Former England captain Andrew Flintoff steps out of the jungle and into Ardingly College

Andrew Flintoff with Ardingly College pupils

Andrew Flintoff with Ardingly College pupils

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Ardingly’s cricketers had a surprise when they arrived at training on Tuesday to find one of England’s greatest cricketers waiting to coach them.

“Freddie” Flintoff, who captained both Lancashire CCC and England, spent the day at the College working with youngsters and passing on his advice on techniques of playing at the highest level. He followed this up by holding a unique masterclass in front of the whole school, where the first team bowlers were given the chance to bowl to him while he gave the batters advice on long-range hitting.

Oliver Deme, the cricket captain, said of the experience: “To have such a legend of the game working so closely with us has been amazing. Freddie was so helpful and gave us some really good advice. It has really created a feel good-factor throughout the College cricket.”

Nick Tester, the Head of Boys’ Games, Football and Cricket said: “We’d like to thank Mr Flintoff for his time today. He is a very special person and his care and work with the boys has given everyone such an insight into high level sport. It was an incredible experience working with such a high level sportsman. What a day we had!”

It obviously rubbed off on the 1st XI: they then travelled to Brighton College for their T20 Cup match and won by 55 runs, with Harry Rollings scoring a fine 61 not out.

He is a very special person and his care and work with the boys has given everyone such an insight into high level sport

Nick Tester