Sussex Cricket & ACA announce Women and Girls’ Cricket academy

Date: 20th July 2016

Sussex Cricket, in partnership with Aldridge Cricket Academy, have announced ‘Phase One’ of a major initiative to improve the whole of the Sussex Women’s cricket pathway, from grassroots and community to elite performers.

Phase 1 is a stand-alone Women and Girls academy that will run fully out of the newly opened Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, which is based at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy site.

Ten girls will receive bespoke yearly programmes, to develop their all-round skills and focus on their technical and tactical cricketing skills, physical and mental skills, and will receive private healthcare to look after all aspects of their development in chasing their dreams to represent their country, and in turn benefit the Sussex Women’s senior side.

Alexia Walker, ACA Director of Cricket said “We’re really proud here at Aldridge to be the founding partner of this relationship and we’re so happy that we can provide this facility for the girls, so that they can train to be the best that they can be”.

Simon Funnell, Director of Sport at BACA & PACA, added, “This joint initiative is a fantastic opportunity for women’s cricket across Sussex, and hopefully for England as well. “We’re able to promote cricket to a wider audience with a new phase coming in in the next couple of weeks, giving a community element which will be on top of the fantastic elite element launched today”.

Director of Cricket at Sussex, Keith Greenfield, expanded on this and said that “From a Sussex Cricket point of view and one of an English point of view, to have a stand-alone Women and Girls academy will make a significant difference to quality of girls making it through to Sussex senior squads and will seriously enhance the chances for those girls to fulfil their dreams of playing international cricket”.

Click HERE for more information of the stand-alone Academy via the Sussex Cricket YouTube Channel.

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