Welcome to the new West Area Cricket Association, (WACA), Web pages.
WACA, was formed to deliver youth cricket in partnership with Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club. Sussex Area cricket is divided into four areas, West, North, South and East.
The aim of area cricket is to provide a high quality and structured coaching programme for talented players aged between 10-15 years, as a bridge between club cricket and county age group cricket. The emphasis is very much on player development.
The West area leagues are also organised by the committee, with teams playing throughout the summer, starting with soft ball pairs cricket for the younger age groups, to hard ball U16 matches.
Indoor cricket leagues run throughout the winter at The Six Villages Sports Centre & in Worthing, this is a great way our young players can develop their skills and have great fun in a fast moving cricket match.
Identification of talent by clubs is vitally important. Assessments for the West Warrior squads takes place at the end of the summer, and success here leads to an offer of winter coaching and the pathway to County age group selection, or a place in the Area Squad to play in the Sussex Area Festival against North, South and East Area’s. Squads are formed of two age groups, U10/11, U12/13 and U14/15. Equal numbers from each age range are included.
Many of our young players have been selected for the Sussex County youth squads and Emerging Player Programme. It is always satisfying to see former area players having success at senior level with their clubs, there is much evidence of this within the senior leagues.
For those players who are not successful at assessment, development training is also offered, throughout the winter. This supports club coaches and ensures the high quality coaching is available to all, at a reasonable cost.
In the year ahead we are looking at offering coaching to girls. This is in response to the massive increase in participation and success of girls and women’s cricket.
After some years of uncertainty with our indoor facilities, we have been very fortunate, through the hard work of many people, to be moving to the Littlehampton Academy. A joint project funded by the Academy, Sussex Cricket Board, Sussex County Cricket Club and the ECB, who have provided funds and resources to refurbish the sports hall with 3 top quality nets, new matting and lighting. The Area is funding a fixed bowling machine together with other coaching aids. This I am sure will increase the opportunities and development of our young cricketers.
We are fortunate to have a very well qualified team of coaches, led by Alan Smith the community coach supported by the Recreational Cricket Team at Sussex led by Steve Feasey
The hard working committee, who are all voluntary, organise and administer all Area activities. All of this is self-funding. If you feel you would like to help in anyway please contact me directly
Please come back and visit the website, perhaps contribute, all cricket information for the West Area will be considered for publication.
Chairman West Area Cricket Association
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