Cricketing legend's visit to Harrogate school

CRICKET legend Graeme Hick visited Harrogate's Ashville College on Tuesday to help coach young players participating in a national cricketing academy.

The former international, who played 65 Test matches and 120 one day internationals for England, is the star name appearing at this Easter's Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, which is making a return visit to the independent school.

Scores of children are taking part in the four-day training camp aimed at boys and girls aged between five and 16 year old.

During his two-hour visit, the Zimbabwean-born batsman - whose first-class career began in 1983 - participated in a question and answer session with the young attendees, signed autographs and offered his expert advice to batters, fielders and bowlers.

Krista Braithwaite, Ashville Trading Business Development Manager, said: "This Easter academy has proved very popular, particularly as it is being staged at the start of the cricket season.

Last August, the nation's sporting press descended on the school when

Andrew Flintoff made a personal appearance at the academy - the day before the start of the Ashes test at Headingly.

The Andrew Flintoff Academy is aimed towards every aspect of cricket coaching, designed to build on existing talent and unearth future stars. All courses have had Freddie's input and are designed to be fun and age appropriate.