January 2016 Meeting

Dear All,

The January meeting for 2016 will be held at Park Golf Club in Southport on Wednesday the 27th. For further details and a copy of the agenda, please download the invite HERE

SSC-Zine December 2015 – 17th ed.

In this month’s edition of the SSC-Zine:

  •  New Government Sports Strategy for an Active Nation; get the breakdown of how the DCMS intends to build a fitter, healthier nation.
  • Sport and Recreation Alliance begin partnership with Utility Aid; could your Sports Club save thousands of pounds through participating in the SRA’s new utilities switching initiative?
  • Last call for Quiz Time – Don’t Forget that Marine AFC are holding a quiz night on 15th January, 8.30pm arrival and just £1 to enter.
  • Treasury urged to grant Tax Breaks to Community Sports Clubs.
  • Review of FA Grassroots Survey and the concerns revealed; quality of local and junior pitches prove to be a major concern.
  • Formby Men’s Masters Hockey team reach National Quarter Final; a blustery day at Cricket path ends with a comfortable 7-0 victory over Barton Vets.

View all this and more in the SSC-Zine HERE

Password Changes

To all who may have received an email regarding a change in password, please accept our apologies for any confusion. As mentioned at the last meeting, the website is undergoing some maintenance and as such I have changed the password access to the member’s area. This is primarily to ensure that only affiliated clubs can access this area of the site. All affiliated members will receive their new password once the area has been updated.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


David Morton,

Secretary, Sefton Sports Council.

Sorrowful News – passing of Neil Edwards

Sefton Loses a Sporting Star.


It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing away of our President Neil Edwards. Neil had been fighting illness for quite some time now and was admitted to hospital last Wednesday. On Saturday morning his fight ended with a cardiac arrest.


A founder member of the Sports Council, Neil was very actively involved for over 30 years. Allied to his love of cricket he was a truely outstanding supporter of sport in the borough. He was forever dashing of to “Lords” in his capacity of Secretary of the League Cricket Conference, meeting with the well known names of cricket, representing cricket at the Houses of Parliament and worked tirelessly for the Formby Pool he is leaving behind a huge hole that I don’t believe can be filled by one man.


We will miss his dry humour and eloquent speaking, his legal reports and work on the website, his availability to talk to people who might need his assistance and his staunch support where needed. He was never frightened to step up to the plate and fight his corner and ruffled a few feathers in his time. He was another volunteer who retired from work, but instead of relaxing, his volunteering seemed to increase rather than decrease. He became more difficult to get hold of because of all his projects and his devotion to his family.


I will miss a great colleague, a fabulous mentor, a man who was very knowledgeable of the workings of sport, but most of all a very close and dear friend. I offer my, and the Sports Council’s sympathies and support to his family.


Neil’s funeral will be held at Southport Crematorium, Southport Road, Scarisbrick PR8 5JQ on Tuesday 18th August at 3:20pm followed by the Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby L37 3NG.


Paul Wilkinson, Chair of Sefton Sports Council

Formby Cricket Club – 150th Anniversary in 2015

Formby Cricket Club celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2015 and a number of events are planned to mark the occasion.

2014 was also their best season in recent years with the 1st Xl becoming champions of the 1st Division, giving them promotion to the Premier Divison in their celebratory year. Looking to the future in the Premier Division they have already announced the signings of three new players. Former Lancashire duo, Gary Keedy and Steven Parry, both now with Nottinghamshire, have agreed to play when county commitments allow, and they are joined by quick bowler Alex Lines from Amersham in Buckinghamshire.

Bob Metcalfe

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bob Metcalfe, the President of the Southport and District Amateur Cricket League, and longstanding member and official of New Victoria Cricket Club. He was also a great supporter of Sefton Sports Council.

Bob passed away at the weekend whilst watching New Victoria and will be greatly missed.

His funeral will be held at Southport Crematorium at 3.30pm on Friday 12th September followed by a memorial service at St Cuthberts, Southport.