Thursday 26 April 2012

Seagulls Flock To Support Sparrows

Champions! Sparrows Under 12's Girls
Horsham based North West Sussex Seagulls a Brighton & Hove Albion supporters club last Sunday handed over a cheque for £400 to Karl Pople, Chairman of Horsham Sparrows football club for kit sponsorship of the under 12s girls team.

Formed last summer, the North West Sussex Seagulls is run by fans for fans and offers a convenient way for Albion supporters to get from Horsham, Southwater, Billingshurst, Partridge Green, Cowfold and Henfield to the American Express Community stadium at Falmer and they have run more than 40 coaches to home games as well as several to away games. The club which holds regular club meetings and events is run as a ‘not for profit’ organisation and is keen to assist local sporting groups, particularly one’s that offer children the opportunity to play sports.
NWSS co-founder Andy Stonestreet together with other club members were present at the Holbrook Club in Horsham to watch league champions  Horsham Sparrows under 12 girls also pick up the league challenge cup after beating Mile Oak Wanderers 3 -1 in a thrilling final. As he handed over the sponsorship cheque Andy said “We have a couple of Horsham Sparrows players who regularly travel with us on our coaches and it’s great to be able to support kids who enjoy their sport in this way”.
The NWSS are currently taking season ticket bookings for their two coaches for next season. More details about their fares and routes can be found at or by contacting Andy Stonestreet on 07738 085752.
North West Sussex Seagulls
Coach season tickets for 2012-13

NWSS first trip to the Amex - 30th July 2012

North West Sussex Seagulls was formed in July 2011 with the main objective being to transport Horsham based Brighton & Hove Albion fans to the club’s new home in Falmer at an affordable cost. The American Express Community Stadium has proved to be a big draw and has over 18,000 season ticket holders, many of whom live in the Horsham district. With Albion putting in a further 8,250 seats NWSS expect to see even more demand for coach seats from fans living in the local area. With this in mind NWSS have just released their coach seat prices for the 2012/13 football season. Coach seats are available on an ad-hoc basis but regular match goers should consider buying a coach season ticket as this is certainly the most economical way to travel to the Amex on match days.  Concessions are available for under 16’s and over 60’s.

Albion adopted a strong 'green' policy when they applied for planning permission to build their new stadium and have been encouraging as many fans as possible to get to and from the Amex by using environmentally sustainable public transport like buses, coaches and trains rather than polluting and clogging up Sussex roads with lots of cars. NWSS have transported over 1,700 fans to the Amex this season from Horsham, Southwater, Cowfold and Henfield. That's probably saved around 600 car journeys which have been replaced by 40 coaches which is very impressive. They have also laid on a second coach to accommodate Albion fans from the Billingshurst area. You could say that NWSS are very ‘green’ blue & white fans.
NWSS are an independent supporters club who organise their own low cost match day transport using Arun Coaches and are run by fans for the fans. They are a non profit making organisation and as a consequence can offer transport to the Amex from as little as £4.50 return.
They have made a donation to Albion In The Community, a charity scheme run by Brighton & Hove Albion FC for the benefit of Sussex based people who need help in all sorts of areas including adult education and employment. In addition NWSS has recently agreed to sponsor the Horsham Sparrows F C Under 12 girls side for the 2012/13 season as part of their commitment to support local youth and sport organisations as and when they have a surplus of funds and their aim is to be able to support other worthy causes over the coming years.
NWSS can be contacted by emailing or you can telephone founding member Andy Stonestreet on 07738 085752. Alternatively find more information on the club website at