2021 was a year that threw up lots of changes and challenges for all of us but there’s still been plenty to celebrate at The Kia Oval.
While our men’s and women’s teams went trophyless, we’ve still seen some progress on the field as well as some major transformations off the field.
The brand new Galadari Stand opened during the season, increasing The Kia Oval’s capacity to approximately 27,500 and offering some new and dramatic views of the action in the middle and London in the background. While capacity was limited for our Vitality Blast campaign due to government restrictions, there were five days of full houses for the LV= Insurance Test between England and India in September.
The Galadari Stand also offers a state-of-the-art Matchday Store and several Members’ and hospitality spaces with a wide range of food, drink and comfortable seating around.
Our work in sustainability has been at the core of everything we have done over recent years, that’s why we were so proud to be awarded EcoSmart Platinum status earlier this year. We also received prizes at the London Venue Awards & Sport Business Awards in November.
We will now work towards becoming a carbon neutral venue, having already eliminated most single-use plastic and food waste.
A modern day record number of people were Surrey Members in 2021! We are comfortably the most supported of the 18 first-class counties in terms of Membership base, with only the MCC ahead of us in terms of cricket clubs.
With thousands of those under 25, the next generation of cricket lovers are coming to enjoy cricket at The Kia Oval.
The Surrey Academy continues to produce talented first-class quality players. 16 of them to be precise in the current men’s squad.
Amar Virdi, Ben Geddes, Chris Jordan, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Smith, Jason Roy, Laurie Evans, Matt Dunn, Nathan Barnwell, Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Ryan Patel, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Tom Lawes & Will Jacks.
That’s the amount of children in South London & Surrey that have received regular cricket coaching through the Surrey Cricket Foundation.
That’s just one of the vital statistics that highlights the work of our charity arm:
- 190 clubs affiliated to the Surrey Cricket Foundation
- 101 teams entered in the Surrey Slam (86 men’s, 15 women’s)
- 108 women or girls sections within clubs
- 29 special needs schools receiving coaching
- 7 cricket clubs with a disability playing offer
- Surrey Junior Cricket Championship began
- Vauxhall Loop provided free school holiday activities for local children
- Ben Hollioake Learning Centre welcomed thousands of children for coding, IT and cricket lessons at The Kia Oval
Surrey players are crucial to the strength of the England teams. Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes and Sam Curran are key figures in the men’s Test side while Jason Roy, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran & Reece Topley are regularly in the white-ball squads.
On the women’s side, Sophia Dunkley & Nat Sciver are both untouchable in England’s lineups now while Alice Capsey & Bryony Smith are pushing hard for selection.
South East Stars
The regional structure in domestic women’s cricket continues to blossom and South East Stars, representing Surrey & Kent, are right at the forefront of this.
The Stars, including several Surrey Women players, lifted the T20 Charlotte Edwards Cup in the 2021 season led by Bryony Smith and taken over the line by Alice Capsey.
Capsey & Surrey Women teammate Danielle Gregory have become the fifth and sixth professionals in their squad meaning four Surrey Women now have professional contracts at regional level and two more with the ECB.