Castle Court School played host to the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy for the third year running over the half-term week. Over 35 children from a number of local schools attended three days of cricket training and development.
The Academy was established by Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff to help pass on the passion and enjoyment that he feels for cricket. Along with his experienced and enthusiastic team the Academy provides opportunities for young cricketers of all levels to improve their game. “Freddie” was able to spend some time with the children on the final afternoon, presenting prizes, and providing them with insights into his experience of the game.
Nick Robinson, Director of Sport at Castle Court stated : “Team sports are so important in helping children develop. It is a great honour for Castle Court to be able to provide a venue where such a prestigious academy can deliver both an
enjoyable and dynamic three days of play, skill development and technical knowledge for such a fabulous sport. To be able to meet and learn from such a respected player was a great experience for all the children who attended.
Castle Court currently has some 8 cricketers who regularly play at County level, and a large number more who turn out for both the school and their club sides each week. The fathers and staff also have their own wandering cricket team, so this sport is an important part of life in the summer at Castle Court.”
Richard Stevenson Headmaster added: “The Andrew Flintoff Academy is a highlight in our summer holiday course calendar, and we are pleased to be able to offer Castle Court as a venue. We look forward to hosting many more!”