Looking at Sixth Form options? Want to …
Play professional cricket, but don’t want to miss out on qualifications along the way?
Build a career in cricket coaching, sports science, psychology, management or teaching?
Go into a sports related business using your cricket and entrepreneurial skills?
Or simply want to develop your cricket skills whilst getting your academic qualifications?
Working in partnership with Sussex Cricket, the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) gives male and female cricketers the chance to develop sporting talent and academic qualifications together, rather than having to choose between the two.
Students at the Aldridge Cricket Academy combine their sixth form studies at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy with an intensive cricket development programme. Now in the fifth year it’s a unique programme for both boys and girls in the state sector locally.
Building on the success of our sixth form provision, we are now extending our partnership with Sussex Cricket to launch the BACA Junior Cricket Pathway for Years 7 – 9 male and female cricketers.
We offer students outstanding facilities and coaching, unique in the state-sector locally.
- Premier league ground and home of Sussex Women’s Cricket
- £2m indoor cricket centre with three full run-up length lanes
- ECB Level 3 & 4 Coaching Team providing 1:1 coaching and strength & conditioning
- Overseas tours
In February 2015 students undertook their first tour, to South Africa. ACA student Tara Norris, who participated in the England Woman’s U-19 pace bowling camp in South Africa just before this tour, said “I learnt to make the most of every opportunity and to be pushed outside my comfort zone as great things happened when I did this.”
The squad toured Dubai in 2017 and Sri Lanka in 2019.
ACA student Matt Graves, who completed his studies at the academy in July 2018, posted on Twitter about his experience with the ACA: “A big thank you to the the coaches and staff at the at the Aldridge Cricket Academy for the most amazing two years. Not only am I a better cricketer but I’m also a better person. it’s a fantastic programme with some amazing people. Thank you .”
The Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, which features three lanes of cricket nets with full run ups was opened by former England Captain Charlotte Edwards in June 2016. In November 2017 an MCC Foundation Hub was launched at the Cricket Centre.
Following on from Tara Norris’ selection in 2016 Will Sheffield became the first boy from the Aldridge Cricket Academy to be accepted to Sussex County Cricket’s Academy in 2017, and was selected for the first team squad for the opening fixture in 2018. In April 2019 Will signed professional forms with Sussex.
In July 2018 former ACA student Liam O’Brien was selected and starred for England in the Vitality IT20 Physical Disability Tri-Series campaign, scoring 60 and taking 2-31 with the ball on debut v. Pakistan.
“The cricket facilities and programmes at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy are outstanding.”
Rob Andrew, Chief Executive, Sussex Cricket