EGCC was established one hundred and sixty years ago and has been at the heart of the local community ever since. As a not-for-profit club we are run entirely by volunteers and rely on our membership, donations, grants and our generous sponsors to enhance our facility and to keep us moving forward.
As an ECB ‘Focus Club’ we have a responsibility to allow access to host district games in addition to around the 130 home games that we prepare pitches for each season on our two squares. The club runs five adult sides from the successful 1st XI Sussex Premier League side supported by a high standard Second Team squad to the Thirds and Fourth Elevens plus a Conference team consisting of parents and offspring with two Sunday Teams competing in the Surrey Trust league. There are two Women’s and Girl’s sides and ten Junior teams in all age groups from nine to U16s. We are also privileged to host Sackville School and Imberhorne School matches to help keep Cricket alive in our local authority run state schools.
As part of our continuing commitment to develop our talent, as witnessed by the success of our recent Sussex County players such as our captain Will Adkin, Lewis Hatchett, Leo Camish and Fynn Hudson Prentice, we are continually developing our coaching base to ensure that we give our players the opportunity to perform at the best possible standard of competitive cricket at all levels. To this end East Grinstead Cricket Club, in association with FCCC, has established an out of season Professional indoor Coaching School for the benefit of our youth squad members, while our own fully qualified coaches attend all teams through pre-season and the summer.
With so much happening the Club recently went through a restructuring of its management and committee structure supported by a redesign of its corporate image; to better reflect a modern forward looking club while keeping the best of the history and tradition. The new artwork for the historic five ostrich feather logo was commissioned and designed into a setting more suitable to our digital times. The ’feathers’ have been a heraldic device for East Grinstead since In 1572, when Thomas Cure, Member of Parliament for the former Borough, presented the town a seal: five blue ostrich feathers with gold tips, his initials and those of the Duchy of Lancaster, of which the town was part.
The aim is to keep up the standards required to meet Premier League requirements, we cannot stand still and facilitating almost 100 matches per season on the main ground puts immense pressure on the grounds man and more importantly the volunteers who assist and make sure everything is in place for a match. There is a lot of wear and tare on the pitches and an immense amount of effort has to be put in, just to stand still. Like all clubs we have a loyal band of volunteers who could now be classified in the older range, but we are always seeking others following on to give the same commitment.
What will be the format of club cricket in 5 years’ time? If this takes the form of T/20 matches possible played in midweek we will have a problem as a large percentage of our seniors commute daily to London which means they will not get back in time to participate in a match. Sussex Cricket is presently consulting on a forward plan, which we sincerely hope that East Grinstead Cricket Club will be able to contribute at the forefront of the changes moving forward in the local and wider Sussex community.