It’s ready, Freddie, go for young cricketers at new academy

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Derby College has announced plans launch a cricket academy under a nationwide initiative headed by former England international Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy will launch in September, offering a course that is ideal for keen cricketers in the area who interested in improving their skills, while developing multiple avenues for their future employability within the sports industry.

Derby College students on the new academy will complete the BTEC extended diploma in sport (the equivalent of three A-levels) over two years.

Alongside their educational studies, learners will be 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 will receive scheduled 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.

Academy members will 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, as well of course from Andrew Flintoff himself.

Academy members will represent the college in cricket competitions and will also to develop their coaching and leadership skills through work experience placements on the already successful Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academies for kids.

Andrew Flintoff said: “The programme will allow young players to improve their cricket but also allow them to become more employable within the sports industry. As always, I want the students to learn while having fun and I’m sure this programme will do this.”

Entry requirements are:

n BTEC Extended Diploma – 5 GCSE’s at A-C Grade (Including English or Maths)

n An existing keen interest in cricket – it is expected that potential academy members will already be playing regularly as part of a cricket club

n Players will be invited to a one-day trial at which they will be assessed in their playing ability and their academic suitability for the course.

To register your interest, email kevin.bunting@derby-college.ac.uk