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England stars back school sports days

SHOOT FOR THE STARS:  Amanda Newton with Verity Coad, seven

SHOOT FOR THE STARS: Amanda Newton with Verity Coad, seven

TWO British sporting greats have been passing on their skills to a new generation at Harrogate’s Ashville College.

Over the Easter break, the school hosted courses by the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and International Netball Roadshow – with Dean Headley and Amanda Newton as the star coaches.

Dean – a talented bowler and grandson of West Indies legend, George Headley - played for the national side between 1997 and 1999 and helped youngsters improve their batting and bowling skills, talked to them about his career and signed autographs. He also faced the youngsters with the bat.

The International Netball Roadshow course included a day’s session led by former England captain, Amanda Newton, who represented England from 1996 to 2003 and again from 2006 to 2008 following an injury-related absence.

Amanda, coached the young netballers as part of the three-day course, supported by a team of county coaches.

Ashville trading business development manager, Krista Wood, said: “Both the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and International Netball Roadshow proved to be very popular and the weather was certainly on their side.

“Dean and Amanda were great with the young cricketers and netballers. They both showed off the skills which led to them being chosen to play for the national teams in their chosen sports.

“Hopefully these coaching sessions will inspire boys and girls to set their sporting sights as high as possible.”

Meanwhile, Ashville students also welcome best-selling children’s author Chris Bradford today.

Drawing on his own experience as a trainee samurai warrior and close-protection bodyguard, Mr Bradford is the man behind the popular Bodyguard books and will read passages from Ransom - the latest addition to the series - as well as demonstrating some of the martial arts skills he has learned as part of his research.

Librarian Jen Denning said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Chris Bradford visiting and I know the children are very excited at the prospect of meeting him.”

 

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