Less than two years after the first students joined the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) in Brighton the squad is celebrating a victory over leading public school Charterhouse at the Surrey school’s ground.
Students from the ACA combine their A level studies at Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies with an intensive cricket development programme, with the support of the Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club. Now in its second year it’s a unique programme for both boys and girls in the state sector locally.
After a ground -breaking tour to South Africa in February the academy has gone from strength to strength. ACA players have individually achieved regional and national selection, but the win over an independent school with the reputation and focus on cricket as Charterhouse marked a real achievement for the squad.
Sir Rod Aldridge said: “Its a great result. I’m very proud of the team. With all of the talk of the number of current England players who went to public schools, this goes to show that the students in the state sector can challenge the best if they are given access to great coaching and development. That’s what the Aldridge Cricket Academy is all about.”
The ACA set Charterhouse a target of 195 in 40 overs and won by 63 runs.