Cricketer Luke Sugg opens sports facility at old school

A school in Redditch set up the practice cricket nets when cricket star Luke Sugg attended the opening of a brand new sports facility at Saint Bede’s Catholic Middle School in November.

The former student of the school was named England Disability Cricketer of the Year in 2015, and was called in to cut the ceremonial ribbon on a plaque at the school.

Speaking to current students he said he hoped that the “right facilities” would help them find a talent “they didn’t know they had”.
“I always loved football, but when me and a friend went to an after-school session that turned out to be cricket, I realised I had quite a knack for it.

“Without opportunities at school, so many people could miss out, and I think the students are really lucky to have facilities like this to enjoy.
“It’s always worth trying out new sports – with a bit of determination, and a lot of hard work, you never know where it could lead.”

Funding for the new sports hall at the school was provided when the local county council decided the area was most in need. Money also went towards draining the school playing field, the Redditch Standard reported in November.

The 26 year old Luke Sugg became the first ever blind cricketer in the UK to take eight wickets in an innings of a blind cricket match.

The England para sports team player was playing for Warwickshire Bears at Off Church Cricket Club in Leamington Spa when he made the win.

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