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Freddie Flintoff visits Preston Vocational Centre during filming

Posted on - 24th July, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Education, Preston News, Proud Preston
Freddie talks to Sean at PVC during filming

Freddie Flintoff visited Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) in April while filming an episode of Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams.

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The show on BBC One shows Freddie teaching cricket to young people in Preston while aiming to change the image of cricket being an elitist sport.

The third episode showed Freddie and his team visiting PVC’s city centre base to have a chat with one of the cricketers Sean Dunderdale who attends the centre alongside his studies at Larches school.

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Sean had at times been a disruptive influence on the team, but at PVC he showed a totally different side as he demonstrated his plumbing skills to the cricket legend.

Mark Bench, tutor at Preston Vocational Centre said: “We were so chuffed to welcome Freddie and the team to our vocational training centre to see Sean and the other young people hard at work, learning a range of trades.

“The programme emphasised that the stereotypes around cricket are not important and that everyone can dare to dream of being an England hopeful. That’s exactly what we try to do here – we transform lives and inspire our young people to take those first steps into a career in construction.”

Rob Wakefield, chief executive at parent company and housing association Community Gateway Association said: “The show was brilliant, heart-warming and humbling. It highlighted exactly how much of a difference the work that the PVC team do every day makes to support local families across our communities in Preston and surrounding areas.

“We’re so proud to have them in our family.”

Like many of the students that come here, Sean has acquired his Level 1 City and Guilds in Construction and after 18 months of studying at PVC has now won that valuable first apprenticeship.

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