Tymal Mills - Suffolk Young Cricketers Honorary Patron

Young Cricketers Foundation

The Foundation exists to support the talent development of young players, to whom the potential cost of being part of a Suffolk Young Cricketers Winter Training Programme may present some financial challenges.


The scheme is open to any player offered a place in the Suffolk Young Cricketers system for the coming year irrespective of age or gender.

What do we fund, and to what level

The Foundation seeks to support some of the following key areas of potential cost.

  • The cost of the Annual training fees to the Suffolk Cricket.
  • The cost of buying essential equipment and clothing.
  • The cost of travel to training.


The Foundation has a management committee who will review all applications received each year.  The committee will allocate funds based upon available resource, and in their view the level of need and hardship. Whilst the scheme is not means tested we do rely on a high level of disclosure from applicants about their circumstances, which is treated in the strictest of confidence.

All applications will be formally replied to, in writing communicating the outcome of the application.

In order to make an application please download the SYC Foundation Application Form.

Applications must be sent via email to Andrew Blanchard

Any queries please email  Andrew Blanchard or phone 07738 199150.

SYC Foundation Honorary Patron – Tymal Mills

“The SYCF helped me to get to where I am today, no doubt about it.

I grew up in Brandon, Suffolk and went school at Mildenhall College of Technology when I was selected to be part of the Essex County Cricket Club Academy.

I had played for Suffolk u15’s through to the u17’s and the development side and whilst my enthusiasm and commitment to the new opportunity at Essex was without question, I did have challenges to overcome.

To get to training two nights a week I left Sixth Form at MCT at lunchtime to get a bus from Bury St. Edmunds and from there had to get two trains to Chelmsford via Ipswich before doing that again on the way home, getting back around 11pm.

Whilst I never minded doing this journey or lacked motivation there were obvious financial difficulties and restraints that came with using public transport this frequently. The SYCF helped by giving my financial support to help cover the costs of some of my train fares. Also I knew that I was able to ask for any help for other such things like equipment which may also be a challenge to some people like it was for myself.

I’m now lucky enough to be a professional cricketer and get to travel the world playing the sport I love. I owe a lot to the SYCF and was honoured when I was asked to become an Honorary Patron for them.” 

Tymal Mills, Sussex CCC and England