Andrew Flintoff first started playing cricket at Dutton Fawshaw CC. His first representative cricket was for Lancashire U11 team, and he continued up the ranks within Lancashire, making his first class debut in 1995.Known for hitting the ball harder than any other cricketer, helped by his height of 6’4″ he was able to bowl accurately at 90mph. Inevitable international honours came along when he made his Test match debut in 1998 versus South Africa. His One Day International debut then followed in 1999 versus Pakistan.
Andrew made his biggest impact for England in the summer of 2005, when he played a major role in regaining the Ashes from Australia. His contributions were legendary, and won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In September 2010, with his status as one of the biggest players in the game, Flintoff retired from cricket due to a recurring knee injury.
Since retiring from cricket Andrew has developed a strong, credible career in broadcast. In March 2010, Flintoff became a team captain along with Jamie Redknapp on the Sky1 television sports panel show ‘A League of Their Own’. The show has been a huge success developing a strong fan base and they have just completed a 6th series which is airing on Sky 1 currently. ITV2 produced the successful ‘Freddie vs. the World’ in which he went head to head with some of the world’s sporting greats in a variety of daring challenges across the globe.
Always ready for a challenge, Andrew joined the team at Discovery UK in 2011 to produce the documentary ‘Alone in the Wild’. He was completely isolated without any aid, help or production team, making his way through the wilderness with only a handheld camera to record footage. This spurned more adventures in 2012 with the channel in a spin off series “Freddie Goes Wild”. Freddie also presented his own radio show throughout the summer of 2011 for Five Live entitled ‘Freddie’s World of Sport’.
The beginning of 2012 started with a new documentary for BBC1 entitled ‘The Hidden side of Sport’. The documentary takes an insightful look at the illness within Sport and how it is dealt with. It features some fantastic contributors such a Piers Morgan, Vinnie Jones and Ricky Hatton.
As well as carving out a solid TV career since retiring, Andrew has also fronted campaigns for brands such as Morrison’s. The ad campaign in which he featured was hugely successful and was followed by 2 more brand projects for the chain. He has also developed a partnership with clothing brand Jacamo. 2012 sees him launch his own ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’ range with the JD Williams Company.
In the summer of 2012 Freddie embarked on his greatest challenge to date; training to become a professional heavyweight boxer. This was broadcast in a 3 part fly on the wall documentary for Sky 1: “From Lord’s to the Ring” which exposed the gruelling journey Freddie had to face in order to realise his dream. The culmination of this was a victory in his debut at The MEN Arena where he defeated his American opponent in a fiercely contested point’s victory.
In addition to his media career, Freddie is committed to his children’s charity the AF Foundation which he set up with his wife Rachael in July 2009. The charity aims to raise funds to build, develop and improve Child Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Units throughout the UK. Freddie cycled from Greece to London to raise money for the foundation in 2012 and he also smashed 14 Guinness Records in one day for Sports Relief in a 12 hour marathon against the clock; all in aid of charity and raising a phenomenal £1,000,000.
• International cricket star and part of the Ashes winning team of 2005.
• From Lords to the Ring – 2012
• The Hidden Side of Sport – BBC1
• Alone in the Wild – Discovery UK
• A League of Their Own – Sky
• £1,000,000 raised for Sports Relief with 14 Guinness Records smashed in 12 hours.
• Face of Jacamo Clothing brand
• Launch of the AF Foundation
• Freddie Flintoff Versus the World ITV4
• BBC Sports Personality of the Year
• Twitter following of 1,200,000