The Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at BACA’s campus in Falmer is the home of the Aldridge Cricket Academy and an exciting new addition to our state-of-the-art sports facilities. Construction of the centre began in September 2015 and the centre was opened by former England Captain Charlotte Edwards in June 2016.
The Cricket Centre provides dedicated training and playing facilities, enabling students to develop their cricketing talent. It promotes and helps maintain fitness and has physiotherapy space to aid recovery. This specialist, sector-leading Centre has:
- three lanes of cricket nets with full run ups
- a brand new ‘Merlyn by BOLA’ spin bowling machine
- full service gym for strength and conditioning
- physiotherapy room
- a Sussex Premier League standard cricket square.
The Centre is also a base for Sussex Women’s Cricket, a satellite for the Sussex Cricket Academy and Emerging Players Programme, and will become a community centre for local residents and primary schools. The facilities are also available for hire by local cricket and sports clubs and community groups.
The start of construction was marked by a ceremony attended by Sussex Cricket and Sussex Womens players and officials. Sussex paceman Jimmy Anyon described the centre as “An unbelievable facility for any school never mind a state school. The indoor centre run ups are longer than the ones at Hove! It will be one of the best facilities in the country I’d guess, not just in Sussex.” See local news reports.
Sir Rod Aldridge said: “Working with Sussex Cricket we are building a top class cricket facility which will be a wonderful asset for the development of young cricketers in Sussex, including the students of the Aldridge Cricket Academy from BACA and PACA, and Portslade Colts.”
Guests from the ECB, Sussex Cricket and the local community joined Charlotte Edwards, New Zealand women’s captain Suzie Bates, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills at the opening ceremony.