England and Wales Cricket Board President Visits BACA
Ian Lovett, President of the ECB, the governing body of cricket in England and Wales, visited BACA today to learn about our programmes to give more state school educated children the chance to enjoy and develop their talent for cricket.
Since funding from the Aldridge family and other benefactors enables us to open the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at BACA our partnership with Sussex Cricket has seen our sixth form Cricket Academy go from strength to strength with students going on to represent Sussex Men's and Women's first X1s and play international cricket for the England Physical Disability team. Our new Junior Cricket programme is now offering the same chances to BACA students from Year 7 upwards, and as an MCC Hub we are able to give training to younger boys and girls from the local community who may not otherwise have had the chance benefit from top quality facilities and coaching.
Mr Lovett was shown around the school and the cricket centre by Mr Speight, our Chair of Governors Mr Jim May, Mr David Bowden, who Chairs the management committee of our cricket centre, and Sir Rod Aldridge.
Director of Cricket Alexia Walker introduced Mr Lovett to some of our students training in the indoor centre and explained how it had attracted many thousands of users and visitors since its opening three years ago.
Viewing the centre Mr Lovett said: "Its amazing - the best facility I've seen at any state school. Its a facility that some first class counties would be proud to have. And I can't believe how talented the students are."