Sussex Cricket has retained motor insurance company 1st Central as a major sponsor of the Club for a further three years.

The deal will see the ground continue to be named The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, which has been home to Sussex since the 19th century.

For the past seven years both Sussex Cricket and 1st Central have developed a major partnership that has helped to ensure The 1st Central County Ground remains a modern multi-purpose venue for professional cricket, music concerts, weddings and corporate events.

The major partnership is key to helping Sussex Cricket sustain its ambitions both on and off the pitch for years to come, including the plans to improve the existing facilities at the ground.

During the past few seasons phase one of the ground redevelopment has seen the Southwest corner of The 1st Central County Ground undergo significant redevelopment, with a new pub, commercial offices and 37 apartments being constructed.

This phase of the development will open at the end of Q1 in 2023. 

The ongoing support 1st Central provide the Club will help ensure plans to deliver phase two can progress over the seasons ahead, which in turn will enhance the hospitality and County Ground experience for both local and national level events.

Within phase two, Sussex Cricket aim to enhance the hospitality facilities with renovations including the development of new private boxes and a roof terrace – creating the perfect environment to watch the matches and celebrate the latest Sussex victory.

1st Central, whose headquarters are in Haywards Heath, will now also diversify the partnership with their brand adorning the back of both the Sussex D40 (Disabled cricket team) and Visually Impaired playing shirts. The partnership extension also provides continued support for annual charitable events such as Sussex Cricket Foundation’s DIScoverABILITY Day.

Mark Judges, commercial director for Sussex Cricket said: 

We are thrilled to extend our partnership with 1st Central for another three years, which in turn means the ground will have been known as The 1st Central County Ground, Hove for ten seasons!

Working in partnership with a local Sussex business, as a major sponsor, is incredibly rewarding. During our partnership we have helped generate brand awareness for 1st Central, which has contributed to their growth to over 1 million policy holders.

In turn, their investment helps us invest in the future of Sussex Cricket and our infrastructure. This means generations to come will be able to enjoy the fantastic facilities and cricket on show in the heart of our county, whilst also safeguarding the commercial integrity of the oldest professional sports club in the world.

Rob Andrew, CEO for Sussex Cricket added: 

The extension is amazing news that will support our work to continue producing exciting young cricketers for both Sussex and England. 1st Central’s investment has been a huge benefit to the cricket ground and players at all levels.

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