The Guernsey Cricket Board is delighted to announce that it has entered into a Development Partnership Agreement with Sussex CCC, winners of the 2006 Liverpool Victoria County Championship and of the 2006 C&G Trophy.

The Agreement will provide Guernsey with many benefits, including regular coaching visits from the Sussex Professional Coaching Staff, reciprocal visits to the Sussex Academy, advice from the Sussex Academy on developing Guernsey's own National Academy and opportunities for Guernsey's age group sides to play regularly against the Sussex district representative age group sides.

With this ongoing relationship, Sussex CCC will be able to identify any young cricketers with the potential to make a living out of professional county cricket and to represent the county in age group county cricket.
David Piesing, Chairman of the Guernsey Cricket Board, said: "Guernsey cricket has high aspirations to be successful in international cricket and we will benefit enormously from the wisdom and experience that Sussex can pass on to us. This will help us to create a sustainable development infrastructure for our leading players in all age groups to achieve their full potential.

Exposing our elite players and age group sides to regular competition of a high standard on the mainland backed up with monthly winter visits by Sussex Academy coaches can only help to accelerate the development of those players, as well as aid the development of our own coaches. English county cricket provides the sole opportunity for players from the European region to take up a professional career in the game and we are already seeing a stream of Irish, Scottish, Dutch and Danish cricketers securing English county contracts. Guernsey has already produced one home-grown county cricketer in Lee Savident at Hampshire, and hopefully Tim Ravenscroft is already close to following in Lee's footsteps. This is first-hand evidence that coming from a small island need not be an obstacle to a professional cricket career if the talent exists and if it can be properly developed at the key age groups.'

Keith Greenfield, Sussex Cricket Performance Manager added, ‘Sussex CCC and the Guernsey Cricket Board have enjoyed a good relationship for a number of years and we are delighted to further strengthen it with this new and exciting initiative. The aim of Sussex has always been to promote cricket, to ensure a thriving future and this agreement will definitely go towards this. And hopefully the partnership between us will enable Guernsey youngsters to potentially fulfil a career in first class-cricket with Sussex or become a very successful player in enabling Guernsey cricket to progress up the International Cricket ladder.'