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BACA Junior Cricket Pathway

BACA Junior Cricket Academy

Building on the success of our sixth form Aldridge Cricket Academy, we have extended our partnership with Sussex Cricket offering the BACA Junior Cricket Academy for male and female cricketers. 

In addition to enjoying a full GCSE academic curriculum and enrichment programme at our academy, Year 7 -11 students on the Junior Cricket pathway benefit from:

  • Over 4 hours of Specialist Cricket Coaching each week (both in curriculum PE lessons and after-school sessions)
  • Up to three 1:1 sessions every half term
  • Strength & Conditioning Sessions specific to the needs of cricketers
  • Competitive indoor and outdoor playing programmes.

In 2024, BACA has once again been voted into the Top 100 schools for cricket in the country by the Cricketer Magazine.  This recognition is the fifth consecutive year since 2020, one of only six state secondary schools to achieve that status. You can read more about this in our news pages.







"Amazing Aldridge Academy Sets State School Benchmark" - read the Cricketer Magazine's article about BACA.

"The state school that every county needs for a brighter future". Read ex-England skipper Mike Atherton's article in the Times describing BACA as "a beacon for the sport in the state sector".



The Aldridge Cricket Academy provides exceptional state-school facilities and coaching for young cricketers who have a dream to become high level players.  Graduates from our sixth form programme include Will Sheffield, who was named in Sussex 1st XI squads last season while still at BACA;  Sussex Women’s player Tara Norris; and Liam O’Brien, whose England debut came in last season’s Vitality IT20 Physical Disability Tri-Series campaign.


Our young cricketers have unique access to:

  • The £1.8m Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre outdoor and indoor facilities, home to Sussex Women’s Cricket and used for winter training by the Sussex Men’s squad
  • Our ECB Level 3 and 4 coaching team:
    • Alexia Walker: Director of Cricket and Sussex Women’s Head Coach
    • Janaken Prabhakaren: ACA and Sussex Cricket Strength & Conditioning Coach
    • Jordan Shaw: Assistant BACA Lead Coach, Sussex Boys, Sussex Women, Assistant Southern Vipers Coach
    • Phil Hudson: Junior Cricket Pathway Lead Coach, Sussex Pathway Lead Coach

Our mission is to ensure all BACA students benefit from an excellent education, secure great qualifications and develop into young adults who are the first choice recruits for universities and employers. We inspire each of our students to take control of their education as they develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future.

We are accepting applications in Years 7 - 11 to start in September 2024.  To submit an application for 2024 entry please click here.

If you have any questions about the application or the Junior Cricket Pathway please email Alexia Walker, Director of Cricket at or Cricket Admissions Manager, Veronica Moore at