On the first floor of a disused factory on an industrial road in Hockley is not the first place you would expect to find a cricket academy.
In fact it's one of the last places, one of the last corner's of sprawling Birmingham where you might expect to hear the resonant clack of bat on ball.
But number 226 Barr Street, just off New John Street West, Hockley, is full of surprises. Welcome to Central Birmingham Cricket Academy.
From the outside, the building is like any other Victorian red-brick creation.
Once a factory, now split into various units doing their daily business to the backdrop of a steady grind of traffic from the adjacent dual-carriageway.
But there among SJ Harrison Tools, GE Winfield Toolmakers and that sadly ubiquitious sign of the times 'Unit to Let,' is the rather unexpected sign - of a cricket academy.
If you pass under the archway, turn right and climb the stairs, just as so many factory workers did over the years to clock on for another shift, there you will find, instead of workbenches, cricket nets.
And, instead of manufacturing machines, bowling machines.
And week-in, week-out through the year, even when snow is on the ground, you'll find youngsters batting and bowling.
Central Birmingham Cricket Academy is, as Ed McCabe of Warwickshire Cricket Board puts it, "a hidden gem of Birmingham cricket."
The academy is run by Altaf Hussain and his sons Wajid Hussain, Mohammed Isaaq and Waqar Ahmed. What started off as simply a place for Altaf's boys to practice the sport they loved has evolved into a cricket nursery which is opening up the game to youngsters galore from central Birmingham.
And giving them a chance to get lifelong pleasure and, who knows, maybe even make a career out of it.
The academy has just sent another youngster into the Warwickshire set-up at Edgbaston.
Left-arm seamer Nadia Nadeem, who also plays for Walmley, will next season challenge for a place in the senior Bears ladies' team.
For years, Warwickshire have strived to build bridges with the cricket community in the city centre.
They want to erode the perception that county cricket is still essentially for the white middle-class - that they are remote from, even uninterested in, players from the heart of Birmingham. That notion is one which McCabe and his team at Warwickshire Cricket Board (the Bears' principal link with recreational, club and youth cricket) have worked long and hard to break down.
They have made some progress and a big connection now exists at Barr Street - thanks to the imagination, commitment, and energy of Altaf and his boys.
"We had been going for a while when Ed came down to see us," Altaf said.
"I thought he would just laugh but he said 'this is great, why don't you get affiliated to us?' So we did.
"Ed has been very helpful and we are also very grateful to Birmingham City Council who give us a generous rate relief on the academy.
''Without that we would really struggle because charging only s3 or so for a session we are never going to make money. Financially, we just tick over really, but that's fine. It's all about the youngsters that come along and giving them the chance to play cricket."
Plenty take that chance. On Friday nights and Saturdays, sessions for eight-to-11-year-olds, 12-to-15 and 16-plus are teeming with boys and girls getting advice from qualified coaches.
Among those coaches is 20-year-old Waqar, who plays for Smethwick in the Birmingham League. He loves sharing his passion for cricket - and seeing the youngsters respond.
"Everyone is welcome," Waqar said. "There is no pressure. We just want the youngsters to enjoy themselves.
''If they have a go then lose interest for a while and come back later, that's fine.
"It's all about providing that opportunity. Originally, we set it up just for us as a family to practise but after a while 'we thought we could get something going here - so let's get organised'.
"So we did. We put a structure in place, appointed a treasurer and did the necessary Child Protection. And word got around.
"We don't advertise. It has just been by word-of-mouth that people have found out about us and it is great to see so many youngsters coming along.
''That's the really inspiring thing, when you can see the children really getting into it and improving.
"We are a big family here. Youngsters come along and get involved but the message is simple: 'Do your best and be the best you can but take it easy'. There's no pressure."
Altaf Hussain and his sons had a good idea but, of course, anybody can have an idea. Even a good one. It's putting it into action and making it work that is the hard part.
McCabe is full of admiration. "It's amazing that Altaf and his colleagues have been able to create this indoor cricket school in the middle of the city," he said.
"It is a hidden gem of Birmingham cricket and it's great that Altaf has liaised with Warwickshire Cricket Board to affiliate, train new coaches and develop players."
Central Birmingham Cricket Academy can be contacted on 07791 548255.