Working throughout the game to help those in need
The Kia Oval is host of the annual ‘Cricket United’ day, bringing together the three main charities in cricket: Chance to Shine, The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Benevolent Fund and the Lord’s Taverners.
Starting in 2013, Cricket United sees the ground turned blue on the Saturday day of the Kia Oval Test Match, raising awareness of the work done by the charities and asking English cricket fans to unite behind them.
Chance to Shine is the UK’s largest school sports initiative, bringing cricket back into state schools across the country – it has brought the sport into 7,000 since 2005.
One of the biggest grassroots sports development projects in the UK, the campaign recognises the power of cricket to help young people acquire important skills, values and attitudes for their future lives.
As well as working with Chance to Shine on Cricket United every year, the club is also their landlord – with Chance to Shine staff working out of the Laker Stand.
The Benevolent Fund is part of the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the game.
The Fund also supports players and their dependants who might be in need of a helping hand with medical advice, a much-needed operation or those who require specialist advice, care or assistance.
Surrey are also the landlord of The PCA, who are based next to Chance to Shine in the Laker Stand.
The Lord’s Taverners exists to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other forms of sport and recreation to engage with them.
They envisage a future where all young people, irrespective of background and ability, have the everyday opportunity to play cricket and enjoy other sports and physical activities to the benefit of their self-esteem, health, education and future socio-economic potential.
The Tom Maynard Trust exists to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople who require support with different aspects of their career development.
The Trust offers bursaries, help with training and education, financial support for overseas placements and assistance with kit and equipment.
Created in memory of former Surrey batsman Tom Maynard, Surrey CCC Chairman Richard Thompson is a trustee of the charity.