The Kia Oval offers much more than just cricket

It is home to extensive facilities that can be used by members of the local community.

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Ben Hollioake Learning Centre

The Ben Hollioake Learning Centre in the OCS Stand opened fully to the community in October 2006. It is named after the Surrey and England cricketer who tragically died in a car accident in Australia in 2002.  The inside of the Centre is decorated with vibrant cricketing images, and is designed to be an exciting learning space.

It is equipped with:
20 Apple iMac computers that work on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.
Full Broadband connectivity
Interactive multimedia whiteboard
Colour printer
Digital still and video cameras
Software ranging Microsoft Office and Adobe PhotoShop to MissionMaker and Kar2ouche(Photo)
Kitchenette facility
The Centre is staffed for the activities that take place. The Centre is also available for business and community hire. If you would like more information on the Centre, please contact the centre on 020 7820 5743 or email bhlc@surreycricket.com.

Savills is the proud sponsor of the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre.

Jardine Suite

Next to the Ben Hollioake Centre is the Lambeth Hall, a safe and welcoming environment for sports. The hall is perfect for young people who want to play softball cricket, five-a-side football or short tennis, and for adults who want to do anything from open days toTai Chi. The Ben Hollioake Learning Centre and Lambeth Hall are used Monday to Thursday but are available every Saturday and some Fridays.

If you run a project that might benefit from our facilities, please contact us on community@surreycricket.com for more information.

Ken Barrington Cricket Centre

The Ken Barrington Cricket Centre is a spacious, well equipped sports hall, able to host five-a-side football, cricket, badminton and many other sports (all though it’s mainly cricket-focused). Evenings and weekends are generally fully booked, with multiple school programmes running, but there are times during work hours and early on Saturdays when the hall is free for community activity.

Please contact community@surreycricket.com for more information.

Community Projects

Working in partnership with the community…

Surrey County Cricket Club has a proud heritage of engaging with the local community, and we are committed to making our programmes in and around the Kia Oval accessible to local people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Club’s community programme spans a number of areas from coaching to education with a team that includes community coaches, tutors, and mentors all of whom are connected to the Club.

Playing for Success

Playing for Success (PfS) is the flagship programme that takes place in the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre.

The ten-week programme takes place over three school terms, and aims to improve the motivations of young people, increase their self-esteem and aid them in becoming more effective learners and better achievers. Participants on the programme develop confidence and key study skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT with the use of Apple iMac computers which can be used on both Macintosh and Windows formats. This is complemented with a cricket session in the adjacent Lambeth Hall delivered by a qualified cricket coach courtesy of the Club. This culminates in an end of term ceremony where pupils are awarded for their attitude, achievement, attendance and effort. The top awards winners receive a complimentary pair of tickets to a major match at the Kia Oval.

If your school is interested in taking part or for further information, please contact the Centre Manager on 020 7820 5743 or email pfs@surreycricket.com.

Kennington Park

Kennington Park is an extremely important community cricket project for Surrey CCC. It is the only cricket club in Lambeth and provides the only opportunity for hundreds of inner city residents of all ages, back grounds and gender to play cricket at all levels.

Surrey CCC is committed to maintaining and developing sports provision within Kennington Park, a large and well used urban park situated 100m from the Kia Oval.

Sporting facilities in the park currently include a large Astroturf, grass football pitches an artificial cricket pitch with grass outfield and cricket nets.

Evelina London

In 2014 Surrey CCC and the Kia Oval agreed a charity partnership with the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.  Based on the the St Thomas’ Hospital site just ten minutes from the Kia Oval, Evelina cares for children and young people from across south London and south east England.