The Aldridge Foundation has appointed former Sussex Cricket Chief Executive David Brooks as Chairman of it new Sports Development Steering Group.
Last year the Foundation launched the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA), a partnership between the two Academies, Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club. It provides integrated A-Level and cricket development 6th form courses, which began this September.
The Foundation has since made a number of high profile additions to its sports team. John Spencer, former Sussex fast bowler, head of cricket and subsequently Deputy Head at Brighton College, joined the Steering Group last year and Alexia Walker, who has over 100 caps for Sussex, was recruited as the ACA’s new Director of Cricket.
In September Simon Funnell, former Cricket Development Manager at Sussex CCC, became the Aldridge Academies’ first joint Director of Sport to lead the development of similar specialist sports and performing arts courses across both schools.
Sir Rod Aldridge said: “The appointment of David Brooks is another significant step in our plans to offer all students in the City and from across Sussex the kinds of opportunities to combine top class coaching and facilities with academic study that have traditionally only been available in fee-paying public schools.”
“We are developing plans for additional sports academies including Football, Golf, Netball and Mountain Biking as well as one for Dance. All will follow the framework of the Cricket Academy and will have head coaches. Students will also gain coaching and refereeing qualifications in their disciplines if they are sport related.”
“We are committed to further developing our campuses to support Simon’s work with us and to offer our communities and local clubs access to great sports facilities. David will lead a Steering Group charged with the responsibility of advising on and delivering sporting facilities at BACA and PACA that will be amongst the best in the City. This will start with the development of the cricket facilities at BACA to be of premier league standard.”
David Brooks said: “I am really excited to have been invited by Sir Rod to help guide the sporting provision at the Academies. While at Sussex Cricket we supported the birth of the Cricket Academy, and so to have the opportunity to continue that development now by supporting a very talented team to deliver excellent sports buildings is a real thrill. It fits perfectly with my passion for a sporting chance offering everyone better opportunities in life.”
“The projects we have in mind are challenging and I am committed to making sure we deliver those facilities to the best possible standard, at the most efficient cost. We want these facilities to be the best facilities available to any school in Sussex, and to help the Academies develop their students in all aspects of their education.”