Former England captain Charlotte Edwards CBE will be a special guest at the opening of the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre on June 29th.
Charlotte, who retired from international cricket recently, was the first female cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals and the first player, either male or female, to score 2500 runs in T20 internationals. She is captaining Southern Vipers in the inaugural season of the Women’s Cricket Super League.
Charlotte led England on 220 occasions, during which time England won three Ashes series (2008, 2013 and 2014) and World Cup/World Twenty20 double in 2009. She was ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2008; Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2014; and twice ECB Cricketer of the Year (2013–14 & 2014–15).
Charlotte was also the first international cricketer to get involved in the development of the Aldridge Cricket Academy. She visited Brighton Aldridge Community Academy to talk to students and run a coaching session in March 2012.
The £1.8m Cricket Centre development will feature three lanes of cricket nets with full run ups and a full service gym for strength and conditioning. As well as being used by the ACA students the Centre will also be a base for Sussex Women’s Cricket, a satellite for the Sussex Cricket Academy and Emerging Players Programme, and a community centre for local residents and primary school.