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Members of the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy at Derby College will have their first chance to meet the legendary former England cricket star on Thursday April 30.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will meet the Academy members and fellow Sports students at Broomfield Hall. He will then travel with the Academy cricket team and watch them in action playing against the 1st X1 at Trent College in Long Eaton.
The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy was launched in September 2014 offering a course that is ideal for keen cricketers interested in improving their skills, whilst developing multiple avenues for their future employability within the sports industry.
Derby College students on the new Academy are working towards the BTEC extended diploma in sport (the equivalent of 3 a-levels) over two years.
Alongside their educational studies Academy members are able to access cricket specific courses in coaching, umpiring, scoring and groundsmanship in order to equip them with the skills to contribute to the sport as volunteers and boost their employability skills in sport and leisure.
Academy members receive weekly coaching and training sessions from AFCA appointed coaches to help them develop all aspects of their game, as well as their fitness through regular strength and conditioning training.
They also receive visits and advice from specialist speakers in areas such as fitness and psychology, as well as expert input from past and present internationals, in technical components such as bowling, batting and fielding.
Academy members represent the College in cricket competitions and develop their coaching and leadership skills through work experience placements on the already successful Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academies for kids.
Derby College Sports Team Manager Nick Ramsden explained: “The Academy members are very excited about meeting the man himself to learn more about his career and get coaching tips to improve their own games.
“The Academy has proved to be a huge success – giving young cricketers the opportunity to develop their skills and gain additional qualifications and work experience opportunities to set them on the road to a rewarding career in sport both on and off the field.”