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.


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

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

Lambeth Hall

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 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 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

Gifted and Talented

In 2009, we increased the amount of activity in the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre to include a full daytime programme of teaching. For two days each week, we invited Lambeth schools to send their Gifted and Talented pupils to attend specialised lessons, delivered by Ben Hollioake Learning Centre staff.

The idea behind the Gifted and Talented programme is that pupils feel comfortable in both the surroundings and with their piers – i.e. the fact that their classmates are be of a similar high standard will allow them to perform to the highest standard.

This project is supported kindly by the Girdlers’ Livery Company, who donate a substantial amount of money to help reduce the cost to schools.


The Prince’s Trust Team Programme

The Prince’s Trust cricket initiative is run in conjunction with Lambeth College and is a part of a wider scheme across the country with other cricket clubs. Based in their own delivery room at the Kia Oval, three 12-week programmes use the spirit of the game to help change young lives. The programme works with unemployed and underprivileged 16-25 year olds who take part in fundraising, community outreach, coaching and work placements, helptng to rebuild their confidence and give them a base from which to rebuild their lives. For enrolment or further information, please contact 020 7501 5133 or 020 7501 5784 or email

Get Started in Cricket

Surrey have teamed up with the Prince’s Trust to deliver a new community programme at the Kia Oval called Get Started in Cricket. A week-long programme, which has had previous success in both football and rugby, the scheme uses cricket to inspire unemployed young people aged from 16-24 to take the first steps to increase their confidence, skill and employability. Young people who take part are also preparing to gain an ECB Young Leaders Award.

Sessions based around improving their Strength and Conditioning, First Aid skills and other life skills that can be used in their search for employment or further education and training. There is a volunteering element of their award – i.e. delivering a coaching session as well.

Although, the programme is a just week long, the Get Started team continue to receive three months progression support from the Prince’s Trust to move into training, education, further programmes, volunteering or jobs. Get Started in Cricket is a fantastic addition to the Club’s existing Community programme and provides benefits that will be felt throughout the lives of the young participants. For further information please

Kennington United Cricket Club

Kennington United Cricket Club is an extremely important community cricket programme. 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.

The major project that Surrey is working with Kennington United is to bring cricket back to Kennington Park by May 2012. The project is a partnership venture between Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington United CC and the London Borough of Lambeth.  The park will hopefullly be a major focal point and be used often by community groups and organisations for meetings and training.

It will include:

Other key community partners include the Friends of Kennington Park, Kennington Association and Henry Fawcett school. It also has much support from the Metropolitan Police. For more information on the project or to show your support for the scheme, please email

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