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Full steam ahead for Sussex Cricket Board and Southern Railway!


Southern Railway, Sussex Cricket Community Partners, offered their support to an exciting new venture in two Academy schools in Brighton and Hove that was launched last week. 

The venture is a unique partnership between Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA), its sister school Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), and the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB). As well as engaging many young people in cricket, It is hoped that the Aldridge Cricket Academy will eventually produce players competing at the highest levels. Wednesday 9th May was the official launch at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove, but transport was identified as a challenge with 40 youngsters needing to get to the ground. 

Southern Railway were keen to get on board with this exciting venture and offered the children and teachers from BACA complimentary train travel from Falmer to Hove. To keep the memorable occasion on track, Sid the Shark also boarded the train at Falmer! 

Sussex Cricket in the Community targets the most disadvantaged areas of Sussex to develop young people’s potential and in turn create safer, stronger and healthier communities through the power of sport. Southern Railway has been a community sponsor for three years supporting programmes such as Street20 Cricket, Cricket Club Roadshows and ‘A Day in the Life’.

SCB Head of Recreational Cricket Tim Shutt, said “Southern Railway once again demonstrated its firm commitment to supporting cricket in the community initiatives and its contribution was greatly appreciated by the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and of course the Sussex Cricket Board.”

Sarah Evans, CSR & Partnership Manager said: “We admire the Aldridge academies’ commitment to both academic and sporting achievements and were pleased that we could support the launch of their new partnership with the Sussex Cricket Board. 

“In our third year of supporting the Sussex County Cricket community programme we continue to be impressed with their enthusiasm for taking cricket into communities across our network and their success at inspiring young people to take up sport and live healthy lifestyles.’

Sid the Shark poses with youngsters from the Academies at Brighton Station last week

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