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New cricket centre for BACA marked with time capsule

Construction of cricket centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy begins

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 05, 2015 | Facilities management

Sussex fast bowlers Tymal Mills and James Anyon recently joined students, staff and community members at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) as they marked the beginning of construction of a new cricket centre with the burying of a time capsule. 

The Cricket Centre at BACA is a new addition to the academy’s state-of-the-art sports facilities. Construction of the centre has just begun and is due to be completed in spring 2016. 

The centre will be home to the Aldridge Cricket Academy, a unique partnership between Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies and the Sussex Cricket Board, supported by Sussex County Cricket Club, which enables Sixth Form students study for academic qualifications alongside professional cricket development. The Centre will provide students with dedicated training and playing facilities, promoting sporting excellence, enabling local students to develop cricketing talent and promoting and helping to maintain fitness. 

The specialist cricket centre will provide:

  • three lanes of indoor cricket nets with full run ups
  • full service gym for strength and conditioning
  • a cricket square 

The Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) has been developed with Sussex County Cricket Club and the Sussex Cricket Board and the centre will be a hub for cricket in Brighton and Hove. As well as being the home for the ACA and used by local primary schools, the indoor school will be a base for Sussex women’s and girl’s cricket in future. Portslade Cricket Club will use the Centre as its first and second team pitch and it will become the home for cricket in Falmer and the local community. 

To mark the occasion, the Sussex bowlers joined guests as a time capsule was buried on the site containing ACA memorabilia, along with memories of growing up in the local area collected from members of the community.  The memories were collected in spring 2015 by BACA’s year seven oral historians in partnership with The Keep as part of their ‘History on your Doorstep’ project. 

Sir Rod Aldridge said: “This facility will be a wonderful asset for BACA and PACA, and for the development of young cricketers in Sussex as a whole. The Aldridge Cricket Academy is all about giving local students, both boys and girls, the same kinds of opportunities that students in fee paying schools generally have, but which are rare for players attending state schools. It was still the case at the end of this summer that the majority players in the England test team have gone through independent schools to get there. I hope it won’t be long before we see an Aldridge student playing for Sussex and hopefully one day England.” 

BACA Principal Dylan Davies said: “The Cricket Centre is a wonderful new addition to our state-of-the-art sports facilities.  Our specialism in sport is used to raise standards both on and off the playing fields. The Cricket Centre will help improve student’s health and wellbeing, develop sporting abilities and enable students to excel at a high level of sport.  Through participating in our sports academies students develop skills of teamwork, determination and passion, which are necessary for success in the 21st century.  Along with benefiting our students, we look forward to the facilities becoming a vital resource for the wider community and our local primary schools.”    

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