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John Simpson and Henry Crocombe with BACA Students

Crocombe and Simpson visit BACA

22 Feb 2024

Sussex duo Henry Crocombe and newly appointed County Championship Captain John Simpson dropped in for a special visit to Sussex’s state school partner, the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA).

Henry and John took part in a Q&A session with the students who are in the BACA Junior Cricket Pathway, fielding questions about their careers, what it takes to be a professional athlete and life as Sussex cricketers. 

As well as getting to meet two of the stars of the Sussex men’s team, students also met First Team Analyst, Luke Dunning, who ran an interactive cricket workshop, highlighting another area of the game as a potential career for the talented students.

Gary Wallis-Tayler, Community Cricket Director at Sussex Cricket, said: “We are delighted to have been able to arrange for John, Henry, and Luke to visit the cricket academy students at BACA.

“We know that there are so many talented cricketers at our partner state school and to be able to have professional players from the club visit and interact with them, can only be a positive for all involved.”

Alexia Walker, BACA Director of Cricket, added: “It is great to see our partnership with Sussex Cricket flourishing with visits such as these, adding real value to the overall experience for the cricketers. 

Understanding the life of a professional cricketer as well as other careers in the sport was so insightful for the students.

“We are looking forward to even more activities over the coming months including several trips to Hove as well.”

It was also a chance for John and Henry to wish the sixth form team well for their tour of South Africa during February half term. A report of this amazing trip will follow shortly. 

To find out more about the cricketing opportunities available to state school children, please visit the BACA website: or, contact Alexia Walker at 

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