For detailed information on our Youth Academy, Clubmark policies, youth coaching, practice times and how to join/who to contact please visit the Youth section on our main site.
Burgess Hill Cricket Club is appointed a Sussex CCC Focus Club and is registered under the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Clubmark Accreditation Scheme. This means we have demonstrated that we are fully equipped to look after youngsters and promote cricket to the youth of the community. Our coaches carry out in-school training in many of the primary and secondary schools in Burgess Hill under the Chance to Shine national scheme.
Burgess Hill Cricket Club is very proud of their continuous Youth Academy Development scheme. Many players have come up through the ranks and gone on to have fantastic achievements in the game. Alan Hansford, one of five brothers to have played first eleven league cricket for the club, progressed from Burgess Hill youth cricket to go on and play for Sussex County Cricket Club between 1989 and 1992. One of his older brothers, Robert, won the Sussex Invitation League Batting Trophy for most runs scored in a season on no less than five occasions between 1984 and 1999. Caroline Atkins, who until recently played for the England Women’s Test and One-Day International teams, grew up playing youth team matches before moving on to greater things. In 1999 the club's Sussex Invitation League winning side included nine players who had regularly played youth team cricket at the club. Last season's first eleven team consisted of eight players who came through the youth setup.
The club has committed itself to the ECB Clubmark accreditation scheme and the Chance to Shine programme in order to expand its youth academy and ensure that there was a steady flow of young players equipped to play cricket at Sussex County League standard. Fundamental to achieving this objective was developing a wealth of ECB qualified coaches to deliver quality coaching to youngsters of all abilities, both girls and boys.