Mushtaq Ahmed, currently England’s spin bowling coach, has donated £5,000 to the charity that supports the Sussex Young Cricketers.
Chairman of the Sussex Cricket in the Community Trust (SCCT), David Bowden, said “This wonderful charitable gesture by Mushy is a tremendous boost for our appeal fund. We have set ourselves a target of £50,000 to improve the scoreboards and other facilities at the excellent Sutton Winson Academy Ground at Blackstone, near Henfield. West Sussex”.
Mushtaq played became the first bowler for five years to take 100 wickets in a Championship season in 2003, as Sussex won the title for the first time and both he and the team repeated the feat in 2006.
This dedicated and unique facility which was opened six years ago has two pitches, on which all home County representative matches for the Sussex Under 11’s to Under 17’s are played, as well as the finals of various Area competitions.
The charity was established in 1986 as the Sussex Young Cricketers Educational Trust (SYCET), but it changed its name in 2010. This was to reflect an increasing expansion of the Trust’s range of activities, particularly the encouragement and engagement of disadvantaged youngsters who would not otherwise enjoy the pleasure of being involved in the wonderful sport of cricket.
The charity’s aim is to provide opportunities that enable and encourage young people from a variety of social environments and physical abilities to gain access to and to participate in cricket and other recreational activities. The emphasis is to improve the physical, mental, educational and social development of such young people.