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Freddie Flintoff reveals he declined private school scholarships so he wouldn't be 'the poor kid'


He’s had an incredibly successful career as a cricketer and is now a popular sports pundit and presenter.

And, Freddie Flintoff, 44, has insisted that declining private school scholarships was the ‘best decision’ he ever made, and admitted: ‘I didn’t want to be the poor kid at a posh school.’

The cricketer – who sends his children to private school – lauded his state school experience at at Ribbleton Hall High in Preston, explaining how it was a ‘good grounding.’

Real talk: Freddie Flintoff, 44, has insisted that declining private school scholarships was the 'best decision' he ever made, and admitted: 'I didn't want to be the poor kid at a posh school'

Real talk: Freddie Flintoff, 44, has insisted that declining private school scholarships was the ‘best decision’ he ever made, and admitted: ‘I didn’t want to be the poor kid at a posh school’

Freddie told The Mirror: ‘I didn’t want to be the poor kid at a posh school. It was the best decision I ever made. It was such a good grounding, I wouldn’t swap it.’

The sports star explained how the jibes he faced from schoolmates , for playing cricket rather than football, helped him to deal with tricky opponents on the pitch years later.

He said: ‘At both the schools I went to, cricket was just not on the radar. I got so much stick for playing cricket, bullied even, it was almost like Billy Elliot – except he had it easier being a ballet dancer.’

Freddie also praised his working class upbringing, telling the publication: ‘I won the lottery of life with my family. We didn’t have much, but for love and support, we couldn’t have had more.’ 

Throwback: The cricketer lauded his state school experience at at Ribbleton Hall High in Preston, explaining how it was a 'good grounding' (Pictured in 1992 aged 15)

Throwback: The cricketer lauded his state school experience at at Ribbleton Hall High in Preston, explaining how it was a ‘good grounding’ (Pictured in 1992 aged 15)

Parents: Freddie is now father to four children: Holly, 17, Corey, 16, Rocky, 14, and Preston, two, with wife Rachael. They send their kids to private school.

Parents: Freddie is now father to four children: Holly, 17, Corey, 16, Rocky, 14, and Preston, two, with wife Rachael. They send their kids to private school.

Freddie is now father to four children: Holly, 17, Corey, 16, Rocky, 14, and Preston, two, with wife Rachael.

It comes after Freddie revealed back in February that he was leaving A League Of Their Own after 12 years on the show.

The former cricket star, who appeared on the series alongside Jamie Redknapp, James Corden and more recently Romesh Ranganathan, took to Instagram to announce he was bidding farewell to the comedy quiz series.

Freddie, who has starred on the show since its first series in 2010, shared a pair of snaps from his time on the series, including the moment he dressed up as a drag queen in 2017.

Exit! It comes after Freddie revealed back in February that he was leaving A League Of Their Own after 12 years on the show.

Exit! It comes after Freddie revealed back in February that he was leaving A League Of Their Own after 12 years on the show.

Devastating: The former cricket star took to Instagram to announce he was bidding farewell to the comedy quiz series, as he reflected on the show's 'unforgettable journey'

Devastating: The former cricket star took to Instagram to announce he was bidding farewell to the comedy quiz series, as he reflected on the show’s ‘unforgettable journey’

In his post he said: ‘It’s been 12 years, 16 series, six road trips across America and a mud bath I’d rather forget. 

‘But now the time has come to leave the amazing ALOTO team.

‘I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of you who tuned in over the years and to everyone I have worked with on the show – what an unforgettable journey it’s been.’

Freddie is currently making his final appearance on A League Of Their Own during its Road Trip series, which was filmed in Cardiff.

Chaos! During his stint on A League Of Their Own, retired cricketer Freddie has taken on an array of hilarious challenges

Chaos! During his stint on A League Of Their Own, retired cricketer Freddie has taken on an array of hilarious challenges

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