Stoolball is an ancient English game which has been played for over 500 years. It is the origin of baseball and rounders, and perhaps cricket too – and is sometimes called ‘cricket in the air’. Initially played only in West Sussex, it has been played at Lord’s cricket ground, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, and overseas including Sri Lanka, India and Australia – even on ocean liners! In 2012 stoolball made history again with its first ever England match.

The Stedham Stoolball Team competes in the West Sussex Stoolball League (, with fixtures taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from the beginning of May until the end of September. Additionally, Sunday League and friendly tournaments take place during the season, from the beginning of May until the end of September. Practice sessions start at the beginning of April on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6.30pm. From October until April, the team also competes in the Indoor League at The Grange in Midhurst on Sunday evenings.

Signing on fees are £10, with match fees payable once games commence.

For more information please contact the Secretary, Pippa Croxford, on 07891 202671 or