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

Our next East Grinstead Sports Council meeting will be on  Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm. We will be using the Zoom platform for what we hope will be the last time, as we plan to restore us to physical meetings at sports venues going forward.

1. Introductions and News – Bob Shelley

We’ll introduce ourselves and I’ll bring you up to date with some excellent local sport success and other news.

2. Platinum Jubilee Plans

Helen Farren, East Grinstead Town Councillor, will share with us some of the Town’s intentions in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year. Helen will also be setting out the opportunities our sports clubs and organisations will have to participate as our community celebrates this historic event.

3. Burgess Hill Sports Council

I mentioned at our last meeting that there was interest in Burgess Hill in developing their own sports group to gain access to the benefits that we have seen with our Sports Council in recent years. I will bring you up to date with how Matt Wright and his team are progressing.

4. New Clubs

These are interesting times for sport development locally, with the arrival of a number of opportunities to access new sports. I will set out briefly what these are.

5. Social Media Update

I will update you on our use of social media to promote the success of local sport and to share information.

6. Clubs Update

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

7. Any other Business

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

This will be a virtual meeting using the Zoom platform. Please contact the Town Clerk for more details.


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