The ACE Programme was launched by Surrey County Cricket Club in January 2020 in response to the decline of the black British professional players by 75%, and less than 1% of the recreational game. The ACE Programme was designed to engage young people of African and Caribbean Heritage and a talent search was launched.
In Black History Month of October 2020, following significant investment of £540,000 from Sport England, The ACE Programme Charity launched as an independent charity. This achievement followed in the success of an ACE Academy where 25 talented players became ACE scholars and the charity made strides to have a wider national impact.
The charity aims to 'Support Diverse Talent from the Grassroots to the Elite' in the following ways: