Sports Development Group (Sports Council)

The Sports Development Group were set up by the Town Council for all sports clubs to come together and share good ideas, best practice and how sports can be developed across the town. East Grinstead is fortunate in that it has a plethora of top quality varied sporting clubs. All clubs and groups are invited to attend the meeting (and if you are new or have not come across the group before,  just come along and make yourself known, you are welcome to attend).

The group meet quarterly to receive an update on what is going on in groups, opportunities for grants, advice and how to access this.  The meeting is currently chaired by a Town Councillor however this is a meeting facilitated by the Town Council and is there for the clubs and groups to get something out of this and voice any concerns or needs.  The Town and District Council both send officers who can help signpost to bodies who may be able to help resolve a problem.  Sometimes the groups can help each other out.   This is networking, advice, help and camaraderie,  but so much more.


Sports Development Group

The next quarterly East Grinstead Sports Council meeting will be on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm and will be held at East Grinstead Sports Club at Saint Hill.

1Introductions and News – Bob Shelley

We’ll introduce ourselves to each other and I’ll bring you up to date with some of our local sports news.

2. Playing Pitches Maintenance Update – Bob Shelley

You may recall the disappointing reports on the state of some of our local playing pitches at the last meeting. Since then we have engaged very constructively with Mid Sussex District Council’s new Cabinet Member for Leisure and Social Services on a range of sport matters. One of the things we addressed was the pitches issue. I will summarise the changes in store that we all hope will positively impact on our pitches condition.

3. New Sports Council Participants

Three local clubs have indicated their keenness to join our sports community. Their representatives will briefly introduce themselves and their clubs.

4. Get to Know Our Clubs – East Grinstead Runners

In the latest of our series of presentations about our clubs, Jim Dorrington and Natalie Moon will outline the history and current aims and activities of this sociable running group.

5. Kidical Mass Bike Rally – Steve Ody

As we approach the second running of this event on 1st October, Steve will bring us up to date on the final preparations for the big day.

6. Golf Junior Development – Ben Knight

Ben, a well qualified local PGA golf coach, is going to explain his background and role in junior development. He will also illustrate this at the elite level by setting out the route to success taken by Joe Sullivan. Born and brought up locally, Joe is English Amateur Champion and now on the verge of USPGA Tour competition.

7. Social Media Update – Bob Shelley

I will report on our digital platform for local sport and some of the highlights.

8. Club Updates

Our Club representatives will share with us their current situation, their successes and any challenges they face.

9. Any other Business

Your chance to raise, share or discuss anything you want with our group, of a sporting nature.


The groups that currently attend the meeting and a contact for each is shown below: