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The Return of the West of England Cricket Festivals

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The West of England Cricket Festivals are just on the horizon, with hundreds of young cricketers from the UK and overseas set to descend on King’s College.

Following the departure of Lisa Hunt, who had managed the festivals, alongside Malcolm Broad of the West of England Cricket, Ben Thomas, sports performance coach and assistant housemaster, has taken on the role this year.

The first West of England festival was held at Truro Cricket Club in Cornwall in July 1983. The teams taking part were the Under 14 county sides from Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. In the following years inter-county festivals were organised at Taunton School, Plymouth College and Treliske Preparatory School. Eventually all these festivals moved to King’s College, helped by phenomenal work by the then Head Groundsman, Dennis Breakwell, and now occupy some seven weeks of the summer holidays.

This year we will be welcoming teams from across the UK, as well as teams from California, New Jersey, and Barbados.

Commenting on the forthcoming festivals, Ben said:

“Taking over from Lisa, who ran the festivals for a number of years, I will be responsible for the logistical side of things – making sure everything runs smoothly for the teams visiting, working alongside Malcolm and his team. Our boarding houses are used to accommodate the players and their coaches, so there’s lots to do to make sure each one is ready for next week’s teams. I’m essentially the ‘middle man’ between Malcolm and the school."

He added: “The festival runs for seven weeks through the summer holidays and each week there are around 200 players attending from all over the world, as well as all parts of the UK, so it is a pretty big organisation to be involved with.This is a real opportunity for me to be involved with helping to run a big sporting event. It will be a great experience for me and I'm really looking forward to it!”

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