Freddie Flintoff says he was bullied at school ‘just like Billy Elliot’ for playing cricket

Cricket legend Freddie Flintoff has talked about how he was bullied by kids at school for playing the sport ahead of a new documentary

Freddie Flintoff is starring in a documentary showing him starting a cricket team of kids who have never played the game before
Freddie Flintoff is starring in a documentary showing him starting a cricket team of kids who have never played the game before

Freddie Flintoff says the bullying he suffered for playing cricket was worse than what Billy Elliot experienced while studying ballet.

The former all-around England player added that more needs to be done to encourage children from all walks of life to play the game.

Comparing himself to fictional working-class Billy, who had to fight to follow his dreams, Freddie said: “At both schools I attended, cricket just wasn’t in the spotlight. .

“I got stuck a lot for playing cricket, even bullied, it’s almost like Billy Elliot – except it’s easier for him to be a ballet dancer.”







Freddie Flintoff celebrates playing for England in 2005
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He took part in a televised boxing challenge in 2012 to address his frustration at being bullied but not being reciprocated. He said before: “I had a very difficult time at school. I want to play cricket and I get knocked down all the time for it.

“I wanted to retaliate, but I couldn’t.

“So now I want to set aside that aspect of my life for a bit.”

Freddie, 44, who attended state schools, has returned to his hometown of Preston, Lancs, to shoot a new documentary series that shows him starting a cricket team made up of kids who have never played the game. this before.







Freddie Flintoff (right) also presents Top Gear with Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris
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At the start, most of them said it was “boring”, “too slow” and “luxurious”. Freddie said: “When you look at England, when we started this process a year ago, it was 60/40 state schools for primary pupils. But only 7% of children go to private schools. That makes it quintessential.”

Of the England team selected for the test match against New Zealand that ended yesterday, there is a 50/50 split between the state and public school.

Freddie, who was encouraged to play the game by his cricket-crazed father, struggled to fit in during his early years.







Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff present The Games on ITV
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He said Radio Times : “I bought my cane for £21.50 and my aunt Joan bought my pads from the Hamleys toy store.

“You’re playing with all these private school kids who already have all the equipment. I had a strange pleasure beating them. “

Hero Ashes, who also played for Lancashire, says the new show is a “passionate project” for which he is not charging. He added: “When I look back on my life, I think without cricket, what would I do? Who will I be?

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time.”

TV presenter Freddie shelled out £25,000 of his own cash and pledged another £25,000 to renovate the clubhouse.

One of the boys that appeared was Adnan, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Freddie said: “He’s hitting six and the boys are hugging him and you think, ‘This is the power of sport. This is what cricket can do’. ”

Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams begins at 8pm on Tuesday 5 July on BBC1.

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