We are delighted to announce that Will Sheffield has become the first boy from the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) to be accepted to Sussex County Cricket’s Academy, a programme which has produced a number of professional England cricketers since its inception in 2001. He is the second ACA player to gain a place at the Academy, following Tara Norris who won her place ahead of the 2016 season.
Will is currently a Year 13 at BACA, which is home to the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre, allowing him to combine his academic studies with an intensive cricket development programme. He has previously featured in Sussex district and area teams, playing an important role in the Sussex Under-17 side.
Sussex Cricket’s Academy Director, Carl Hopkinson, said: “Will has worked extremely hard at the Aldridge Cricket Academy over the past 18 months and richly deserves his place on our own Academy programme. “His inclusion in the 2018 intake shows that the close links between Sussex and Aldridge are paying dividends. “I’m sure Will and Tara are the first of many Aldridge boys and girls who will go on to form part of the Sussex Academy in the years to come.” Director of Cricket for Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies, Alexia Walker added: “We are delighted that Will’s hard work has paid off with the opportunity to be part of the Sussex Academy. “He has worked extremely hard on all aspects of his game since starting at the Aldridge Cricket Academy. Not only is he an exciting prospect with the ball but on our tour to Dubai last winter he also starred with the bat to win a tight game at the Zayed Academy. “I am sure he will thrive in the fantastic Sussex Academy environment and we are all looking to forward to seeing how he gets on in the next step in his cricket career”.
Echoing Sussex Cricket’s Academy Director, Alexia agreed that a large part of the progress of both Will and Tara is due to the close cooperation between Sussex Cricket and the Aldridge Foundation.