Alexia Walker, who recently became Sussex’s most capped player ever, has been announced as the new Director of Cricket at the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA).
The ACA is a partnership between the Aldridge Foundation’s two Brighton Academies, BACA and PACA, the Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club, and has launched integrated A-Level and cricket development 6th form courses in Brighton commencing this September.
Alexia Walker comes highly recommended by Sussex CCC and by former County and England star James Kirtley. As a player she has represented Sussex for over 20 years winning the County Championship five times, twice as captain, and has 112 caps for the senior team. She has also represented England, captaining the England Academy for two years and winning two European titles as a junior England player and one as Assistant coach to the Academy.
Alexia is the youngest ever candidate to gain the ECB Level Four Coaching Certificate – the highest cricket coaching qualification in this country. Having gained an MSc in Sports Management from Loughborough she became Cricket Performance Manager for the University and Assistant to Head Coach Graham Dilley, the former England, Kent and Worcestershire player. She also ran the elite University cricket programme.
She subsequently joined Brighton College in January 2010, becoming the first ever female Director of Cricket to be appointed in a public school in this country, and leaves to take up her role with the ACA in September.
James Kirtley, who is the Aldridge Cricket Academy’s ambassador, said: “Alexia’s appointment highlights the ambitions the ACA has. She has played and coached at a very high level and worked with institutes that the Cricket Academy is aiming to emulate. I look forward to working with Alexia and planning the route to success for the new 6th Form Academy intake, which I know features some very talented male and female players.”
Alexia Walker said: “I am delighted to take up the new post of Director of Cricket at the Aldridge Cricket Academy. Having worked in the University and the Independent School sector, I am really excited to help develop cricketers in the State system. I learnt my game at Primary School and feel that this Academy has the potential to allow many young people to help realise their potential in sport. The passion of the two Aldridge Academies for sport is evident and I am looking forward to developing a comprehensive Cricket Academy set up in which girls and boys of all backgrounds can push themselves to the highest level.”
The Aldridge Cricket Academy was launched last year with the aim of giving students the chance to develop their sporting talent and academic qualifications together, rather than having to choose between the two, or having the stress of dealing with conflicting training and college work schedules. Its 6th Form courses, which combine top-level coaching with academic studies at Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies, are aimed not only at students who want to play high level cricket, but also those aiming to build a career in cricket coaching, sports science, psychology, management or teaching following University, or go into a sports related business.
Students who have already enrolled for the next Academic year will have a chance to meet Alexia Walker and the ACA 6th Form course tutors and staff at an induction day taking place at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground in Hove on June 28th.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the ACA’s sixth form courses should contact Jamie Harrocks by calling 01273 416300 or emailing J.Harrocks@paca.uk.com. More information is available online at http://www.aldridgefoundation.com/www-2/aldridge-cricket-academy .