Cricket stars treat for schoolchildren

James Foster with children taking part in the Freddy Flintoff Cricket Academy at Berkhamsted School.
James Foster with children taking part in the Freddy Flintoff Cricket Academy at Berkhamsted School.

YOUNGSTERS at a week-long holiday cricket camp have been visited by two major stars of the sport.

On Monday, England wicket keeper James Foster dropped by to help children fine-tune their skills.

9/8/2011'Nial O'Brien meets young cricketers at the Freddy Flintoff Cricket Academy, Berkhmasted.

9/8/2011'Nial O'Brien meets young cricketers at the Freddy Flintoff Cricket Academy, Berkhmasted.

The next day, Irish cricketer Niall O’Brien popped in to tell them about his specialities – batting and protecting the wicket.

On top of that, New Zealand pace-bowler Iain O’Brien will be visiting the youngsters at Berkhamsted School in Kings Road today.

The children are taking part in the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, which organises school holiday events for youngsters all over the country.

Manager Rupes Kitzinger said: “It is quite unusual to have more than one visit from a major international player.

“We have 65 academies UK-wide, but Berkhamsted is one of our biggest.

“The children absolutely love it. It’s wonderful to see their looks of admiration and how they hang on every word of the players.”

He said they have asked them lots of questions and got their bats and shirts signed.

Mr Kitzinger said: “Enjoyment and having fun is a great part of the academy and we want to inspire the kids to improve, get better and have a life-long passion for cricket.”

He said Berkhamsted School was a “fantastic” venue to hold the event at.

Berkhamsted School spokesman Linzi Wesley said it was delighted to welcome international cricketers to the town.