The Young Coach Academy for Sussex is back!

The Young Coach Academy for Sussex is back!

The Youth Sport Trust have relaunched the programme this year and have asked us to target at least 30 young people between 14-19 yrs of age (in particular girls!)  who show promise in leadership and / or coaching in your schools, clubs and / or local sports clubs. 

The YCA (Young Coach Academy) is about harnessing that passion and enthusiasm shown by your young leaders / coaches and taking them a step further on the coaching pathway. 

The attached covering letter and application form (pdf or word) gives some more details, but essentially we would like you to help promote this opportunity by identifying and assisting any interested young people you know or work with. The more the merrier, we have a higher target to hit this year!

We have set a deadline of the 8th November for the students to return the applications.  They must be returned to me at or posted to Mid Sussex Active, St Pauls Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8GA. 

The students will be notified by the 22nd November to let them know if they have been successful with their application. 

The Launch event will take place on 10th Dec, 5-8pm at St Pauls Catholic College, you are welcome to attend with your nominated students but it is not compulsory. There is a small cost attached to the programme (£50), but any students who may struggle to afford this can approach me for bursary assistance.

Thank you for helping to promote the Sussex Young Coach Academy and I look forward to receiving applications from your schools and sports networks.

Kind regards,

Holly Prescott

YCA Lead for Sussex.

Holly Prescott

PE and Sport Strategic Manager

Mid Sussex Active

Please note, my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Please support ;- Matt’s 24Hr “Hitathon”

Matt’s 24 hour Hitathon starting 8pm Friday 18th October at Littlehampton badminton and squash club in aid of cancer research.
For those who don’t know we sadly lost our mixed captain and dear friend Matt Reed after a very short cancer battle in May. We know Matt was well known in the local badminton community and we wanted to organise an event as a tribute to him and also a chance to raise money for cancer research.
We would love for you to join us at Littlehampton badminton club on the 18th/19th October. A few of us will be staying for the full 24 hours and you are all welcome to join us for the whole time or just for as many hours as you want. Everyone is welcome and the bar will be open so this will be a social event as well. At the moment Saturday afternoon is looking a bit quiet and our legs will be getting tired so any help around this time would be great.
There will be a £5 fee for all players to cover the courts / shuttles, once costs have been met everything else will be going to cancer research and we really want to raise as much as we can.
If you want to play you can sign up here so we have an idea of numbers  –
If you cannot play but would like to donate you can do here –
Play for 24 hours, a couple of hours or just support the players from the bar.

Any questions just let me know. My number is 07834 858525. Thank you so much.

Sussex Under 14’s Bronze Medal – Well done boys.

“Worthing Junior Badminton Club member and current under 14 Sussex County Badminton Champion, Dewi Rice (pictured on the right) and Littlehampton Badminton Club member Jerome Brackley travelled to Milton Keynes recently for the Under 13 National Badminton Championships. After some tough matches and battling through injuries the boys successfully won all their group matches to get to the semi-finals of the doubles, where they came up against the No. 2 seeds. They played very well, losing 21-16, 21-15 to secure a Bronze medal for their brilliant performance. Well done boys! Dewi and Jerome also won the U14 Sussex County Badminton Doubles Championships and both have been members of the Sussex County U14 squad all season.”