ACE Academy


The ACE Academy has been design specifically to create an environment where players of African and/or Caribbean backgrounds can thrive within the game of cricket. With studies showing the rapid decline in player participation from these communities, it is important to create atmospheres where these players feel comfortable and confident so that they can reengage with the sport they love and enjoy the environment they are in.

All Academies are run by by trial process for those who meet the eligibility requirements. Eligible players will undertake trials and assessment to determine whether they will be accepted.


All scholars that are admitted to the training programme will receive bespoke training from highly qualified and skilled coaches weekly where they can train, develop and grow on their abilities and receive the support they need to reach their full potentials. Players and their families will be able to utilise the team for support and mentoring to navigate the world of cricket.

It is also a place where a love of the game can be reignited in those that have lost their passion. There have been instances where players had fallen out of the game or was on their way out and The Academy has allowed them to find that passion again and return to the sport.

While players are a scholar of The Academy, they will also have the opportunity to take part in matches when the season starts. We have a full match schedule against a variety of teams in differing environments for players to put their skills into practise.


We currently have Academies operating in:


South London - Lambeth (Kia Oval)

North London - Middlesex (Finchley)

Bristol - Seat Unique

Birmingham - Edgbaston

Nottingham - Trent Bridge

Manchester - Emirates Old Trafford


  • Players are eligible for trials if they are:

  • Of African and/or Caribbean heritage
  • Between the ages of 9 and 21 years
  • Passionate about cricket
  • Prepared to be committed to the programme
  • Willing to work hard in and out of ACE training
  • Committed to communicate with the team to monitor and assist development
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    Trials are done over approximately 1-4 weeks (this may change on an individual basis) where trialists will take part in training sessions so coaches can assess individuals in a variety of areas to determine whether the Academy would be a suitable and beneficial environment.

    We hold trials once or twice a year (dependant on the Academy location) where interested players can register and attend a training session. Through trials, our coaches can have a look at potential players and assess their abilities in a number of areas. This is all done to determine whether the ACE Academy would be a suitable and beneficial environment for each individual. At the end of each trial, players are advised whether they will become or scholar or not. In cases where players are not successful, coaches will aim to provide the most appropriate alternate sessions (these may be ACE sessions or sessions held by other programmes).

    • At this time, we are currently unable to offer trials to players who do not meet the stated eligibility requirements

    • Please use the tabs to the left of the poster to change locations. You can click the poster to be redirected to the appropriate registration form

    Information about scheduled and upcoming trials can be found below.

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