryony Wood 01403 267 608

badminton Leagues

Brighton City Brian Harvey 07891 794 559 Chichester Boys Heath O’Brien 01243 782 462 Crawley George Brown 07782 375 870 Horsham 07831 553 328 Hastings West Hill Jean Gray 01424 441 308 Hillcrest (Newhaven) Sue Lawrence 01273 512 376 Hove David Brown 01903 762 643 Keystone Pat Nelson 01293 409 376 Moulsecoomb Matt Bell 01273 231 896 St Gerards Gerry Lavell 01243 786 661 Whitehawk Gary Emins 07738 527 677 Willingdon Trees Dan Woolridge 07875 719 875

Brighton Badminton League Matt Page 01903 233 417 Bognor, Chichester & District Brian Simpson, Secretary Eastbourne & Dist Badminton Assoc Annette Huggett 01323 500 019 or


1066 Conquerors (Hastings) 07962 687 207 Bexhill Giants Eric Douglin 07971 821 457 Bognor Pirates Basketball Club David Lowe 01243 265 409 Holbrook Allstars (women) Sarah Maloney 07957 860 455 and Runnin Rebels (Brighton) Nick Stevens Worthing Tropics Ashley Clarke 07899 061 704


Angmering Cobras Mr. D.Yates 01903 778 363 Brighton Cougars Anne Baverstock 07809 105 300 Bognor Royals Youth Hilary Robbins Crawley Cagers 07800 511 762 East Grinstead Jr Basketball Club 07812 121 222 Hay Heath Eagles Basketball Club jsp?MemberId=4974679988 Horsham Hawks Basketball Club John Dishington 07971 466 120 Holbrook Huskies (Men), Dave Goss Eastbourne Jets 07801 701 474 Shoreham Sharks Basketball Brian Deacon (coach) 07826 550 844 Storrington Slammers Richard 07974 237 069

BOWLS Find your closest bowls club: bs&l=1&county=Sussex

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Adur Laurence Causabon-Vincent 01903 754 869 Atha Joe Pilgrim 01424 223 563 Bognor Regis 01243 862 279


Adur Canoe Club 01798 812 183 Bewl Canoe Club Chichester Canoe Club Cuckmere Valley Canoe Club Forest Canoe Club 07725 252 952 Hailsham & Eastbourne Canoe Club Hastings & District Canoe Club 07512 810 139 Martlet Kayak Club 294 Madeira Drive Arches, Brighton BN2 1EN


To find your local club: east Sussex Cricket League Kenneth Jeffery 01684 567 042 / League cricket info: recreationalcricket/clubs-leagues/ Mid Sussex Cricket League Sussex Cricket League Peter Butter (Chairman) West Sussex Invitation Cricket League


21st Century Airports CT Mr Graham Kerr 01403 217 297 Bognor Regis Cycling Club Don Lambert 01243 262 434 Central Sussex CC (Shermanbury) Mr Geoff Ericson, 10 Woodside Close, Shermanbury RH13 8HH Crawley Wheelers Dick Crane 01342 713 197 Dirt Devils MBC (MTB) Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club East Grinstead Cycling Club Richard Blackmore 01342 713 272 / VC Etoile (Findon) Peter Scarsbrook 01903 872 052 Festival RC (Horsham) Brian Wareham 01403 240 262 Findon Gentlemen’s Cycling Club 01903 873 923 Forest Row Cycling Club Kate Chadwick 01342 311936 Horsham Cycling Club Peter David 01403 259 062 Lewes Wanderers Cycling Club Mick Burgess 01444 244 283 Phoenix Cycling Club (Seaford) Clive Aberdour 01323 872 292 Rye & District Wheelers Barry Goodsell 01424 882 890 Southdown Velo (Chichester) Stella GS (Storrington) Dr Mark Jones 01273 642 215 Stella VC (Littlehampton) Mr Raymond Betts 07802 740 446 Sussex Nomads (B Hill/Ditchling) Alan Limbrey 01273 558 511 VC Jubilee Yth Dev Cycling Club 01273 843 859


Bexhill Burners BMX Club Robin Higley 01424 212 951 Preston Park Youth Cycle Club Anthony Rogers, Chairman, 01273 883 956 Sussex Cycle Racing League Mrs Deborah Gent 01273 301 262

CYCLING (Leisure)

East Sussex Cyclists’ Touring Club David Rix, Eastbourne & Hailsham Section Christine Thomas 01825 890 809 Midweek Section Esther Carpenter 01424 751 581 Geoff’s Old Bike Rides Geoff Boxall 01273 813 917 Cyclists’ Touring Club W Sussex Edwin Jones 01243 267 746 CTC Arun - Adur Group Peter Wilson 01903 755 765

CTC Bgnr, Chichr, Hrshm & Crwly grp 01403 257 072,, Sussex Nomads Cycling Club 01273 709 303


Crawley Diving Club Mrs B McAdam 01293 410 944 Worthing Swimming Club 01903 231 797


Brighton & Hove Angela Goodall Chichester Fencing Club Sharon Blackman 01243 822 753 Chichester Community Fencing Club 07961 677 384 Crawley Sword Geoff Griffin 01293 521 870 Eastbourne Fencing Club Steven Paul Horsham Fencing Club Portslade Fencing club Eileen Pitman 01273 411 100


Adult leagues Sussex County League (Sat/midweek)

Intermediatefootball adult leagues

Brighton, Hove & Dist Football Lge Andy Lindley 07764 537 078 East Sussex Football League 01323 765 971 Mid Sussex Football League Lawrie Parsons 01444 242 023 West Sussex Football League Chris Bridges 01403 730 853 Worthing & District Football Lge Sussex Sunday Football League Worthing & Horsham Dist Sunday Lge Phil Farrelly 07774 835 870 Lewes & District Football League Chris Bates

Women’s & girls’ (Sundays)

Sussex County FA Womens’ & Girls South East Counties Women’s Lge

YOUTH Leagues

Arun & Chichester Youth League Kathy Wilson 01903 883 997 East Sussex Mini-Minor League Pat Taylor 01424 429 786 Mid Sussex Youth & Minor League Rother Youth League


British gymnastics: Angmering School Of Gym 07935 212 428 Arun Gym & Trampolining Club 07986 508 909 Brighton & Hove Gymnastics Club 01273 776 209 cacl gym club (eastbourne) 01323 730 467 Chanctonbury Sportup G.C. 01903 746 070 Chichester Olympic Gymnastic Club 01243 790 255 Hawth Gymnastics 01293 520 821 Hollingdean Gymnastic Club 01273 559 469 Horsham Gymnastics Club 01403 756 699 / i-star Academy 07843 666 251 Kestrel Gymnastics Academy K.G.A 01580 858 733 Pavillions in the Park 01403 219 200 Pyramid Gymnastics Club 01444 243 314 Pyramid Gymnastics Club 01444 243 314 Seaford Gymnastics Academy 01323 892 425 Stars Gymnastics Club 01903 800 024 Summerfields Gym Club 01424 444 615 Uckfield Gymnastic Club 01825 764 141 Wickers Gym Club Katy Hodgson 01273 465 554 /


Bognor Town Hockey Club (women) Brighton & Hove Hockey Club 01903 239 894 Burgess Hill Hockey Club (women) 01444 441 223 Buxted Park Hockey Club Captain: Liz Wigglesworth 01825 733 689 Chichester Hockey Club Kim Howarth 01243 865 523 Crawley Hockey Club 07788 543 836 Crowborough Hockey Club Paula Davies 01732 866 533 East Grinstead Hockey Club 01342 321 210 Hailsham Hockey Club 07855 121 511

Honeybees Hockey Club (women) Katie Walters 07719 756 148 Holbrook Hockey Club (Horsham) 01403 751 150 Horsham Hockey Club 07740 096 123 Lewes Hockey Club Gemma Collins 01273 480 630 Littlehampton Hockey Club Colin Warner 07977 516 070 Mid Sussex Hockey Club Vicky O’Boyle 01444 248 110 Middleton & Bognor Hockey Club 01243 870 000 Sth Saxons Hockey Club (Hastings) Sue Klein 01424 223 647 Southwick Hockey Club 01273 592 233 Worthing Hockey Club Bob Catlow 07836 529133


East Grinstead Lacrosse Club 07712 527 615 /


Crawley Town Lifesaving Club Secretary: John Stainer 01293 585 300 Horsham Life Saving Club David Slade 01903 715 745 Ringmer Swim & Lifesaving Club John Wiles 01273 400 468


Aikido Circle Black Belt Academy Ken DeHaan 07747 788 128 Crawley Aikido Club 01342 321 429 Ittaikan Aikido Club Paul Bonett 01273 696 383 Myo-Do-Kan King Alfred Leisure Centre, Kingsway, Hove BN3 2WW Henfield Leisure Centre, North Croft, The King’s Field, Henfield BN5 9QB. Val Hodges. 01273 737 132 Mondays at Henfield Lesiure, Thursday at King Alfred Southdowns Club (Aikido) Kevin Elliott 07738 538 448 southdown.htm Sussex Sport Aikido Club Jerome Chin-Aleong 07951 177 936


Battle Judo Club 01424 774 772 Bexhill A A Judo Club 01424 214 912 Bridgeview Judo Club (Lewes) Paul Leaney 01273 470 759 Brighton Judo Club Mark Deeney 01273 683 780

Chichester Judo Club Ilona Guy 07512 332 783 Hastings YMCA Judo Club Les Pike 01424 446 459 Hollington Judo Club (St. L’nards) Neil Chalcraft 01424 430 999 Horsham Judo Club 07778 670 124 Kaigan Judo Club (Eastbourne) Pat Jeffery 01323 507 595 Keisen Judo Club Tim Draper 07867 538 384 / Kin Ryu Judo Club Peter Seymour 01293 537 808 Seishin Judo Club 07872 449 093 Uckfield Judo Club 01825 768 453 Westerleigh Judo Kwai Ltd Paul Everest 01424 442 726 Zodiac Judo Kwai (Hastings) Duncan Maclean 07516 902 975


Bexhill Shotokan Karate Club Ian Hollidge 01424 218 993 Brighton Shokotan Karate Dave Hazard 01903 775 101 Chichester GoJu Karate Club 01243 672 589 Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Assoc Ron Silverthorne 01323 891 471 Kanzenki Shotokan Karate Club Lindsey Musing 07812 037 455 KeiBudo Freestyle Karate Keith Boardman 01903 530 264 Sharinjiru Renshinkan Karate Do Julia Turley 01444 454 827 Reiwaryu Ryushinkan Karatedo Renmei 01444 241 625 Roffey Karate Club Phil Smith 07708 432 682 Red Oak Karate Club (Lewes) John Cross 01273 471 627 SEMKA Wado-Ryu Karate Paul Elliott 01403 218 327 Tang Sou Dao Karate - Ren Yi Wu Kwan Adam Goward (snr instructor) 01825 732 224


Dynamic Tiger F’style Kickboxing Damon Kentell 07774 891 785 / Crawley Martial Arts Academy 07702 119 198,


Kung Fu Schools 01293 544 333 Shaolin Kung Fu Matthew Gross 0781 2342 058


Sussex Zhong Ding Jan Simpson 07506 525 116

Tai Chi Wisdom Simon & Cher Robins 01273 239 054


Brighton Taekwon-Do School 01273 508 120,, Brighton Taekwondo Academy 07764 740 877 Crawley Tae Kwon-Do Club 08009 176 238 West Sussex Tae Kwon Do Anne-Marie Jones-Taylor 01243 826 917


British Jujitsu Ryu 07828 213 892, Kenaji Academy of Martial Arts Brian Redman 01903 743 334 Ryusui-ryu Neil Starks 01342 315 372 Sama S East - Karate & Kickboxing WSussex: 01273 588 850 ESussex: 01273 580 577 Soul Martial Arts Academy 08009 804 858 Tae-Jitsu 07891 864 272 Uckfield Martial Arts Club Alex Foot (coach) 07946 104 512 W Sussex Choi Kwang Do Academy 07955 162 886 White Crane Fighting Arts Neil Johnson 07976 260 710 Worthing Mike O’Hagan 01903 236 664


Sussex County Assoc Sheila Martin 01273 422 959 Arun Netball Club Brighton Netball Club CCK Netball Club (Whitehawk) Crows Netball Club Rachel 01892 655 661 CD Phoenix Netball Club (E Grinstead) Eastbourne netball club Enigma Netball Club (Worthing) Karen Thornton 07748 196 238 Genesis Beacon Netball Club 01825 769 210 Giants (Worthing) Hassocks Netball Club H’field & Partridge Green N ball Team Edna 01403 710 586 Lewes netball club (junior) Mid Sussex Netball Club Oakwood Netball Club (Crawley)

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Want to play? Your guide to the sports, clubs and leagues in Sussex

Sussex County Yth Lge (Under-18) do?league=4160018 Sussex Sunday Youth League


SussexSport Want to play? Your guide to the sports, clubs and leagues in Sussex

Pulborough Netball Club Sue 01798 875 629 Redhill Netball Club (Crawley) Rimmerettes Netball Club 07901 910 539 Rudgewick Netball Club Emily 07799 514 954 Seaford Netball Club Clare 01323 890 994 Southdown Netball Club Spirit Netball Club (Lewes - jr) Karen 07899 908 456 Sussex Thunder, Storm & Lightning Trinity Tristars Netball Club Uckfield Netball Club (junior)


Southdowns Orienteers Jaquie Drake 01293 613 114


Cowdray Park 01730 813 257 Hickstead All England Polo Club 01273 834 315

ROWING Find your local club Ardingly Rowing Club David Avery 01798 815 118 Bexhill Rowing Club Bewl Bridge Rowing Club Martin Teale 07801 135 270 Eastbourne Rowing Club Nick Norwood 07855 393 542 Shoreham Rowing Club Worthing Rowing Club Martin Holden 07904 183 284


Sussex RFU 01273 623030 links.shtml Barns Green RFC Bognor RFC Andy Sweeney 01243 820 846 Brighton FC (RFU) Dionne Fowle (Hon Secretary) 07778 547 625 Chichester RFC 01243 779 820 Cinque Ports RFC 01424 722 844 Crawley RFC 01293 533 995, Crowborough RFC Simon Davies 01892 663 915 East Grinstead RFC Matt Ravenscroft 07831 721 538 Eastbourne RFC 01323 503 076

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Hastings & Bexhill RFC William Parker 01424 444 255 Haywards Heath RFC 01444 413 950 Heathfield & Waldron RFC Tim Ball 01435 831 142 Hellingly RFC Roger White Holbrook RFC 01403 751 150 Horley RFC Barrie Edwards 07912 862 566 Horsham RUFC Paul Harding 01403 265 027 Hove RFC Andy Ward 07789 777 475 Lewes RFC Dave Winsor 01424 210 778 Littlehampton RFC Racheal Hutchings 07779 725 955 Midhurst RFC Simon Flint 01730 816 465 Norfolk Arms RFC Ree 07966 815 345 Pulborough RFC 01903 746 463 Rye RFC 07784 024 162 Seaford RFC Nicky Walker 01323 441 429 Shoreham RFC Sussex Police RFC Uckfield RFC Kim Dunn 07905 756 271 Worthing RFC Allan Imrie 01903 784 706 Sussex Referees Society Phil Bowers 07930 188 560 / Sussex Referees Society Phil Bowers 07930 188 560 /


Arun Yacht Club 01903 716 016 Ashdown Sailing Club 01342 326 901 Bexhill Sailing Club 01424 212 906 Bosham Sailing Club 01243 572 341 Brighton Marina Yacht Club 01273 818 711 Brighton Sailing Club 01273 321 802 Chichester Yacht Club 01243 512 918

City Livery Yacht Club 08445 730 000 Dell Quay Sailing Club 01243 785 080 E’bourne Sovereign Sailing Club 01323 416 562 Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club 01424 422 142 Hastings Motor Boat & Yacht Club 01424 429 779 Inn Shore Cruising Club 01243 672 455 Itchenor Sailing Club 01243 512 400 Lancing Sailing Club 01903 766 006 Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club 01323 893 542 Pagham Yacht Club 01243 265 025 Pevensey Bay Sailing Club 01323 761 002 Shoreham Sailing Club 01273 453 078 Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club 01424 845 991 Sussex Yacht Club 01273 464 868 Weir Wood Sailing Club 01342 828 462 Worthing Yacht Club 01903 249 956


Fittleworth Rifle Club Sean Ide 01798 872 095 Petworth & District Rifle Club John Robbins 08447 722 243 Southwick Rifle Club Mr P. Sigournay 01903 814 642


Sussex Squash & Racquetball Arun Richard Laine 01243 826 612 Bluecoat Sports Tony Fiveash 01403 247 572. Bognor Regis Steve Carruthers 01243 865 462 Brighton Dave Bowen 08456 443 417 Brighton Rackets Milli Fawssett 01273 667 888 Burgess Hill Andrew Eade 07794 17 4 969 Cooden Sid Austin 01424 844 810

Copthorne Squash Club Karl Manning 01342 715 022 Corals Andy Birch 01273 731 262 Crawley Squash Club Andrew Watts 01293 585 300 Crowborough Sally Powell 01892 652 618 David Lloyd Aaron Parkins 01323 509 802 Dolphin Chris Markham 01444 457 337 East Grinstead Andy Norris 01342 325 077 Horsham James Norman 01403 251150 Lewes Bill Jeffries 01273 480 630 Littlehampton Ashley Squires 01903 713 217 Middleton Paul Elliot 01243 583 157 Midhurst David Usher 01730 816 841 Storrington Nathan Miller 01903 745 134 Weald Trevor Morgan 01273 844 283 West Worthing Pete Williams 01903 247 270


Sussex County Stoolball Assoc Mrs Kay Price 01403 252 419


1066 Swimmers SC Atlantis ASC Mr. Paul Clarke 01403 733 794 Beacon SC Mrs Ursula Taylor 01892 661 197 Bexhill SC Mrs.V. Tillett 01424 845 983 Bognor Regis SC Mr D. Loveman 01243 528 095 Brighton SC Mrs D. Halls 01273 475 326 Brighton Dolphin SC Miss S. Naish Chichester Cormorants SC Mrs J. Laney Crawley SC Mrs E. Smith 01293 883 570 East Grinstead SC Mrs. Annemarie Fox 01342 328 255



Beacon Swimming Club (Crowborough) Mrs Ursula Taylor 01892 661 197 Brighton Dolphin Swimming Club Miss S. Naish, Brighton Swimming Club Mrs D. Halls 01273 475 326


Sussex Table Tennis Alliance Sussex County Table Tennis AssN. Tackleway 01424 430 201


Haywards Heath & Dist T Tennis Lge Phil Harvey 01444 242135 Worthing & Dist T Tennis Lge Mrs J Mansell 01903 261 626 Battle Kevin Haffenden 07803 138 881 BRoad. Oak TT club Paul Dustall 07985 812 001 Crawley Community TT club Ian Ford 07764 146 338 Hollingbury TT club Christine Wicks (club chairman) 01273 709 612 Horsham TT club Ian Ford 07764 146 338 Pavilion TT club Mike Jones 07932 676 891 Storrington TT club Pat Mahoharan 07897 150 108

Crawley & Horsham League teams Copthorne & Maidenbower M. H. Hughes 02086 683 314 Foresters D. Edwards 01293 521 643 Horsham R. Scott 07815 778 342

Hastings League teams Bexhillians Secretary : Roger Gillett 01424 216 977. Civil Service (Hastings) Secretary: Paul Barry 01424 431 658. Filsham Valley (Junior) Mrs T. Bennett, 01323 484 113 Hollington Neil Stapley 01424 422 892 Monarchs (Hastings) Peter Harding 01424 712 708 Saints 01424 718 136 Tackleway Danny Rickaby 01424 430 201 Tigers (St Leonards) Miss Sheila King 01424 428 057 Travaux Cliff Duffell 01424 773 176

Worthing Dist Lge teams Steyning 07927 008 663 West Worthing Bruce 01903 505 666 Woodlands Mrs B Bayford 01903 773 306

Other clubs

Billinghurst Ian Ford 07764 146 338 Brighton Tim Holtam 07985141 788 Crawley Community Ian Ford 07764 146 338 Lancing Ray Forder 01903 766 678 North Mundham Mr Peter Baldwin 01243 860 966 Woodlands (Rustington) Jim Holden 01903 782 209


Angmering-On-Sea Lawn Tennis Club Mandy Wood (membership secretary): 07790 760 210 Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club 01243 785 664 Cross in Hand Tennis Club Steve Godfrey 01825 830 670 Tennis Sussex 01273 505 979 LTA Tennis Development Manager Liz Squires 01273 505 979


Bexhill Bouncers 01424 845 054 Dragon Flyers T.C. Bognor Regis 01243 825 015 FliteCrew Trampoline Club 01403 257 038 ump Trampolining Club Karen Street (head coach) 01323 508 604 Orbital Stars Trampoline Club 01403 734 448 Shinewater Trampoline Club 01323 768 614 shinewater/youth/gym-and-tramp Southdowns (Lewes + Peacehaven) Malcolm Jones 01273 486 000 Southwick Trampolining Club 01273 238 111

Steyning Stars & Henfield Gym Club Amanda Wadman 01903 816 368 Sussex Springers Trampoline Club Carol on 01444 831 046 Sky Surfers Trampoline Club 01903 266 981 Sussex Martlets Trampoline Club 01903 501 798 Up N Downs Trampoline Club 01323490 011


Amphibians 2 Triathlon Club Karen Wigmore, Club coach Brighton Phoenix Tri Malcom Hughes 01273 779 761 Chich’r Westgate Triathlon Club Adrian Campbell 07900 512 699 Crawley Tri Club Paul Holmes 01444 882 036 East Grinstead Tri Club Clare Collett, Club secretary Esporta Brighton Tony Wright 07767 827 446 Mid-Sussex Triathlon Club Tamsin Douglas-Smith 01273 835 680 Steyning Athletic Club Joan Lennon 01903 812 569 Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club

Hove Lagoon Watersports 01273 424 842


Worthing Weightlifting Club John Walton 07815 938 919


Brighton (Devils Dyke) 08456 434 360 Forest Row SphereMania 08448 003 045


Adur (Southwick) Tom Holt 07760 287 790 Dolphins (Burgess Hill) Tom Hay 01273 546 014 Kingfishers (Forest Row) Simon Lewis 07917 328 871 Storrington Martin Fisher 07786 6426 541 Worthing Nigel Goldsmith 01903 263 034 Sussex Volleyball Association Richard Jennings (secretary) 01903 746 117

Want to play? Your guide to the sports, clubs and leagues in Sussex

Eastbourne SC Mr Peter Tyler 07901 769 346 Hailsham SC Mrs E Lucani 01323 503 276 Hastings Seagull SC Mr Graham Furness 01424 438 122 Lewes SC Mr P Fouch 01273 477 365 Littlehampton SC Mrs B Condron 01243 552 372 Mid-Sussex Marlins SC Susan Lodge 01444 451 707 Penguins Swimming Lessons Linette Wheeler 01903 767 820 Shiverers SC Mr Derek Fowlie 07831 455 243 Worthing SC Mr P. McCallum, 01903 267 019 Sussex County Amateur Swimming Assoc Chairman: Mr P McCallum 01903 267 019


Brighton Swimming Club David Charbit 07968 986 648 Crawley Swimming Club Barry Hurst 07595 756 166 Hailsham Swimming Club Jeanette Simpson 01323 440 140 Mid-Sussex Marlins Swimming Club Pat Bates 01444 245 920 Worthing Swimming Club Peter McCallum 01903 267 019


Chichester Watersports Centre 01243 776 439

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Sussex Sport - Issue 9  

Local sport magazine for people who want to watch, play, help organise, coach or simply read about grassroots sport in Sussex.

Sussex Sport - Issue 9  

Local sport magazine for people who want to watch, play, help organise, coach or simply read about grassroots sport in Sussex.