Shane Warne visits Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at BACA
BACA's cricketers took part in a once-in-a-lifetime masterclass run by Shane Warne, one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
Shane, one of the best spin bowlers ever to play the game and now a coach and commentator, took the masterclass at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at BACA. Shane Warne was accompanied by Jimmy Adams, ex Hampshire opening batter, providing the students with a unique coaching team for the day.
BACA's strong spin-bowling contingent from Year 7 to Year 13 were treated to an introductory talk and then a fantastic workshop, with each individual receiving feedback and tips from the legendary bowler. After some opportunities for questions and signing of books and equipment, and a photo of all BACA's cricketers and coaching and management staff, Shane led a further Q+A session in the cricket centre.
Bobby Dubey, a Year 13 student, said:
“This day will stay with me for life. We are so lucky that the facilities here are second to none, but to have been guided today by Shane Warne is such a privilege. It was an amazing opportunity to pick his brains about strategy and technique. I want to play professional cricket and BACA is unique in balancing cricket and academics brilliantly. Today’s masterclass has not only improved my cricket skills but has inspired me to reach further to be the best I can.”
Frankie Cripps, Year 11:
Today was so different and special. He taught me about picking the ball that’s going to be bowled, and really simplified it. I want a career in professional cricket and he’s really inspired me. Cricket is an amazing sport and teaches you not only the game, but how to be a better person and a gentleman. Opportunities like today, and the facilities here at BACA, are so motivating to anyone who wants a career in the sport.
Maddy Storey, Year 9, added:
I was really nervous, but after talking to Shane I felt much more relaxed. I’m a pace bowler, but he taught me lots about different bowling techniques. Which is especially amazing as he is one of the greatest of all time! He said I was a good batter too, which made me feel really proud of myself.
Principal, Bob Speight said:
Shane Warne is a cricketer of immense talent and his track record and knowledge of the game is second to none. The impact Shane Warne’s visit will have on our students’ aspirations, motivation and of course cricketing skills will be enormous. It was a huge honour for our school and particularly our cricket programme to have Shane visit. The insights he provided whether in terms of technique, mindset or perspective on the world of cricket will stay with all involved for the rest of their careers and lives.
Sir Rod Aldridge, the Founder and Chairman of Aldridge Foundation and Sussex Cricket President, said:
We are incredibly fortunate to have Shane Warne at BACA today. He has delivered an awe-inspiring experience for our students. Shane clearly shares my belief that the physical, employability and life skills that are developed through cricket are invaluable in young people’s lives.
Today, Shane not only shared his passion for cricket and his expertise but also answered all the students’ questions with patience and great humour making them feel at ease and fuelling their aspirations and will to succeed. I and the team at the Cricket Centre, BACA and Sussex Cricket are extremely grateful to Shane Warne, ably assisted by Jimmy Adams, for providing this uniquely valuable experience today - an experience that isn’t usually within the reach of the young people we support and educate.
This is the latest event in the rapid growth and development of the BACA Cricket programme. BACA is one of the Cricketer magazine's top 100 schools, one of only four state non-selective secondary schools, and our unique Aldridge Cricket Academy and Junior Cricket Pathway programmes are going from strength the strength. Without doubt this day represented one of the highlights of the youngsters cricketing careers. In the words of James in Year 7, "This was the best day of my life!"