England star visits Haycliffe school

From the left, Andrew Dean of Sovereign Health Care, 13-year-old Luke Harrison from Shipley, Matthew Hoggard, 15-year-old David Call, from Shipley, and Liam Kilcoyne, of Sovereign Health Care

From the left, Andrew Dean of Sovereign Health Care, 13-year-old Luke Harrison from Shipley, Matthew Hoggard, 15-year-old David Call, from Shipley, and Liam Kilcoyne, of Sovereign Health Care Buy this photo

First published in Haycliffe

Students at Haycliffe specialist sports college in Bradford were bowled over to receive the gift of a professional cricket lesson and match with top Yorkshire cricketer Matthew Hoggard.

Sixteen youngsters – who have special educational needs – were treated to the VIP coaching session by Bradford health care cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care, which won it in a charity auction.

Mr Hoggard, who lives in Baildon and plays for Yorkshire, said: “It was great fun. Cricket’s a fantastic team sport that breaks down barriers and keeps you fit.

“I enjoyed the chance to promote it, and the kids at Haycliffe seemed to have a pretty good time too.”

He donated the lesson to the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice Daffodil Ball auction.

The school has a number of excellent cricketers, including one who plays disability cricket for England.

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