Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation

A key aspect of the Trust's fund raising activities is the provision of funds which will enable groups of children with special needs to visit Arundel Castle Cricket  Foundation  for a day or two in the Spring and Summer terms.


They are from a range of schools and organisations and often come from inner cities but not exclusively.


Many of the youngsters have never previously left their local environment.


Programmes of activities and events to suit their capabilities are organised and managed by John Barclay and his team.


John is well known to most cricket lovers,having captained Sussex CCC in the 70's and 80's, as well as  managing numerous England and MCC teams on overseas tours. In 2010 John Barclay was appointed President of MCC.


The children are given a day of sport,education and above all FUN.To the majority is will be a day never to be forgotten.  


The number of children and the number of schools who have visited Arundel in the last couple of years under the CST scheme has grown markedly.


Trustees visit Arundel regularly to show their support to John Barclay and his team.


The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation was formed and registered as a charity in 1986 (Reg. Charity No 1150351) and works alongside The Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club.


Its purpose is to enhance the development and education of young people (mainly aged between 7-19 years) with a special emphasis upon the disadvantaged and those deprived of opportunity.


Over the years we have focused strongly on inner city regions nationwide and particularly London’s boroughs where the need has been greatest.  We have used cricket and its associated activities as the medium for achieving our objectives. 


The Arundel Castle Cricket Ground in West Sussex has provided the heart for our project and it is to this world famous ground that the youngsters have come.  Here we have outstanding outdoor facilities, an indoor school and a well-appointed pavilion from which we can provide catering for the purpose.


In addition to an experience offering cricket, we also conduct regular tours around Arundel Castle and its gardens, a facility that is well used to children with special needs and wheelchairs. 


Trips to the seaside at Littlehampton are all part of the routine and games of cricket on the beach a frequent occurrence. Crabs and seashells are much sought after and occasionally the local fishermen land a fish.  The children love that.


For many years we have operated a now well-established Special Needs Programme.  This includes about 40 visits a year from schools serving the needs of children suffering from a range of disabilities – physical and emotional – plus severe to moderate learning difficulties. More than 600 of these handicapped and frequently difficult children visit us each year.


At Arundel we have time to concentrate on the young.   We would be so grateful if you would help us to help them.


The support which The Cricket Society Trust has given us over the years knows no bounds and we are forever grateful. Thousands of children with special needs have benefitted from the joy of visiting Arundel on very unique days in their lives, which has been due to the support of the Cricket Society Trust.”

John Barclay, Director, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation