Cricket legend “bowls over” youngsters at Ashville College Camp

A former Yorkshire and England International cricketer has inspired youngsters at a sports training camp.

Ryan Sidebottom – who took 131 wickets in an international career that included 22 Tests, 25 One Day Internationals and 8 T20s – was the guest coach at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, held at Ashville College,

Ryan, a left arm medium-fast bowler, has had both domestic and international cricket success, winning five county championships and claiming victory in the ICC World T20 in 2010. He took 762 wickets in 230 first-class matches.

During his visit, Ryan coached the young cricketers on their individual bowling technique before taking part in a question and answer session and signing jerseys and bats.

Over the years that the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy has been hosted at Ashville College, the sports camp has welcomed some of the biggest names in cricket including Jimmy Anderson, Alex Tudor, Glen Chapple, Anthony McGrath, Dominic Cork and Andrew Flintoff himself.


Anna Rakusen-Guy, Ashville’s events and lettings manager, said:

The cricket camp is always a fantastic opportunity for young cricketers to improve their skills, have fun and also meet a cricketing superstar!

With some of the best sports facilities in the district, especially following our £3.8m Sports Centre redevelopment, it’s always great to see children from across the area making use of them at the various sports camps that we host.




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