THE ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
- Sixth Form students study for academic qualifications alongside professional cricket and fitness coaching
- A unique partnership between Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies, Sussex County Cricket Club and the Sussex Cricket Board.
Looking at 6th Form options? Want to …
- Play professional cricket, but don’t want to miss out on qualifications along the way?
- Build a career in cricket coaching, sports science, psychology, management or teaching?
- Go into a sports related business using your cricket and entrepreneurial skills?
- Or simply want to develop your cricket skills whilst getting your academic qualifications?
Working in partnership with Sussex Cricket, the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) gives male and female cricketers the chance to develop sporting talent and academic qualifications together, rather than having to choose between the two.
Students from the Aldridge Cricket Academy combine their A level studies at either Brighton or Portslade Aldridge Community Academies with an intensive cricket development programme. Now in its third year it’s a unique programme for both boys and girls in the state sector locally. In February 2015 students undertook their first tour, to South Africa. ACA student Tara Norris, who participated in the England Woman’s U-19 pace bowling camp in South Africa just before this tour, said “I learnt to make the most of every opportunity and to be pushed outside my comfort zone as great things happened when I did this.”
This summer’s fixture list saw notable victories over leading public-school sides Brighton College, Ardingly and Gordonstoun School.
ACA student Jordan Shaw obtained successful results in BTEC sport, A-Level English Literature and BTEC ICT, giving him the chance to pursue his goals. Sussex U17 player Jordan said: “The facilities are exceptional and there are so many opportunities on offer. The 6th Form work hard to motivate you and make sure you’re always on track to achieve well – they helped me to improve my grades and the careers team were valuable in my application to film school.”
In September 2015 our Director of Cricket Alexia Walker retired from the County game. Sussex Women’s most capped player ever having played 146 matches for the County, winning six County Championships with the Sussex Women and two T20 Championships. You can hear Alexia interviewed on the BBC here.
In June 2016 the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre was opened by former England Captain Charlotte Edwards in the presence of players and officials from Sussex Cricket. The Centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s Falmer campus, features three lanes of cricket nets with full run ups, a full service gym for strength and conditioning, and a Sussex Premier League standard cricket square. As well as being the home of the ACA it will also be the base for Sussex Women’s Cricket, a satellite for the Sussex County Cricket Club Academy and Emerging Players Programme and a community centre for local residents and primary schools.